Jonathan Toews has long been a forward-thinking person. Whether it’s his diet, his training regimen or his personal causes, the Blackhawks captain is always trying to learn more. So it’s little surprise that he’s also the rare breed of player who keeps an eye on the analytics behind the game — possession proxies, high-danger scoring chances, expected goals-for and the like. “To a certain degree,” Toews clarified. But he doesn’t need to go online to know the Hawks take a whopping 57 percent of the total shot attempts when he’s on the ice. That they get more than 55 percent of the scoring chances. That they should get 55 percent of the goals. He can feel all that. He knows he and Brandon Saad have the puck a lot. That they’re around the net a lot. But Toews also knows, most important, that they’re not scoring a lot. And that’s a problem. “That’s what I try to focus on — I’ve got to go out there and I’ve got to create,” Toews said. “I can be harder on the puck, I can keep it in the offensive zone longer, and eventually things will develop. When goals aren’t going in, you’ve just got to keep looking for solutions. You don’t want to overthink things, but you want to remind yourself of what you’re good at and stick to your guns. For me, it’s just working harder and creating that positive feeling going into every game, knowing something’s going to break loose at some point.” Sunday night in Calgary might have finally been that point. Toews crashed the net to jam home Jordan Oesterle’s rebound for his 10th goal and won a faceoff that led directly to Saad’s game-tying goal with 1:46 left.
Jonathan Toews still waiting for the results to catch up to his play
Chicago Sun-Times | Jan 2