Feb 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) handles the puck against the Nashville Predators during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks Have Tremendous Start to Shortened Season


The Chicago Blackhawks, who are now 10-0-2, have the best record in the NHL. They have performed above expectations. They are 2-0-0 at home, and 8-0-2 on the road.  Corey Crawford has been has played in nine games, facing 231 shots, and only allowing 15 goals. Everyone knows a good team has a good back-up goaltender, which

Feb 5, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) defends the shot by San Jose Sharks right wing Adam Burish (37) during the third period at HP Pavilion. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

Chicago has. Ray Emery has played in the other three games, notching a win in each one. After 100 shots he faced, he saved 92 of them, making his GAA 2.59. Crawford’s GAA is 1.62. But, goaltenders, although a vital organ of the hockey team, they aren’t the only ones that are under the microscope.

Patrick Kane has a total of 19 points on the season, also holding the top spot of time on ice with 19:29 per game. Next on the list are Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, both with 12 points. Toews has 19:16 TOI/game and Hossa has 18:15 TOI/game. Between these three, they hold 21 goals and 22 assists. The only two forwards with a negative plus/minus rating are Marcus Kruger and Dave Bolland, with a -1 rating. The Blackhawk forwards make up 38 goals in 12 games. Now for the defense.

Leading the defenseman in virtually every category is Duncan Keith. He has five points, 25 penalty minutes, and 22 shots. He also leads the entire team in ice time per game with 23:57. Johnny Oduyaleads the defense

with a plus/minus rating of +9. Sheldon Brookbank, only participating in eight games, is the only defenseman with a negative plus/minus rating, with a low -1.The Blackhawks have a great start to their season, and it seems to me that they have a pretty good chance at winning the Stanley Cup this year. Sure, it’s a little too soon, but it seems like they have the drive, and the competitiveness, to repeat what they did in 2010. With the team they have, it’s going to be hard to compete with them. To get the best hockey news around, go to www.toomanymenonthesite.com and follow @TooManyMenOTS on Twitter. Toss me a follow too @NardoneDylan.

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