The Friday Five: In Good Company
Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.
1. Jonathan Toews is one of three Blackhawks and one of only 20 player in NHL history to post a +10 or better plus/minus rating in his first six seasons (since 1967-68, the first season the league began tracking the plus/minus stat).
The 24-year-old paces Chicago and is second in the NHL with a +28 plus/minus rating. Blackhawks alumni Cliff Koroll and Keith Magnuson also completed the feat during their tenure in Chicago. Of the 20 players in NHL history to do so since 1967-68, the only active skaters are Toews and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne.
2. The Blackhawks have allowed a league-low 98 goals for an average of 2.02 per game.
Chicago’s defensive efforts and goaltending success is evident in their league-leading goals-against average. Additionally, the Blackhawks’ penalty kill has gone 43-for-45 in the last 18 games. Chicago ranks fourth in the NHL with a 87.0 penalty kill percentage and shares third with five shorthanded goals.
3. At age 24, Patrick Kane ranks 23rd all-time among Blackhawks skaters in assists.
Kane is just the second American-born NHL player to score at least 20 goals in each of his first six seasons. The Buffalo native ranks fifth in the NHL with 22 goals in 46 games. Kane has posted 275 career assists, sixth-best among active American-born skaters.
4. Chicago owns a 19-3-5 record in games decided by one goal.
That works out to a 70.4 win percentage in those contests. The Blackhawks’ 19 one-goal victories pace the league.
5. Rookie Brandon Saad shares third among league rookies in points (26) and assists (16).
The 20-year-old has 23 points (7G, 16A) his last 27 contests, logging points in 17 of those games. Saad leads league rookies with a +16 plus/minus rating, and his 10 goals share fifth among first-year players.