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

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

covid-19

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 18

Minnesota has reached 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.

1114_LA-116

Vikings must continue building out receiving corps in 2022

Justin Jefferson headlines a young, promising group, but more depth is still needed

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 9.39.38 PM

Jordan Greenway runs into Darcy Kuemper, sparks fight

Kuemper got knocked out of the game, leading to the brawl.

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

Related