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Avs’ Johnson could return Saturday – Boulder Daily Camera

Avs defenseman Erik Johnson is helped off the ice during Tuesday’s win over the Coyotes. Johnson could be back on Saturday.

The three goals to start the second period came in a span of 2:31, giving the Blackhawks six goals at a time the Oilers had just five shots. Edmonton finally broke Crawford’s shutout bid with 12 minutes left in the second period as Perron tipped Justin Schultz’s shot into the net for his second of the season. NOTES:It was the first of three games this season between the two teams. The Blackhawks swept three games from the Oilers last year, scoring five goals in each. The last time Chicago lost in Edmonton was on Feb. 2, 2012, a game in which Sam Gagner recorded eight points for the Oilers. … Antti Raanta was expected to get the start in net for Chicago but came down with an illness before the game, forcing Crawford to play in goal without a backup on the bench. Forward Phillip Danault made his NHL debut after being called up from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Friday. Danault was Chicago’s first-round pick, 26th overall, in 2011. … source:

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He did not talk to the media, per team policy for injured players, but was dressed in workout gear and casually talking to some team staff. After the loss to Chicago, coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was indeed feeling better and seemed upbeat on the defenseman’s chances of playing Saturday against the Dallas Stars. Johnson was injured during overtime of Tuesday’s game in Arizona, where 6-foot-6 Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal finished through on a check with Johnson’s head in a compromised position. Johnson had just gotten rid of a puck and had his body leaning forward when Hanzal took a couple of strides and delivered a big hit using his shoulders and arms to the head area. The NHL office of supplemental discipline apparently declined to assess any punishment to Hanzal, who was fined and suspended last season for different safety violations. The NHL’s Rule 48 punishes illegal checks to the head, especially when it targeted and/or the principal point of contact. “We had a good conversation with him last week, and I think he’s playing better,” Roy said. Holden was arguably the team’s biggest surprise as a player last season, coming on strong after being a healthy scratch much of the first half. He scored 10 goals and 25 points in 54 games, with a plus-12. After 23 games this year, Holden has one goal and four points. Notable Roy said the team will take a closer look at Semyon Varlamov’s condition at practice today and “probably get a better idea of how long he’ll be out.” If all goes well, Varlamov might not be out much longer, as he showed good mobility in net at Wednesday’s morning skate. source:

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If you lose, you get nothing.” His logic is this: A team can go 1-5-4 in a 10-game stretch, but still pick up six points. In any other league, that would be a 1-9 skid and bury a team in the standings. “It gets so exhausting when people in January and February talk about, ‘Oh, I can’t believe how close the race is,'” Olczyk said. “Well, hold on a second. Why is it so hard to believe? A good percentage of the games have three points being given out. The races should be close. Nobody should be surprised how close it is.” The deeper into the season races go, the more conservative teams may play, just to secure at least a point. “Playing life and death (hockey) when you’re trying to make the playoffs at the end of the season can be taxing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Certainly we don’t want to be in a position of playing life and death (hockey) to try to get in at games 80, 81 and 82.” Not that the Blackhawks have anything to worry about they’re a virtual cinch to be in. At least, according to the numbers. On the flip side, a team like Colorado is in postseason jeopardy, if you placed stock in those stats. source:

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) shoots the puck towards the the Chicago Blackhawks zone during the first period on Nov. 26, 2014 at Pepsi

The Fourth Period also noted that center Nazem Kadri, defender Cody Franson and goalie James Reimer are also all potentially seen as trade targets. Gary Wiepert/Associated Press Expectations are always high for Toronto, and the up-and-down 11-8-2 start clearly has the team ready to at least evaluate things. Considering the fact that a center, defender and goalie are on that list, the team may be looking for upgrades across the positional board. The defense has been more of an issue than the offense, as evidenced by the fact that the Maple Leafs are an impressive fourth in the league in goals per game but 22nd in goals against. Whether that means they will target defensive improvements remains to be seen, but expect some type of move from Toronto before the deadline. Los Angeles Kings Chris Szagola/Associated Press The Fourth Period also passed along the latest on the Los Angeles Kings in a separate piece: Kings GM Dean Lombardi would like to add a No.2 or No.3 defenseman, with just over $4 million in available salary cap space to play with. The Kings had been taking calls on center Mike Richards, prior to receiving cap relief from Voynov being placed on the equivalent of long-term IR. It’s unclear if he’s still in play, but two separate league executives told TFP the Kings will need to part with a “solid roster player” in order to acquire a top-tier defenseman. Slava Voynovs loss has certainly been felt on the defensive side, and the same report suggested that some of the Kings prospectssuch as Nick Shore, Valentin Zykov and Adrian Kempecould be potential trade chips. What should the Kings do? source:

NHL Rumors: Latest Trade Speculation from Around the League | Bleacher Report

This one will probably be low-scoring, if that’s your thing. It also marks the first game between St. Louis and Winnipeg since March 17, 2014, a game that chaotically ended with a line brawl and last-second goal that was taken away after initially being awarded. Who knows how the memories of that contest might come back to impact the actions of those involved Sunday afternoon? Meanwhile, arguably the biggest matchup of the night gets the NHL Network treatment as the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens meet at Madison Square Garden. The rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals should feature the usual strong goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price , so it’ll be up to the offenses to provide some fireworks. Price has been rolling lately, saving 64 of 65 shots over the past two games against St. Louis and Boston. Lundvquist hasn’t been quite as strong, though the Rangers shut out the Flyers , 2-0, in their last game with Cam Talbot in goal. The final two games of the night see the Arizona Coyotes face the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vancouver Canucks . The ‘Hawks might be vulnerable on the second night of a back-to-back, but they’ve won five of six after lighting up the Oilers in a 7-1 win on Saturday and appear to be rounding into form. source:

28. TRENDS: *Blackhawks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. *Under is 10-0-1 in Ducks last 11 games following a win. *Blackhawks are 6-21-2 in the last 29 meetings in Anaheim. NCAAF: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at (20) Marshall Thundering Herd (-24, 74.5) Marshall is one win away from locking up a perfect regular season. The Thundering Herd will try to improve to 12-0 when they host Western Kentucky in the regular-season finale on Friday. Marshall and defending National Champion Florida State are the only teams remaining without a loss, and the Thundering Herd are in the running for a New Yearas Six bowl game if they can hold off the Hilltoppers. Marshall is having a hard time cracking the College Football Playoff rankings due to the strength of its schedule but is dominating the opponents in front of it and has already clinched the top spot in the Conference-USA East Division. Western Kentucky is bowl eligible as well after notching three straight wins by an average of 24.7 points. aFor us, now we’re in the championship game,a Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm told reporters of the magnitude of the matchup with the Thundering Herd. source:


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