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Blackhawks by the numbers: Marian Hossa

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

Marian Hossa finished the 2011-12 regular season with 77 points in 81 appearances, his most consistent campaign since joining the organization.

What was the most impressive thing about Marian Hossa in the 2011-12 season? Fans could point to Hossa’s scoring pace of nearly a point per game, resulting in his highest offensive output since joining the Blackhawks. There are also the two major milestones Hossa reached this season: 900 NHL games and 900 NHL points. Underscoring all of his individual accomplishments, of course, is the way he made his teammates better by using his monstrous puck possession abilities to give them time and space in the offensive zone, and his awareness in all areas of the ice leading to a team-leading 94 takeaways and 48 assists. Over the course of 81 games, Hossa reinforced his status one of the league’s most well-rounded forwards, and his numbers are proof:

Consecutive games in which Hossa scored a goal, from Oct. 13-25. It served as an early reminder to the rest of the league that Hossa was rested and ready, and he lived up to expectations the rest of the way.

Longest streak of games scoring at least a point, from Jan. 8-24. Hossa’s three goals and eight helpers over the course of nine appearances was his longest with the Blackhawks, and four less than his career high of 13, achieved with Ottawa in 2002.

Consecutive seasons where Hossa has reached the 20-goal plateau, tying him with Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier for the second-longest active streak among current NHL players, one behind Calgary captain Jarome Iginla (13 seasons). Hossa tallied his 20th of the season as part of a two-goal performance on Jan. 21 at Nashville, just before the All-Star break.

Points logged in December (8G, 9A, +13 plus/minus rating), Hossa’s most successful month of the season. Surprisingly, Hossa’s ice time was only 19:14 per game that month, his lowest average of the season.

Hossa’s 2011-12 GVT (Goals Versus Threshold), ranked 10th among all NHL skaters during the regular season. GVT is an advanced metric that describes the value of a player, in goals, above what a replacement-level player would contribute. Hossa never dipped below the Top 10 the entire season, despite picking up a larger workload due to Jonathan Toews’ injury.

Percentage of Hossa’s shifts with Patrick Kane as a linemate, the Blackhawks' most common pairing among offensive forwards (Daniel Carcillo took 64.7 percent of his shifts with Kane, but played just 28 games this season). With Kane adapting to his new pivot role at the start of the season, Hossa provided that line with defensive stability from the wing position.

Assists collected by Hossa this season to lead the Blackhawks in that category. Most of his damage was done at even strength, where he made 70.1 percent of his offensive output, including a team-high 36 helpers. Hossa seemed to find chemistry with every player he was on the ice with, and his strong skating and puck skills created plenty of offensive-zone time—and thus more scoring opportunities—for his line.

Total points, Hossa’s best offensive season since he scored 100 points with the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2006-07 campaign. His 29 tallies were the most he’s logged as a Blackhawk and the most since reaching the 40-goal mark with Detroit in 2008-09.

Games played this season, Hossa’s highest count since signing with the Blackhawks in the summer of 2009. After being limited to 57 and 65 games in his first two seasons, respectively, Hossa was the picture of health during the regular season while anchoring an offense that required some shuffling after injuries to high-scoring forwards like Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews.

Hossa’s rank in the all-time NHL career point list. This season, he leapfrogged Blackhawks alumni Tom Lysiak (843), Gary Suter (844) and Tony Amonte (900).

Total shorthanded time on ice, pacing all Blackhawks forwards in 2011-12. Hossa’s unflappability in his own zone and powerful breakaway ability were just two reasons why he was often the first or second forward trotted out when the team was down a man.

NHL points for Hossa, 417 goals and 487 assists. Hossa has notched 185 points (78G, 107A) for Chicago, comprising 20.5 percent of his career points. Only eight other active players have crossed the 900-point plateau.

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