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

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“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

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. Forgot username? We’ll email it to you. If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. Forgot password? If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. Try another email? source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/12/21/7429687/2014-nhl-schedule-blackhawks-maple-leafs

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

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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311445-winter-classic-2015-schedule-tv-info-and-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

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

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

 

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