We’re almost at the quarter pole, and the Blackhawks still haven’t lost in regulation. Here are the early award winners for the Blackhawks.
He’s second in the league in points, third in goals, ninth in assists. He’s been fucking awesome.
Tie: Johnny Oduya and Duncan Keith
On one hand, Keith is playing his best hockey since the Cup run. On the other hand, Oduya takes a punishment and earns his Blackhawks-leading +9 +/- rating.
Best Special Teams Guy
He’s been pivotal on the penalty kill. He clears pucks, he blocks shots, and just works his butt off all game. He and Michael Frolik are the reasons why the Blackhawks have given up a mere 3 goals while shorthanded.
Most Surprising Start
Tie: Goaltending Duo and Third Line (Bickell, Stalberg, Shaw)
Who would have thought that Crawford would be the league-leader in wins and 7th in the league in GAA? And who would have thought that Bickell could play as well as he has with Stalberg and Shaw? They’ve been awesome.