On Saturday night the Blackhawks did away with the Los Angeles Kings, setting up a Stanley Cup Final match-up between the 2011 Cup-winning Bruins and Chicago, who won the big prize in 2010.
With information from the NHL’s morning press release, here’s a glance at the match-up “tale of the tape” style.
Average Height and Weight: Chicago: 6’1”, 203 lbs.; Boston: 6’1”, 202 lbs.
Average Age: Chicago: 28.2; Boston: 29.1
Chicago: Canada – 13, Sweden – 5, USA – 5, Slovakia – 2, Czech Republic – 2
Boston: Canada – 16, USA – 3, Czech Republic – 2, Sweden – 2, Finland – 1, Germany – 1, Kazakhstan – 1, Latvia – 1, Slovakia – 1
Team Rank, 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Goals Scored, Per-Game: Chicago – 6th (2.76), Boston – 2nd (3.12)
Goals-Against, Per-Game: Chicago – 3rd (1.94), Boston – 1st (1.88)
Five-On-Five Goal Ratio: Chicago – 2nd (1.44), Boston – 1st (1.77)
Power-Play Percentage: Chicago – 12th (13.7%), Boston – 10th (15.6%)
Penalty-Killing Percentage: Chicago – 1st (94.8%), Boston – 6th (86.5%)
Shots For, Per-Game: Chicago – 6th (32.5), Boston – 1st (36.4)
Shots Allowed, Per-Game: Chicago – 4th (28.0), Boston – 10th (32.9)
Face-Off Winning Percentage: Chicago – 14th (47.0%), Boston – 1st (56.0%)
Hits, Per-Game: Chicago – 16th (26.9), Boston – 6th (35.7)
Blocked Shots, Per-Game: Chicago – 16th (12.8), Boston – 7th (16.0)
How much do they look like their Cup-winning selves of yore:
Both teams have the same coach and captain, but different goalies from their wins.
The Bruins’ roster has undergone limited turnover in the two years since their 2011 title. Seventeen of the 21 players who suited up during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final vs. Vancouver are still with the club: Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley,Tuukka Rask (dressed but did not play), Tyler Seguin, Dennis Seidenberg andShawn Thornton. The four players no longer with the club are Tomas Kaberle, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas.
The Blackhawks’ roster has undergone greater change since their 2010 championship. Of the 21 players who appeared in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final vs. Philadelphia, eight are still with the club: Dave Bolland, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews. No longer in Chicago: Nick Boynton, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, Jordan Hendry, Tomas Kopecky, Andrew Ladd, John Madden, Antti Niemi, Brent Sopel and Kris Versteeg.
How they got here:
Chicago was a one-seed who beat Minnesota, Detroit and Los Angeles, Boston a four-seed who beat Toronto, New York (Rangers), and Pittsburgh.
Both clubs survived a third-period deficit in an elimination game AND overtime of a Game 7 to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Boston did both in the same game (Game 7 vs. Toronto in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals), while Chicago did so in consecutive games (Games 6 and 7 vs. Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals).
Goaltender (2013 Playoff Statistics)
Corey Crawford (12-5 in 17 games; 1 shutout; 1.74 GAA; .935 SV%)
Tuukka Rask (12-4 in 16 games; 2 shutouts; 1.75 GAA; .943 SV%)
Boston forward David Krejci leads all skaters with nine goals and 21 points in 16 playoff games. He also led all players with 12-11—23 in 25 games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp shares the team scoring lead with 14 points and is tied for second in the League with eight goals. He had six tallies in 28 regular-season games.
The two teams haven’t played in over 600 days, so there’s not a whole lot of history between them. The Blackhawks are after the organizations 5th Cup, while Boston is after their seventh.
More on the match-up later from an opinion stand-point. I figured we’d kick things off with stats before I start speculating.