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Advanced Stats: An Introduction

The theme this summer in the NHL world was advanced stats, as ‘basement bloggers’ rose up and started to take their place in the big leagues.  Advocates for analytics including Darryl Metcalf (founder of ExtraSkater.com) Kyle Dubas, and Tyler Dellow, among others, have been snapped up by NHL teams as newly formed or expanded analytic departments become more valuable to teams.  As the ‘summer of analytics’ continues, it's leaving in its wake some confused and dubious fans asking themselves if corsi or fenwick, whatever they are, are actually that important.  They are, but it can ...

This is it: Hawks and Kings go to Game 7

It’s all come down to a one-game, winner-takes-all epic showdown at the Madhouse on Sunday night, and the hype couldn’t be higher for the Blackahwks/Kings showdown for Game 7.  The Hawks took a nerve-wracking Game 6 with a score of 4-3, sending the series back to the United Center, where the winner of Game 7 will move on to the Stanley cup final for the second time in the last three years to face the New York Rangers.  This will be the King’s third Game 7 of the playoffs, after taking both the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to seven games in their previous two playoff series.

'Zus strikes down Kings; Hawks force Game 6

In a matchup that felt more like a Game 7 than a Game 5, the Hawks and Kings put on a show in a 5-4 double OT win for the Blackhawks.  Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both made 40 saves, and it was Michal Handzus who would put it away for the Hawks 2:04 into the second overtime period.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a power play just 1:13 into the first that had Drew Doughty in the box for tripping Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook let los...

Hawks look to take 2-0 series lead against Kings

The Blackhawks face off against the Kings again Wednesday night on home ice, with the hopes that they can head to LA with a 2-0 lead over their conference final opponents.  The Kings, despite outshooting the Hawks 17-6 in the second period of Game 1, couldn’t truly solve Corey Crawford, and Chicago also believes that there’s another level that they haven’t yet reached in the postseason.

 

The Kings went into Game 1 with less than forty-eight...

Hawks gear up to face LA Kings

The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.

Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.

The Los Angeles Kings have faced elimina...

Hawks look to take Game 2 against Wild

After a 5-2 win at the United Center on Friday night, the Hawks are looking to keep up their winning ways at home with another victory in a Sunday matinee matchup against the Wild.

 

Though the Hawks came away victorious in Friday’s game, they did so after being vastly outplayed in the second period, getting outshout 17-3 but managing to keep the game within reach before turning it on in the third.  They also lost teammate and playoff pest Andrew Shaw, who l...

Blackhawks take 1-0 lead in Western Semifinals vs Wild

One of these days, the Chicago Blackhawks will play the level of hockey they're capable of for a full sixty minutes, and the other team will end up looking silly.

Tonight wasn't one of those nights, but the Blackhawks still came away with a 5-2 win in Game 1 of the Western Semifinals vs. the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks scored their first two goals on the power play. Bryan Bickell tipped a Brent Seabrook blast to put Chicago on the board first, late in the first.

After a strong first, the Blackhawks let the Wild take over in the second. Minnesota not only limited Chicago to a mere 3 SOG, but they peppered Corey Crawford with 17. Despite that, the Blackhawk...

Blackhawks tie up series 2-2 on third OT of series

Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.

However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.

The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.

St. Louis starte...

Hawks fall to Blues in first playoff game

The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis.  Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.

 

It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.

In defense of Jeremy Morin

Jeremy Morin has followed a similar career path as Brandon Pirri, bouncing between the minors and big league club and never really sticking or making consistent contributions.  Pirri was traded to Florida, and many thought Morin would be the next out of Rockford. Instead, he’s making his case for the playoffs, and it’s a good one.  After scoring four goals in the last five games, Morin was spotted at Tuesday’s practice with a white practice jersey on- which means he’s a ‘5th line guy’ or healthy scratch.  This should not happen.

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