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JS Giguere’s ES save percentage last season was .924 in nearly 975 minutes. Give that much time to Berra (an abysmal .905 ES) and you’re looking at another nine goals conceded, or another three points standings conceded, thereabouts. So from a goaltending standpoint alone, regression to historical norms cuts the Avs’ point total by seven. Even before you factor in the D’s so-called ability to inhibit shot-quality. Let’s also consider Colorado’s health last year. They only lost 204 man-games to various ailments, putting them at 19th in the league. You can probably expect that number to go up as well. That’s where the team’s depth kicks in, and as discussed, they have none to speak of. In reality, the numbers guys say this is a team that could lose as many as 20-plus points from last season’s total by the time it has played 82 going forward. Even being more conservative at a drop of 12 or 15 (I’d suggest it’s unwise to bet on a conservative drop here, but stranger things have happened; see also: all of last season), that presents big problems. source:–trending-topics-152427166.html

Blackhawks’ fourth line has the potential to be a lot of fun in 2014-15 – Yahoo Sports

Prominently featuring a new “W” style logo with capitals written across, the inner point of the “W” actually looks like the Washington Monument for a nice local flair. Here’s a look at the full uniform of which had the first images: You can see more images of the jersey here. With a history that dates back only 40 years and the Capitals already using that older logo in their last trip to the Winter Classic, they needed something new and this is pretty unique. It gives a relatively young organization an old-time feel as the jersey looks like something out of a bygone era. The stiping down the arms and the deeper red, almost like a crimson, is quite a departure from the Capitals’ primary brand, which can be difficult for some teams. It’s great that the Caps decided to branch out for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Here’s more on the decisions behind the designs from the Capitals’ Dump ‘n Chase blog: Instead of paying homage to their own 40-year history in the design of the sweaters theyll sport on New Years Day, the Capitals and Reebok elected to dial the way-back machine a bit further, back to the 1940s and the days of the Uline Arena and the old Washington Lions of the Eastern Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The decision makers and designers spent some time poring over old photos of players and sweaters from Washingtons pre-NHL hockey history, and the result is the maroon, white and blue sweater emblazoned with stars and stripes and a “CAPITALS” wordmark over a large blue “W” revealed here today. Now that the Capitals are going with red, that eliminates one color for the Blackhawks uniforms. Chicago has worn black jerseys in each of their last two outdoor games including the 2009 Winter Classic and last year’s Stadium Series game. Could we possibly see a white uniform from one of the league’s Original Six? The 2015 Winter Classic logo was unveiled and it’s actually pretty cool in its own right as well. The logo prominently features the U.S. Capitol with a subtle American flag back drop. source:

Toews’ OT goal gives Blackhawks win over Red Wings – Washington Times


Perhaps the largest reason that the Hawks should keep Mashinter out of the lineup is the fact that a fourth line without him in there could just be too much damn fun. In their scrimmage on Monday night, the Hawks rolled with a line that featured Jeremy Morin next to a familiar combination of Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith . There’s still an entire preseason to go, and plenty can still change, but it’s hard to imagine a fourth line that Hawks fans would love to see more than that trio. Last year, the combination of Bollig-Kruger-Smith was constantly used after the top line. They didn’t add much of anything to the stat sheet as far as offense is concerned, but they were an outstanding group a good deal of the time, even with Bollig in tow. They helped to shift momentum in the Hawks’ favor, generating a strong forecheck and playing a strong defensive game from that front line. Substituting Jeremy Morin in there for Bollig has the chance to add another level of excitement to that line. In Morin, you have a player who can play that physical game and bring a tenacious forecheck to the mix. Sure, his defense does leave a bit to be desired, but it’s an improving element of his game. He brings big offensive upside, and has the potential to help that group become more of a threat offensively than they were with Bollig and would be with Mashinter. He can play the physical game necessary for that type of role as well. When you add that to a line that already had as hardworking a center as there is, in Marcus Kruger, and a forward with a penchant for playing hard down in the corners and in front of the net in Ben Smith, there is potential for that type of group to provide a number of headaches for the opposition throughout the season. source:

PHOTOS: Capitals unveil 2015 Winter Classic jerseys – Yahoo Sports

23, 2014. … more > By – Associated Press – Tuesday, September 23, 2014 CHICAGO (AP) – Jonathan Toews deflected in defenseman Duncan Keiths shot from the left point 3:01 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Toews moved to the slot after passing the puck to Keith, and redirected Keiths slap shot between the legs of backup goaltender Pete Mrazek. Chicagos Patrick Kane made it 1-1 with 2:37 left in the second period. He took a pass from Brad Richards and beat goalie Jonas Gustavsson with a sharp backhand. Luke Glendening netted Detroits goal when he deflected the point shot of defenseman Danny DeKeyser over goalie Corey Crawford 5:59 into the game. It was the first preseason game for the Blackhawks. Detroit fell to 1-0-1. source:


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