Here’s a look at some notable statistics through three games in the Chicago Blackhawks-Nashville Predators’ first-round series:
1. Neither team is dominating in possession when the game is within a goal during the first two periods or tied in the third period (which is otherwise known as Corsi close). But the team with the higher possession-percentage in those situations has won each game. The Blackhawks had a 53.4 Corsi close percentage in Game 1 and a 50.7 percentage in Game 3. The Predators had a 52.9 percentage in Game 2.
2. The Predators have scored 11 goals in the series, and Mike Ribeiro, Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm have each been on the ice for seven of those goals. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been on the ice for seven of the Blackhawks’ 10 goals. Ekholm has the best 5-on-5 goal differential as a plus-6 in the series. Predators defenseman Seth Jones has the worst at minus-4 and is followed by Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya at minus-3.
3. The Predators have owned the first period and the Blackhawks have done the same with second period. The Predators have scored in the first period in all three games and have outscored the Blackhawks 6-2 in the period. The Blackhawks have scored in the second period in all three games and have outscored the Predators 7-2 in the period. The Predators are the only team to score in the third period, and they tallied all three of their goals in the second game.
4. Keith’s presence on the ice makes a major difference for the Blackhawks. They have attempted 81 shots and had 52 shots taken against them with Keith on the ice in 5-on-5 situations. No one is near his plus-29 Corsi for the series. The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw and the Predators’ Filip Forsberg are tied for second at plus-14. The Predators’ Colin Wilson has the series’ worst Corsi at minus-21 and is followed by Oduya at minus-19.
5. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne allowed four 5-on-5 goals for just the second time this season in Game 3. In 5-on-5 situations this season, he’s allowed three goals 10 times, two goals 23 times, one goal 15 times and zero goals 17 times. The Blackhawks scored two 5-on-5 goals on him in Game 2 and one in Game 1. Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling has allowed opponents to two or fewer 5-on-5 goals in 15 of 16 appearances this season.
6. Predators defenseman Roman Josi leads the league during the playoffs with 15 blocked shots and 30:46 average ice time. Keith is second in average ice time at 30:17. Smith has a league-best 16 shots on net.