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Third-period woes part of Blackhawks' problems

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Third-period woes part of Blackhawks' problems
Third-period woes part of the Chicago Blackhawks' problems in 2010-11.
Advantage Margin: +22
The Blackhawks were much more disciplined at home, where they surrendered only 119 opposition power plays, the fewest in the Western Conference, while earning 142.
 
Special Teams Goal Margin: +13
The Hawks' power play was terrific, finishing fourth in the League in percentage and sixth in goals (64). The penalty-killing, though, was another story -- finishing 25th at 79.2 percent, largely because of a poor showing at home (75.6 percent, 29th).
 
Goals by defensemen: 31
Duncan Keith, the Norris Trophy winner in 2009-10, saw his goals decline from 14 to 7 and fell from 69 points to 45. Usual partner Brent Seabrook, however, had a career-best season offensively with 48 points.
 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 97  (8th East/13th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -15
Home Points 48  (10th West/17th NHL)
Road Points 49  (5th West/11th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 10-4-5 OT: 4-4 SO: 6-5

The Hawks were flawless at home after regulation, winning three times in overtime and four more games via shootout. Away from home, though, was another story -- Chicago was 1-4 in overtime and 2-5 in shootouts.
 
Times Scored First: 47
Record: 32-10-5

The Hawks were in the top five in taking leads, but were just 19th in turning those advantages into victories. Chicago lost seven times in regulation in 26 home games after scoring first; only St. Louis (eight) lost more.
 
Best 2010-11 Number: 20
Number of times the Hawks trailed entering the third period, tied with Pittsburgh for the fewest in the NHL. The Hawks led after 40 minutes exactly twice as often as they were behind.
   
Worst 2010-11 Number: 15
Number of goals the Hawks were outscored by in the third period. Chicago was plus-23 in the first period and plus-24 in the second, but was outscored 89-74 in the third period -- a big reason they were 9-10-3 in the 22 games that were tied through 40 minutes.
           
Scheduling
The Hawks have their usual two long trips, a six-gamer in November and a nine-game marathon that begins in Vancouver after the All-Star break. Their friendliest stretch comes right before the break, when they play 15 of 19 at the United Center.
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