Avalanche Gears Up To Extend Winning Streak With Blackhawks In Town – The Denver Post

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NHL schedule 2014: Blackhawks host Maple Leafs – SBNation.com

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9, 2014. (Doug Pensinger, Getty Images) NHL standings The Avalanche, riding a season-best three-game winning streak and points in its last six, returned from a three-day holiday break Saturday morning to prepare for the ensuing game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. Avs coach Patrick Roy will stick with the same lineup that produced Tuesday’s 5-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues, except rookie goalie Calvin Pickard will start and Semyon Varlamov will serve as the backup. Pickard, 22, could be returned to the minors after the game , or in the near future if Varlamov continues to elude setbacks from his troubling groin injury. Pickard’s .939 save percentage is the NHL’s second highest behind Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson (.944). Chicago is coming off a 5-1 loss to the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Blackhawks beat the Avs 3-2 on Nov. 26 in Denver in the first meeting between the Central Division rivals this season. source: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_27215143/avalanche-gears-up-extend-winning-streak-blackhawks-town?source=rss

Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, Chicago Blackhawks leading All-Star vote | FOX Sports

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Winter Classic 2015: Schedule, TV Info and Preview for Blackhawks vs. Capitals | Bleacher Report

Girgensons leads Buffalo (13-18-3) with nine goals and is second with 18 points. That puts him well off the league-leading pace. Dallas center Tyler Seguin is first with 25 goals, while Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek tops the points list with 44. Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Girgensons has nothing to be ashamed of. “I wouldn’t be embarrassed at all,” Nolan said. “The whole nation’s cheering for him, which is great to see. So he should feel a lot of pride.” Nolan knows plenty about Girgensons and Latvia. He spent the previous four years coaching Latvia’s national team, which included Girgensons. FOX SPORTS DAILY SUBSCRIBE “He’s come a tremendous long way in a very short period of time,” Nolan said. In an email, Latvian Ice Hockey Federation media manager Maris Gorbunovs wrote the support Latvians have shown Girgensons has been spontaneous, and a reflection of their passion for hockey and a native son. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/buffalo-sabres-chicago-blackhawks-all-star-vote-lead-zemgus-girgensons-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-122314

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

21 at Levi’s Stadium, new home of the 49ers. The NHL is a business, and it’s tough to ignore the lucrative opportunities this type of game provides, but the over-saturation argument is a legitimate concern. It could turn away the casual fans who tune in solely for the novel experience. At the same time, learning there is only one or two of these outdoor games on the schedule could leave some viewers feeling cold, especially if they greatly enjoy the event. NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood believes more games could draw more people to the sport. How many outdoor games should the NHL schedule each year? 1 Submit Vote vote to see results How many outdoor games should the NHL schedule each year? 1 0% Total votes: 0 “Initially, I was very vocal in saying I thought the league was being too aggressive (by expanding the outdoor games),” Flood said, via Sherman. “Now I hope there’s more. It’s a way to bring in new fans.” It’s an interesting conversation, and it could be quite some time before the league strikes a perfect balance. The visual aspects and quality of the competition must remain quite high in these games if they are to justify more of them, as outdoor games with bad conditions or weather that is too warm could make the whole idea seem ill-conceived or poorly executed. If the games are crisp and exciting and kept in ideal locales, more than one or two games might not be such a bad idea for the NHL if the league wants to raise it’s profile in the crowded United States sports market. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311445-winter-classic-2015-schedule-tv-info-and-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

Avalanche rookie goalie Calvin Pickard as the team battle Predators at the Pepsi Center on Dec. 9, 2014.

During his time on staff with the Buffalo Sabres and now the St. Louis Blues, Corsi also charted the number of blocked shots and those that go high or wide, information available for years, but rarely compiled. That total, advocates say, provides a better idea which team and which players spend the most time in the offensive zone. Fenwick, another building block of analytics, excludes blocked shots from the Corsi data. Alberta blogger Matt Fenwick, who came up with the variation, says that is a better predictor of future performance, and he’s not alone. But nothing is really that simple. To be really useful, those numbers have to be crunched in a variety of ways to reflect ice time, zone play, linemates and more information available to those who invest the time and effort. Sticking with the basic Corsi, Nieto not only leads the Sharks, but his 60.0 Corsi For percentage the number of shots the Sharks attempt when he is on the ice compared to the opposition is the best in the league among players with more than 300 minutes ice time. 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. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

 

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