Chicago Blackhawks Make Statement With Convincing Win Over Los Angeles Kings | Bleacher Report

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Buffalo Sabres: Does This String of Wins Signal the End of the Tank? | Bleacher Report

The Blackhawks used their quickness and and finishing ability to get the jump on the Kings, and they also continued to show their dominance as penalty killers. The Blackhawks blanked Los Angeles on three power-play chances and remain the league’s best team in short-handed situations. They have shut down opponents on 91.3 percent of their man-advantage opportunities, giving them a small, but significant, edge over the Wild, who rank second at 88.7 percent. The 2011-12 New Jersey Devils set the NHL’s all-time record for best penalty-kill percentage with an 89.6 percent mark. Kings coach Darryl Sutter is not one to mince words or hand out false compliments. He was thoroughly impressed with what he saw from the Blackhawks. “They’re a tough team to come back on because they’re a great defending team,” Sutter said after the game to the Associated Press’ Joe Resnick (via “They’re the best team in the league through the first two months of the year, and that’s clear.” Quenneville, third on the all-time regular-season coaching victory list with 721 wins , was not as effusive as Sutter. However, he likes the way his team has been playing. We got off to an ordinary start, Quenneville told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. But we can see the team trending in the right direction. Its a sign that, hey, were coming. source:

Needless to say, that level of netminding is unsustainable in long stretches. If Enroth were to have played at Rinne’s league-best level (Jets backup Michael Hutchinson has only played in eight games this season) during that stretch, he would have allowed three more goals, enough to arguably lose the Sabres two of those games. To take it a step further and use Enroth’s career average save percentage of .913, the Sabres probably would’ve lost all those games, as they would have allowed about seven more goals. This is obviously not to take away from the performances Enroth has hadit’s just to say that it is next to impossible for him to maintain this level of play for much longer, let alone the entire season. And if the Sabres are going to be outshot close to a 2-1 margin every game, he needs to play like this for them to have a shot. But on a more positive note, the Sabres look to have something special in both Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons. In this stretch, Ennis has two goals and seven points, and Girgensons has three goals and five points. Both have stood out and showed they will be a big part of turning this Buffalo team around in the future. So with everything that’s been discussed above, where does that leave the Sabres? All the signs point to a pretty significant regression from the current production in the wins column, especially with some pretty tough contests against some excellent possession teams coming up. Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are good and getting better as the season goes. Florida is in the middle of the pack possession-wise, but the Panthers always seem to give the Sabres fits with their speed and size down the middle. Calgary is the only poor possession team coming up in the next five games, but the Flames still are almost 10 percent better than the Sabres on the season. These next five games will go a long way to showing where the Sabres actually are this season. source:

Corey Crawford of Chicago Blackhawks won’t play vs. St. Louis Blues due to lower-body injury – ESPN Chicago

Quenneville was unsure if Crawford might miss an extended amount of time. “He’s being evaluated right now, so we’ll know more [Wednesday,]” Quenneville said after the team’s practice. Crawford is 12-5-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season. He ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. He has started the last 14 games for the Blackhawks. Antti Raanta will start for the Blackhawks on Wednesday. He is 1-2-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .933 save percentage this season. He last played for the Blackhawks on Oct. 25. He played one game for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Nov. source:

Brad Richards 2 goals lead Chicago Blackhawks over L.A.b Kings | FOX Sports Kings Vision (@KingsVision) November 30, 2014 It was the first goal in 14 games this season for Nolan, who would have been a healthy scratch if not for Marian Gaborik’s upper-body injury. Chicago regained its two-goal margin at 8:14 of the second on a rush in which four players touched the puck in the Kings end. Richards converted Michal Rozsival’s pass at the left of the net for his sixth goal and third in two games. Richards failed to score a goal for the New York Rangers during last season’s Stanley Cup finals. Always tip well LA Kings (@LAKings) November 30, 2014 Carcillo opened the scoring at 1:52 of the first, batting in his own rebound after the Kings won a faceoff in their zone and turned over the puck. Just 28 seconds after serving Crawford’s tripping penalty, Kris Versteeg took the puck away from Quick and Matt Greene behind the net and found Richards at the left of the crease for a one-timer that beat Quick with 2:01 left in the first. NOTES: Kings D Alec Martinez missed his seventh straight game because of an upper-body injury. … This was the sixth time this season that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both failed to get a point for the Blackhawks, and the first time the team won (1-4-1). … source:


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