Chicago Blackhawks’ Barometer for Success

January 27th, 2011 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
It appears the formula for the Chicago Blackhawks to win games is fairly simple.

Watch the plus-minus of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

Breaking down the numbers through 50 games this year, it is truly remarkable how much the fortunes of the Hawks top defensive pair dictates the end result of the game. Both have played in all 50 games, and the team's success tracks with their personal performance almost every night.

In the Blackhawks 24 losses, Keith is minus-22 and Seabrook is minus-20.

In the Blackhawks 26 wins, Keith is plus-18 and Seabrook is plus-13.

Seabrook has been positive in only two losses; Keith in only four. On the other hand, Seabrook has only been negative in six wins; Keith has been in the red in five victories.

Both Keith and Seabrook have had a positive plus-minus in the same game only 13 times this year. The Blackhawks are 12-1 in those games, scoring 52 goals (4.33 per game) in those contests.

Both Keith and Seabrook have been even in 14 games, seven of which were together. In the seven games that both Keith and Seabrook were even, the Hawks are 3-2-2. In the other seven games ...

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