The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup playoff series as home teams improved to a perfect 5-0 in the series.
It is clear that last line change is a big factor as the Blackhawks are doing their best to get Jonathan Toews on the ice whenever fellow former UND star Zach Parise is out there. Check out the stats.
Parise’s percentage of ice time shadowed by Toews
GAME 1: 53.9 percent
GAME 2: 61.6 percent
GAME 3: 35.8 percent (in Minnesota)
GAME 4: 35.6 percent (in Minnesota)
GAME 5: 57.9 percent
You will notice the significant difference in home games and road games. In Game 1, Chicago did its worst job putting Toews on Parise and that also was Chicago’s worst game at home in the series (got outshot 32-22).
GAME 1: 26 shifts (21 with Toews, 6 without)
GAME 2: 25 shifts (20 with Toews, 5 without)
GAME 3: 23 shifts (15 with Toews, 8 without)
GAME 4: 27 shifts (16 with Toews, 11 without)
GAME 5: 26 shifts (20 with Toews, 5 without)
Parise’s total ice time
GAME 1: 8:13 without Toews, 9:36 with Toews
GAME 2: 7:25 without Toews, 11:53 with Toews
GAME 3: 12:54 without Toews, 7:11 with Toews
GAME 4: 12:41 without Toews, 7:00 with Toews
GAME 5: 8:12 without Toews, 11:16 with Toews
Toews is the reigning Selke Trophy winner as the best defensive forward in the NHL, so it’s probably no huge surprise that Chicago’s coaching staff is trying to make sure he’s on the ice as much as possible for Parise’s shifts.
But it is interesting to look at how much more difficult it has been for the Blackhawks to do that in Minnesota.
Parise’s overall stats
At home: 1-2–3 in 2 games, +1.
On road: 0-1–1 in 3 games, -4.
Game 6 on Tuesday will be at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, so the Wild should be able to get better matchups. If they are able to send it to No. 7, it will be advantage Chicago on the matchups, though.