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Versteeg also had the primary assist on each of Kane’s goals. Back at home after a 5-1 road trip, Chicago killed off 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. Jake Allen made 29 saves. Martin Brodeur was the backup to Allen in St. Louis’ first game since the NHL’s winningest goalie signed a one-year contract on Tuesday. WILD 2, CANADIENS 1 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville scored improbable goals to lift Minnesota over Montreal. source:

The Blues were 4-0-1 before that defeat and had taken a season high-tying three in a row on the road. St. Louis’ attempt to get back into the win column will come against a Nashville team that’s won six straight at home and is 10-1-1 there this season. The Blues, who split two home matchups with the Predators in November, are seeking a seventh consecutive victory in Nashville. They outscored the Predators by a combined 12-3 in last season’s three visits, but Nashville (16-6-2) has appeared far more competitive in its first campaign under Peter Laviolette. It had won a season-high four in a row – despite scoring a combined three goals in the final two victories – before a 2-1 loss at Carolina on Tuesday. Mike Ribeiro tallied his second goal in as many games with 4:46 remaining, but the Predators couldn’t find the equalizer despite outshooting the Hurricanes 15-6 in the final period. “There weren’t a lot of Grade-A opportunities for us. They were pretty quick to defense and shutting things down. We can be better, but we couldn’t catch them,” Laviolette said. Nashville got a tying goal late in the second period Nov. source:

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He actually ranked 28th, just missing the list. But he has 10 points in his last 11 games and is shooting the puck a ton. The subject of last week’s column, John Klingberg, ranked 44th. That’s good for 12th among defensemen. Studs… These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks… Shea Weber, Nashville Predators (10-2-7-9, plus-4, 27 Hits, 33 SOG, 2 PPPts) – When Filip Forsberg et al were leading the charge, Weber’s offense was surprisingly light. Now that Forsberg has slowed (one point, last six games) Weber’s numbers have turned around. Patrick Kane , Chicago Blackhawks (8-8-7-15, plus-12, 0 PIM, 26 SOG, 4 PPPts) – We’ve seen Kane do this before and sometimes the streak can continue for 25 or 30 games. Suddenly he’s back in the scoring race when a week ago he wasn’t even getting a sniff of it. source:–why-patrick-kane-is-a-stud–james-neal-a-dud-164421359.html


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