Chicago Blackhawks’ Quiet Key to Success: The Face-Off

August 16th, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »
During the 2009-10 campaign, the oft-mentioned offense is what continued to excite the Chicago Blackhawks fanbase.

Known to be one of the most exciting shows on ice this past season, there may not be one aspect that the Blackhawks can hide or consider "underrated" come the drop of the puck on Oct. 7 in Colorado.

Last year the Blackhawks offense ranked third in goals scored per game (3.20 goals), while ranking sixth in goals allowed per game (2.48). On top of that stat, the even bigger distinction of domination was the fact that the Blackhawks ranked first in both shots per game (34.1 shots) and shots allowed per game (25.1 shots).

Without looking anywhere but at these stats, the casual sports fan could tell you that success can't hide behind the numbers. Throw in the names of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Duncan Keith, and you stare at some of the newest heroes to be scratched upon the Stanley Cup.

So what exactly is the point?

If there is one part of the Blackhawks' principals that has gone unnoticed, it has been the dominance of overwhelming opponents in the face-off circle. Those dismissing its importa ...

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