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Get your game notes: Bruins at Blackhawks

Jan 19, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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This afternoon on NBC, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 12:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Chicago is the only team in the NHL to have three players ranked in the top 10 in points (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews) and assists (Duncan Keith, Kane, and Toews).

• Meanwhile, the Bruins have seven different players that have netted at least 10 goals (Reilly Smith, Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, and Torey Krug).

• Although Tuukka Rask has been among the league’s top goaltenders this season, he has a 3.71 GAA and .876 save percentage since Dec. 28.

• The Blackhawks’ offensive success in regulation hasn’t translated to the shootout. Despite leading the league in goals per game, their 24.4 shootout shooting percentage ranks 24th. They are 0-4 in the skills competition since Dec. 6.

• If history is any indication, then the Boston Bruins should be considered the favorites in this rematch against the 2013 Stanley Cup finalists. Since 2006-07, the losing team in the finals has gone 4-1-1 in their first contest against the defending champions.

• Chicago is 25-0-4 when they score first while the Bruins are 21-5-1 when they take the initial lead.

• The Blackhawks are tied for the league high in Olympic selections with 10.

• Chicago has a chance to become the first team since the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup three times in five campaigns. Edmonton did it in 1987, 1988, and 1990.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    And the difference between the Hawks and the Oilers will be that the Hawks championships came in the salary cap era (of course they have to win it 1st).

    Last year they were clearly the best team in the NHL. Not so this year. Ducks and Blues represent serious competition in the WC. In the EC, the Pens are playing better D this year (and the Hawks not as well defensively this year). Bolts could content with a healthy Stamkos (have you noticed his unreal shooting % this year?)

    Hawks have played much better defensively last two games (or most of the last two – they wore out in the 3rd vs the Ducks with Versteeg out and others absorbing his minutes). Hawks had a excellent give-away/takeaway ratio last year, not so this year, and have a lousy PK.

    They have the most upside of any team, but with the improved Ducks, Blues, Pens and Bolts, they have to take care of the puck and play solid 2 ways, night after night, else Stanley’s cup will migrate.

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