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Sabres 4, Canadiens 3 (SO) MONTREAL — Center Brian Flynn scored the shootout winner to give Buffalo a win over Montreal at Bell Centre. Flynn, center Zemgus Girgensons and right winger Chris Stewart scored for Buffalo in regulation. The Canadiens got goals from right winger Brendan Gallagher, who on Saturday received a six-year contract extension, center Lars Eller and left winger Max Pacioretty. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 41 shots for the Sabres (8-4-12). Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for Montreal (16-7-2). Predators 2, Blue Jackets 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Colin Wilson backhanded the rebound of center Craig Smith’s shot past goalkeeper Curtis McElhinney at 17:48 of the third period, giving Nashville a win over Columbus at Bridgestone Arena. McElhinney (1-6-1) stopped 40 of the first 41 shots, but he was in no position to deny Wilson’s game-winner, his fourth goal of the year. The Predators (16-5-2) went 4-0-0 on their homestand and have won nine of their last 11 games. Columbus (6-15-2) dropped its sixth straight game and is 2-13-2 in its last 17 games. Avalanche 5, Stars 2 DENVER — Colorado scored three goals in a span of 5:45 to break open a tie game, and the Avalanche beat Dallas. Left winger Alex Tanguay had a goal and two assists and center Matt Duchene and left winger Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist each for the Avalanche (8-10-5). source: http://www.koco.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-islanders-penguins-tied-atop-division/29988000

The Islanders notched their fifth consecutive victory, the longest active win streak in the NHL. They improved to 16-6 for the season, a franchise record. Left winger Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals for the Capitals. – – – Lightning 4, Rangers 3 Winger Ryan Callahan scored two goals to steal the spotlight from Martin St Louis as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers. The focus was on St Louis on his return to his old arena, but Callahan — acquired in a trade for the winger late last season — got the tying and go-ahead goals, giving him four against his old team in 11 days. Tampa Bay (15-6-2) improved to 9-2-1 at home. – – – Penguins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) Left winger Blake Comeau scored with 2:07 left in overtime, capping his first career hat-trick and leading the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pittsburgh (15-4-2) won their fifth straight against the Maple Leafs as center Sidney Crosby registered two assists, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only players in franchise history to reach 800 career points. – – – Kings 4, Wild 0 Goaltender Martin Jones made 28 saves and the Los Angeles Kings scored four goals in the first period and then played 40 minutes of defensive hockey for a shutout win over the Minnesota Wild, who lost at home for just the second time this season. – – – Jets 2, Sabres 1 Center Bryan Little and right winger Michael Frolik scored to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a road win over the Buffalo Sabres, whose three-game winning streak ended. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves for Winnipeg (12-9-3), which improved to 8-4-2 on the road. – – – Red Wings 5, Flyers 2 Center Pavel Datsyuk, back in action after missing four games with a groin injury, scored twice and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-wednesdays-nhl-games-045144549–nhl.html

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

Hampus Lindholm, Defenseman, Anaheim Ducks Lindholm is scoring a good rate (nine points in 25 games) and his puck possession numbers are excellent. Hes been receiving 22:42 of ice time per game (including 1:53 on the power play) and should see his role increase further because of the injury to veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoners illness (mumps). Lindholm should be started in all types of fantasy leagues. Sits Olli Jokinen, Center, Nashville Predators Jokinen isnt even worth a start in deep 12-16 team fantasy leagues. Hes scored just one goal with zero assists through 23 games despite playing nearly 15 minutes each night. At 35 years old, Jokinen might never be fantasy relevant again. Cody Hodgson, Center, Buffalo Sabres Playing any Sabres forward is a risk for fantasy owners and Hodgson is no exception. Hes scored only one goal with one assist and a minus-9 rating in 20 games. This lack of production is really disappointing given his impressive 20-goal performance last season. Fantasy owners should drop Hodgson and look for better options on the waiver wire . source: http://nesn.com/2014/12/fantasy-hockey-starts-sits-tuukka-rask-among-top-goalies-to-play-this-week/

Fantasy Hockey Starts, Sits: Tuukka Rask Among Top Goalies To Play This Week | NHL | NESN.com

If not for a truly dominant Chicago Blackhawks squad, they would likely be closer to first than the Sabres. And if you think the last six games have improved upon that Fenwick-for percentage by much you would be very wrong. In this six-game stretch, the Sabres’ best Fenwick-for is 43.75 percent, and that was in the loss to Winnipeg. In their last five wins, the Sabres have had a Fenwick-for percentage under 40 percent, and the highest total came during the 6-2 win against Toronto at 41.96 percent. Yes, you read that correctly. In a six-goal game, the Sabres were still only able to hit about 42 percent on the Fenwick-for chart. And many who are not accustomed to or a fan of advanced stats may laugh and say these numbers don’t matter and that it’s just the performance on the ice that means anything at the end of the day. But these numbers do say something. What they tell Sabres fans is the Sabres are still woefully bad in terms of puck possession and that they are giving up a hilariously high number of scoring chances every game. So how have they been able to come up on top then? Stellar netminding from Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth. Enroth has played in five of the six games due to a lower-body injury Neuvirth suffered Nov. 18 against San Jose, and he has played spectacularly. In his five appearances, Enroth stopped 157 of 165 shots for a save percentage of .951. It doesn’t need explaining that that number is well over the league average and almost 20 points better than Pekka Rinne’s .933 . source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2285269-buffalo-sabres-does-this-string-of-wins-signal-the-end-of-the-tank

NHL Daily Picks: Flyers look to get back on track against Rangers – CBSSports.com

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They enter Friday’s game against Anaheim with seven wins in their past 10 games as they continue their West Coast road trip. The Ducks, meanwhile, are riding a three-game winning streak into a matchup of two of the best teams in the NHL. Pick: Ducks 4, Blackhawks 3 New York Islanders at Washington Capitals , 5 p.m. ET No team in the NHL is hotter right now than the Islanders. They’re 16-6-0 overall, 10-1-0 in their past 11 games, and have won five in a row heading into Friday. These two teams just met Wednesday night with the Islanders picking up an overtime win thanks to a John Tavares goal, running the Islanders’ record to 7-0 this season in games that are decided in overtime or the shootout. There is probably a little bit of luck on their side when it comes to those games, but this team is for real and looks like a real threat in the Metropolitan Division. That said, this current hot streak is going to eventually end at some point. Pick: Capitals 4, Islanders 2 Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars , 8:30 p.m. ET The Stars are trying to work their way back into the playoff race after a disappointing start to the season — a start that included a seven-game losing streak at one point — and finally seem to be playing close to the level that many expected them to be at this season. One player who hasn’t been a disappointment has been Tyler Seguin, who enters this game with 28 points, good for a tie with Evgeni Malkin for third in the NHL’s scoring race. They’re going to need another big game from him and Jamie Benn if they are going to run their current winning streak to four games. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24845386/nhl-daily-picks-flyers-look-to-get-back-on-track-against-rangers

 

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