Nhl Power Rankings: Penguins Move To The Top, Sabres Bring Up The Rear – Sbnation.com

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Blackhawks hold off Sharks – ContraCostaTimes.com

Question is, how will they fare without their best D-man when they have to face tougher opponents? 9. Chicago Blackhawks (8-6-1) | Second City Hockey Its only a matter of time before Chicago returns to form. The Blackhawks have too much talent to be in the middle of the pack, and a slow start is nothing to be concerned about. Their 98.7 PDO — which ranks 24th in the league — explains some of their struggles. Somehow, their PDO is that low despite Corey Crawford s stellar goaltending. So, clearly, goalscoring has been an issue, as evident by Chicago’s 5.56 5v5 shooting percentage. With Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews , Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith in tow, that number should rise considerably in the coming months. All the pieces are there. This rough patch wont last much longer. 10. Los Angeles Kings (8-4-3) | Jewels From The Crown The Kings stormed out of the gate with a 6-1-1 record, but have since fallen on hard times. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/10/7185463/nhl-power-rankings-penguins-sabres

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday vs. Washington | WGN-TV

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9, 2014. Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57), right,… Bullard-Havens dominates Abbott Tech/Immaculate Page 1 of 1 CHICAGO (AP) The NHL has changed Trevor van Riemsdyk ‘s first career goal into the first assist for the rookie defenseman with the Chicago Blackhawks . Van Riemsdyk was credited with a goal on a big slap shot in the first period of Chicago’s 5-2 victory over San Jose on Sunday night. But the NHL changed the scoring on the play on Monday, ruling forward Kris Versteeg got a piece of the shot for career goal No. 106. The scoring change also eliminated a historic first period for the Blackhawks. When the goal was credited to van Reimsdyk, it was the first time three defensemen scored in a single period for Chicago since the third period of an 8-1 victory over Edmonton on Nov. 27, 1992. Old-fashioned police work, with some help from photos of the riders published online by Hearst Connecticut Media, led to the seizure of… source: http://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/Van-Riemsdyk-loses-1st-goal-after-NHL-change-5884051.php

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But San Jose, which finally settled in near the start of the second period, was unable to get the equalizer. Brian Bickell scored with 4:42 left, and Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter to seal the win for Chicago. The Sharks beat Dallas 5-3 on Saturday after falling behind by two goals in the second period. They continue their trip Tuesday against the Florida Panthers Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was tested right from the start, as even strength goals by Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson gave Chicago a three-goal lead. Niemi would settle down in the second period, allowing the Sharks to carve into the Blackhawks’ lead. Pavelski’s first goal with 4:28 left in the first period came on a redirection, as Justin Braun’s shot from the point went off Pavelski’s stick and hip before it got past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Pavelski’s second goal came on the power play in the second period, as he had an open net to look at after he took a pass from Joe Thornton just in front of the net. With 1:09 left in the Sharks’ game against the Stars on Saturday, Roussel knocked goalie Alex Stalock to the ice just after Stalock batted the puck into the seats. In the ensuing scrum, with Stalock still on the ice, Roussel tangled with Braun and punched him in the face as Braun’s arms were tied up by an official. “You don’t want that to happen in the game, but whatever they decide to do, they decide to do,” Braun said before Sunday’s game. “We just have to go about our business.” For more on the Sharks, see the Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks . source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_26904169/blackhawks-hold-off-sharks

Van Riemsdyk loses 1st goal after NHL change – Connecticut Post

The Revuers rehearse for some upcoming shows, including a concert on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Bridgewater. Left to right are Dennis MacDonald, Monsie Hobbs, Frank Kelly, Michelle Brown, Steve Weighart, and Edyta Zych-Weighart.

* The Blackhawks have been shut out in back-to-back home games (both 1-0 losses). The last time theyve suffered three consecutive home shutout losses was from January 26-February 5, 1939. *Alex Ovechkin has seven points in his last three games directly after not picking up a point in a career-high five straight games. He also has a goal in each of his last three games against the Blackhawks. * Jonathan Toews scored his 200th career goal in the Chicagos 5-0 win at Montreal on Tuesday. He is the 19th Blackhawks player to score 200 goals or more with the franchise. He is also one of 54 active NHL players to reach the 200 goal plateau. * Corey Crawford earned his first shutout of the season and the 11th of his career in Chicagos win on Tuesday. It was his third career shutout against an Eastern Conference opponent and his first since a 4-0 win over Florida on March 23, 2011. * The Capitals have lost five games in a row. In 2013-14, they had losing streaks of seven games and five games in a season where they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07. source: http://wgntv.com/2014/11/07/blackhawks-game-notes-for-friday-vs-washington/

NHL draft tracker: Daniel Sprong, Charlottetown Islanders | Buzzing The Net – Yahoo Sports

Sometimes you just have to let the game come to you. You can’t always take the game. He’s a wonderful skilled player that’s got a lot to learn if he’s going to be a good pro. It’s a process and we continue to work with him. “Great skating, great puck skills, great vision, elite shot,” Sonier adds. “When you have all those attributes and it all comes together, it’s going to turn into being a dynamic offensive player. Hewants to have an impact all the time, which is a great asset to have.” Sprong has a unique identity due to having moved with his family,at age seven,from the Netherlands to Quebec to further his hockey development. The one downside is he’s in a no-man’s land for international hockey, since he can’t play for Canada until he receives his citizenship. Otherwise, Sprong has maintained the best of the old world and the new. “I think learning English and French was the biggest adjustment,” he says. “I knew I could play the game and fit in there and make friends easily. Hockey was a great way for me to make friends and learn my English. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/nhl-draft-tracker–daniel-sprong–charlottetown-islanders-161454228.html

 

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