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Will the production value be HBO-quality? Our hope is that the production value will just as good as on HBO, although it seems unlikely that the unmatchable narration skills of Liev Schreiber will be available to Epix for their program. That’s just us thinking out loud, because Schreiber is so ingrained with HBO Sports programming. But we’ll see. He has worked for Showtime on sports before so it’s not like he’s never gone out of the HBO family. The hope here lies with Epix producer Ross Greenburg, formerly of HBO and the original producer of24/7. Reports indicate that they’ll be spending a lot of money per episode to produce the program, which is of course a good thing for the finished product. Greenburg worked with the NHL on their in-house “NHL 36” and “NHL Revealed” programs, and while those programs were good, they left us wanting a little bit more and they weren’t quite as compelling as HBO 24/7. So we’ll see where Greenburg takes us this time. The Epix program will be completely uncensored, although we do assume that the NHL will have final say in exactly what airs — veto power, if you will. source:


Ben Smith, Marcus Kruger and Jeremy Morin could have the makings of Quennevilles fourth line. Stud prospect Teuvo Teravainen is the wild card. Hes already shown he has the skill to be productive at the NHL level, but will there be room on the Blackhawks roster for him? View gallery . The Blackhawks goals allowed per game average jumped from an NHL-best 2.02 in 2013 to 2.58 last season. The top pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook resulted in 13 goals, 102 points, one Norris Trophy, and a top-10 finish among all players in Corsi% . There’s nothing to indicate that production won’t be coming yet again. Entering the final years of their respective contracts are Nick Leddy (RFA) and Johnny Oduya (UFA). They’ve been among the names that have reportedly been shopped by Bowman in order to loosen the cap squeeze.Oduya handled tough assignments last season, while Leddy saw his numbers (7 goals, 31 points) boosted by more offensive zone starts . Oduyas partner, Niklas Hjalmarsson will again be a valuable tool used against opposing top lines. He had career highs in goals (4) and points (26), but his defensive abilities are what put him in an elite category. Oduyas one-time partner, 36-year old Michal Rozsival, enters the final year of his contract and could fill the final spot on the blue line as the likes of David Rundblad , Stephen Johns and Adam Clendening wait their turn. View gallery . source:–chicago-blackahawks-192515166.html

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And the Goal Scoring Record for Left Wingers is What? Alex Ovechkin had goals in eight of 11 games in October, nine goals in all. If anything, he would be even hotter in November and December. He posted 11 goals in 15 games in November, 11 more in 13 games in December. With 31 goals in 39 games, Ovechkin was on a pace to score 65 goals, what would be an NHL record for a left winger if he held that pace. Crosby was setting quite a pace of his own. He opened the season by scoring at least one point in 28 consecutive games, finally having the streak broken, oddly enough, in a 6-3 Capitals win over Atlanta on December 8th. By the time the 2007 portion of the season ended Crosby was 18-38-56 and on a pace to finish the regular season with 121 points. What gave the Capitals an added boost, however, was the play of rookie Nicklas Backstrom. While just 1-8-9 in 21 games before Thanksgiving, he finished up the 2007 portion of the season 6-13-19 in 18 games. By year’s end the Caps were making a shambles of the Southeast Division race, holding a 12-point lead over Carolina. They were in good position in the conference standings as well. When they beat the Ottawa Senators , 8-6, to end the 2007 portion of the season with an exclamation point, they held a 24-10-5 record, one point behind the Senators for the Eastern Conference lead. The new year started as well as it ended for the Caps and the kids. Washington opened by completing a home-and-home sweep of the Senators in the first game of 2008 to take the Eastern Conference lead. It propelled them to a 7-2-0 record to start 2008. Ovechkin scored goals in eight of the 13 games in January, putting another 14 goals on his 2007-2008 ledger. He capped the month with one of the best single game performances in the history of the franchise. On January 31st against the Montreal Canadiens , he scored first, last, and in-between. When he scored the Caps sixth goal of the game into an empty net with 33 seconds left to give the Caps a 6-3 win, he became just the third player in franchise history to record five goals in a game, joining Bengt Gustafsson and Peter Bondra in that achievement. With the assist he added on Viktor Kozlov’s second period goal he became the only the sixth Capital to record six or more points in a single game, joining Mike Ridley, Dino Ciccarelli, Michal Pivonka, and Jaromir Jagr on that list. Not to be outdone, Crosby finished January 4-15-19 in 13 games. He had two four-point games, recording a goal and three assists in the 6-3 win over Ottawa to open the new year and a two-goal/two-assist night in a 6-5 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 21st. The top line was not providing all the scoring. Alexander Semin had six goals in 13 games, and Nicklas Backstrom went 2-12-14 in 13 games, including a pair of four-assist efforts coming in consecutive games, a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on the 19th and again in the 6-5 shootout win over the Penguins two days later. The Caps hit a bit of a stall in February. They had just two regulation wins in the first three weeks of play during the month, posting a 4-3-2 record. Although the offense slowed down some – the Caps averaged only 2.33 goals over those nine games – their defense had become a bit leaky as well, allowing 2.89 goals per game. With the month winding down and the trading deadline of February 26th approaching, the Caps were thinking about what needed to be nailed down to give them a better shot at a long playoff run. source:

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Both teams played fairly carefully with each side getting one rather long shift in the offensive zone (Detroit in the first and Chicago in the third). Detroit’s defense did not look particularly good, but that’s not entirely an awful thing. While the four horsemen played fairly well yesterday in Pittsburgh, they didn’t see top-six competition. Detroit’s middle-four defensemen had trouble consistently moving the puck up and out of the zone against Marian Hossa , Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane. That’s not alarming, all things considered. What was worrisome there was the play of Jakub Kindl , who started off well enough, but looked more lost than Aaron Rome by the end of the game out there. That’s not a promising sign. Elsewhere on defense, DeKeyser got himself caught up ice a couple times, but only got burned for it the one time that Kane scored. Quincey was quietly solid except for a noticeable third period error. Brian Lashoff looked a bit nastier than usual, but was otherwise pretty quiet. Brendan Smith looked too fancy sometimes and too simple some other times, but he was also pretty consistently hounded by Hossa all night and that’s a tough assignment. source:


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