- Scott Powers, Reporter
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Here are 10 Chicago Blackhawks statistics you should know as the regular season comes to a close:
1. Corey Crawford isn’t going to win the Vezina Trophy, but he has been as consistent as almost any goaltender this season. Crawford is behind only Pekka Rinne and Devan Dubnyk in quality start percentage this season. The stat is defined as when a goaltender records a minimum .917 save percentage in a game or allows two or fewer goals with at least a .885 save percentage. Basically, it determines how often a goaltender is giving his team a chance to win. Rinne leads the league with a .721 percentage, Dubnyk is at .698, and Crawford is at .696. Crawford had a .554 percentage last season.
2. Antoine Vermette was given the chance to prove himself in faceoffs again on Tuesday, and he took advantage of it. He had taken only six faceoffs in the previous five games. He took a team-high 15 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, winning 10 of them. He’s 12th in the NHL with a 55.5 faceoff winning percentage. Jonathan Toews is sixth at 56.5.
3. Andrew Shaw has improved his faceoff percentage this season -- he’s at 50.4 percent this season compared to 43.3 percent last season -- but he’s had trouble with defensive zone faceoffs lately. He's 2-for-15 in defensive faceoffs in the past six games. In the past 10 games, he’s 10-for-29 in the defensive zone. Overall, he went 36-for-78 on faceoffs in those 10 games.
4. The Blackhawks either need to play the Wild in the playoffs or convince Bryan Bickell they’re playing them. Bickell accumulated four goals, five points, 15 shots on goal and was a plus-4 in five games against the Wild this season. He had 10 goals, 22 points and a zero rating in the team's other 73 games. He also didn’t have more than seven shots on goal against any other opponent this season.
5. Six Blackhawks have a chance to play in all 82 regular-season games this season. Toews, Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger have played in the first 80 games. The Blackhawks had four players play 82 games last season. Seabrook has missed one game in the past three seasons.
6. The Blackhawks could go without a 30-goal scorer for the first time since the 2006-07 season (excluding the shortened 2013 season). Toews enters the final two games at 28 goals.
7. Kyle Baun was given plenty of ice time in his NHL debut Tuesday and played 13:36. So how does that compare to others’ NHL debuts? Toews played 14:30 against the San Jose Sharks in his debut on Oct. 10, 2007. Patrick Kane played 16:44 against the Wild in his debut on Oct. 4, 2007. Patrick Sharp played 4:03 for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 10, 2002. Duncan Keith played 24:18 against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 5, 2005.
8. Saad leads the Blackhawks in penalty differential this season. He has been called for five penalties and drawn 17 of them. His plus-12 differential is followed by Kane (plus-8), Toews (plus-7), Daniel Carcillo (plus-5) and Shaw (plus-4). Hjalmarsson has the worst differential at minus-10.
9. The Blackhawks’ power play appears to be broken again. After scoring four power-play goals in a two-game span from March 12-14, they have gone 3-for-26 on the power play since. They have fallen to 20th in the league with a 17.8 power-play percentage.
10. Johnny Oduya continues to play well since returning from his injury in March. Since his first game back on March 12, he has been on the ice for just two five-on-five goals. He has a plus-15 goal differential during that period. By comparison, Michal Rozsival was on the ice for nine five-on-five goals and has a minus-7 goal differential during that stretch.
Here are 10 Chicago Blackhawks statistics you should know as the regular season comes to a close:1. Corey Crawford isn’t going to win the Vezina Trophy, but he has been as consistent as almost any goaltender this season.