Friday, February 8, 2013
Hawks by the numbers: It all adds up
By Scott Powers
A lot of numbers, especially nearly every final score, have gone in the Chicago Blackhawks' favor this season. Here's a look at some numbers of note for the Blackhawks:
0: The number of regulation losses the Blackhawks have through 11 games. No other team has that distinction.
Hawks defenseman Johnny Oduya ranks among the league leaders with his plus-9 mark.
4.0: The improvement in power-play percentage from last season. The Blackhawks have scored nine goals on 47 power-play opportunities for a 19.2 percentage. It’s been the one glaring weakness so far this season.
Plus-9: The plus/minus rating for defenseman Johnny Oduya. He’s tied for third in the NHL in the category.
11: The number of fights forward Brandon Bollig has been in through his first 24 NHL regular-season games. He’s been in three fights in six games this season.
14: The differential in goals scored vs. goals allowed. They have scored 39 goals and allowed 25. They’re second in the NHL in differential.
14.6: The improvement in penalty-kill percentage from last season. Now, this is a substantial hike. The Blackhawks have allowed three goals in 41 power-play chances for a 92.7 percentage. They lead the NHL in penalty-kill percentage.
15: The amount of road games they have remaining in the regular season.
22: The amount of home games they have remaining in the regular season.
24:16: The average amount of time defenseman Duncan Keith has been on the ice per game this season. He ranks 30th in the NHL. Last season, he averaged 26:54 and was tied for first.
28: The amount of games Patrick Kane needed last year to reach eight goals. He has scored that many through 11 games this season.
29: The number of shots Patrick Sharp has taken this season. Tough luck has struck Sharp, who is third on the team in shots, but only has two goals to show for it. He scored 33 goals last season. He is second on the team with nine assists.
32: The number of blocked shots defenseman Brent Seabrook has this season. He leads the NHL.