Why The Chicago Blackhawks Power-play Unit Must Step Up In 2014-15 | Bleacher Report

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Three Stars: Kuemper shuts down Avs; Getzlaf powers Ducks | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper makes glove save of shot against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period of the Wild

Quenneville addressed this issue after the Blackhawks played a preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 1.We were looking for too many stick-to-stick plays and too many perfect plays we didnt shoot the puck on the power play, Quenneville told CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers . We couldve gotten more momentum off it. Email While the power play has had its share of problems, the penalty killing has often been superb. During the preseason, the Blackhawks kept opponents from scoring on 20-of-21 man-advantage opportunities. The Blackhawks regularly kill penalties because they are well-positioned, and they react quickly to what the opposing power play does. But when they have the power play, they don’t seem to rely on instincts very much. They pass the puck, pass the puck and pass it some more. The Blackhawks have been good enough to win consistently over the past five years even when their power play has not been superlative. However, in the brutally tough Western Conference, it’s hard to see them emerging if all aspects of their game are not functioning well. There is simply too much talent on teams like Los Angeles , Anaheim , St. Louis and perhaps Minnesota to believe that the Blackhawks can win if their power play is not functioning at a high level. Quenneville and Dineen have Kane, Toews and Andrew Shaw up front on the first power-play unit with Keith and Sharp manning the points. The second power-play grouping includes Hossa, Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell up front with Seabrook and newcomer Brad Richards manning the points. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2225741-why-the-chicago-blackhawks-power-play-unit-must-step-up-in-2014-15

Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper makes glove save of shot against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period No. 1 Star: Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild Kuemper made 30 saves in the Wilds 3-0 whitewash of the Colorado Avalanche. Charlie Coyle , Jason Zucker and Zach Parise had the goals. Kuemper is now 2-0 on the season and 2-0 against the Avs, with two shutouts. Getzlaf opened the scored and closed out the game for the Ducks, notching the game winner at 19:36 of the third period. The Ducks defeated the Detroit Red Wings , 3-2. No. 3 Star: Oliver Ekman-Larsson , Arizona Coyotes OEL scored at 4:46 of overtime with Tyler Toffoli in the box for hooking, giving the Coyotes a 3-2 in over the Los Angeles Kings . Ekman-Larsson played 28:10 for Arizona in the game. Keith Yandle had three assists in the game. Honorable Mention: Braden Holtby made 29 saves in a 4-0 shutout over the Boston Bruins , as Alex Ovechkin hit paydirt twice in the first period. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/three-stars–kuemper-shuts-down-avs–getzlaf-powers-ducks-064515049.html

Jonas Hiller helps Flames edge Blackhawks in OT | FOX Sports

But Hiller was outstanding and Backlund used a wrist shot to beat Corey Crawford on the goaltender’s glove side for his first goal of the season. Andrew Shaw scored in the third period and Crawford had 16 saves in Chicago’s first loss in three games. The overtime began with a nice stop by Crawford on Paul Byron’s breakaway opportunity just 40 seconds into the extra period. Brad Richards had a chance to win the game for the Blackhawks, but his tip off a nice pass from Duncan Keith went wide. It looked as if it was only a matter of time while Chicago played keepaway for much of the first two periods, but Hiller stepped up and the Flames jumped in front at 11:55 of the second. Joe Colborne won a faceoff with Jonathan Toews and sent the puck back to Wideman, who let loose with a long slap shot that went off the stick of Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk and into the net. That was the only goal until the Blackhawks were successful on their seventh power play with 5:45 left in regulation. With Wideman in the penalty box for hooking, Shaw tipped Patrick Sharp’s long slap shot past Hiller for his second goal. Chicago had a couple chances for the tiebreaking score in regulation, but was unable to connect. Hiller stopped Patrick Kane’s backhander in the final seconds. The Blackhawks got off to a fast start and outshot the weary Flames 18-2 in the first, but Hiller’s solid play kept the game scoreless. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/jonas-hiller-helps-flames-edge-blackhawks-in-ot-101514

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Line combinations crucial – Yahoo Sports

Add Granlund (32 percent owned in Yahoo) if he’s available in your league. … The “That ’70s Line” moniker is getting tired, but the production of the Los Angeles Kings ‘ second unit ( Tanner Pearson , Jeff Carter , Tyler Toffoli ) isn’t getting old. Carter is paying dividends for owners who drafted him, while Toffoli (24 percent) and Pearson (6 percent) are there for the taking. The three have combined for five of the Kings’ six goals. … Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (51 percent) has been the pickup of the season so far with four goals in four games. His frequent playoff linemate, Alex Galchenyuk , has assisted on two of those. STATS PRIOR TO OCT. 14 GAMES GOALS: 2 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 4 SOG: 4 | +/-: 2 HIGH CEILING: Derek Stepan ‘s injury didn’t bode well for Rick Nash , but the New York Rangers have shifted Martin St. Louis to center. Nash has already surpassed his 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs goal total (three on 83 SOG in 25 games) with four goals on nine SOG in three games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fantasy-top-100-forwards-line-combos-crucial-160000238–nhl.html

 

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