Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons Is New 2015 Nhl All-star Game Voting Leader | Nhl | Nesn.com

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Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 24 games, leads all players with nearly 400,000 votes. Hes a little more than 150,000 ahead of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who led the first wave of voting and currently has 240,362 votes. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to dominate voting, with one or two players in the top four at each position. Patrice Bergeron is the only Boston Bruins player on the forward leaderboard, ranking 25th with 44,359 votes. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (10th with 79,928 votes) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (seventh with 59,352 votes) are the other Boston players on the voting leaderboards. Fans have until Jan. 1 to vote for players who deserve to be in this years All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 25. Thumbnail photo viaJames Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Images Have a Bruins/NHL question for Nick Goss? source: http://nesn.com/2014/12/sabres-zemgus-girgensons-new-2015-nhl-all-star-game-voting-leader/

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Week 8 Poll | Bleacher Report

Other than getting the first six shots of the third period, the Canadiens provided little offense against a team missing its top defenseman, Ryan Suter. Suter sat out due to illness, marking the first time the NHL leader in ice time has missed a game since joining the Wild on July 4, 2012. He had played in 153 consecutive regular-season games and 18 more in the postseason. JETS 3, OILERS 2, OT WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Mathieu Perreault scored 17 seconds into overtime, and Winnipeg sent Edmonton to its 11th straight loss. Perrault tipped Jacob Trouba’s point shot past goalie Ben Scrivens to win it. Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets. David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers (6-15-5), who haven’t beaten a Western Conference opponent this season. Edmonton’s longest winless streak is 14 games from Oct. 11-Nov. 7, 1993. source: http://www.newstribune.com/news/2014/dec/03/wednesdays-nhl-capsules/

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It’s not surprising to see the Penguins in that spot; this is a team that should be contending for a championship each and every year. By the Numbers:Three of the league’s top 10 scorers currently play for the Penguins. the names of two (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin) aren’t at all surprising, but the third is Patric Hornqvist, a solid two-way player who had previously been a regular 20- to 30-goal/40- to 50-point man for Nashville but who has now blossomed alongside elite talent. Scott Rovak/Getty Images Last Week:4 Recent Trend:St. Louis has had some close decisions lately, but for the most part the Blues are still coming out on the right side of them; the team now sits at 4-0-1 over its last five games, with the lone black mark a shootout loss to Ottawa on Tuesday. Big Picture:Another team technically tied for first overall, it’s no more surprising to see St. Louis in this slot than it is to see Pittsburgh. The Blues have been a consistently excellent club under head coach Ken Hitchcock; the true test of its mettle will come in the postseason. By the Numbers:It’s hard to believe that Vladimir Tarasenko had just one goal in his first seven games; he’s scored 13 in his last 17 and emerged as the top offensive threat in St. Louis. He’s presently scoring at better than a point-per-game pace and is on track to leave last year’s career-high 43-point performance in the dust. USA TODAY Sports Last Week:2 Recent Trend:The Lightning have won three consecutive games, dispatching the Wild, Rangers and Senators in a seven-day span. Big Picture:Tampa Bay feels so good about its chances this year that it was willing to trade away veteran rearguard Eric Brewer for futures, a deal that made room for the return of Victor Hedman to the lineup. That the Lightning are in a tie for first overall in the league after a long absence from their No. 1 defenceman suggests that confidence is justified. By the Numbers:Ryan Callahan may be riding some unsustainable personal and on-ice shooting percentages, but he’s been a wonderful surprise for the Lightning early, scoring 11 times and recording 21 points through the team’s first 21 games. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2284706-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-8-poll

Brad Richards 2 goals lead Chicago Blackhawks over L.A.b Kings | FOX Sports

”We kind of wanted to punctuate (the game) and show what we’re all about, and we did a little bit,” said Justin Williams , who had the team’s fourth first-period goal. ”We got some turnovers and capitalized early, and were able to shut the game down.” Jonathan Quick, who hasn’t played since struggling against the Stars last Saturday, is expected to return in net against the Blackhawks. He’s given up five goals in each of his last two road games, but he’s 9-0-1 with a 1.18 GAA in his past 10 at home. The defending Stanley Cup champions have been outstanding at Staples Center, outscoring opponents 36-15 while going 10-1-1 in their last 12 games there. They’ve also allowed a league-low 1.46 goals per game at home. Chicago figures to challenge that mark, as it ranks among the league leaders with 3.08 goals per game on the road following Friday’s 4-1 win at Anaheim. The Blackhawks (14-8-1) have totaled 25 goals while winning five of six overall. “We’ve got one more game left (on the trip) and we’ll be able to go home for a few days and relax,” Patrick Kane, who had two goals, told the team’s official website. “Might as well finish on a strong note.” Kane has heated up with six goals and seven assists in his past seven games. He had two goals and eight assists over the last four games of last season’s memorable conference finals versus Los Angeles. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-kings-preview-014301055–nhl.html

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Jordan Nolan scored, and Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for Los Angeles. It was the first meeting between the teams since the Western Conference finals, won in seven games by the eventual Cup champion Kings. Trailing 2-0, the Kings got on the board at 5:53 of the second period when defenseman Jake Muzzin’s slap shot from the left point hit the shaft of Nolan’s stick and fluttered between Crawford’s pads. HIGHLIGHT: Jordan Nolan redirects the puck into the net to get the @LAKings on the board against the @NHLBlackhawks . http://t.co/bw9qV3rHVB 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 pic.twitter.com/zHKRaXzHAa 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. … source: http://www.foxsports.com/west/story/richards-2-goals-lead-blackhawks-over-kings-112914

 

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