Postseason Numbers Game: WCQF Game 1
Tonight, the Blackhawks face off against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, the first postseason meeting between the two franchises. Before the puck drops, check out the Stanley Cup Playoff stats and trivia you need to know.
1. Patrick Kane leads all active Blackhawks with 48 career points (20G, 28A) in 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The 23-year-old’s 48 career postseason points are tied for 15th in Chicago franchise history (Chris Chelios and Cliff Koroll). The Buffalo native's 1.07 points per game in the postseason is tied with Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr for fifth among active NHL players.
2. Despite appearing in only four games in last year's quarterfinal series against Vancouver, Dave Bolland shared the team lead with 6 points (2G, 4A).
Bolland also paced the club with a +6 plus/minus rating against the Canucks. The center has averaged 16:27 of ice time per game in his regular-season career, but has been called upon to log an average of 18:48 per game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
3. Patrick Sharp leads active Blackhawks and ranks 11th on the franchise leaderboard with 21 career goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The forward needs two goals to tie Tom Lysiak for tenth and three goals to tie Darryl Sutter for the ninth spot in Blackhawks franchise history.
4. Defenseman Duncan Keith led Chicago with 4 goals and shared the team lead with 6 points (4G, 2A) in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinal against Vancouver.
Keith leads active Blackhawks blueliners with 29 points (6G, 23A) in 46 career Stanley Cup Playoffs tilts.
5. Since 2009, the Blackhawks have posted a 11-8 record in Western Conference Quarterfinal tilts, winning two of three opening-round series.
Chicago has posted a 3-5 record in Game 1 of a postseason series since 2009. The Blackhawks have an all-time series record of 27-10 when winning Game 1 of a playoff contest.
6. During their playing careers, Chicago's Joel Quenneville and Coyotes bench boss Dave Tippett were teammates for six seasons with the Hartford Whalers.
Quenneville and Tippett played together from 1983-90, winning the Adams Divison in 1987.