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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. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks make totally awesome All-Star bid “If I have to, it’s awesome” said Girgensons, the only Latvian currently playing in the NHL. “It’ll be satisfaction to the fans, really.” Selected in the first-round of the 2012 draft, Girgensons has established himself as a skilled two-way forward, and part of the rebuilding team’s young core. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/buffalo-sabres-chicago-blackhawks-all-star-vote-lead-zemgus-girgensons-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-122314

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Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had shootout goals for Detroit, which fell to 1-7 this season in the tiebreaker. Detroit had a 22-12 shots advantage five minutes into the third period and finally cashed in when Pavel Datsyuk wristed a power-play shot past Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard for his 13th goal. The Avalanche tied it with 4:15 left in regulation when Erik Johnson scored on the power play for his eighth of the season. RANGERS 1, HURRICANES 0 NEW YORK (AP) – Ryan McDonagh scored in the first and Cam Talbot made 18 saves, leading New York to its sixth consecutive win. The Rangers completed a sweep of the home-and-home weekend series against the Eastern Conference-worst Hurricanes , who lost for the eighth time in nine games. Talbot is 3-3-1 this season backing up Henrik Lundqvist , with all three of his victories being shutouts. McDonagh scored his second goal of the season 4:10 into the game. He slapped the puck past goaltender Anton Khudobin , who has yet to win this season (0-8-2). source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/nhl-capsules-122114

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The death still is under investigation by the coroners office and Lombard police, officials said. The above photo is a decal players wore for Reif on their helmets in Sunday’s game against Toronto. The Blackhawks held a moment of silence prior to the contest For all these guys who spend a lot of time together, it’s like losing a family member. 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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blackhawks-assistant-equipment-manager-passes-away-sunday-morning-225437738.html

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Perreault added a power-play goal in the second for his eighth of the season. He has five goals and four assists in the NHL’s longest active point streak. Chicago got on the board when Brandon Saad set up Hossa for a breakaway, and the veteran forward beat Hutchinson into the upper left corner at 12:05. The Blackhawks then turned up the pressure, but Hutchinson made a couple of nice stops on Patrick Kane in the final minute of the second. “We’ve been doing it all season. We’ve been getting good starts and good jumps on every team,” Hutchinson said. “It’s always easier to play with the lead.” Blake Wheeler added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg, which dropped three of four against Chicago last season. Ladd finished with two assists. NOTES:Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival did not play in the third period due to a lower-body injury, but Quenneville said he should be OK. … source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/winnipeg-jets-pound-chicago-blackhawks-122314

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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. One of Wilson’s amateur scouts, Brian Gross, provided some insights in a May 2013 Edmonton radio interview later transcribed by Fear the Fin, a Sharks-oriented blog. “We have made a real big change in the last two years in how we identify players, how we grade them and we’re moving even farther ahead of that,” Gross said. “For people in the NHL, probably Corsi is used almost exclusively for NHL players. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

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