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

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–Zemgus Girgensons feels a little sheepish discussing how fans back home in Latvia have clicked and quadruple-clicked his name so often that the Sabres forward is running away with the NHL All-Star Game vote. The second-year player appreciates the overwhelming support he’s received from the Baltic nation. And yet the 20-year-old Girgensons doesn’t consider himself worthy of being included among the league’s elite. “It’s a little bit embarrassing and funny at the same time,” Girgensons said, before the Sabres hit the road for a two-game swing that concludes Tuesday at Detroit. “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. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/buffalo-sabres-chicago-blackhawks-all-star-vote-lead-zemgus-girgensons-jonathan-toews-patrick-kane-122314

The Blackhawks are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, and have won seven straight games at the United Center, with the last home loss coming Nov. 7. Patrick Kane had an assist Saturday night, and leads Chicago in both goals (16) and assists (18) on the season, and takes a five-game point streak into Sunday afternoon. The Leafs (19-11-3) had a six-game win streak of their own, but have dropped their last two contests, including getting lit up 7-4 by the Philadelphia Flyers at home Saturday night. 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. 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

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. “Having as much information as possible when you are making decisions, to me is a smart approach.” Those decisions involve everything from drafting players to making trades to offering contract extensions. The data also can help on coaching decisions, such as determing which player should take a critical defensive zone faceoff. 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. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

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1 Matchup: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Nationals Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C. TV: NBC Preview Patrick McDermott/Getty Images The weather is crucial to the Winter Classic, as unfavorable conditions could affect the quality of play out on the ice. According to the Washington Post’s Jason Samenow , the weather should be cold and dry on Thursday, a forecast he considers ideal for hockey. The biggest draw to the Winter Classic isas previously mentionedthe nostalgia factor, and a touch of snow might draw more eyeballs to the game, but the forecast should at least allow the Blackhawks and Capitals to provide competition worthy of all the pre-game hype. Chicago is first in the Central Division with 48 points and second overall in the Western Conference, while the Capitals are fourth in the Metropolitan but have won seven of their last 10 games. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images The Blackhawks are immensely strong at both ends of the ice. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311445-winter-classic-2015-schedule-tv-info-and-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

 

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