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The Friday Five: March 2, 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. Duncan Keith is the second blueliner in Blackhawks history with six 30+ point seasons in his first seven NHL campaigns.

Keith has been an All-Star and won a Norris Trophy in 2010 and now he’s only the second Blackhawks blueliner to claim this feat (the first was fellow Norris winner Doug Wilson).

2. The Blackhawks have a 70-8-12 record all-time when Patrick Kane has recorded a multi-point game.

Not only does a Kane multi-point game give Chicago a good chance to win, but he’s only the third player in franchise history with 50+ points in each of his first five seasons, following Denis Savard and Jonathan Toews.

3. Center Dave Bolland leads the Blackhawks in shooting percentage at 17.7 percent.

While “The Rat” is seen as a grinder, he makes his shots count. He has 17 goals as of Feb. 24, which still leaves him 20 games to pot two more and tie his career-high of 19, set during the 2008-09 season. His shooting percentage that season was 17.1 percent, also a career-high.

4. Nick Leddy’s 30 points (3G, 27A) so far this season are the fourth-highest single-season total ever from a Blackhawks defenseman before the age of 21.

Leddy turns 21 on March 20, but he has already reached a milestone in his young career with 30 points. The 10th-youngest defenseman in the NHL this season, Leddy has played in all 65 Blackhawks games so far in 2011-12.

5. Chicago has a record of 21-1-0 in which forward Andrew Brunette records a point.

Brunette’s 22 points may not be the most among Blackhawks players, but they are valuable. The forward has recorded nine goals and 12 assists through 61 games this season, tallying them almost exclusively in wins.

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