Souhan blog: Statistical standouts, oddities, prepping for Game 6
- Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
- May 13, 2014 - 5:34 PM
Some things jump off the statistical sheet:
-You might be surprised at who leads the Wild in hits. It's Nino Niederreiter, with 37. That speaks well of his ability to be a skilled offensive player as well as a strong forechecker. He is learning to use his size. He also leads the wild with two game-winning goals this postseason.
-Bryan Bickell leads the Blackhawks with 45 hits. He also leads both teams in goals this postseason, with six.
-Chicago star Jonathan Toews leads both teams with four game-winning goals this postseason.
-Befitting his reputation as a volume shooter, Zach Parise leads both teams with 47 shots in the postseason. Mikael Granlund is second on the Wild with 31, and Marian Hossa leads Chicago with 43.
-Bickell and Parise are the only players in this series with more than one power-play goal in the postseason. Both have two.
-Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner leads both teams with 26 postseason penalty minutes.
-Stat the night: Since they've played together, Toews and Patrick Kane are 13-0 in playoff series games after the series has been tied 2-2.
-The Wild is trying to become the first NHL team to force consecutive Games 7 in the same postseason without holding a lead in either series since the Islanders in 1987.
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