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

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

Now, back to those definitions. Corsi — the stat named after goalie coach Jim Corsi — provides the foundation of hockey analytics and tracks all shot attempts, not just those on net. 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. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

5 Lineup Changes the Chicago Blackhawks Should Consider for the New Year | Bleacher Report

Return Brad Richards to the Lineup When Healthy, But… Paul Vernon/Associated Press Brad Richards missed the Blackhawks’ last two games prior to the Christmas break with an upper-body injury. While Richards had a bit of a slow start, his play had picked up in recent weeks prior to his injury, and he has scored six goals and earned 12 assists. While this is not stellar production, he seems to fit in nicely between Kane and Versteeg on the second line. Richards does a nice job of recognizing scoring opportunities, and he has the ability to fire stretch passes that cause problems for opponents. The Blackhawks are a stronger team when he is in the lineup. In addition to his primary duties, he also mans the point on the team’s No. 2 power-play unit. However, Richards is not a sure thing. His lack of speed caused the Rangers to bench or demote him in each of the last two playoff years, and the Blackhawks should be prepared to do the same if he starts to slow down at any time. Bowman must keep his hand on the trigger and be prepared to make a trade for a better No. 2 center if he does not believe that Richards can keep upand if prospect Teuvo Teravainen is not considered ready. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2310874-5-lineup-changes-the-chicago-blackhawks-should-consider-for-the-new-year


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