Nhl Power Rankings: Blues Push To The Top, Maple Leafs fall – Sbnation.com

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Their shot generation and shot suppression rates are both moving in the right direction. Nonetheless, goaltending remains a concern. Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth both have save percentages below .900, and neither appears capable of playing like a true No. 1. 28. Carolina Hurricanes (5-9-3) | Canes Country After earning points in six straight, the Canes have predictably fallen off, dropping their last three. The offense isnt coming; the defense, which still features Tim Gleason , Jay Harrison and John-Michael Liles , hasnt been much better. But Cam Ward continues to play well. The veteran goalie has allowed just 1.71 goals per game in November — quite an improvement from October, when he gave up 16 goals in four starts. Sunday’s 2-0 loss to San Jose was encouraging, as Carolina racked up 45 shots on goal to the Sharks’ 19. The Canes just couldn’t beat Grosenick in his NHL debut. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/17/7233239/nhl-power-rankings-blues-maple-leafs-penguins

Blackhawks Rally For Four Goals in 3rd Period | Valley News

One of two things is going to happen in this game: Either Toronto gets its act together for a night and gives its fans another tease with a big win over a good team, or it gets blown out again. Pick: Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 2 Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators , 7:30 p.m. ET The Predators are one of the NHL’s early surprise teams, but they still have some shortcomings, specifically their lack of secondary scoring beyond their top line. But let’s talk about that top line for a minute because, man, it is good. When the trio of James Neal , Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg has been on the ice together during 5-on-5 play this season it is outscoring opponents by an incredible — and almost unbelievable — 17-1 margin. The Senators give up a lot on the defensive end, so that line is going to have chances to add to that margin Thursday. Pick: Predators 4, Senators 1 Anaheim Ducks at Vancouver Canucks , 10 p.m ET Another matchup of two of the top teams in the league, even if it is a bit of a surprising one. We knew Anaheim would be near the top of the standings, but the Canucks’ rebound from last season’s dismal performance has been a bit unexpected. The Canucks are coming off of a thrilling 5-4 win over Edmonton on Wednesday night, so playing in the back-to-back while Anaheim was relaxing is going to be a bit of a disadvantage. Pick: Ducks 4, Canucks 2 The rest of Thursday’s schedule Florida Panthers at San Jose Sharks , 10:30 p.m. ET Three stars 1. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24822344/nhl-daily-picks-two-of-the-nhls-top-teams-face-off-in-montreal

NHL Daily Picks: Two of the NHL’s top teams face off in Montreal – CBSSports.com

The St. Louis Blues take their show on the road to Montreal. (USATSI)

Crawford, for one, doesn’t seem too worried about the situation. Check out the best photos from the best fights in the NHL. ”That was tough for Riems. I mean he was playing so well,” Crawford said. ”Obviously, it must be pretty frustrating for him; for us, too, to lose a guy like that. But Clendending, he’s a really skilled defenseman, and he moves the puck well. I’m sure he’ll do fine when he gets his chance, too.” The Blackhawks also are playing without forward Patrick Sharp , who had a team-high 34 goals last season and is out with a lower-body injury. The team said Sharp would miss three to four weeks after he was hurt Nov. 4, and Quenneville has stuck with that timeline when asked about the winger. Crawford, 29, missed six games earlier this season with an upper-body injury, but he has started every game since his return. He likely will shoulder much of the load on the road trip, which begins with a Canadian swing and closes with stops in Colorado, Anaheim and Los Angeles. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/blackhawks-eye-consistency-on-circus-trip-111914

Emma: In Chicago, Richards Playing For Family « CBS Chicago

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

San Jose (10-8-2), playing its sixth game of a seven-game road trip, evened their 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. Wild 4, Jets 3, OT St. Paul Marco Scandella scored at 1:01 of overtime after missing two games with an illness to give Minnesota the win over Winnipeg. Minnesota was reeling after blowing a 3-0 lead in the third period and getting outplayed by the scrappy Jets. But Scandellas third goal of the season a low wrist shot from just inside the blue line that beat Michael Hutchinson prevented the Wild from losing their second game this year after losing a three-goal lead. Canadiens 4, Red Wings 1 Detroit Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist while Dustin Tokarski made 28 saves as Montreal beat Detroit. Two nights after dominating the Blackhawks in a 4-1 win, the Red Wings took too long to get untracked against another Original Six rival. Detroit only managed 10 shots in the first two periods despite four power plays. Montreal took a 1-0 lead at 3:20 of the second, shortly after killing a Red Wings penalty. source: http://www.vnews.com/sports/14392655-95/blackhawks-rally-for-four-goals-in-3rd-period

Breaking News – EPIX Teams with National Hockey League for Two-Part, Eight-Episode Series | TheFutonCritic.com

Every year the NHL entertains more than 250 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 10 million fans on its social platforms; and more than 300 million fans online at NHL.com. In Canada, the 2014-15 season marks the beginning of a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement with Rogers Communications, which includes national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages. In the U.S., the NHL is in the fourth season of its 10-year agreement with NBC and NBCSN, the 10th consecutive season both networks have served as national television partners. The NHL is committed to giving back to the community with programs including: Hockey is for Everyone(TM), which supports nonprofit youth hockey organizations across North America; Hockey Fights Cancer(TM), raising money for local and national cancer organizations; NHL Green(TM), which is committed to pursuing sustainable business practices; and a partnership with the You Can Play Project, which is committed to supporting the LGBT community and fighting homophobia in sports. The NHL received three 2014 Sports Business Awards: “Sports League of the Year,” “Sports Executive of the Year” recognizing Commissioner Gary Bettman, and “Sports Event of the Year” for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic(R). For more information, visit NHL.com. About EPIX EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on XBOX 360, PlayStation(R), iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku(R) players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple(R) iPads(R) and iPhones(R) and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming. EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. source: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2014/11/19/epix-teams-with-national-hockey-league-for-two-part-eight-episode-series-849412/20141119epix01/

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The 34-year-old has won a Stanley Cup and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2004, represented his native Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics and is closing in on 500 career points. Sunday night at United Center had greater significance for Richards. It was his 1,000th NHL game, but thats not why it was so special. This was the first game for his one-month-old son, Luca, and the proud father got to share the moment with his newborn. Richards grew up wanting to be a goaltender for the Blackhawks, as he idolized Eddie Belfour. But his father, Glen, wouldnt let it happen. The two shared the experience of watching Chicagos games together, with each national anthem at the old Stadium serving as something to cherish. For anthem No. 1,000, Richards stood at center ice with family. His wife, Rechelle Jenkins, whom he married in August, was to his right. Luca was in his arms. And Glen was there, too, smiling the entire time. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/17/emma-in-chicago-richards-playing-for-family/

 

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