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1 Star: Bryan Little , Winnipeg Jets Little made history while scoring three times and adding an assist during Winnipegs 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche . His hat trick was the first for the Jets since they moved from Atlanta and the second of his career. The last coming in 2008 while he was a member of the Thrashers. No. 2 Star: Ryan Kesler , Anaheim Ducks Kesler scored twice and assisted on another as the Ducks edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Down 4-3 early in the third period, Tim Jackman and Matt Beleskey scored 4:51 apart to give Anaheim the lead for good. Kesler opened the scoring early in the game, thanks to this lovely touch pass by Kyle Palmieri : No. 3 Star: Brandon Saad , Chicago Blackhawks With the score deadlocked at three with under a minute left in regualtion, Saad pounced on a loose puck in front of Carey Price to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens . The goal was his fifth of the season and helped Chicago sweep their two-game series with the Habs. Honorable Mention: Blake Wheeler had a hand in all three of Littles goals and now has 11 assists on the year Michael Hutchinson made 20 saves for his fifth win of the season Jarome Iginla had a pair of goals for the Avs in the loss Mikko Koivu was 20-for-29 in the face-off circle Antti Raanta made 38 saves for his second straight win Before the game the Blackhawks honored the memory of Jean Beliveau: Did You Know? Eric Boulton of Atlanta Thrashers, on Dec. 18 of 2010, was last member of organization to record three goals in a game. #NHLJets Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) December 6, 2014 Dishonorable Mention: The goaltending in Minnesota wasnt great, with Freddie Andersen and Darcy Kuemper allowing nine goals on 43 shots Corey Perry left the game in the first period and did not return after a hip check from Keith Ballard. The injury isn’t believed to be serious and he’s expected to travel with the Ducks as they head to Winnipeg. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY: source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–little-comes-up-big-for-jets–saad-lifts-blackhawks-over-habs-043117155.html

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(expect by 0101 GMT/8:01 PM ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words) – – – – Hero World Challenge, Florida (to 7) Spieth leads tournament, Tiger eye improvement WINDERMERE, Florida – Rising American Jordan Spieth leads the Hero World Challenge while host Tiger Woods focuses on continued improvement after a second-round 70. (GOLF-CHALLENGE/, expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Larry Fine 350 words) – – Nedbank Challenge Donald two shots clear going into third round SUN CITY – Britain’s Luke Donald holds a two-shot lead heading into the third round as he seeks his first European Tour title in over 2-1/2 years. (GOLF-EUROPEAN/, expect by 1500 GMT/10 AM ET, 300 words) – – – – Premier League (1500 unless stated) Newcastle United v Chelsea (1245) Hull City v West Bromwich Albion Liverpool v Sunderland Queens Park Rangers v Burnley Stoke City v Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Everton (1730) Chelsea target club record at Newcastle. City host Everton LONDON – Chelsea will try to stay unbeaten for a club record 24th straight match when they visit Newcastle United in the early kickoff while second-placed Manchester city, who are six points behind, host inconsistent Everton. (SOCCER-ENGLAND/ (PIX), expect from 1445 GMT/9:45 AM ET, 650 words) – – Elche v Atletico Madrid (1500) Athletic Bilbao v Cordoba (1700) Real Madrid v Celta Vigo (1900) Deportivo La Coruna v Malaga (2100) Real Madrid look to extend record run at home to Celta BARCELONA – Real Madrid can stretch their La Liga lead over second-placed Barcelona to five points with a win at home to Celta Vigo, which would extend their club-record winning streak to 18 matches. (SOCCER-SPAIN/ (PIX), expect by 1700 GMT/12 PM ET, 400 words) – – Borussia Moenchengladbach v Hertha Berlin Hanover 96 v VfL Wolfsburg SC Paderborn v Freiburg VfB Stuttgart v Schalke 04 Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen Leaders Bayern Munich ready to take on attacking Leverkusen BERLIN – Undefeated Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face their biggest domestic challenge so far this season when they host attack-minded Bayer Leverkusen, who have the second-best attack in the league behind the Bavarians. (SOCCER-GERMANY/ (PIX), expect by 1630, by Brian Homewood, 400 words) – – AS Roma v Sassuolo (1700) Torino v Palermo (1945) Roma welcome Sassuolo aiming to close gap on leaders Juve MILAN – Second-placed Roma host mid-table Sassuolo at the Olympic Stadium looking to close the four-point gap on Juventus who were held to a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Friday. (SOCCER-ITALY/ (PIX), expect from 1900 GMT/ 2 PM ET, 500 words) – – Ligue 1 (1900 unless stated) Paris St Germain v Nantes (1600) Girondins Bordeaux v FC Lorient Caen v Nice Stade Rennes v Montpellier HSC St Etienne v Bastia PSG welcome Nantes with provisional top spot the prize PARIS – Paris St Germain, a point behind Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille, can take provisional top spot with a home win over Nantes before the current pacesetters host mid-table Metz on Sunday. (SOCCER-FRANCE/ (PIX), expect from 1800 GMT/1 PM ET, by Julien Pretot, 500 words) – – Dutch Championship (1730 unless stated) AZ Alkmaar v Go Ahead Eagles Deventer Excelsior v Feyenoord SC Cambuur v NAC Breda (1845) Ajax Amsterdam v Willem II Tilburg (1945) FC Dordrecht v PSV Eindhoven (1945) Pacesetters PSV and Ajax in late night action AMSTERDAM – Dutch league leaders PSV Eindhoven and second-placed Ajax Amsterdam, who are a point behind, visit basement side Dordrecht and host mid-table Willem II Tilburg respectively in the day’s late kickoffs. (SOCCER-DUTCH/ (PIX), expect from 1230 GMT/7:30 AM ET, 400 words) – – African Confederation Cup final, second leg Al Ahly (Egypt) v Sewe Sport (Ivory Coast), Cairo (1800) CAIRO – Al Ahly host Sewe Sports of the Ivory Coast in the second leg of the African Confederation Cup final looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit and become the first Egyptian side to lift the trophy. source: http://news.yahoo.com/reuters-sports-schedule-0001-gmt-saturday-dec-6-000153065–spt.html

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In 129 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Coyotes, Klinkhammer has 19 goals and 36 points. Samuelsson, 23, was a second-round pick by the Penguins in the 2009 draft. He made his NHL debut last season, with five shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in five games. – – – The Arizona Coyotes placed center Kyle Chipchura on waivers. Chipchura, 28, posted a career-high 20 points in 80 games for the Coyotes last year. He has a goal and three points in 16 games this season. The Coyotes also recalled defenseman Andrew Campbell and forward Jordan Martinook and assigned defenseman David Schlemko to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. – – – The New York Islanders, hit hard on the blue line by injuries, lost another defenseman Friday when Travis Hamonic was placed on injured reserve. Hamonic suffered an upper-body injury against the Ottawa Senators. The move is retroactive to Dec. 2. source: http://news.yahoo.com/national-hockey-league-roundup-235037711–nhl.html

They may or may not be championship contenders, but then we haven’t seen what a healthy Detroit team can do in the postseason for a few years, either. By the Numbers:Detroit has no glaring weaknesses. The penalty kill is excellent, ranked top-five in the NHL. The power play is clicking at better than a 20 percent conversion rate. At even strength, the Wings are outscoring the opposition at a nearly 6-to-5 ratio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Last Week:8 Recent Trend:The Penguins won three of four games last week and are now 6-2-1 over their last nine contests. Big Picture:By virtue of games played and regulation/overtime wins, Pittsburgh technically sits first in the NHL, though in terms of straight points the club is tied with five other teams for that honour. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2284706-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-8-poll

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Best ones able to bounce back – Yahoo Sports

Backups have an even tougher time posting quality starts following a loss, because they not only play less frequently, but they often play on the tail end of a back-to-back set. Ultimately, it comes as no surprise that the top two goalies in our latest top-30 fantasy rankings have the best bounce-back stats (performances following a regulation or overtime loss) so far this season. The Nashville Predators ‘ Pekka Rinne is a perfect 4-0-0 in games following a loss with a near-flawless .972 save percentage, stopping 104 of 107 shots including a 31-save shutout on Oct. 17. That’s more fuel to his Vezina Trophy fire, especially when you consider his comeback from injury woes last season. STATS PRIOR TO DEC. 4 GAMES RECORD: 14-4-1 GAA: 2.08 | SVP: .928 The Pittsburgh Penguins ‘ Marc-Andre Fleury now has a perfect 5-0-0 record in games after a loss. He has stopped 144 of 149 shots in those games (.966 save percentage), including two shutouts. Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins is 5-1-1 in seven games following a loss with a .923 save percentage. Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings is 5-3-1 with a .934 save percentage. Neither has lost more than two games in a row in regulation this season. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fantasy-top-30-goalies-best-ones-able-bounce-172300016–nhl.html

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3, 2014 at 6:12 PM Comments | License Photo Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is expected to miss the next 2-to-3 weeks after injuring his left foot while attending a concert. Crawford told reporters Wednesday that he took an awkward step while exiting the show. The 2013 Stanley Cup champion backstop was spotted wearing a walking boot during the interview. Antti Raanta, who has made just three starts so far this season, will take over as the Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltender in Crawford’s absence. Chicago recalled Scott Darling from Rockford of the American Hockey League Tuesday to serve as the backup. Crawford currently ranks third in the NHL with a 1.87 goals-against average and has compiled a 12-5-1 record with a .929 save percentage over 18 starts this season. Raanta is 1-2-0 with a 2.03 GAA in his limited action. [SportsNetwork.com] source: http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2014/12/03/Blackhawks-Crawford-out-2-to-3-weeks/8811417639481/

 

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