Blackhawks Notes: Jimmy Waite Offers NHL Scoring Rise Theory


NEWARK, NJ — The NHL’s scoring explosion hasn’t slowed down.

Starting play on Tuesday, they averaged 6.4 total goals per game, a new high since 1993-94 and a steady rise over the past five years.

Post-lockout scoring bottomed out in 2015-16, when the team averaged 5.4 goals per game. By last season, the average had risen to 6.3.

Interestingly, the NHL’s shots-per-game average (62.8 this season) has remained fairly stable since 2017-18. Instead, players are just becoming more efficient with their shots. The overall league save percentage this season is .904, down from the peak of .915 in 2015-16.

So who is better than the Blackhawks’ goalkeeping coach? Jimmy Waite to provide an explanation? He didn’t recognize the trend beforehand, but he quickly provided a theory.

“More people are going online,” he said.”That’s the name of the game: Screen [and] chips. It’s hard to keep them. If you can’t see the puck, it’s hard to stop.That’s the style of hockey right now: Deflection [and] rebound. Because in a one-on-one match, it’s hard to beat the goalie unless it’s open open. So everyone understands that you have to crash the net to score more.”

Digging deeper, 7.7% (4.8 per game) of shots on goal this season were falls or redirection, up from 6% (3.5 per game) in 2015-16.

Goalkeepers have improved slightly by stopping them.The tip and deflection retention ratio has increased from .813 to .841.But not enough to offset the additional volume. is working with Hawks students.

“If you can’t see the puck, you have to hit it,” Waite said. You may be cheating towards your side. Please try.

As for other shot types, wrist shots and snapshot shots now account for 72.1% of shots on goal, up from 66.7%. Slap shot decreased from 18.1% to 11.6%. Backhand shot decreased from 8.1% to 7.7%. Wraparound has decreased from 1.1% to 0.9%.

Whirlwind of Stauber

Hawks prospective goalie Jackson Stauber23, the Icehog general manager had just stopped 28 of 30 shots against Hartford on Saturday at Rockford’s 3-2 road. Mark Bernard He interrupted his post-game meal to tell the NHL that he had been called.

On Sunday, Stauber drove to Long Island with a friend of Bernard’s, arriving around 1:30 p.m. A few hours later, he sat on the Hawks’ bench and stepped back. Arvid Soderblom against the islanders.

“As you can imagine, it’s been a little busy,” Stauber said. “But once there, the staff and staff were wonderful and made you feel comfortable and calm. Once there, you are in your zone. [and] As with any game, prepare before the game. ”

Stauber may or may not be in the game during this stretch. Petr Murazek is absent, but his presence alone is exciting for the Hawks.

“It’s fun to see the guy who’s been here for the first time.” Coach Luke Richardson Said. “Maybe it makes other people reminisce about their firsts. Time flies so fast, so you have to make sure you take every opportunity.”


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Written by Natalia Chi

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