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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. LA has lost five of seven, and has looked rather impotent through this stretch, scoring just 15 goals. Still, the Kings are one of the best teams in the league. A difficult couple of weeks doesn’t change that. With Marian Gaborik and Anze Koptiar healthy once again, it’s only a matter of time before LA returns to form. 11. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/10/7185463/nhl-power-rankings-penguins-sabres

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Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope between Marina City and the Leo Burnett Building on Nov. 2, 2014. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Chicago’s scoring spree in the first started when Toews sent a faceoff back to van Riemsdyk, who blasted a slap shot by a screened Niemi 8 minutes into the game. Seabrook extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:10 when he scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brad Richards. With the sellout crowd of 21,489 still celebrating Seabrook’s third goal, Hjalmarsson used a nicely placed wrist shot to record his first goal of the season at 14:34. It was the first time three defensemen scored in a single period for Chicago since Frantisek Kucera, Igor Kravchuk and Steve Smith scored in the third period of an 8-1 victory over Edmonton on Nov. 27, 1992. The fast start also came with coach Joel Quenneville trying a couple of new defensive pairings. The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk played with two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, and Seabrook, who struggled in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to Washington, was alongside Rundblad. San Jose bounced back quickly after Hjalmarsson’s goal. Pavelski had a nice redirection on Justin Braun’s slap shot, trimming Chicago’s lead to 3-1 at 15:32, and the Sharks outplayed the Blackhawks for much of the second period. San Jose center Joe Thornton was shaken up after Andrew Shaw hit him on his nose with his stick in the second period. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-big-1st-period-beat-sharks-26797679


* 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/

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Sharp led Chicago last season with 34 goals and 44 assists. Washington star Alex Ovechkin was held without a point after recording two assists on Tuesday to become the leading scorer in franchise history. TheBlackhawksdominated as the first period progressed. Saad opened the scoring with 2:48 left in the period on Chicagos 15th shot to complete a 2-on-1 break with Marian Hossa. After taking Hossas cross-ice pass, Saad fired a low one-timer that struck the inside of Holtbys left pad and slid into the net. Ovechkin was penalized for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson with 16 seconds left in the first, and Keith scored on the power play 56 seconds into the second to make it 2-0. He swooped into the right circle and fired in a rebound through traffic. The Capitals then connected three times late in the period to take the lead. The last two goals came 42 seconds apart in the final minute. Burakovsky cut it to 2-1 with 4:57 left to complete a 2-on-1 with Troy Brouwer. After faking a pass, he closed in and fired a perfect shot over Crawfords left shoulder and just under the crossbar. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/07/caps-rally-to-beat-sliding-blackhawks/

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

No. 2 Star: Eddie Lack , Vancouver Canucks Lack made 28 saves and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout as the Canucks got by the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. The win was Lack’s first of the year, with a Ryan Kesler attempt hitting the post to seal the victory for Vancouver. Nick Bonino , who was part of the Kesler deal, scored the only goal in the shootout, meaning the Canucks won the trade. No. 3 Star: Peter Holland , Toronto Maple Leafs Holland scored for the second straight game and added an assist as the Leafs put five goals past Robin Lehner for a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators . Five different Maple Leafs scored and James Reimer made 38 saves. Honorable Mention: Benoit Pouliot scored the eventual game-winning goal in his return to Broadway as the Edmonton Oilers downed the New York Rangers 3-1. Viktor Fasth made 17 saves for his second straight win Justin Schultz would like to get a second chance at this and not allow Henrik Lundqvist to make a stunning glove save: Gustav Nyquist scored again for the Red Wings in pretty fashion: A three-goal first period help power the Chicago Blackhawks past the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Trevor van Riemsdyk scored his first NHL goal as Chicago snapped a three-game losing skid at United Center. According to the AP , the Blackhawks three first period goals by defenseman was the first time thats happened for the franchise since Nov. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–stamkos-powers-bolts–lack–canucks-spoil-kesler-reunion-050228618.html

NHL Three Stars: Stamkos powers Bolts; Lack, Canucks best Kesler’s Ducks | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

“I always joke, ‘Ray Charles could see the skill,’ ” Islanders general manager Grant Sonier says. “He’s got so much talent; it’s quite evident. Daniel’s biggest issue being an offensive player is puck management but there’s so much to work with there that he’s worth spending the time on. He really, really wants to have an impact every shift. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/jrhockey-buzzing-the-net/nhl-draft-tracker–daniel-sprong–charlottetown-islanders-161454228.html


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