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Kane’s 28 points against the Oilers since the start of the 2009-10 season are his second-most against any opponent, trailing only his 29 against Dallas. He has seven goals and 14 assists during a 12-game point streak versus the Oilers. The Blackhawks have totaled 19 goals during their four-game win streak in the series and have won eight of 10 in Edmonton. The Oilers are 0-4-1 in their last five contests and 0-5-1 at home since Oct. 29. Edmonton was outshot 19-8 in a pivotal second period Friday in a 2-0 loss to visiting New Jersey. The Devils scored both of their goals in a 4:28 span. “The problem with our group right now is that we can’t seem to get the full 60 (minutes), and you need the full 60,” coach Dallas Eakins said. The Oilers will seek to avoid a season-high sixth consecutive defeat and their first seven-game home losing streak since Jan. 18-Feb. 13, 2011. They’ve been outscored 9-2 in Chicago’s past two visits. source:–nhl.html

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“I like the way we have played and the way we are getting our four-line rotation. We have got some momentum going right now.” Corey Crawford finished with 24 saves, lowering his goals-against average to an NHL best-tying 1.90. He was slated to serve as Antti Raanta’s backup but was thrown into action after Raanta fell ill. Crawford has started each of the team’s 10 games this month. “You have to be ready for anything,” Crawford told the league’s official website. “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. source:–nhl.html

New York Islanders are indeed this good (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

So clearly, they’re getting the bounces. But having seen some stuff this week that expressed some amount of incredulity that the Islanders the New York Islanders, for god’s sake! are currently sitting out point out of the top spot in the league, and tied for the largest point total in the Eastern Conference. This of course turns the hockey we’ve known it more or less since the turn of the century on its head, because as we all understand in our bones that the Islanders are meant to be the dross of the Metropolitan nee Atlantic division. They’re current 16-6-0, nearly halfway to the entire wins total from all of last year (34) and looking extraordinarily likely to eclipse 40 wins for just the second time since the Second Bettman Lockout. At present, the club’s .727 winning percentage in the regular season is second in franchise history behind only that arguably the greatest team ever 1981-82 club, which went .738. People, perhaps understandably, just can’t square that with their perceptions, but it’s important here to examine exactly why the Islanders are winning despite making relatively few changes in the lead-up to this extraordinary start to the season. The first and most obvious change has come in net, because Garth Snow seems to have finally realized that having a good goaltender is good and having a bad one is bad. This would appear to be a simple enough concept but the fact is that it continues to escape many general managers despite the ready availability of good goaltenders on the market in any given year. The Islanders’ years of getting sub-.900 team goaltending effectively ended when Evgeni Nabokov was told to pack his bags, and Jaroslav Halak brought in instead, for the criminally low price of a fourth-round pick and $4.5 million against the cap. Halak is currently delivering pretty obscene numbers (.923) but it’s only five points above his career average, and thus doesn’t seem too unsustainable. source:–the-islanders-are-this-good–trending-topics-192137757.html

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

Ryan Miller shut down everything thrown at the net. Desjardins got everything out of all of his lines, especially the fourth liners. And Vancouver’s special teams outperformed some of the best special teams in the league. That combination was rare last season in Vancouver, but it’s becoming a more common occurrence this season. No one really knows where the winds of change are coming from, but Canucks fans are sure to love it all the same. See? Shootouts can be fun. All the NHL Scores Vancouver Canucks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1 Three things we learned 1. Let’s start with the NHL active record nobody knew about. Jay Bouwmeester missed the Blues game on Sunday, marking the end of a 737 consecutive-games-played streak dating back to March of 2004. Bouwmeester hadn’t missed a game in TEN YEARS. That is the very definition of consistency from a rather unsuspecting player. source:

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. Chicago had won three straight including Saturday nights 7-1 thrashing of the Edmonton Oilers and five of its last six. source:


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