Nhl News: Habs, Penguins, Blues And Ducks Leading Divisions, Which Team Is Favored To Win 2015 Stanley Cup?

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He moves the puck really well and we believe hes a good addition to our team. Therrien has been able to keep the Canadiens in early contention behind just a five-plus goal differential. But the Penguins have also had a strong season in the East, leading the Metropolitan Division with 25 points in 16 games and dominating opponents with a plus-25 goal differential. Sidney Crosby continues to be among the most effective centers in the league, trailing just Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek in points. Pittsburgh leads the league with 3.63 goals per game, and the Pens are the only team with four players having scored seven goals or more thus far. Out in the West, the Anaheim Ducks have the best record in the conference with Frederik Andersen off to a scorching start. The 25-year-old Dane has a 1.87 goal-allowed average, and is third in the NHL in save percentage (.933). Head coach Bruce Boudreau has relied on Andersen with John Gibson expected to be sidelined until mid-December due to a groin injury. I have all the faith in the world in Freddie, Boudreau told the Orange County Register. Sometimes stuff happens. If its a forward, youd never notice it. But as a goalie, you notice it. I have all the faith in the world in Freddie, Boudreau said. Sometimes stuff happens. source: http://www.ibtimes.com/nhl-news-habs-penguins-blues-ducks-leading-divisions-which-team-favored-win-2015-1724528

Franzen, Tatar score 2nd-period goals in Red Wings’ 4-1 win over Blackhawks | Star Tribune

Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal with 7.3 seconds left in the game for the Sharks. Thornton said he felt good for Grosenick and there was a lot of excitement on the bench in the final minute as Carolina tried in vain to score. “It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the league, you get excited to see young players come in and do well,” Thornton said. “You get excited yourself. It was nice to get the win.” San Jose, playing its sixth of a seven-game road trip, evened its record to 3-3 on the trip. The Sharks have played 15 of their first 21 games on the road and will play at Buffalo on Tuesday before returning home. “We’ve been on the road for a long, long time but we’re weathering the storm and hopefully when it’s done we can go home and play well at home,” Thornton said. Carolina lost its third straight having only scored one goal or fewer in each. “I don’t think we’ve wasted any goalkeeper performances,” said the Hurricanes’ Eric Staal . “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do and making the saves. We’ve got to contribute with some offense. Tonight it was everything but the goals and that can be frustrating.” It marked Carolina’s second shutout loss of the season. source: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Former-Union-goalie-enjoys-stellar-debut-5897645.php

Sunday’s NHL Capsules | News Tribune

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov finished with 40 saves. Devils 3, Wild 1 NEWARK, N.J. Tuomo Ruutu and Mike Cammalleri scored second-period goals that helped the New Jersey Devils end a four-game losing streak. Travis Zajac sealed the victory with a power-play score into an empty net in the closing seconds. Jaromir Jagr had two assists. Cory Schneider made 23 saves in his 16th straight start. Predators 3, Oilers 2 NASHVILLE, TENN. Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville. Matt Cullen also scored for Nashville, winners of three straight. Benoit Pouliot and Nail Yakupov had the goals for Edmonton, which had its two-game winning streak snapped. Edmonton fell to 0-7-1 against fellow Western Conference teams this season. source: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/nov/12/nhl-roundup/

Red Wings dominate Blackhawks | The Journal Gazette

NHL Red Wings dominate Blackhawks Associated Press DETROIT Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar both scored during Detroits dominant second period, and the Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Friday night. Franzen scored his fifth goal, with an assist from Henrik Zetterberg, at 4:49 of the second to break a 1-1 tie. Tatar added his fifth 1:10 later when he sent in a rebound of Joakim Anderssons shot. The Blackhawks were outshot 20-8 in the period. The two-goal lead was plenty for Jimmy Howard, who stopped 25 shots for his seventh victory. Luke Glendening put Detroit on the board six minutes in when he backhanded a rebound of Drew Millers shot past Corey Crawford, who finished with 32 saves. Patrick Kane scored Chicagos lone goal during a power play later in the first. Brendan Smith put the game away with an empty-net goal. The Blackhawks goal came less than a minute after Howard made three point-blank saves to deny Kane. Howard didnt have to work as hard the rest of the night. The game matched the NHLs two best penalty-killing teams, and Chicago kept its league-best average above 90 percent after holding the Red Wings without a goal on three power plays. Detroit welcomed back center Pavel Datsyuk, who had an assist after missing two games with a sore groin. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141115/SPORTS2004/311159983/-1/sports12

Former Union goalie enjoys stellar debut – Times Union

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BLACKHAWKS 6, STARS 2 CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago rallied with four goals in the third period to defeat Dallas. Kane connected from a sharp angle early in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie. Jonathan Toews, Versteeg, and Brandon Saad scored in a 2:55 span later in the period to put the game away. Defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook scored in the first period as Chicago won for the third time in four games. Dallas’ Curtis McKenzie recorded his first NHL goal and Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Stars, who have dropped two straight and won just two of their last 11 (2-7-2). Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 22 saves and Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen finished with 41 as Chicago fired 23 shots in the third. PANTHERS 6, DUCKS 2 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Nick Bjugstad had two goals and two assists, and Brad Boyes scored twice during the Florida’s four-goal second period in a victory over Anaheim. Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored as Florida opened a four-game road trip with a stunning blowout of the West-leading Ducks. Jussi Jokinen and Brian Campbell had two assists apiece in the highest-scoring performance of the season by the Panthers, who had an NHL-low 27 goals entering the game. source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/nov/16/sundays-nhl-capsules/


“We served up a second pizza,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said of the first two goals his team allowed. “The first goal was a tough play and the second goal was a tough play.” Patrick Kane had a giveaway to set up Franzen’s game-winner. “It’s unforgiveable to make a turnover that bad,” he said. “Pretty sloppy game. A lot of turnovers, a lot of giveaways.” Detroit hadn’t played since Sunday and seemed much fresher in the second period. That was fine with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “It’s always nice to look fast against a good opponent,” he said. “I thought we did a real good job in the second period to tilt the rink a little bit. “I like us to play fast; I like us to play in attack mode.” Luke Glendening put Detroit on the board six minutes in when he backhanded a rebound of Drew Miller’s shot past Corey Crawford, who finished with 32 saves. Kane scored Chicago’s lone goal during a power play later in the first. Brendan Smith put the game away with an empty-net goal. The Blackhawks’ goal came less than a minute after Howard made three point-blank saves to deny Kane. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/282785431.html


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