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Blackhawks by the numbers: Jonathan Toews

Tuesday, 07.03.2012 / 1:00 AM / Features
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson  - chicagoblackhawks.com
Jonathan Toews logged 57 points (29G, 28A) in 59 regular-season appearances this season, and shared the team lead in goals (2) and points (4) in the postseason.

There is little doubt that when Jonathan Toews is on the ice, he's one of the top all-around players and best leaders in the NHL. Here's a look at some of Toews' most impressive numbers from the 2011-12 season.

Toews' Quality of Competition this season (per Behind the Net), fifth-highest on the team and third-highest among forwards after Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw. In addition to playing against the best players in the league night in and night out, Toews started 64.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, where his proficiency at the faceoff dot made him the team's best asset in attacking situations.

Average shorthanded time per game, pacing Chicago forwards despite totaling just 110:36 of shorthanded ice time in an injury-shortened campaign.

Number of penalty shots converted by Toews this season, becoming the first player in Blackhawks history to accomplish this feat. Toews capitalized on penalty-shot opportunities at the United Center on Dec. 30 against the Detroit Red Wings and in New York on Feb. 16 against the Rangers. The latter effort sparked a four-goal first period that resulted in a 4-2 victory over the Blueshirts, snapping a season-long nine-game losing streak.

Players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first five NHL seasons. Toews joined this elite club after recording 24 goals in his rookie campaign and maintaining that goal production every season since (34 in 2008-09, 25 in 2009-10, 32 in 2010-11, and 29 in 2011-12). Teammate Patrick Kane and Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard are the only other two Blackhawks to join the 20-plus goal club in each of their first five seasons.

Time it took for Toews to score on April 12, in his first appearance back from a 22-game absence. The goal was the first for the Blackhawks in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes, and it came on just Toews' second shift of the game. Toews recorded two goals and two assists in six playoff games, tied for the team lead with Patrick Kane, and a team-high +4 plus/minus rating.

Points scored against Anaheim on Nov. 26, a career high for Toews. Of the five points (2G, 3A), four were registered in the third period. Toews recorded all three primary assists on Patrick Sharp's hat trick, and his power-play goal at 9:22 of the final frame was the eventual game-winner.

Points scored in a season-long six-game point streak from Jan. 10-20, including five goals and four helpers. The Blackhawks were 5-0-1 in that span. Toews also recorded ten points (5G, 5A) in a five-game point streak from Nov. 10-18. Toews notched 18 points (9G, 9A) in 14 games in November, his highest monthly output of the season.

Goals scored by Toews either in tie-game situations or when the Blackhawks were trailing by a goal, or 62 percent of his goal output.

Average ice time per game, pacing all Blackhawks forwards and setting a career high. Toews averaged 15:41 at even strength, good for second among forwards (after Patrick Kane), paced all forwards with 1:52 per game on the penalty kill, and ranked third on the team with an average power-play ice time of 3:16, demonstrating his importance to the team in all game situations.

Road points (15G, 18A) recorded by Toews in 2011-12, good for 57.9 percent of his overall production. Toews has scored more on the road than at home in each of the last three seasons, often while playing against the home team's checking line.

Points recorded by Toews (29G, 28A) in just 59 games this season. He was among the league's point leaders and had been considered a frontrunner for a Hart Trophy nomination for league MVP before missing the last 22 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

Winning percentage in the faceoff circle. No player in the league had a better faceoff percentage than the Blackhawks captain, who also led all Blackhawks with 675 faceoff wins. Toews won 117 of 177 offensive-zone draws while on the man advantage, allowing the Blackhawks' top power-play unit to start with puck 66.1 percent of the time. On the penalty kill, Toews went 44-for-86 at the dot in his own zone, winning over half his draws with the team down a man.

Career points in the NHL for Toews, who crossed the 300-point milestone on Dec. 14 at Minnesota with an assist on a power-play tally by Marian Hossa. His 144 career goals ranks 26th all-time and are one away from tying Ed Litzenberger, another Stanley Cup-winning captain.