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

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

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It is an achievement of all Latvian fans.” Gorbunovs estimated at least 11,000 Latvians traveled to Minsk, Belarus, to attend last year’s World Championship tournament. Former Latvian NHLers include goalie Arturs Irbe, now a Sabres assistant, and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh . Growing up in Riga, Girgensons was a fan of the Kontinental Hockey League team based in the Latvian capital. Girgensons was 15 when he moved to North America to play for the former Vermont-based Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. He then spent two seasons with Dubuque of the U.S. Hockey League, before committing to play at Vermont. Girgensons turned down a college career for the chance to play pro after being drafted by Buffalo. “I never would have said at age 20 that I’d be in my second year in the NHL,” Girgensons said. Soon enough, he might be an all-star. Girgensons laughed when reminded that Latvia, a country with a population of about 2 million people, accounts for about 1 million of his vote total. 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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Winter Classic 2015: Schedule, TV Info and Preview for Blackhawks vs. Capitals | Bleacher Report

The team ranks first in the league in shots per game (35.2) and fifth in goals (2.94), while allowing just 2.03 goals against, the stingiest rate in the NHL . Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has been sensational this season, posting a 2.00 goals-against average (fourth in the league) and a .923 save percentage in 20 appearances. His ostensible backups, Antti Raanta and Scott Darling have acquitted themselves well while filling in for Crawford. Antti Raanta, Scott Darling 2014-15 Season Stats Goalie .937 NHL.com No matter who is in the net at Nationals Park on Thursday, the Capitals could have a tough time scoring. Indeed, the Blackhawks’ playoff prospects are very bright considering the franchise’s recent overall success, including the 2013 Stanley Cup, and the stellar play of their netminder corps. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images Washington would be wise to get a boost from the home crowd and be aggressive early on. They have the fourth-best winning percentage in the league when scoring first. Fluid forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin lead the team in points with 36 and 28, respectively. The shrewd lefty-righty combo will be key to the Caps’ chances in this one. Crawford, for all his brilliance, has but one shutout on the season. Of course, if Washington scores first, that will be all it can do to stop the onslaught of the Blackhawks attackers. Right wing Patrick Kane is enjoying yet another fine season, with 16 goals and 20 assists to his credit. 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

Like baseball, which has created acronym-heavy categories such as WAR or WHIP to gauge a player’s value, NHL teams have reassessed the way they slice and dice all measurable aspects of the game. “A year or so ago, I used to say that maybe a third of the teams are heavily into analytics, a third of them are kicking the tires, a third aren’t doing anything,” said Timo Seppa, the editor-in-chief of the reference book “Hockey Prospectus” and a past consultant to two NHL teams. Now, the buy-in is greater, he said, as more teams have added staff or brought in outside consultants. Others include the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. And, yes, all of those teams have been among the NHL elite. “It’s been simplistic to say that they’re successful because of analytics,” Seppa said, “but I think it’s in the mix of why they’ve been successful.” Other teams such as the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers have now jumped on board. “What’s driven them?” Seppa said. “Is it the GM? Is it ownership nudging the GM and saying it’s time to do this? I don’t know what the reason is, but it’s noteworthy that teams I consider old-school were at the forefront of hires.” General manager Doug Wilson says the Sharks have been true believers for the last five or six years. “It’s a part in the process that I think is of value — it might not be first or the second, but it’s certainly part and it enhances our decision-making process,” Wilson said. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

 

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