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After 23 games, they are 13th in the Western Conference with 21 points. Semyon Varlamov’s strong goaltending overcame the Avs’ poor defensive and puck-possession stats last season. With Varlamov and blueliners Ryan Wilson and Brad Stuart sidelined, opponents are taking advantage. Still, there are signs of development. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports that the Avalanche are improving their defensive play and puck possession. He also reports thatVarlamov is practicing again and could return to the lineup soon. After struggling earlier in the season, forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla have also regained their scoring touches. With the Avalanche only a handful of points off a playoff berth, they still have the time and talent to move up into contention. 5. Dallas Stars Glenn James/Getty Images Despite the offseason addition of Jason Spezza, the Dallas Stars are off to a less than stellar start. They have 22 points from as many games and sit 11th overall in the Western Conference. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2282301-nhl-teams-most-likely-to-improve-in-the-2014-15-nhl-season

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— 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). Center Daniel Briere and right winger Jarome Iginla also scored, and defenseman Tyson Barrie tied a career high with three assists for the Avalanche. Center Cody Eakin and right wing Patrick Eaves scored for the Stars, who allowed five goals on consecutive nights. Anders Lindback finished with 42 saves. Blackhawks 4, Kings 1 LOS ANGELES — Two goals by center Brad Richards sparked Chicago to a victory over Los Angeles before a sellout crowd of 18,471 at Staples Center. In their first meeting since the Kings defeated the Blackhawks in seven games in last season’s Western Conference Final, Chicago dictated from the start. In doing so, the Blackhawks (15-8-1) won their sixth contest in their last seven outings and finished 5-1-0 on their six-game road trip. source: http://www.koco.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-islanders-penguins-tied-atop-division/29988000

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They get a Ducks team that is riding a two-game losing streak and has won just six of its past 14 games, a stretch that has has also seen them lose five games in overtime or a shootout. So even though the wins haven’t been coming as frequently as they were earlier in the season, they’re probably not playing as poorly as that recent record might show. A little bit of luck and they could easily have a few more wins over the past couple of weeks. They get back to the win column on Monday against Boston. Pick: Ducks 4, Bruins 1 The rest of Monday’s schedule Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets , 7 p.m. ET Three stars 1. Ryan Johansen , Columbus Blue Jackets: Johansen remains the one bright spot in Columbus this season and is doing his best to show last season’s breakout wasn’t a fluke. He is currently one of the NHL’s leading scorers with 25 points in 23 games and has a goal in three of his past five games. 2. Brendan Gallagher , Montreal Canadiens: Fresh off his new six-year contract extension with the Canadiens, Gallagher scored his sixth goal of the season Saturday night against the Sabres. He doesn’t always put up huge numbers, but he can be quite the agitator who also provides a little bit of skill. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24854986/nhl-daily-picks-oilers-go-for-first-win-against-the-west

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I thought Ryan Miller played real well. I thought that was the difference.” View gallery Vancouver Canucks’ Shawn Matthias, left, scores against Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobr Matthias took a bouncing puck, and on a breakaway snapped a shot past Bobrovsky for his fourth at 11:49. Bobrovsky was pulled for an extra skater with just over five minutes remaining, and Richardson scored right away from inside the blue line for his fourth to make it 4-0. With Bobrovsky back in the net, Burrows scored from the left circle at 17:26 for his eighth to cap the scoring. ”I thought in the third period we were really efficient with the puck – made some nice plays,” Desjardins said. NOTES: Vancouver is 14-1-2 in its last 17 games in Columbus but had lost three of four there. …The Blue Jackets play Saturday at Nashville, which is 9-1-1 at home. … Miller hasn’t allowed a goal since 7:55 of the second period in a 4-1 win over Chicago on Nov. 23, a span of three games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/miller-perfect-again-canucks-win-over-jackets-043533450–nhl.html

While the Canucks werent eager to take too much credit, Columbus wasnt looking to deflect responsibility for the loss. In a season derailed by injuries, with the summer optimism stemming from their strong first-round showing against the Pittsburgh Penguins now a distant memory, the Blue Jackets are the worst team in the NHL after the lowly Buffalo Sabres finished ahead against Montreal tonight. It just seems like we dont have enough confidence, Nick Foligno said, per the teams Twitter feed . Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards felt that Columbus played fairly evenly against Vancouver through 40 minutes as reflected by the 1-0 score going into the second intermission, but the Blue Jackets fell apart in the third period. Im not going to say quit, Im not going to say that about our guys, Richards said, when asked about that specifically. I see a team thats frustrated thats searching. The Blue Jackets have dropped their last five contests and have now lost 14 of its last 16 games. For better or worse, Columbus has no time to regroup from this setback before Saturdays game in Nashville. Perhaps the Blue Jackets can start a comeback. It seems hard to believe that they can dig themselves out of the sizable hole theyre in, even with three-quarters of the campaign left, but they have no choice but to try. You can see Richards full presser below: source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/11/28/frustrated-searching-blue-jackets-plummet-to-leagues-basement/

 

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