Skip to main content

By the numbers: 3 super stats heading into Wild-Blackhawks, Game 4

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Minnesota Wild are down 2-1 to Chicago in their best-of-seven playoff series, with Game 4 tonight at Xcel Energy Center.

While the Blackhawks are still expected to prevail in this spring drama, here are a few number which may suggest Minnesota has a chance:

111

That's the number of saves Josh Harding has made in the first three games of this series, as he fills in for the injured Niklas Backstrom. As the SI.com blog "Puck Gone Wild" blog wisely points out:  "There’s not a player in the league who doesn’t express awe and amazement at what the Wild goalie has gone through in the past 9 months and his high level of play in the playoffs."

56

In Game 1, the Blackhawks won 54 percent of all faceoffs. In Game 2, it was a 50-50 split. In Game 3, the Wild took control, winning 56 percent of the draws. It's a key stat for the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton, who writes: "Puck possession is the keystone for a Hawks team built for speed and attacking, and faceoffs aren't important until they're important."

21

In Game 3, the Wild outhit the Blackhawks 34-13, a staggering difference of 21. Chicago payback might be tonight, and the game should be as intense as you can imagine. As Minnesota's Devin Setoguchi told the Pioneer Press: "This is the time of the year it's got to be grind-it-out hockey."

Next Up

Great Dane Rescue and Sanctuary

Emaciated Great Danes rescued after being found living in minivan

Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin posted that two of the dogs are in "rough condition" and "barely hanging on."

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 10.28.52 AM

2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing

The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.

earlyseason

Lutsen Mountains owner to buy Michigan ski resort

The Skinner family has operated alpine ski areas in the Midwest for 60 years.

covid

Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US

The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.

police tape

Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months

James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.

storm

Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances

Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol

The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud

Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

USATSI_18349907

Uvalde school massacre: MN Democrats call for action, Republicans prayers

The tragedy in Texas has sparked different reactions from Minnesota's congressional delegation.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.

New baby zebra at the Como Zoo.

St. Paul's Como Zoo welcomes new baby zebra

The baby is yet to be named, and the zoo is planning an event for visitors to help with the decision.

Related