Blackhawks vs Wild, Game 1 : Game Day Numbers

Jonathan Daniel

The Blackhawks and Wild are all set to start the second playoffs series against each other in two years.

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Chicago Blackhawks (4-2) vs Minnesota Wild (4-3)

8:30 PM CDT, United Center – Chicago, IL

TV : NBCSN

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Enemy Territory : Hockey Wilderness

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Bryan BickellJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Patrick SharpBen SmithPatrick Kane

Brandon SaadMarcus KrugerAndrew Shaw

Brandon BolligMichal HandzusKris Versteeg

Defensive Pairings

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Johnny OduyaNiklas Hjalmarsson

Nick LeddyMichal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford ((4-2, .935 Sv%, 1.98 GAA, 1 SO)

Here is a heat map of all goals against Corey Crawford from www.sportingcharts.com

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Leading Scorers

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Jonathan Toews 6 3 4 7 4
Duncan Keith 6 2 5 7 5
Patrick Kane 6 3 3 6 6
Brent Seabrook 3 2 4 6 4
Andrew Shaw 6 2 2 4 0

Power Play

Regular Season: 19.5%

Sharp, Kane: 10 PPG; Toews, Shaw: 5 PPG; Leddy, Hossa: 4 PPG; Keith, Seabrook: 3 PPG

Playoffs: 15% (versus St. Louis Blues who had 85.7% PK% during the regular season)

Seabrook, Toews, Shaw: 1 PPG

Penalty Kill

Regular Season: 81.4%

Playoffs: 93.1% (versus St. Louis Blues who had 19.8% PP% during the regular season)

PPGA: 1

Possession Numbers

Season FF% 5v5 Close League Rank FF% 5v5 League Rank
Regular Season 55.2 2nd 55.4 2nd
Playoffs 48.0 11th 48.7 11th

St. Louis Blues FF% 5v5 Close League Rank FF% 5v5 League Rank
Regular Season 53.1 7th 53.7 4th
Playoffs 52.0 6th 51.3 7th

As you can see, the St. Louis Blues were among the best teams in the NHL during the regular season in terms of puck possession. Matched against another strong puck possession team, the Blackhawks, the playoff series resulted in both teams ending up near the middle of the pack in terms of rank.

These player usage charts from www.extraskater.com give us some insight into how the players fared during the regular season and the first round of the playoffs.

*how to read usage charts

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Chicago Blackhawks Regular Season

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St. Louis Blues Regular Season

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Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Round 1

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St. Louis Blues Playoffs Round 1

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Probable Wild Lineup

Forwards

Matt Moulson – Mikko KoivuCharlie Coyle

Zach PariseMikael GranlundJason Pominville

Nino NiederreiterErik HaulaDany Heatley

Cody McCormick – Kyle Brodziak – Stephane Veilleux

Defensive Pairings

Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin

Jared SpurgeonMarco Scandella

Nate Prosser – Clayton Stoner

Goaltender

Ilya Bryzgalov (1-2, .826 save %, 4.25 GAA, 0 SO)

Goals Against Heat Map from www.sportingcharts.com

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Leading Scorers

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Zach Parise 7 3 7 10 0 6
Mikko Koivu 7 1 5 6 -1 8
Charlie Coyle 7 3 2 5 0 6
Kyle Brodziak 6 2 3 5 1 2
Mikael Granlund 7 2 3 5 3 2

Power Play

Regular Season: 17.9%

Parise: 14 PPG; Pominville: 7 PPG; Heatley, Suter, Brodin: 3 PPG

Playoffs: 14.3% (versus Colorado Avalanche who had 80.7% PK% during the regular season)

Coyle, Parise, Suter: 1 PPG

Penalty Kill

Regular Season: 78.8%

Playoffs: 88.0% (versus Colorado Avalanche who had 19.8% PP% during the regular season)

PPGA: 2

Possession Numbers

Season FF% 5v5 Close League Rank FF% 5v5 League Rank
Regular Season 48.6 21st 49.0 23rd
Playoffs 61.3 1st 59.5 1st

Colorado Avalanche FF% 5v5 Close League Rank FF% 5v5 League Rank
Regular Season 46.8 27th 46.6 27th
Playoffs 38.7% 16th 40.5 16th

The Avalanche were among the worst teams in the NHL during the regular season in terms of puck possession. It is no surprise that the Wild were able to vastly out possess the Avalanche during their playoff series. Minnesota ended up first in puck possession in the first round of the playoffs while their opponent held down the last spot.

Here are the usage charts from www.extraskater.com for the Wild and Avalanche.

Minnesota Wild Regular Season

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Colorado Avalanche Regular Season

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Minnesota Wild Playoffs Round 1

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Colorado Avalanche Playoffs Round 1

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