Category Archives: Stat Analysis

Hawks-Nucks: Hits Count

Much has been made of the physicality in this year’s Blackhawks-Canucks series.  While the Canucks hold a substantial (+46) advantage in the overall credited hits column, they also (according to official scorers in Vancouver) collected a hefty 40 to 14 margin over Chicago in Game 5.  This on a night the Canucks were shutout in their home rink and have worked themselves into a situation where they could see their season slipping away if they don’t get their act together fast.

Now one aspect sometimes overlooked when analyzing hit counts is that if one team has the puck, they’re not looking for hits or finishing checks.  So if one team owns the puck for a great majority of the game, or is sitting back protecting a hefty lead (which the Hawks were in Game 5 as well) they’re not forechecking as hard and thus not finishing as many checks.  Thus why hit counts can oftentimes be misleading.

By periods in Game 5, Vancouver out-hit Chicago 12-4. 17-5 and 11-5.

From a Blackhawks’ perspective you can see how certain players such as Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg have dug into their roles and pressured the Canucks when they’ve been on the ice.  They along with Troy Brouwer (the Hawks regular season hits leader) and Chris Campoli on the blue line have been the most physical Hawks. Read more »

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Blackhawks shooters; 2010-11 by the numbers

On Monday night’s Hockeenight PuckCast, and on our show in the past, we’ve mentioned some Blackhawks’ goal scorer in-detail statistics.  The following is a full list of those figures for the Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 regular season.

Here we take a look at where the Hawks’ goal scorers do their work; statistical data to back up who gets to the net and who doesn’t…. Which Blackhawks need to shoot more and who should keep it in their pocket…. and who has trouble getting their attempts on net.

Goals scored – Average distance from the net (average excludes empty-net goals)

Distance measured in feet (total goals, minus ENG in parenthesis), For players such as Michael Frolik and Jack Skille, only goals scored while with the Blackhawks this season are figured.

Hendry, Jordan – 8.0 – (1)

Johnson, Ryan – 8.0 – (1)

Boynton, Nick – 10.0 – (1)

Dowell, Jake – 11.0 – (4) – detail [7-9-7-21]

Brouwer, Troy – 14.5 – (17) [furthest 31, next was 23ft]

Bolland, Dave – 15.9 – (14) Read more »

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Leaders TOI, Blackhawks record when.. through 47 games

Those who subscribe, or regularly purchase The Committed Indian may recall last week Sam Fels mention the Blackhawks record when Brian Campbell leads the team in ice time.  Since we’ve been doing a bunch of statistical analysis of late, we decided to look up the exact numbers across the board.  Sam mentioned Campbell’s exact number in Wednesday’s Indian, but here we have everything and in some detail.

A few of you may have seen the original post for this last Wednesday before our site upgrade and software updates went awry and we went down for approximately 45 hours.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed we did lose just about everything.  But anyway… Read more »

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Duncan Keith troubles and trends; team shot attempts

Ask Brian Campbell.  Big money typically results in double the scrutiny.

We made the point last season once Duncan Keith signed his 13-year $72 million contract extension, in turn making Keith the highest-paid player in the history of the organization.  Sometimes the scrutiny is unfair or unjust.  But nitpicking the performance of athletes is a scene hardly unique to a specific sport or era.  High ticket prices and the public’s knowledge of player salaries have intensified this though. Read more »

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