Blackhawks-Blues: Numbers of Note

Here are a few individual performances that jumped off the page from the Blackhawks first round series victory over the St. Louis Blues:


Before the Dallas-Anaheim game, only 32 players in the postseason had been credited with at least 10 blocked shots. Of those 32, only 2 are forwards: Michal Handzus (14) and Marcus Kruger (10). Only eight players have more blocked shots than Handzus.

One of the players with more blocked shots than Handzus is Niklas Hjalmarsson, who leads these playoffs with 26 blocked shots in six games. Also amont the top 30 are Duncan Keith (14) and Johnny Oduya (10).

Jonathan Toews won 61.9 percent of his faceoffs in the first round, and leads the postseason with 160 draws. Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu is second with 121 taken to date. Kruger led all skaters in faceoff win percentage at 67.4% (min. 30 attempts).

Toews ice time – 23:55 per night – ranks third in the postseason. It’s the highest among teams still alive; only David Backes and TJ Oshie played heavier minutes than Toews in the first round (and they’ve been eliminated).

Keith (29:51) ranks third in the postseason in ice time per game, behind only Ryan Suter and Alex Pietrangelo. Brent Seabrook and Hjalmarsson (27:41) averaged the same ice time per game in the first round, and tied for sixth in these playoffs.

Hjalmarsson, Handzus, Keith and Kruger rank 1-4 in total short-handed ice time in the postseason.

Bryan Bickell‘s 35 hits lead the postseason.

10 thoughts on “Blackhawks-Blues: Numbers of Note

  • April 28, 2014 at 7:17 am

    What did you guys think about 29s comment saying in effect, he couldn’t play this type of game throughout the regular season because he would be too banged up ? That surprised me some that a player would say that. He seemed to be half kidding, but hard to read him entirely. I sure wouldn’t mind if he gave it a try next season though!

  • April 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

    As much as I would like to see the big guy 29 play this way all season, I understand his thinking, plus if being physical was his only contribution (ala 52) then I would expect it. This is why I admire Shaw so much. He takes a beating and keeps on battling in front of the net game after game. And I know he takes the occasional bad penalty but I think he deserves to take his aggression out once and a while. Smith looks like he is the type of player that can be tough all year and let’s hope we wrap up a contract extension for him soon.

  • April 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    RD, I believe Bicks 100%. I think that if a healthy Bickell can give us 20 goals during the regular season while being a PLUS skater, and then be this monster in the playoffs, he is well worth his money. This is why I have said all along that we cannot judge the Bickell contract until we see his full body of work…we are getting a much larger picture now, and how many here, would like to have Bicks in TOR fly fishing??? Because if we didn’t sign Bicks on that day, TOR was one of 3 teams that had offers to him for OVER $6 million a season…

  • April 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Surprising to hear him say that out loud but certainly not a surprising approach. Bickell broke his wrist about 2 seasons ago in the Canucks series and only missed 1 game (if that)? And then last year we found out he was playing on one leg at the end of the playoffs. He’s proven that he will play hurt.

    In the NHL, they know the regular season does not matter. Just get into the playoffs healthy and then that’s where contracts are earned and rings are won.

  • April 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Numbers of Note? Hawks down 0-2 and Seabrook hit with an unjust 3 game suspension, and the Hawks win 3 in a row. This is why at the time it all happened, I said that this was actually a good thing for the Hawks. It would bring them tightly together as a team, and rally around Sebs…and as I said, I knew Keith would play huge those games, because the boys stepped up big time for him last year against LA…there was no way Keith was going to allow Seabs to not get another chance at playing this year…

    This is why, as a player and coach, I always LOVED when we were down by 2, and then got tagged with being 2 men shorthanded…these are WAKE UP calls for everyone…its these now or never moments that define you as a player and a team…and the Hawks showed WHY they are the Champs!!!

  • April 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    My numbers of note:

    Every player except Bollig and Nordstom has a point.

    Every forward that matters has a goal, except Saad. But Saad has 4 assists and is +4.

    Two of the five players in the minus are Hossa (-3) and Hammer (-5). You know that trend will not continue.

    Our forwards have 50 minutes worth of minors while our D have 15 mins worth of minors/major. That trend cannot continue.

  • April 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, and of course, that stack of pads we call a goalie is a 1.98 GAA. So we have that going for us, which is nice.

  • April 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    …won 4 games in a row…

  • April 30, 2014 at 6:59 am

    While he did not play many minutes in the Blues series, Brandon Bollig basically contributed zero in 6 games and was a wasted roster spot. I cannot see this being repeated. Whomever they play in the next round will require a longer Hawks bench IMO. I can see that Q maybe felt he could overplay his best players against St Louis knowing that they they would ultimately overcome lesser talent they were playing against. Hawks best players beat the best Blues in the end. I have to believe that Morin will get some extended playing time against either Minny or Avs. He brings speed, energy, strength and goal scoring ability that will be needed to put even more pressure on the next opponent. Bollig does not possess these qualities.

    Bicks comments were kind of funny as they begged analysis. No offence to Bickell, but I don’t think he was being coy or anything. He kind of told the truth, but made people fill in the blanks. Don’t think he gave comments much thought. Play to win during regular season, but turn it up in playoffs. Bickell case this year was kind of unusual. He had a breakout season last year in a contract year. Hawks win Cup and Bickell came up big. Bingo, huge raise because he would have been signed somewhere else for even more dough. Knee injury carries over from a very short offseason due to Olympics. Bicks comes out of the gate with a reduced game because of injury, pressure from new contract, and little to no production with on ice time. Confidence tanks. Knee comes around and Bicks game with it. Playoffs start and he is banging bodies(ask Sobotka) and getting to the net. Huge goal to tie in number 5 at the net. Confidence back, feeling good, and on to the second round. Bickell has a big heart, but is still learning his game and himself. As Brad said, in the bigger picture SB has probably made a good signing with Bickell assuming he can stay healthy.

    Hawks should feel good going to second round. They are pretty well rested, due to short travel schedule with St Louis and a few extra days off. They are healthy with no injuries of note. Very positive was Kaner kind of turning it up as the Blues series progressed. He looked pretty quick out there given his knee tweak, and brace. Toews I am sure is not 100% as he seems to have some shoulder issues, but he was able to play through it with some amazing results. Saad had me concerned to close out last week, but his game looked better for 5 and 6. I think he can only improve, which is bad news for whomever the Hawks play. Versteeg is a kind of flying in the wind, but while I hoped he would be contributing more this year, I think next year is when we will see the Steeger we knew from 2010. He started this year coming off a bad knee injury, and it usually takes a year for those problems to go away. Benching by Q kind of surprised me. Core guys for the Hawks look dangerous going into next round which is why the Blackhawks remain the team to beat in the Western Conference. Hawks have better quality up and down the lineup on both sides of the blueline than anyone else. Corey once again has showed he can come up big in playoffs. I hope Wild win tonight. Better travel for Hawks, and no altitude issues.

    I don’t know about you guys, but Blues series really exhausted me more than any other series I can remember. I am still trying to catch up on sleep lost. Extreme nerve wracking games except Sunday clincher which of course I made into an extended party celebration and ended up trashed on Monday. Looks like we start up Friday. Hope we are at UC.

    Lets Go Hawks!

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