Here’s a look at the Chicago Blackhawks by the numbers:
Lately Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been going with the philosophy of the more Patrick Kane, the better. Kane has played 21-plus minutes in the last five games. He’s especially been seeing more ice time on the power play. He played 3:46 out of a possible four minutes on the power play on Sunday.
The Blackhawks are 7-2 in shootouts this season. They were 6-8 in them last season. Kane scored once on 11 chances last season, and he’s scored six goals on nine opportunities this season. The Blackhawks’ goaltenders also have a .806 save percentage in shootouts this season compared to .643 last season.
Kane has recorded points in 37 of 57 games this season. He hasn’t gone more than two games without a point. He’s had nine games where he’s had two points and 10 games of three points. Brad Richards has been on the ice for 16 of Kane’s 19 5-on-5 goals and 24 of his 33 points.
Niklas Hjalmarsson snapped a 41-game goalless streak by scoring on Sunday. Michal Rozsival has the current longest goalless streak at 28 games. Ben Smith has the longest one for forwards at 23 games.
Patrick Sharp played 13:08 against the New Jersey Devils on Friday and 13:04 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. It was the first time he was limited to less than 14 minutes in consecutive games since the 2006-07 season.
February has often been a good month for Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. He has a .932 save percentage (177 saves on 190 shots) through six games this February. It ties for the second-best save percentage he’s ever had in a month with a minimum of six starts. He also had a .932 save percentage in February of 2011. His career-best save percentage was .956 in February of 2013.
Jonathan Toews is tied for third in the league with 15 primary assists in 5-on-5 play. He has 21 total assists at 5-on-5.
The Blackhawks have killed off 14 of 15 penalties in the last eight games. They increased their penalty-kill percentage by 0.6 during that span. They lead the league with a 87.9 percentage.
Duncan Keith and Toews lead the Blackhawks with a plus-16 goal differential in 5-on-5 play. They are followed by David Rundblad (plus-15), Kris Versteeg (plus-12) and Brandon Saad (plus-12). Johnny Oduya has the worst differential at minus-12 and is followed by Andrew Shaw (minus-10) and Sharp (minus-8).
Toews leads the Blackhawks in penalties drawn at 15. Saad (13), Shaw (12), Kane (11), Bickell (10) and Kruger (10) are also in the double digits.
Marian Hossa scored seven goals on 13 shots in four games. He had 10 goals on 153 shots the previous 52 games.