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“I have learned throughout the years that anything can happen.” Kane has four goals and four assists over the last four games. He’s tallied four and five, respectively, during a 5-1-3 stretch against the Canucks. The Blackhawks went 2-0-1 in the series last season, with both victories coming at Rogers Arena. Vancouver (13-6-1) had won three of four before suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim on Thursday. The Canucks, who fell behind 2-0 in the first period, scored three in the second before allowing the tying goal with just over eight minutes to go in regulation. “Every point’s important. It’s going to come down to the end, you’re going to need every point you can get,” coach Willie Desjardins said. “It was big for us to find a way to get one.” Eddie Lack finished with 23 saves as Vancouver became the last NHL team to lose a one-goal game, falling to 7-1-0. The Canucks could turn back to Ryan Miller, who is 12-3-0 with a 2.74 GAA. He won his first five home starts before allowing all five goals on 23 shots in last Friday’s 5-0 loss to Arizona. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-canucks-preview-073230950–nhl.html

14, 2014. (Paul Sancya, The Associated Press) Spotlight on Patrick Kane, right wing, Blackhawks When: The Avalanche plays the Blackhawks for the first time this season Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, the second of back-to-back games for the Avs. Whats up: Patrick Kane is off to another fine start at age 26. He scored a dazzling goal Thursday to help the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames and has maintained close to a point-per-game average. Background: A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kane was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NHL draft and has helped Chicago win two Stanley Cups. He scored the overtime goal that gave Chicago the Cup in 2009. He is a colorful player and personality, and has cleaned up his reputation since some off-ice incidents early in his career. Daters take: Kane has been a top NHL player for a while, though its surprising that he has scored 30 goals in a season only once in his career. He can be streaky but always seems to bring it in the biggest games. Kane and Jonathan Toews signed long-term contract extensions last season and figure to torture NHL goalies for a long time. Kanes stick-handling ability might be the best in the league. source: http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2014/11/22/patrick-kane-spotlight-blackhawks-right-wing/20151/?source=rss

NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Known more for his defensive prowess, Martin still has the ability to quarterback a power play and chip in on offense. It’s very unlikely Pittsburgh will hand Martin another deal with the plethora of defensive prospects in its system. Though Martin will likely be traded before this year’s trading deadline, chances are he’ll still hit the free-agent market as one of the most desirable free-agent defenders available. Current Statistics (as of 11/27/14):3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points Current Cap Hit: $6,083,000 Notes:More of a name than a producer the last few seasons, Green warrants a big contract based on what he’s done in the past. Tallying back-to-back 70-point seasons earlier in his career (2008-09, ’09-10), it wasn’t too long ago that Green was the premier young defensemen in the league. His numbers have softened since, having not reached 40 points the past five seasons. There’s no denying the talent is there, and knowing the Capitals signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to big money this past offseason, Green would appear to be in line for a huge free-agent payday at just 29 years old. Current Statistics (as of 11/27/14): 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points Current Cap Hit: $4,150,000 Notes: In what will be a paper-thin free-agent class for wingers, Chris Stewart may be the best not named Martin St. Louis . It’s very hard to evaluate a player’s performance when he plays for the hapless Sabres. Stewart is no different, as he’s capable of contributing at least 15 goals per season behind a competent lineup. What makes Stewart an intriguing player is the fact that he’s never played a season with premier linemates, yet he has produced quality numbers. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2282432-nhl-free-agents-who-will-score-big-contracts-next-summer

Patrick Kane: Spotlight on the Blackhawks right wing

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We will let you know (Wednesday), Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said following the game. Injuries are part of it. We will see how long he is out for. The injury appeared to impact Elliotts right leg and was the result of a blue-paint scrum that involved a majority of the players who were on the ice at the time. As he was falling to his back, Elliotts leg appeared to buckle after being slightly caught underneath his body. Senators Erik Condra also tumbled over Elliott as he was falling. There were guys falling everywhere, bodies everywhere so it was tough to see what actually happened, said defenseman Ian Cole. Hopefully hes not out long. The goaltender remained down for a lengthy period of time before testing out his leg with trainer Ray Barile. After several minutes and a long discussion with Barile, Elliott reluctantly limped down the tunnel to the Blues locker room. Jake Allen took over in goal. Its real tough, said defenseman Barret Jackman. He will get evaluated tomorrow and we will see how bad it is. Hes been playing unbelievable for us. source: http://www.kmov.com/sports/Elliott-exits-Tuesdays-game-with-a-lower-body-injury-283925501.html

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(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal withRogers Communicationsthat begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHLteamvalue rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the leagues previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a mistake I made last September inreportingthe sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of$250 millionat the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill. Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It’s currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar. Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it’s not kidding. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-team-values-zoom-upwards-per-forbes-170019501.html

Vancouver Canucks beat visiting Chicago Blackhawks | Hockey | The Seattle Times

Radim Vrbata had the other goal for the Canucks and Ryan Miller made 24 saves to get the victory as Vancouver (14-6-1) celebrated assistant captain Daniel Sedins 1,000th league game in style. Bo Horvat had his first three NHL assists, while Derek Dorsett added two assists. Corey Crawford finished with 26 stops for Chicago (12-8-1) in the loss. After giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the first period, Hansen snapped a 1-1 tie with his fourth goal in the last three games at 6:24 of the third. Dorsett chipped the puck down the boards into the Chicago zone before directing a shot toward the goal that Hansen deflected into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season. Before Hansens second goal, Nick Bonino had a great chance to give the Canucks the lead about five minutes into the third period. But his shot from the side of a wide-open net hit the far post and stayed out. Chicago had a power play with about eight minutes left in the third, but Vancouvers penalty kill was effective. The Blackhawks, playing their second of a back-to-back and third game in four nights, pressed for the tie late, but was caught out on a rush when Vrbata scored his 10th of the season at 17:36. Hansen then won a race for the puck and scored into an empty net with 43 seconds left for the hat trick. source: http://seattletimes.com/html/hockey/2025088015_nhl24xml.html?syndication=rss

 

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