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The Friday Five: March 16, 2012

by Elise Butler / Chicago Blackhawks

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. Brent Seabrook ranks third among Western Conference defensemen with 175 hits this season.

Seabrook’s 175 hits puts him on pace for 203 this season. Seabrook has led Blackhawks defensemen in hits six out of his seven NHL seasons (every season except his rookie year in 2005-06). He also ranks fourth among Western Conference defenseman in blocks with 147.

2. In the past five games, Patrick Sharp has six points (2G, 4A), including two multi-point outings.

Sharp and the other forwards have had to pick up their offensive game with the absence of captain Jonathan Toews. Sharp, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa have all answered the call, combining for 17 points in the last five games, during which the team has gone 3-1-1.

3. Marian Hossa has scored 40 points (12G, 28A) in 35 home appearances this season.

The United Center has been good to Hossa as he is on a 1.14 points per game pace so far this season at home. With 69 points (27G, 42A) through March 15, 58 percent of his points and 67 percent of his assists have come at the Madhouse.

4. The Blackhawks are 5-1-1 with wins over three of the NHL's four 90+ point teams since acquiring defenseman Johnny Oduya.

The newest Blackhawk has been on the ice for wins over the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, all of which have upwards of 90 points in the standings and are three of the four top teams in the NHL. Oduya has averaged 23:16 time on ice since joining Chicago.

5. The Blackhawks established a new franchise record with their 180th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center on March 9 against the New York Rangers.

Along with setting a new record, Chicago is on pace to lead the NHL in attendance for the fourth consecutive season. Thank you for your tremendous support!

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