POSTED ON Monday, 06.1.2015 / 3:52 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / Through The Glass photo blog

The Blackhawks and Ducks staged a seven-game thriller to determine the Western Conference representative to the Stanley Cup Final, and the action included three overtime games (six overtime periods), plenty of highlight-reel plays and saves and much more. Behind the Glass takes you inside Chicago's journey to their third finals appearance in six years.

Brent Seabrook pays special attention to his sticks during practice the day before Game 1 in Anaheim. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean)


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POSTED ON Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:35 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Brandon Anderson/Muskegon Lumberjacks)

1st Star: RW Matheson Iacopelli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 1A

Iacopelli, Chicago’s third-round draft pick in 2014, got off to a great start in the USHL playoffs, tallying four goals and one assist in Muskegon’s first three games against Youngstown, including the Game 1 overtime winner last Wednesday. Last season’s leading goal-scorer paces the league in playoff scoring so far and shares third in points. Iacopelli finished his second USHL season notched 37 points (23G, 14A) in 56 regular-season games with the Lumberjacks, who lead 2-1 in their first-round series, with Game 4 to be played on Monday evening.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:03 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Spencer Abbott, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP 4G 2A

Abbott’s hot streak continued last week to help Rockford push for home ice in the playoffs, compiling four goals and two assists in three appearances. The 26-year-old led the IceHogs to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday with four points (2G, 2A) in the contest, then added goals in wins over Iowa and Charlotte last weekend. Abbott has 20 points in 16 games since joining Rockford in March and leads the team with 44 points (18G, 26A) overall this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.6.2015 / 1:58 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 3A

Hartman played a big part in helping the IceHogs secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2010, after picking up three goals and three assists in three outings last week. The 2013 first-round pick assisted on Rockford’s only goal in a 6-1 loss at Grand Rapids on Wednesday, then scored twice in a 6-2 win over the Griffins on Friday and posted three points (1G, 2A) in a 7-2 victory over Rochester on Saturday. Hartman extended his point streak to four games and now ranks sixth on the team with 32 points (13G, 19A) in 62 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.30.2015 / 12:18 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Alex Broadhurst, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 2G, 1A

Broadhurst compiled a three-game point streak for Rockford last week, tallying twice — his first goals of the season — and adding an assist. The Orland Park, Ill., native missed four months with a fractured arm, but has picked up the pace upon his return as the IceHogs are on the verge of securing a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008 while challenging for the Midwest Division title.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.23.2015 / 2:06 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy AK Bars Kazan)

1st Star: G Anders Nilsson, AK Bars Kazan (KHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3-0-0, 2 shutouts

Nilsson stretched his win streak to four games after going 3-0 in the second round of the playoffs last week; he also notched his second and third postseason shutouts, including a 21-save effort on his 25th birthday on March 19, and has allowed just one goal over his last three appearances. The Swedish native improved his record to 8-2 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in the KHL playoffs, helping AK Bars Kazan advance to the Eastern Conference Final against Sibir.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.16.2015 / 2:22 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Eric Classen/University of North Dakota Athletics)

1st Star: D Nick Mattson, University of North Dakota (NCHC)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 3A

The senior defenseman had a huge weekend, helping ND move past Colorado College and secure a semifinal berth in the Frozen Faceoff. Mattson tallied the game-winner and added two assists in a 5-1 win on Friday, then posted a helper in North Dakota’s 3-2 win the next night. The 2010 sixth-round pick now ranks second among team defensemen with 20 points (4G, 16A) in 28 games this season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.9.2015 / 2:50 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Richard Gagnon/Notre Dame Athletics)

1st Star: C Vincent Hinostroza, University of Notre Dame (H-EAST)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A

Hinostroza’s five points in three games against UMass helped Notre Dame advance in the Hockey East tournament; the 2012 sixth-round pick also moved into a tie for 10th in the nation in points, with 43 (11G, 32A) in 39 games. Hinostroza tallied once in the NCAA record-setting 5OT contest on Friday that opened the series, added two more goals in a 5-3 win the next night and posted two helpers in Sunday’s 7-0 victory to cap off the first round. Notre Dame moves on to face UMass-Lowell in the conference quarterfinals next weekend.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.2.2015 / 4:13 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Mark McNeill, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 4A

McNeill’s line led Rockford to two wins over the Texas Stars last weekend, with the 2011 first-round draft pick notching a goal and two helpers in each contest, including the only assist on Pierre-Cedric Labrie’s overtime game-winner in a 4-3 win on Friday. McNeill’s offensive explosion snapped a six-game streak without a point, and he now shares second on the team with 31 points (16G, 15A) in 43 games this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 10:40 AM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Stan Bowman's dedication to advanced stats and Joel Quenneville's ability to draw success out of his team: a winning combination for the Blackhawks.

ESPN The Magazine released their Analytics Issue this week, featuring a comprehensive ranking of 122 professional sports teams across the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL on their use of analytics—assessing buy-in from executives and coaches, investment level and overall approach.

Hockey, as a whole, may be a bit behind baseball and basketball in the prevalence of analytics, but the Blackhawks certainly break the mold. They’re the only NHL organization to appear in the Overall Top 10, and the only club in the “All-In” category among hockey teams. While other clubs are certified “Believers” in the analytics movement, the Blackhawks were early adopters, hiring an analytics firm in 2009 shortly after Stan Bowman was promoted to General Manager.

It’s a winning strategy, especially combined with Head Coach Joel Quenneville’s experience behind the bench: Chicago has posted the highest SAT% among 30 teams since 2009-10, the season they broke a 49-year championship drought.

Bowman is quoted in the article as saying, "We're always trying to expand and add a new component each year that we do a little more with."

Considering the growing list of teams that have also bought into the statistical revolution, staying one step ahead of the pack could be crucial for the Blackhawks on their quest for more Stanley Cups.

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