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3 Star: Jason Pominville , Minnesota Wild The Wild forward needed a little luck to break a 10-game goal drought. He got it on this tally in the second period to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead, and an eventual 2-1 victory. Honorable Mention: Corey Perry had two assists and a goal in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers , 5-4. Wayne Simmonds had two goals, including the game-tying goal with less than three seconds left. Antti Raanta made 40 saves for Chicago. Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-tying goal with 3:06 left in the third period. Did You Know? Martin Brodeur will make his Blues debut on Thursday against the Predators. Dishonorable Mention: Michal Rozsival nailed Vladimir Tarasenko with an elbow, drawing a minor and Dan Carcillo into taking a misconduct. …Eric Tangradi was ejected for boarding Christian Folin. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–versteeg-s-big-third–oilers-stunned-070823694.html

Hossa has not scored fewer than 20 goals in any full NHL season since 1998-99 when he was a 20-year-old player in his first full season with the Ottawa Senators . Look for Hossa’s goal-production level to increase dramatically from this point forward. He has a 22.46 Corsi On percentage, and that is more indicative of his overall play than his goal scoring this season. Brandon Saad Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Brandon Saad’s situation is similar in certain ways to Hossa’s. There is little doubt he is playing with maximum effort on an every-night basis. He is one of the better skaters on an superb skating team. He uses all his energy to play defense, skate in the neutral zone and create scoring opportunities; however, he is not producing at quite the level that has been expected. Saad is the Blackhawks’ superstar-in-waiting, and many expected him to join Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith with his overall value to the team this yearperhaps not quite as good as those players, but certainly in their neighborhood. So far, Saad has scored four goals and 12 assists in 25 games. These are not bad numbers, but they are not at the level the Blackhawks have been expecting. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2287831-the-most-disappointing-players-on-the-chicago-blackhawks-so-far-in-2014-15

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In their first meeting since the Western Conference finals, the Kings go after a fourth straight home victory while the Blackhawks try to wrap up their 10-day trek with a 5-1 record Saturday night. Los Angeles (12-6-5) allowed eight goals in consecutive defeats at Dallas and Nashville to open a brief trip before Martin Jones earned his first shutout since April 10 in Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Minnesota. ”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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We can be better, but we couldn’t catch them,” Laviolette said. Nashville got a tying goal late in the second period Nov. 13 in St. Louis but the Blues’ Paul Stastny scored the lone one in the third in his team’s 4-3 victory. The four goals match the most given up this season by Pekka Rinne, 16-4-1 with a 1.83 goals-against average. James Neal had the tiebreaking goal in the final period and an assist in the Predators’ 2-1 victory at the Scottrade Center on Nov. 8, but he doesn’t have a point in his last seven contests. Neal has four goals and three assists in his last seven games against St. Louis. The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko has three goals and five assists in his last six matchups with Nashville. source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/brodeur-set-to-make-blues-debut-in-nashville/ar-BBgjNTV?srcref=rss


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