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By the numbers: Dave Bolland

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks

Dave Bolland has long been one of the best-kept secrets in the league: a ferocious checker at both ends of the ice who kills penalties and drives opponents crazy. This year, “the Rat” added some offense to his repertoire, seeing increased time on the power play and matching his career high in goals. Here’s a breakdown of Bolland’s most impressive numbers from the 2011-12 season.

Points per game in the playoffs, up from a regular-season scoring rate of 0.52. There’s no denying that when the Stanley Cup Playoffs come around, Bolland turns into “beast” mode—or should we say, “rat” mode, living to stifle the other team’s best players.

Bolland’s Quality of Competition this season (per Behind the Net), the highest among Blackhawks forwards and second highest overall behind Brent Seabrook. QualComp calculates the average shot differential of all opposing players, weighted by head-to-head ice time and adjusted for team strength. Bolland also ranked 14th in the league (min. 20 games played).

Power-play time averaged per game, the first time in Bolland’s career that his TOI with the man advantage has outweighed his shorthanded ice time (1:46 per game in 2011-12). Bolland’s slap shot was a valuable weapon on the Blackhawks’ power play, one that helped him net 12 power-play points (7G, 5A) this season.

Shorthanded goals during the 2011-12 regular season, a career high. Bolland topped the Chicago roster and was tied with 11 other players for second-most in the league.

Power-play goals, a career high, tied with Patrick Sharp for second on the team, despite averaging just the ninth-highest PP time per game.

Shots on goal against the St. Louis Blues on March 13, a career high. Bolland was held without a point in the game, but the Blackhawks prevailed 4-3 in a shootout.

Minutes played in a 2-1 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks on March 21, a season high and one second away from tying a career high (set on Feb. 11, 2011 at Dallas). Bolland won 13 of 25 draws, shutting down opposing center Henrik Sedin; he also assisted on linemate Andrew Shaw’s game-winner 2:42 into overtime.

Percentage of shifts that Bolland started in the offensive zone, the lowest on the team and ninth-lowest in the league (min. 20GP). That number dropped to 26 percent in the playoffs, where Bolland shouldered even more defensive responsibility.

Shots on goal, a career high for Bolland. Nineteen of them found the back of the net, tying a career high set in the 2008-09 season.

Total shorthanded time, second only to Marian Hossa among Blackhawks forwards. Bolland’s average of 1:46 on the penalty kill per game was virtually tied for first.

Career games played, all with the Blackhawks. Bolland is expected to cross the 300-game threshold early next season, becoming the sixth player on the current roster to reach that milestone entirely with the Blackhawks.

Total faceoffs taken by Bolland, the highest volume on the team. Bolland won 582 draws, including 82 of 179 on the penalty kill.

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