"How many Chicago Blackhawk fans does it take to change a light-bulb?" Just one, but he needs a bit of help. He's only been doing it since 2008.
That was, of course, the score in the first game Vancouver played in Chicago since eliminating them from the playoffs and going on a whining, diving, hair-pulling, finger-biting run to the Stanley Cup Finals. This is sort of a statement game of sorts, as Vancouver finally won a tough game on the road, while Chicago's statement is "uh, we are messed without Duncan Keith."
Rather than a traditional noon number today, I'm going to cherry-pick a bunch of statistics from last night and take them out of any sort of context to form narrative about certain players who play for the two sides and just show how easy it is to make up what happened over a small stretch of games, ready?
The number of goals that noted Canuck-killer and playoff hero has in his last eight games against Vancouver, seven of those being in the playoffs. I supposed it's better than his one goal in his last 15 playoff games. Toews isn't playing necessarily bad, but just experiencing something called "regression to the mean" after shooting 17% through two-and-a-half playoff runs and 14% in his regular season games against Vancouver up until last night.
Problem being that since his "high percentage" playoff runs came first, that perfectly fits into the playoff-hero archetype. I see it more as being "statistical anomaly". There is nothing to read into the fact that Toews has a single goal through 15 playoff games and 8 against Vancouver, because he's getting a whole tonne of shots in the process.
The number of times in his four starts against the Vancouver Canucks at home that Corey Crawford has allowed three or more goals, indicating that he is a goaltender who is easily rattled playing in Chicago. In that stretch, he has a save percentage of .885 and a goals against average of 3.32. Conversely, in his last
three four starts in Chicago, Roberto Luongo has a goals against average of 2.68 and a save percentage of .924.
So, really, who is rattled by the Madhouse more? Crawford, or Luongo? Maybe Crawford hates Chelsea Dagger as much as the rest of us do...
The number of powerplay goals Vancouver scored last night. I often say that "the best enforcer is your powerplay" so, avoiding any ridiculous statistic like "yeah, but they shot 45% with the man advantage, which is unsustainable" I'll make the wild assumption that this will scare Chicago into not taking penalties against Vancouver.
And, boy, would that ever suck, because the Blackhawks took, at my count, three stupid, post-whistle penalties that resulted in three powerplay goals against. If you're a Canuck, you now take every possible opportunity to snow the goaltender, give love-taps to Blackhawks after the whistle, or, failing that, just stand next to Dan Carcillo.
The number of penalty minutes Dan Carcillo earned last night. I will now create the law of the Car Bomb:
"Stand next to Dan Carcillo for an infinite amount of time, and he will eventually try to fight you."
The funny thing about Car Bomb is that he can actually be a halfway decent player when he isn't trying to figure out whether that booger that's bothering him is in his left nostril or his right one.
The number of shots the Canucks had an even strength in the 10:27 that former Selke Trophy nominee Jonathan Toews was on the ice. When you consider score effect, and that eight of those shots were taken against Toews halfway through the game until the Canucks stopped trying to get shots, that makes it look even worse.
When you consider that Toews wasn't given a particularly tough matchup (Joel Quenneville got him time against Jannik Hansen and Maxim Lapierre among forwards, mostly) and when you consider he had five offensive zone starts and three in the defensive end, we can say that this was a pretty mediocre defensive performance from Toews.
The Fenwick number (goals for, shots for, missed shots for while on the ice minus goals against, shots against and missed shots against while on the ice at even strength) for Steve Montador, a criminally-underrated defenseman I wish the Canucks had picked up at some point. Montador primarily defended the Canucks second line, allowed four shots against, and was probably Chicago's best player Sunday night.
The number of goals Aaron Rome has in his last six games.
The number of goals Christian Ehrhoff has in his last six games.
The number of goals against that came when David Booth was on the ice. His PDO now drops to 864 on the season despite his individual shooting percentage jumping to 2.6%. He is now 297th in the league among forwards in individual shooting percentage, and 434th in PDO.
He was last in the league in PDO last season, so when these numbers turn around eventually, he's going to look awesome.