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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
By the numbers: Blackhawks after 15 games

By Scott Powers

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane has seven points on the power play this season.


Here’s a look at some of the Chicago Blackhawks' numbers through 15 games this season:

0.1: The difference in the Blackhawks’ faceoff percentage from last season to this season. The Blackhawks won 50.8 percent of their faceoffs last season and have won 50.9 this season. They currently rank 15th in the league. The Blackhawks have a chance to climb in percentage when Michal Handzus returns from injury if Handzus and Marcus Kruger center different lines. Kruger’s faceoff ability has been one of the season’s surprises. He’s won 51.5 percent this season after being at 46.2 percent last season. Michal Handzus was at 53.6 percent before his injury and has traditionally been reliable at the dot.

56.3: The Blackhawks’ Corsi for percentage this season in 5-on-5 situations. Puck possession time isn’t kept, so one of the best tools to determine how much puck possession a team has is by Corsi, which is the total of goals, shots on net, missed shots and blocked shots. By using this calculation, the Blackhawks have been dominating the puck. They have a 750 Corsi for and a 581 Corsi against in 5-on-5 situations and rank second in Corsi for percentage. Only the Los Angeles Kings have a better percentage.

4: The number of overtime/shootout losses the Blackhawks have had this season. Luck is often a factor in shootout and overtime games, and the Blackhawks haven't had much of it so far. They lost a total of five games that went into overtime or a shootout last season. The Blackhawks were 19-3-5 in one-goal games last season. They are currently 5-1-4 in one-goal games.

5: The number of points more than the Blackhawks had through 15 games last season. The Blackhawks were 12-0-3 with 27 points after 15 games last season. They are 9-2-4 with 22 points through 15 games this season.

7: The number of power-play points Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has this season. He is tied for sixth in the league in power-play points. The San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau leads the league with nine points. Kane led the Blackhawks with 17 power-play points last season.

.932: The even-strength save percentage for Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. He’s tied for 10th in the league in even-strength save percentage among goaltenders who have faced at least 175 shots this season. Crawford has stopped 276-of-296 shots when the Blackhawks have been at even strength. Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding leads the league with a .971 even-strength save percentage and is followed by Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask at .955. Crawford had a .934 even-strength save percentage last season.

37: The number of shots Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya has blocked this season. He ranks first on the team and is tied for eighth in the league in blocked shots. Niklas Hjalmarsson is second on the team with 31 blocked shots and Brent Seabrook is third with 25. Seabrook led the Blackhawks with 103 last season.

-6: The difference in goals the Blackhawks have allowed when Kane has been on the ice in 5-on-5 situations this season. The Blackhawks have scored six goals with him the ice and allowed 12 goals. His 33.3 goals for percentage is worst on the Blackhawks in 5-on-5 situations. Andrew Shaw leads the team with a 76.9 goals-for percentage. Kane had a 54.8 goals-for percentage last season.