Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Five

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 BergeronJohnny BoychukGregory CampbellZdeno CharaAndrew FerenceNathan HortonChris KellyDavid KrejciMilan LucicBrad MarchandAdam McQuaidDaniel PailleRich Peverley,Tuukka Rask (dressed but did not play), Tyler SeguinDennis Seidenberg andShawn Thornton. The four players no longer with the club are Tomas KaberleMark RecchiMichael 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 BollandNiklas HjalmarssonMarian HossaDuncan KeithPatrick KaneBrent SeabrookPatrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews. No longer in Chicago: Nick BoyntonTroy BrouwerAdam BurishDustin ByfuglienBrian CampbellBen EagerJordan HendryTomas KopeckyAndrew LaddJohn MaddenAntti NiemiBrent 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%)

Top scorers:

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.

Comments (8)

  1. Why has no one photoshopped this pic on the front of the Titanic yet? Come on Internet.

  2. Hawks fan here. Really looking forward to this final. If the stats bear out, should be awesome to watch. Of course, Hawks will prevail.

  3. Interestingly, the two teams have never met in the Stanley Cup finals despite being in the same league ever since Chicago joined in 1926. This is because both teams have spent most of those 87 years being crap. During the original six era (43 to 67), for example, Boston never won a cup while Chicago only won 1. 25 years of just 6 teams, and yet the two won just 1 cup (of course, part of that is because Montreal, Toronto, and Detroit were dominant and won 24 of the 25 cups – the Rangers were, like Boston and Chicago, crap).

    • Helps that Norris (the Detroit owner) also owned Chicago while holding mortgages on the Bruins and Rangers… hard to win when one owner effectively controls four teams.

    • Also Boston is crap? They may not have many titles but they have the third best all-time win percentage behind Montreal and Philly (yes, ahead of Detroit and Toronto)

      • I’m aware of the ownership situation, but that doesn’t change how the teams played.

        But anyway, isn’t performance measured by championships? Boston is 4th there, with 6 in 84 years. They’ve made the finals 18 times (compared to 21 for Toronto, 23 for Detroit and 34 for Montreal – note that I don’t know if that counts this year or not, it’s off wikipedia). They’ve won the 4th most playoff series (47), only 4 up on Philly despite a 43 year advantage.

        They made the playoffs every year from 1967-68 to 1995-96, which is the longest ever, so that’s cool. But they only won 2 cups during that streak, while Montreal won 10. Furthermore, Montreal only missed out once in 46 years (from 48-49 to 93-94), and that was on goals scored – they were 2 behind NYR.

        What else? Well, how about the presidents trophy? Boston has 1 in 86 years. Only 4 conference championships. Etc.

        • More Cups than Conference Championships… that makes perfect sense…

          • Yes, because conference championships only started from 1974-75, so Boston won 4 (87-88, 89-90, 10-11, and 12-13).

            To be perfectly honest, I got that from wikipedia and thought it meant that Boston had only led their conference at the end of the regular season 4 times (you can see this because I linked the idea to that of Presidents Trophies). I’m also no longer entirely sure how they define conference championship, because the Habs won it in 76-77 and 77-78, but faced Boston in the finals – despite both teams being in the same conference. So who won the conference championships those years? -shrug-

            Anyway, using ‘led conference at the end of the regular season’, Boston has won it 5 times (82-83, 89-90, 90-91, 01-02, and 08-09) since the switch to 2 conferences/multiple divisions back in 75-76.

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