CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 08: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a first period goal with teammate Jack Skille #20 against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on December 8, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
This is something I'm going to try and do for every Hawks game, where I will try and provide some stats and numbers that you don't see very often in order to get a better picture of what went on and why it did.
Stick with me, it'll feel weird and nerdy at first. But things that at first feel weird can feel good, like handcuffs or flogging. Anyway, let's star with something easy.
This is simple, the normal boxscore you'd get from the Hawks website.
This is a stat I use a lot. In so many words, it measures how many shots Player A's team attempted while he was on the ice against how many the opponent attempted. This isn't just shots on net, it also counts ones that miss the net and ones that are blocked. Basically, it's a good indicator of where the action is taking place while a given player is on the ice. If you're plus in this, it means you're spending more time in the attacking zone, unless your team likes to fire shots from behind your own blue line, which wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. It's not a perfect stat, but it tells a story. It's also just measure at even-strength, no power play or penalty kill.
This is a cool tool to use along with the CORSI, because it tells you who was getting their rating against whom. It also allows you to see who the coaches are trying to match up against on the other team. So what can we learn from last night from these sheets?