Ryan Kesler vs. Jonathan Toews

steve laidlaw

2012-01-12

jt

 

The Blackhawks-Canucks rivalry is truly a thing to behold. Over the past three seasons no two teams have faced off against one another in the playoffs as much as these two have. The result is a familiarity that breeds tight-checking, hard-hitting action even in regular season contests and yet, the Blackhawks and Canucks are among two of the most skilled teams in the league so in the midst of their tightly contested matches there is plenty of skill, speed and creativity on display.

 

The two teams demonstrate a level of one-upsmanship that results in some of the best hockey you will see, no matter the contest. Regular season matches play out like playoff games, playoff games play out like game sevens and game sevens play out like a mythological battle between Gods and Titans.

 

It is of no surprise then that this week's Cage Match is one of epic proportions. It is a match up between two of the best two-way centermen in the game; one is a Blackhawk and one is a Canuck. I sincerely hope that build up didn't make you pull a Luongo and poop your pants because it is Ryan Kesler vs. Jonathan Toews!

 

Both Kesler and Toews have been around long enough that a comparison of their stats over the previous three years holds a lot of merit so let us check the tale of the tape:

 

 

GP

Goals

Assists

Plus/Minus

PPP

PIM

SOG

Toews

79.3

30.3

40.7

Plus-19.7

23

41.3

210

Kesler