After beating the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout on Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks probably felt that they needed a little more momentum to head into their game against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. That momentum came in the form of a stack of statistics from their game against the Dallas Stars that would make the average person’s head spin.
First is the score. It was an 8-1 free-for-all in scoring, with a healthy majority of the roster gaining at least a point on the night and no one having a plus-minus in the negative. With the exception of the Stars’ lone power play goal, the Blackhawks were dominant from the start.
Second are the players with multiple points. Of the eight who scored more than one point in the game, five had a three-point night: Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist, while Patrick Kane and Nick Leddy each had a goal and two assists. Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg both had three assists on the night. The other three had two points: Marian Hossa (two goals), Brandon Saad (two assists) and Duncan Keith (a goal and an assist). Of that multi-point bunch, no one had a plus-minus below a plus-2.
Finally, the standings: right now, the Blackhawks are firmly on top in the West and the league with 47 points. The Anaheim Ducks trail them by five points. If the cutoff for securing a playoff spot is 54 or 55 points, the Blackhawks can do that with wins in the next four games. One of those games happens to be against the Ducks on Wednesday. This will be very interesting to watch.
The race to the playoffs is heating up. If the numbers are in their favor, the Blackhawks will clinch not only a choice playoff spot, but they’ll have their second President’s Trophy. Fans are hoping that’s not the only trophy they’ll win.