Team Recap: 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks

The 5th-seeded '14-'15 Chicago Blackhawks

The 5th-seeded ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks

  • Bryan Bickell (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Adam Clendening (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Corey Crawford (G)
    • 5 GP   5 GS   1-3-1   2.80 GAA   .912 SV%   0 SO   5* Stars
  • Klas Dahlbeck (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Darling (G)
    • 1 GP   0 GS   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Andrew Desjardins (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tim Erixon (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marian Hossa (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   9 S   0 GWG   2* PIM   0 Stars
  • Patrick Kane (RW)
    • 5 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   Even*   14 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Duncan Keith (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -5   18** S   0 GWG   2* PIM   0 Stars
  • Marcus Kruger (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jeremy Morin (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Johnny Oduya (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brad Richards (C)
    • 5 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • David Rundblad (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even*   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brandon Saad (LW)
    • 5 GP   1 G   3* A   4* P   Even*   16 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brent Seabrook (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -6   17 S   0 GWG   2* PIM   0 Stars
  • Patrick Sharp (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andrew Shaw (C)
    • 5 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Ben Smith (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jonathan Toews (C)
    • 5 GP   2* G   2 A   4* P   Even*   11 S   1* GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Antoine Vermette (C)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kris Versteeg (LW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -4   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 1-3-1
  • Goals Scored: 5
  • Goals/Game: 1.40 – 3rd-lowest in tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 14
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.80
  • Shots: 168
  • Shots Allowed: 173
  • Shots/Game: 33.6
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 34.6
  • # of PP’s: 12
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 8.3% – 5th-lowest in tournament, excluding teams that didn’t score a PPG
  • TSH: 3
  • PPGA: 1
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 6 – Fewest in tournament

In their first Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance, the ’14-’15 Chicago Blackhawks were the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. However, they failed to win a round in the 2nd Annual UNP.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Lost to 28th-seeded ’09-’10 San Jose Sharks in five games after winning Game 1

Another successful season under head coach Joel Quenneville. The ’14-’15 Blackhawks posted a 48-28-6 record, which was good for 102 points and 3rd in the Central Division. Chicago was only 16th in the league offensively, averaging just 2.79 goals per game, while they were first in the league defensively, allowing only 2.30 goals per game. Hockey Reference ranked Chicago’s strength of schedule as the 10th-toughest in the league while their SRS had the Blackhawks as the 4th-best team in the league. That SRS of 0.51 actually ranks 21st in Chicago’s history for a single season. The Blackhawks began their Cup run by defeating the Nashville Predators in six games, courtesy of some long overtime winners. Next, they swept the Minnesota Wild to reach the Conference Final. They ran up against a tough Anaheim Ducks team and dispatched them in seven games to reach yet another Stanley Cup Final. In that Final, they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games for the franchises sixth Stanley Cup.

As you could tell in the previous paragraph, this Blackhawks team struggled to supply some offense at times. Captain Jonathan Toews led them in scoring with just 66 points as Patrick Kane was a close second with 64 points, but in only 61 games played. Those two, in that order, were also the team’s leaders in goal scoring with 28 and 27, respectively. Longtime NHL vet Marian Hossa led them in helpers with 39 as Toews and Kane were 2nd and 3rd with 38 and 37 helpers, respectively. Much like most of the recent Chicago teams, this team did not take many penalties, so Andrew Shaw led them in PIM with only 67. On-ice POS Daniel Carcillo was second with 54 PIM in only 39 games played. Much maligned goaltender, for some reason, Corey Crawford, was very good for the Hawks as he started 57 games and posted a record of 32-20-5 to go along with a 2.27 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Of players who appeared in more than 50% of their games, defenseman David Rundblad had the highest Corsi%. No, seriously. 57.0% in 49 games played. The next was Toews at 56.8% in 81 games played. It was the same two players for the top two in Fenwick%, as well. But in terms of Point Shares, Rundblad was nowhere near the leaders. Crawford’s 11.9 Point Share was the highest while Toews was second with a 9.4, followed closely behind by defenseman Duncan Keith at 9.3.

Up next are the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins!

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