The Chicago Blackhawks are off to an incredible start to the season banging off seven wins in nine games with the only blemishes on their record being two shootout losses to Minnesota and Vancouver, respectively

With a match up coming against San Jose on Tuesday, there have been a few questions on who should start in goal against the Sharks.

Corey Crawford who boasts a 5-0-2 record with a 1.66 G.A.A and a save percentage of .934 or Ray Emery who came off the best performance from any goalie so far this year who is 2-0-0 with a 2.88 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage. Many coaches would go with the hot hand but the issue here is, both goalies are hot to start the year which is obviously a great problem to have.

For me, there is no question on which of the two you would go with in goal. With these being the top two teams in the NHL you have to go with your best and that would be Corey Crawford. Amongst goaltenders who have played at least 7 games, Crawford ranks second in goals against, tied for third in wins and fourth in save percentage.

 

Rookie Brandon Saad has stepped in and played his position remarkably well filling in for the injured Daniel Carcillo.

The subtraction of Carcillo had me worried for the wellbeing of Toews and Hossa simply because of how opposition would feast on those two considering there is no tough guy on a line with them. We did see both players get pushed around in the first game having Saad on that line but surprisingly Toews and Hossa have been left alone in that regard.

What happens when Carcillo comes back? Well, someone has to sit in the press box or be moved to Rockford of the AHL. Stan Bowman recently said that Brandon Saad will be with the team the entire season but the bottom line is that he has to produce. He is a bit snake bitten, similar to Michael Frolik last year, but it’s not rare that this happens to a rookie. Again, he’s played extremely well and he is getting scoring chances. One thing to remember is a GM’s word is never bond, remember Bowman’s comments when it came time to sign Niemi and Hjalmarsson? Stan said they weren’t going anywhere, well, he made a promise he couldn’t keep, obviously.

Let’s hope the Blackhawks can step their game up and keep their unblemished regulation time record unscathed!

Hat tip to Zimbio.com for the use of your photos.

Thanks for reading,

TK0N

 

I understand the probability of all these players being booted off the Blackhawks roster are zero but I just want to give my take on players that I would like to see gone as soon as possible from the Blackhawks roster.

Daniel Carcillo – I swear the reason person like this guy is because he has a twitter account. Perhaps people see something different than what I am seeing on his play as a member of the Blackhawks. He does have skills and he can fight but is he intimidating? Not at all unless the opposition is worried of a cheap shot which of course we saw this year and he ended up with a season ending injury. I don’t care what his record is with Chicago when he is in the lineup, I really don’t.

Here is an example for you that really pissed me off during a game against the Calgary Flames. The Hawks’ were getting manhandled as they usually do in Alberta and Jarome Iginla was challenging Carcillo for a tilt. Carcillo promptly turned away and denied the scrap. Daniel was hurt, I believe, but if he’s in the line-up you do what you can to take out the player. Hell, just hug Iggy and fall to the ground. He’s gone for 5 minutes and you’ve done a great job. OR do what Daniel did and turnaround and go sit on the bench.

I also find it hilarious that Carcillo has all of these fans. Going back to 2009/2010 Daniel was one of the most hated players by the Blackhawks nation. He comes to our team and all of a sudden he is a fan favourite. I don’t think it is wrong but like I said I think it is hilarious. I wonder what would happen if Alexandre Burrows was a Hawk. Wait a minute, I know what would happen, create a twitter account, be funny, post some photos together with Duncan Keith, score some goals and you will be loved by most. Go ahead; deny it if you wish but it would happen just like that.

I personally have no problems with fans embracing their players but it is funny how things pan out.

Michael Frolik – This is going to be my favourite part of this entire blog. I’m going to pull out the ol’ I TOLD YOU SO. Soon after Frolik was acquired in a 5 player trade with the Florida Panthers I cringed slightly when the deal was made. However, like most of us, we were excited for the highly touted Alexander Salak and we also did not give up very much to get these two guys.

Let’s look back a bit onto Frolik’s inaugural season in Chicago and compare it to this year. Frolik scored three times in twenty eight games and showed me very little of this offensive capability he was supposed to have. To his credit, Frolik was nothing less of outstanding in the playoffs and earned himself a decent contract extension. This year he was unable to double his goal scoring output and he had 63 games to do so but was OK to very good during this year’s playoffs. Do we have another case of “he only gets amped up for the playoffs”?

After news broke out that he was resigned to an extension I went off a bit and people attacked me saying “he was a 20 goal scorer 2 years in a row”. I lifted my leg and urinated on that comment as that means nothing to me. A ton of it has to do with how he is used on his previous team and we all knew he wouldn’t get that opportunity in Chicago, didn’t we? I told you so….

Andrew Brunette – I can’t be too hard on Andy because he’s a veteran who has had some solid years and he actually did some good things for Chicago. Brunette is a classy guy, too. I did not like the signing when it was completed simply because of his speed and from being used to a fast skating style of the Hawks’ in the past it made me question Bowman’s sanity for a second. Good luck Andrew on your next team or retirement, you were a very good NHL player.

Jamal Mayers – I expect some argument here as Jamal was a steady player for us and was always a willing combatant when it came to sticking up for his teammates or trying to boost the Hawks’ energy level for the game. He was actually not too bad on the penalty kill either. With all these positive things being mentioned you’re probably wondering what I am smoking if I still want to remove Mayers from the roster. For me, it’s simple. We need the roster space. I know most are pencilling in Kruger as a second line center and some maybe even third. I see him as a perfect fit on the fourth line. I still don’t see Patrick Kane being the Blackhawks number 2 center no matter what Stan Bowman says. Remember when he was attempting to resign Niemi and said he was going nowhere? Hmmm.

Sean O’Donnell – Another guy on his last legs in the NHL. Tough as they come and in fantastic physical shape but the only problem are his skills have diminished as one would expect from a 40 year old D-man who has played a tough role his entire career. Yet another questionable signing by Bowman and I expect O’Donnell to retire this off-season.

Steve Montador – I think most of us were up in the air about this signing. We figured we were getting a solid defender who is tough as nails. Instead we got a guy who was constantly beat with speed to the outside and numerous bad giveaways in his own end. Of course Steve spent a lot of his time nursing a concussion but in my most humble opinion he was nothing to get excited about. The bright spot for Montador for me was him being on the powerplay and scoring goals. I guess that shows how pathetic the Blackhawks powerplay really was especially throwing a d-man up there that had 28 goals in his entire career prior to this year. Oh, fire Mike Kitchen.

Sami Lepisto – This guy took a lot of heat as he was not good to start the year and then he was a healthy scratch in numerous games. He only played in 26 games this season and he did play a handful of solid games back there. But come on, he is obviously not liked by Joel Quenneville (whom I don’t always agree with) but whatever. Sami, in my opinion, would be a good 2-way contract guy we could use as a fill in from time to time but it is much easier just to let him walk. The only positive things I heard on Lepisto is that he was good looking and also that people on Twitter started a hashtag called #FreeLepisto . I guess that shows how sad our overall defence was this season when people are begging for Sami to play.

Brendan Morrison – I despised this trade. I don’t care if everyone proceeded to tell me that Brian Connelly was never going to make the Blackhawks roster. BMO was good 6 years ago and in my opinion had little chance to show he could help Chicago this season. I think his play showed exactly what I thought it would be plus he was a healthy scratch for most of the time he was here. I would have preferred a third round draft pick in 2099 for Connelly and brought up Pirri.

Rostislav Olesz – He wasn’t given a good look this year only playing in 6 games but apparently that was enough for the Blackhawks to send him to Rockford. He did well in the AHL season so I say keep him there and he can light up the AHL. Olesz was the price the Hawks’ had to pay to unload the contract of Brian Campbell (which I know many of you hated). If Bowman does the right thing in the near future, well, I’m sure most of you will see it was actually a smart move as much as it hurts not having Soupy playing for Chicago.

Ray Emery – First off, kudos to Ray for coming back from major hip surgery to earn himself a backup position with Chicago and a contract extension for another year moving into 2012/2013. Now, I will kick dirt on Bowman’s shiny white dress shoes for doing that extension. Corey Crawford just finished his first year as a starting goaltender in Chicago and he had a tough time staying consistently good.

I truly believe part of that problem is because there is no threat whatsoever from the backup goaltender. Competition for that #1 spot is a good thing for goaltenders and I know that from experience (not at the NHL level of course but you get my drift). As much as I am impressed with Emery’s recovery and his resurgence in Chicago, I believe if they signed or tried to sign/trade for a better goaltender it would help Crawford excel in goal. Look at St. Louis for example with Halak and Elliott. Elliott was one of the worst goaltenders in the NHL and Halak was not terrific last year for the Blues. Elliott catches fire and now they have arguably the best tandem in the league with both fighting for that #1 position.

What goalie could we get? Oh I don’t know, Scott Clemmensen must be pissed off about being a backup his whole career and might turn it up a notch to try to take over a number one spot. Just throwing a name out there…

Johnny Oduya – I won’t try to hide my opinion after Oduya’s short regular season with Chicago but he impressed me just like he did for a lot of you out there. However, was there a worse D-man for Chicago in the playoffs this year? I don’t think so. I spoke to a close friend in Winnipeg and she assures me that his giveaways were a common occurrence on a daily basis playing for the Jets. I will take my friends word on that and what I saw in the playoffs from Johnny-O and stand firm in saying. Get outta here. We can spend that money elsewhere.

Bryan Bickell – The guy was a sick beast during the final stretch and in the playoffs he played remarkably well. Where was he all season though? Notice he joined Twitter after he turned it up a notch? He would have been run into the ground if he was on Twitter prior to his run of good play and he was the goat for most of the season for Blackhawks fans. This reminds me of Troy Brouwer too much; Troy only brought it on some days and was never consistent. Bickell never brought it all until the end of the year and partially in the playoffs. I guess I’m not one that is worried about the “great” Bolland, Bickell, Frolik or Shaw line. Was it really that great? I don’t think so.

Honorable mention goes to Niklas Hjalmarsson.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the 12 guys I would like to see removed from the Blackhawks prior to next year. Who would we want to replace all or some of these guys with? That is an entire new discussion and I can’t wait for the off-season. It’s a make or break year for Stan Bowman, he had his freebie year after the dismantling of salaries and he’s had another year to see what he has to work with in seeing youngsters Shaw, Leddy, Olsen, Kruger, Hayes and Bollig and how Crawford would handle the starters role. His time is now to bring this team up to a more competitive level and become elite once again.

Kudos to Zimbio.com for the photos.

Thanks for reading,

TK0N

 

After an incredible 2010/2011 season posting a 33-18-6, 2.30 GAA and a .917 save percentage plus performing at an elite level against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. Crawford now boasts a 22-16-5 record, 2.94 GAA and a .900 save percentage and has been fighting all season to find some sort of consistency.

Last season, Crawford showed very little emotion if things went south on him and found a way to fight through tough times. This season he’s been seen smashing sticks over the crossbar and staring his own players down after he lets a shot get by him to name a few instances. The problem in Chicago is that he is not being pushed by veteran backup goaltender, Ray Emery. Although Emery has been solid in a few outings, so has Crawford, neither showing that they want to take that number one goaltending position in Chicago.

Stake it as a sophomore slump if you wish, but a lot of it has to do with signing a new contract, being pencilled in as the number one goalie, not being pushed by his backup; one of the worst team defences in the NHL and simply has lost his confidence.

All the aforementioned issues makes one wonder if he’s got what it takes to be an NHL calibre goaltender and with the noticeable mental breakdowns he’s had this season, it can’t be overlooked. We feel he is an NHL goalie and proved it last season and on several occasions he’s proven it this year, however, if he can’t regain that mental stability, we fear that he may turn out like Jim Carey who won the Vezina in the 1995/1996 season and then lost it all. Of course that is a bit of a stretch and the absolute worst that could happen to Corey Crawford plus there is a goaltender that is a lot closer to Mr. Carey’s great downfall and that would be, Steve Mason.

Corey Crawford is signed until 2013/2014 at a cap hit of $2,666,667 per season.

What does Chicago do to fix this situation?

We wonder if Martin Brodeur would sign a one year deal this off-season and mentor Crawford and at the same time push for that number one goalie position, far-fetched perhaps but it would be a nice fit.

Other notable Unrestricted Free Agents available in this upcoming offseason are:

  • Antero Niittymaki
  • Chris Mason
  • Dan Ellis
  • Tomas Vokoun
  • Johan Hedberg
  • Martin Biron
  • Josh Harding
  • Evgeni Nabokov

Not much that would seem to fit nicely on the Blackhawks, perhaps Vokoun but after this sub-par year for his standards it may be a bit too risky. Islanders GM Garth Snow insists they will be re-signing goaltender Evgeni Nabokov but would he be the answer? We think not and they might as well just sign Ray Emery who is also an Unrestricted Free Agent again.

Notable Restricted Free Agents:

  • Carey Price
  • Tuukka Rask
  • Ondrej Pavelec
  • Cory Schneider
  • Anders Lindback

The odds of getting any of these goaltenders are close to none although Lindback might be attainable.

There are some decent goaltending prospects in the Blackhawks system such as Carter Hutton and Alexander Salak but neither of them is ready to make the next step up to the NHL.

We think that playing out the season (which the Hawks have no choice now) and making a move to get a veteran goaltender to push/mentor Crawford would be the most likely to happen.

Had a discussion with Tab Bamford about the possibility of packaging some prospects and obtaining a true number one goalie could also happen considering the enormous depth of forward prospects that Chicago has.

This is unlikely but could one imagine getting Carey Price in Chicago? Perhaps shipping Corey Crawford, and say a Mark McNeill and picks for Price? How would Corey Crawford playing in his hometown go over plus all the added pressure of the vicious Montreal fans? It’s understood that Price is as untouchable as any goaltender in the league but remember; Patrick Roy was trade for Jocelyn Thibault…

What do you think? Let us know.

Thanks for reading,

TK0N

 

Interesting question to say the least, but with a recent “tweet” from one of the Blackhawks long time beat writers, Tim Sassone saying TSN’s Darren Dreger mentioned that Stan Bowman is looking for a goaltender, well, this might be the case.

One would find it odd that Stan Bowman would come out publicly stating that he is looking for a goaltender which would clearly rip the poise right out of Crawford and Emery or whatever is left of that confidence that either of them still have. Let it be known though, Bowman did not clarify if he was searching for a depth goaltender to perhaps send to Rockford considering the Blackhawks are not deep in that area or if he’s searching for a new starter or back up for the current NHL roster.

Crawford, 27, is coming off an incredible year in 2010/2011 posting impressive numbers and eventually dethroning Marty Turco of the starting goaltender position in Chicago and played very well in the first round of last year’s playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks. Corey stole a lot of games for the Blackhawks last season who were just as defensively inept as they are currently in 2011/2012. This is not the case currently, while Crawford has been spectacular at times he has also not been the goaltender Blackhawks players, fans and media have been accustomed to seeing from last season.

Blackhawks fans, a lot of them, are all over Corey Crawford and are pleading for a goaltending change via trade and one can understand their frustration since Chicago is currently on a 6 game losing slide and this often happens with any team struggling. Hopefully these fans realize it’s not entirely on the Blackhawks goaltending but the entire team defence as a whole.

It is obvious that Crawford has lost his confidence, to a certain extent, simply by comparing his reactions from last season in which nothing bothered him and showed very little emotion, to this year where he is swinging sticks and getting involved in goal mouth scrums etc.

This is Crawford’s first full season as a clear cut number one goaltender so the pressure may have affected him but he needs to fight through it if that is the case. Corey doesn’t even have 100 NHL games under his belt yet so he’s definitely not a seasoned goaltender so perhaps he will come into his own soon.

It could be that Crawford is having a comparable type downfall as Detroit Redwings Jimmy Howard had last season and yet this season he’s having a Vezina type year. Howard did accomplish 37 wins last season but he was very unpredictable and unstable in goal on many occasions. Blackhawks fans can only hope that is the case and Crawford will bounce back and not turn out like once promising Columbus BlueJackets goaltender Steve Mason who looks like he’s on his way out of the NHL sooner than later. Goaltenders are touch and go and even the best have a bad season, for example, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was regarded as one of and if not the best in the National Hockey League and is currently having a sub-par season.

  • Do the Blackhawks trade Crawford or Emery?
  • Are the Blackhawks even shopping a goaltender and perhaps just looking for more depth in the organization at that position?

These are just a couple questions of probably hundreds that are more than likely running through the minds of Blackhawks fans after finding out Darren Dreger mentioned Bowman is looking for a goaltender.

With the trade deadline forthcoming combined with recent struggles in Chicago is creating a lot of havoc amongst Blackhawks followers. Of course, this is always an on edge time for all NHL teams at this time of the year.

It’s going to be “fun”.

Thanks for reading as always,

TK0N

 

The Chicago Blackhawks are in somewhat of a down fall currently and it raises the question of how good are these Hawks especially compared to last season.

The Blackhawks comparable records from last year and this year are:

  • 2010/2011 27 wins 22 losses 4 OT for 58 points
  • 2011/2012 29 wins 17 losses 7 OT for 65 points

A 7 point improvement compared to last year’s squad at this time last year clearly indicates improvement, obviously.

  • In 2010 the Blackhawks were sitting in 11th position in the Western Conference and 18th in the NHL.
  • In 2011 the Blackhawk are sitting in 6th position in the Western Conference and 8th in the NHL.

Let’s take a look at their goal differential:

  • In 2010 the Blackhawks had 170 goals for, 145 goals against and a +25 goal differential
  • In 2011 the Blackhawks have 169 goals for, 158 goals against and a +11 goal differential

It’s a mystery isn’t it? While the goal output is virtually identical, the Blackhawks goals against is up by 13 goals from last season and the goal differential is up 14 goals. Just by looking at the 2010 statistics one would think Chicago would be near the top of the standings yet they were in 11th position in 2010 after 53 games and in regards to the playoff race the Hawks were on the outside looking in.

So does this mean team statistics are misleading to say the least? Well, according to the above statistics they most certainly are.

Perhaps the competition in 2010/2011 was a lot stronger than it is in 2011/2012?

  • In 2010 there were 6 teams that did not have 60 points at this point (Hawks were one of them)
  • In 2011 there are 8 teams that do not have 60 points after 53 games.

Keep in mind we’re not comparing the exact same Chicago Blackhawks team as they have currently.

So have the Blackhawks improved a lot compared to last year? Still tough to say at this point and ” a lot” maybe a stretch but many fans feel they have improved immensely.

It seems they’re playing in a weaker Conference compared to 2010 and sitting much higher in the standings yet their team statistics are not nearly as good this year.

Chicago‘s removed players from 2010:

  • Tomas Kopecky
  • Troy Brouwer
  • Brian Campbell
  • Jake Dowell
  • Jack Skille
  • Fernando Pisani
  • Jassen Cullimore
  • Nick Boynton
  • Chris Campoli
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Jordan Hendry
  • Marty Turco

Chicago’s additions in 2011

  • Andrew Brunette
  • Steve Montador
  • Marcus Kruger
  • Jamal Mayers
  • Daniel Carcillo
  • Andrew Shaw
  • Jimmy Hayes
  • Brendan Morrison
  • Rostislav Olesz
  • Sami Lepisto
  • Ray Emery

Intangibles to think about comparing last year’s team to this year’s team.

  • Corey Crawford was lights out last season; in 2011 he’s been sub-par. Outstanding at times yet in other games he’s been mediocre at best.
  • Rookies Shaw, Kruger, and Hayes (now in Rockford) have been a pleasant surprise.
  • Ray Emery has been very good this year; last year Marty Turco was not.
  • It’s tough to replace what Brian Campbell brought to the team with youngster Nick Leddy and veteran Steve Montador along with John Scott, Sami Lepisto and Sean O’Donnell.
  • This year’s Blackhawks team has the top four defenseman playing heavy minutes while the bottom defensive pairing hardly get any playing time at all.
  • The team defence has taken a big step back compared to last season and a huge step back from the 2009/2010 season.

Moreover, the Blackhawks are marginally better. Stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are more seasoned and Marian Hossa is having an outstanding year plus with the emergence of Viktor Stalberg along with the impressive rookies it is helping to carry the keep these Blackhawks in contention for 1st overall in the Western Conference.

Is Chicago a true Stanley Cup contender? Sure, but the chances of going all the way with this current team are slim to none. Changes need to be made and not only on the personnel side of things.

Kudos to Zimbio.com for the photos.

Thanks for reading as always,

TK0N

 

Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers

Chicago will try to tie up the season series with Edmonton tonight and attempt some sort of revenge against the Oilers who play the Hawks extremely well. It’s been a month to the day that the Oilers defeated the Hawks 4-3 in Chicago but few remember that game and only refer to the 9-2 thrashing back on November 19, 2011. Blackhawks players all spoke about that 9-2 loss prior to their 4-3 loss to Edmonton; I wonder if Chicago will actually do something this time.

While Edmonton is extremely proud of that huge victory against Chicago, their record is 9-19-3 since that match-up. Chicago, on the other hand, is in a slump having lost their last 3 games and their last 5 road games on top of that.

It’s an important game for both teams; the Hawks are playing their 2nd game of their current 9 game road trip and will visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow evening. Edmonton will have Devan Dubnyk starting in goal which will be his fourth straight start and Chicago will counter with Corey Crawford. Expect Ray Emery to start tomorrow for the Blackhawks in Calgary.

 

Here are some all-time statistics and notes on the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Edmonton Oilers.

Game will be played at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB

Current records:

Edmonton              50 GP 19W-26L-5OT for 43pts 125GF 144 GA

Chicago                  51 GP 29W-15L-7OT for 65pts 164GF 147 GA

All-Time head to head for Chicago vs. Edmonton

  • 116 Games played
  • 54Wins
  • 45 Losses
  • 12 Ties
  • 5 OTL
  • 405 Goals For
  • 397 Goals Against
  • 3.49 GF/G
  • 3.42 GA/G

Chicago Leading Scorers

  • Marian Hossa 53
  • Jonathan Toews 51
  • Patrick Kane 42
  • Patrick Sharp 40
  • Viktor Stalberg 30

 

Edmonton Leading Scorers

  • Jordan Eberle 46
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 35
  • Ryan Smythe 34
  • Taylor Hall 34
  • Shawn Horcoff 25

Chicago News and Notes:

  • Just came off a 3-2OT loss against rival Vancouver Canucks
  • Hawks are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games
  • Hawks are in 2nd in the NHL with 164 goals scored
  • Hawks are 22nd in the NHL with 147 goals against
  • +17 goal differential on the year ranked 9th in the NHL
  • Tied for 10th  overall on the Power Play scoring at a 18.8 %
  • Ranked 28th overall on the Penalty Kill defending at a 77.9%
  • Corey Crawford is 18-12-5 with a 2.86 GAA and a .902 sv%
  • Ray Emery is 11-3-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .907 sv%

 

Edmonton News and Notes:

  • Edmonton Oilers are coming off a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche
  • Edmonton is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games
  • Edmonton is 23rd   in the NHL with 125 goals scored
  • Edmonton is 19th   in the NHL with 144 goals against
  • -19 goal differential on the year to rank 23rd  in the NHL
  • Ranked 3rd  overall on the Power Play scoring at a 21.6%
  • Ranked 16th  overall on the Penalty Kill defending at a 82.4%
  • Nikolai Khabibulin is 11-15-4 with a 2.45GAA and a .918 sv%
  • Devan Dubnyk is 8-11-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .911sv%

TK

Thanks to Zimbio.com for the use of the photo.

 

Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks

There is no surprise what is forthcoming when these two teams meet up as the rivalry between the two is quite a heated one to say the least. It seems that the rivalry between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins is slightly more hostile compared to the Chicago rivalry simply because of the heartbreaking loss the Canucks had last year in 7 games in the Stanley Cup final.

The hatred, however, will be renewed once the puck drops Tuesday evening in Vancouver and it’s a guarantee it will be yet another intense game filled with drama. The hatred is one of respect between the two clubs if players, management, media or even fans for that matter like to admit it or not, respect of the skill on both sides, of course.

While the Blackhawks dominate in all time statistics as seen later in the blog, the times have certainly changed. Vancouver narrowly defeated a Chicago team last year in the playoffs in a 7 games series but looking at this year’s comparison one would have to give an edge to Vancouver statistically as the Canucks are near the top of the league in almost every statistical category.

Most people do know that you can pretty much throw statistics out the window when these two clubs meet because the intensity is raised to a brand new level and is quite close to a playoff atmosphere.

Blackhawks fans are waiting impatiently to hear if injured superstar Jonathan Toews and sniper Patrick Sharp will be returning to the line-up for Tuesday night’s clash. Expect Corey Crawford to start in goal for Chicago and newcomer Brendan Morrison to start on the second line centering Marian Hossa and more than likely rookie Andrew Shaw unless Sharp is ready to go. Morrison, 36, was acquired via a trade with the Calgary Flames over the All-Star weekend and had his best years with the Vancouver Canucks. Cory Schneider will be starting for Vancouver.

Here are some all-time statistics and notes on the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Vancouver Canucks.

Game will be played at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia

Current records:

Vancouver              49 GP 30W-15L-4OT for 64pts 158GF 122 GA

Chicago                  50 GP 29W-15L-6OT for 64pts 162GF 144 GA

All-Time head to head for Chicago vs. Vancouver

  • 169 Games played
  • 78Wins
  • 64 Losses
  • 22  Ties
  • 5 OTL
  • 538 Goals For
  • 458 Goals Against
  • 3.18 GF/G
  • 2.71 GA/G

Chicago Leading Scorers

  • Marian Hossa 53
  • Jonathan Toews 50
  • Patrick Kane 41
  • Patrick Sharp 40
  • Viktor Stalberg 29

 

Vancouver Leading Scorers

  • Henrik Sedin 52
  • Daniel Sedin 51
  • Alexander Edler 34
  • Ryan Kesler 33
  • Alexandre Burrows 32

Chicago News and Notes:

  • Just came off 2 losses to the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-2 & 3-1 respectively
  • Hawks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games
  • Hawks are tied of 2nd in the NHL with 162 goals scored
  • Hawks are 22nd in the NHL with 144 goals against
  • +18 goal differential on the year ranked 9th in the NHL
  • Tied for 8th  overall on the Power Play scoring at a 19.0 %
  • Ranked 28th overall on the Penalty Kill defending at a 77.9%
  • Corey Crawford is 18-12-4 with a 2.86 GAA and a .902 sv%
  • Ray Emery is 11-3-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .907 sv%

 

Vancouver News and Notes:

  • Vancouver is coming off a 3-2 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers
  • Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games
  • Vancouver is 5th  in the NHL with 158 goals scored
  • Vancouver is 7th  in the NHL with 122 goals against
  • +36 goal differential on the year to rank 3rd  in the NHL
  • Ranked 1st  overall on the Power Play scoring at a 23.0%
  • Ranked 6th  overall on the Penalty Kill defending at a 85.4%
  • Roberto Luongo is 20-10-4 with a 2.39GAA and a .918 sv%
  • Cory Schneider is 10-5-0 with a 2.30 GAA and a .927 sv%

Enjoy the game as it will be a great one.

TK

Thanks to Zimbio.com for the use of the photo.

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