Buffalo Sabres Forward Zemgus Girgensons, Chicago Blackhawks Leading All-star Vote | Fox Sports

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“It’s a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time,” Girgensons said, before the Sabres hit the road for a two-game swing that concludes Tuesday at Detroit. “It came out of nowhere. I know people know me back home, but I didn’t think it was going to go that far. That’s like crazy far.” As of Tuesday, Girgensons has a league-leading 1,291,186 votes, with about 80 percent coming from Latvia. The only limit on voting is fans can use the same device no more than 10 times a day. Chicago’s Patrick Kane (815,990 votes) is second among forwards, followed by teammate Jonathan Toews (803,034). Blackhawks players hold down the three other remaining spots eligible to be selected by vote. Chicago’s Duncan Keith (790,922) and Brent Seabrook (641,736) lead defensemen, and Corey Crawford (714,471) leads goalies. With voting set to close Jan. 1, Girgensons is on the verge of clinching a spot to play in the All-Star Game at Columbus on Jan. 25. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/buffalo-sabres-chicago-blackhawks-all-star-vote-lead-zemgus-girgensons-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-122314

No one would make the case that Nieto is the best player in the NHL, but the stat does show that he spends more of his ice-time in the offensive zone than others even if only by a small margin. On the other hand, Joe Thornton’s 59.2 Corsi For percentage does bolster the case he is among the NHL’s best overall. All that, however, only scratches the surface of what both devotees and critics refer to as “fancy stats.” One stat tracks the number of times a player carries the puck into the offensive zone rather than dumping it in. Another combines a team’s save percentage and shooting percentage to come up with something called PDO, a number held in high esteem because it is said to factor in luck. . Different statisticians are also developing formulas similar to baseball’s WAR “wins against replacement” to determine a player’s ultimate worth relative to others. One version — called GVT (“goals versus threshold”) by “Hockey Prospectus” — uses goals as the measuring stick to establish a player’s value in comparison to a replacement available from the minors or waiver wire. And looking at GVT, Joe Pavelski was the No. 2 player in the NHL last season, right behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and just ahead of Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. “People would obviously say he’s a very good player,” Seppa said of Pavelski, “but I think some people would be surprised that he came up that high last year.” While it’s easy to be overwhelmed by numbers, each team then decides which player traits are most important and which stat most accurately reflects that. Wilson won’t go into any of that, saying he considers it to be “intellectual property.” But he did indicate assistant general manager Joe Will plays a role in the process and, at times, outside consultants have been used. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

NHL’s new “Moneyball” world making a star of Sharks’ Matt Nieto – ContraCostaTimes.com

The Central Division-leading Blackhawks (22-9-2) lost 3-2 in a shootout on the road to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night, just the second setback for Chicago in the last four weeks. The Blackhawks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and have won seven straight games at the United Center, with the last home loss coming Nov. 7. Patrick Kane had an assist Saturday night, and leads Chicago in both goals (16) and assists (18) on the season, and takes a five-game point streak into Sunday afternoon. The Leafs (19-11-3) had a six-game win streak of their own, but have dropped their last two contests, including getting lit up 7-4 by the Philadelphia Flyers at home Saturday night. Toronto, sitting in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, is 5-3-3 on the road this season. In other action, the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout Saturday in Raleigh, giving New York five straight wins. The two teams meet again Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. Here is the full Sunday schedule: Matchup Forgot password? We’ll email you a reset link. If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/12/21/7429687/2014-nhl-schedule-blackhawks-maple-leafs

Blackhawks assistant equipment manager dies Sunday morning | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Reif was in his ninth season with the Blackhawks, according to the team’s website. Following the game, a 4-0 win by the Blackhawks, there was clearly a sullen mood amongst the players. From the Chicago Tribune: Asked what made Reif so special, Patrick Sharp began to answer but then apologized and walked out of the dressing room. Duncan Keith, who was perhaps the player closest to Reif, said: “It was tough. To lose a close friend and have to try to play a hockey game on that same day, it wasn’t easy.” From CSN Chicago: “It’s tough to describe,” (Jonathan) Toews said, pausing between each sentence. “I think a lot of people, whether guys in this locker room or anyone else, other athletes, who have lost someone close to them and have to find ways to get their minds together and go out there any play as a team … It’s really tough to describe, something that still hasn’t sunk in for most of us yet. But we were definitely playing with heavy hearts out there. “We’re still in disbelief. The fact we went out there and played the way we did, we dedicated that one to our good friend Clint.” Below are tweets from former Blackhawks members on Reif: Just terrible to hear about the passing of Clint Reif. One of the best guys I’ve met through hockey. RIP my friend. #veryfaast Viktor Stalberg (@VStalberg) December 21, 2014 Thoughts and prayers with the Reif family. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blackhawks-assistant-equipment-manager-passes-away-sunday-morning-225437738.html

EPIX Road To NHL Winter Classic Ep. 2: Death in the family (Review) | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Which is why the end of Episode 2 of EPIXs Road To The NHL Winter Classic was so devastating. This episode covered the sudden death of Clint Reif, 34 , the Chicago Blackhawks assistant equipment manager. He traveled with the team from Columbus back to Chicago, and the players found out before a home game against Toronto that he had died. (Because Ross Greenburgs shows are so damn good at collecting every shred of footage it can, theres actually a segment introducing Reif to us before his death.) Episode 2 of the series which, it should be said, completely outshines the uneven season opener closes with Coach Joel Quenneville delivering the news that Reif passed on, acknowledging his family. Theres no music. Theres no closing narration. The episode ends with Quennevilles tear-soaked red eyes, ambient noise and a tribute to Reif before the credits roll a hundred times more effective than any eulogy could have been. This edition is a reminder that given the material a death in the family and a 20-round shootout, for example no one balances the human and the competitive side of hockey better than the Greenburg crew. Conversely, no ones better at setting up pins and then knocking them down. Witness the symmetry between the locker room reactions to wins and losses; the way players are introduced before we see them involved on the ice; for the Capitals, the way the theme of culture change with Barry Trotz has been a line through two episodes; for the Blackhawks, the way their standards of success are intensely upheld by Joel Quenneville. Then theres Reif. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/epix-road-to-nhl-winter-classic-ep–2–death-in-the-family–review-172910345.html


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