Nhl Notebook: Blues Trade Former Penguins Player Leopold To Blue Jackets | Triblive

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Lightning-Blackhawks Preview – Yahoo Sports

The inconsistency has come despite posting an NHL-low 1.87 goals against per game. Offensively, the Blackhawks have yet to score more than two goals in consecutive games. It’s not for a lack of opportunities as they’ve averaged a league-high 38.0 shots. They just often haven’t been quality chances considering their 6.8 percent shooting mark, which is among the worst in the NHL. Things have been looking up in their last three with a pair of victories and 12 goals scored after Sunday’s 5-2 home win over San Jose. Still, they allowed the Sharks to trim a three-goal lead to one early in the second period before rebounding in the third with two goals to put the game away. “You can see where the confidence in tight games and playing the right way and doing the right things is a work in progress right now,” coach Joel Quenneville told the team’s official website. “I think (there was) probably a little hesitation on our part, knowing we’ve lost some tough games that we traditionally win.” Jonathan Toews scored an empty-netter and also had an assist, giving him five points in three games. The Chicago captain has six goals and five assists in eight games against the Lightning, while Patrick Kane has five goals and 10 assists in the same span. Consistent with Tampa Bay’s scoring and Chicago’s defending, the matchup also features one of the league’s top power plays (26.4 percent) against the Blackhawks’ top-ranked penalty kill (91.1). The Lightning’s kill has gone 8 for 15 in four games this month as the Blackhawks’ power play is 4 for 23 in seven games. Both teams have received solid goaltending from their No. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/lightning-blackhawks-preview-223808797–nhl.html

Scores & Stats « CBS Chicago

The Red Wings have scored two power-play goals in each of the past three games, their longest streak for multiple power-play goals since Feb. 15-20, 2009. “We’re getting the puck back, moving the puck quicker and really attacking when we get it,” said forward Gustav Nyquist, who leads the team with four goals on the man advantage and eight overall. “… The biggest thing is we’re attacking more and getting the puck back and getting those second and third opportunities.” That success will be challenged by the Blackhawks, who own the league’s top penalty-kill percentage at 91.7. Pavel Datsyuk hopes to play after missing Detroit’s last two games with a sore groin. Historically, however, Datsyuk has provided little help against Chicago. He owns a minus-4 rating in 61 regular-season matchups – his second-worst against any team – and including the postseason, he has scored once in his past 11 meetings. Jimmy Howard is expected to start for Detroit. Howard is 6-2-4 with a 2.03 GAA, but he’s 0-3-4 with a 2.57 GAA in his last eight regular-season starts against the Blackhawks. His 2.86 GAA against Chicago is his worst against any team he has faced more than six times. source: http://stats.chicago.cbslocal.com/nhl/preview.asp?g=2014111405


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