1948-49 Chicago Black Hawks season

1948–49 Chicago Black Hawks season

The 1948–49 Chicago Black Hawks season was the team's 23rd season in the NHL, and it was coming off a last-place finish in the 1947–48 season, failing to qualify for post-season play for the 2nd straight year.

The Black Hawks would get off to a bad start, losing its first 4 games, before making a trade with the Detroit Red Wings. The Hawks sent Bud Poile and Hully Gee to Detroit in exchange for Jim Conacher, Doug McCaig, and Bep Guidolin. The trade would initially pay off, as the Black Hawks would post a 14–9–2 record in the next 25 games. However, they slumped again, winning only seven of their remaining 21 games and missing the playoffs for the 3rd straight season, finishing in 5th place, seven points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot.

Offensively, the Hawks were led by Roy Conacher, who would win the Art Ross Trophy as he led the NHL with 68 points, scoring a team high 26 goals. Doug Bentley would finish just behind Conacher, with 66 points, including an NHL high 43 assists. Jim Conacher played a solid season, earning 48 points in 55 games. Defenseman Ralph Nattrass led the Hawks' blue line with 14 points, while Bep Guidolin had a team high 116 penalty minutes.

In goal, Jim Henry, who the Hawks acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for Emile Francis and Alex Kaleta in the off-season, received all the action, winning 21 games and posting a GAA of 3.52.

Season standings

NHL Standings GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 60 34 19 7 195 145 75
Boston Bruins 60 29 23 8 178 163 66
Montreal Canadiens 60 28 23 9 152 126 65
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 22 25 13 147 161 57
Chicago Black Hawks 60 21 31 8 173 211 50
New York Rangers 60 18 31 11 133 172 47

Game log

Regular Season

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 13 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Detroit Red Wings 0–1–0 0
2 October 16 Chicago Black Hawks 2–8 Montreal Canadiens 0–2–0 0
3 October 20 Chicago Black Hawks 3–8 Boston Bruins 0–3–0 0
4 October 23 Chicago Black Hawks 1–6 Toronto Maple Leafs 0–4–0 0
5 October 28 Boston Bruins 5–1 Chicago Black Hawks 0–5–0 0
6 October 31 Toronto Maple Leafs 1–2 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5–0 2
7 November 7 New York Rangers 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 2–5–0 4
8 November 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–4 New York Rangers 2–6–0 4
9 November 11 Chicago Black Hawks 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 2–7–0 4
10 November 13 Chicago Black Hawks 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–7–0 6
11 November 14 Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 3–8–0 6
12 November 17 Montreal Canadiens 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 4–8–0 8
13 November 21 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks 4–8–1 9
14 November 25 New York Rangers 4–6 Chicago Black Hawks 5–8–1 11
15 November 27 Chicago Black Hawks 5–3 Detroit Red Wings 6–8–1 13
16 November 28 Detroit Red Wings 9–6 Chicago Black Hawks 6–9–1 13
17 November 30 Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 New York Rangers 7–9–1 15
18 December 1 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Boston Bruins 7–10–1 15
19 December 4 Chicago Black Hawks 6–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 8–10–1 17
20 December 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 8–11–1 17
21 December 8 Boston Bruins 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 9–11–1 19
22 December 11 Chicago Black Hawks 5–2 Montreal Canadiens 10–11–1 21
23 December 12 Montreal Canadiens 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks 10–11–2 22
24 December 15 Detroit Red Wings 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 11–11–2 24
25 December 19 Boston Bruins 2–7 Chicago Black Hawks 12–11–2 26
26 December 23 New York Rangers 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 12–12–2 26
27 December 25 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Boston Bruins 12–13–2 26
28 December 26 Chicago Black Hawks 2–1 New York Rangers 13–13–2 28
29 January 1 Detroit Red Wings 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks 14–13–2 30
30 January 2 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Detroit Red Wings 14–14–2 30
31 January 5 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 New York Rangers 14–15–2 30
32 January 6 Chicago Black Hawks 2–7 Montreal Canadiens 14–16–2 30
33 January 8 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 14–16–3 31
34 January 9 Boston Bruins 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 15–16–3 33
35 January 15 Chicago Black Hawks 1–7 Montreal Canadiens 15–17–3 33
36 January 16 Chicago Black Hawks 1–3 Boston Bruins 15–18–3 33
37 January 19 Chicago Black Hawks 1–2 Detroit Red Wings 15–19–3 33
38 January 23 New York Rangers 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 15–19–4 34
39 January 26 Montreal Canadiens 3–2 Chicago Black Hawks 15–20–4 34
40 January 29 Chicago Black Hawks 4–4 Toronto Maple Leafs 15–20–5 35
41 January 30 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks 16–20–5 37
42 February 2 Chicago Black Hawks 4–6 Detroit Red Wings 16–21–5 37
43 February 3 Detroit Red Wings 4–2 Chicago Black Hawks 16–22–5 37
44 February 6 New York Rangers 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks 16–23–5 37
45 February 9 Chicago Black Hawks 3–5 Boston Bruins 16–24–5 37
46 February 10 Chicago Black Hawks 3–1 New York Rangers 17–24–5 39
47 February 13 Montreal Canadiens 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks 18–24–5 41
48 February 16 Boston Bruins 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks 19–24–5 43
49 February 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–3 Chicago Black Hawks 19–25–5 43
50 February 24 Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 19–26–5 43
51 February 26 Chicago Black Hawks 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs 19–26–6 44
52 February 27 Boston Bruins 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 19–26–7 45
53 March 2 New York Rangers 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 20–26–7 47
54 March 5 Chicago Black Hawks 5–6 Detroit Red Wings 20–27–7 47
55 March 6 Detroit Red Wings 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–28–7 47
56 March 9 Montreal Canadiens 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks 20–28–8 48
57 March 13 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks 20–29–8 48
58 March 16 Chicago Black Hawks 4–3 Boston Bruins 21–29–8 50
59 March 19 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 Montreal Canadiens 21–30–8 50
60 March 20 Chicago Black Hawks 1–5 New York Rangers 21–31–8 50

Season stats

Scoring leaders

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Roy Conacher 60 26 42 68 8
Doug Bentley 58 23 43 66 38
Jim Conacher 55 25 23 48 41
Gus Bodnar 59 19 26 45 14
Bill Mosienko 60 17 25 42 6

Goaltending

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Jim Henry 60 3600 21 31 8 211 0 3.52

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