November treated the Blackhawks well.
Here are the Central Division standings on Nov. 1:
As a team, the Blackhawks had a great month on paper. Chicago averaged 3.29 goals per game while allowing only 2.09 per night. The offense ranked fourth in the league (tied with Detroit) while their goals against ranked third (tied with the Islanders). The Blackhawks were the only team in the NHL with a goal per game differential greater than 1.0 in a good way; Edmonton and Columbus were outscored by more than one full goal per night on average.
The Hawks power play succeeded 12 times in 55 opportunities, good for 21.8 percent which ranked 10th in the NHL in November.
Chicago’s penalty kill was ridiculous, allowing only three power play goals against and leading the league with a 91.3 percent kill rate. What’s more, the Blackhawks allowed a power play goal in only two of 14 games in November, in a win over the Sharks and at Calgary, when they allowed two in one night.
Patrick Kane (16 points) and Kris Versteeg (15 points) both ranked among the league’s top 15 in point production in the month, each averaging more than a full point per game (14 games each).
15 players in the NHL had at least 10 assists in the month. Versteeg finished tied with nine other players at exactly 10, while Marian Hossa tied with Jakub Voracek for fourth in the NHL with 11 helpers in November.
Versteeg and Brad Richards finished November with plus-seven ratings in the month, tied for 15th in the league. Richards added 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 14 games.
Corey Crawford started all 14 games in November. He ranked:
- second in the NHL with 9 wins (tied with Jaroslav Halak).
- fifth in the NHL with a 1.93 goals against average in the month.
- seventh in the NHL with a .929 save percentage in the month.
Marcus Kruger led the Hawks at the dot, winning 57 percent of this faceoffs in November. Jonathan Toews took 291 draws, tied for eighth-most in the league in the month, and won 55.7 percent. Toews added six goals and five assists in 14 games in the month.
For as top-heavy as the Blackhawks appeared to many at times in the month, only two Chicago players ranked among the top 30 forwards in average ice time per game in November. Kane (19:47) ranked 22nd and Toews (19:33) ranked 29th, respectively. Duncan Keith averaged 24:48 per night, which ranked 17th among defensemen.
Brent Seabrook was one of only ten defensemen with 10 points in November; he had four goals and six assists in 14 games. Only four defensemen had more power play assists in November than Seabrook, and he tied for the NHL lead among defensemen in power play goals.
Here are the Central Division standings at the end of the month:
A solid month, concluded with an 8-2-0 run. And they did it without Patrick Sharp, who was lost to an injury on Nov. 4 at Montreal. The Hawks were 8-3-0 without Sharp in the lineup.