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Chicago Blackhawks Make Statement with Convincing Win over Los Angeles Kings | Bleacher Report

Winnipeg Jets (Last week: 18):The Jets won two of three games played last week, with an overtime loss to Boston on Friday the only sour note after wins over the Sabres and Blue Jackets. Ondrej Pavelec is defying his doubters, while backup Michael Hutchinson (4-1-2, 0.947 save percentage) is pushing for more action. 15-11: Toronto Maple Leafs-Minnesota Wild Hannah Foslien/Getty Images 15. Toronto Maple Leafs (Last week: 16):The Leafs went 1-0-1 in a slow week for the team, a pace which kept the club locked into the final wild-card berth in the East, three points up on a trio of teams trying to catch them. Reclaimed KHL forward Leo Komarov has been a surprisingly effective part of the team’s offence, posting 16 points in 23 games. 14. Boston Bruins (Last week: 10):Boston continues to limp along as it battles injuries, winning one overtime match and losing another last week. The team now has four wins and four losses in its last eight games. Carl Soderberg is the somewhat surprising scoring leader with five goals and 17 points as the team keeps looking for offence. 13. Calgary Flames (Last week: 12):The Flames took two of their three games last week, topping the Sharks and Coyotes but falling to the Ducks. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2284706-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-8-poll

Blackhawks beat Blues with 3-goal 3rd period | FOX Sports

The Blackhawks earned an “A” grade in this exam. A day after pummeling the Ducks, 4-1, the Blackhawks followed up with another 4-1 victory over the rested Kings, who had not played since earning a 4-0 shutout over the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 26. The Blackhawks (15-8-1) still have 58 games to go in the regular season before the playoffs begin. But after starting the season in mediocre fashion, they played elite-level hockey on their circus road trip and saved their best for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images The Blackhawks are starting to get timely scoring from their second-line players, they are getting outstanding special teams play and they are receiving outstanding goaltending. That’s the formula that will get them to the top of the league standings and could put them in position to make yet another legitimate run at the Stanley Cup. Forward Kris Versteeg had eight points on the trip, while center Brad Richards added five points. They killed off 15-of-17 penalties during the trip and scored six power-play goals in 26 opportunities. Corey Crawford was on top of his game in goal. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2284209-chicago-blackhawks-make-statement-with-convincing-win-over-los-angeles-kings

NHL Notes: Blues’ Martin Brodeur Signing A Mistake; Johnny Boychuk Placed On IR | NHL | NESN.com

Not last season, when Versteeg was still finding his way after knee surgery, but way back in 2010, when he was an emerging young forward. Versteeg scored 59 seconds into the third period and had the primary assist on each of Patrick Kane’s two goals, leading streaking Chicago to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. “Let’s compare it (to) 2010. That’s more realistic,” Quenneville said when asked about Versteeg’s game a year ago. “I think he’s back where he was, or wanted to be. You know he’s coming off that injury, and I can go back to every single guy that had an ACL injury, it takes a year to get back to square one.” Marcus Kruger also scored for Chicago, and Antti Raanta had 40 saves in his first start since Corey Crawford was sidelined by a left foot injury. Back at home after a 5-1 road trip, Chicago killed each of St. Louis’ six power plays and won for the seventh time in eight games. Ian Cole scored in the second for the Blues, who had won four of five. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/blackhawks-beat-blues-with-3-goal-3rd-period-120314

Dallas places A.Lindback on waivers. Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 03, 2014 Bovada has dropped the Bruins odds to win the Stanley Cup from 10/1 to 11/1. The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are co-favorites at 15/2. The Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers have the worst odds at 300/1. Last season, the Colorado Avalanche won despite lackluster puck-possession numbers. The advanced stats community predicted a regression for Colorado and to this point, they have been correct as the Avs sit at the bottom of the Central Division with 23 points. The 2014-15 version of the Avalanche are the Calgary Flames. The Flames have the second-worst Corsi-for percentage at even strength (43.83), which means they are consistently out-shot. Calgarys average of 24.43 unblocked shot attempts per game is the second-lowest in the league. Despite these numbers, Calgary is 16-8-2 and three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the third playoff spot from the Pacific Division. Itll be interesting to see if the Flames are able to keep winning with these poor possession stats. source: http://nesn.com/2014/12/nhl-notes-blues-martin-brodeur-signing-a-mistake-johnny-boychuk-placed-on-ir/


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