Nhl-highlights Of Saturday’s Nhl Games – Yahoo News

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NHL Winter Classic: Setting up rinks a shared passion for father and son – The Washington Post

New York’s longest winning streak since winning eight in a row 40 years ago spoiled the debut of New Jersey co-coaches Scott Stevens and Adam Oates. – – – Sabres 4, Islanders 3 (shootout) The Buffalo Sabres produced a brilliant comeback with three unanswered goals in the third period before Tyler Ennis scored the lone goal in the shootout for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The Sabres looked likely to extend their four-game losing streak when they fell behind 3-0 in the second period, but rallied for three goals in barely five minutes. – – – Predators 4, Flyers 1 Peter Laviolette’s Nashville Predators scored a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, the team that fired him as coach last season. Filip Forsberg and Mike Fisher each bagged a power-play goal and an assist for Nashville (23-9-2), who have not lost consecutive games this season. – – – Stars 4, Blues 3 Power-play goals from defensemen Trevor Daley and Jason Demers in the second period carried Dallas to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues as the Stars posted their first win in 11 games against Central Division opponents this season. The loss extended the Blues’ winless streak to four games (0-3-1), their longest of the season. – – – Blue Jackets 6, Bruins 2 Scott Hartnell had two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four in the second period for a 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Columbus continued their recent hot streak, improving to 9-1-1 in December and ended a seven-game losing streak against Boston. – – – Red Wings 3, Senators 2 (overtime) The Detroit Red Wings twice came from behind before defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime. Winger Gustav Nyquist held the puck for almost half a minute before sliding a low shot home for the winner. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html

Following in the footsteps, though, it wasnt until a couple years ago that I wanted to try to make that step. The increasing popularity of outdoor games sometimes breaks them up, like last season when both worked the Winter Classic i n Ann Arbor, Mich., then split apart for the four Stadium Series games and one Heritage Classic. Dan took his crew to LosAngeles and Chicago. Mikes went to NewYork and Vancouver. Now that were back together, Mike said, filling whatever role he needs me to. Dan grew up in Jasper, a small town in Alberta, and froze his first rink at 15years old. He dabbled in youth hockey Did I play? Yes. Was I good? No. but always enjoyed watching others skate on the ice he made. Before long, he was building rinks both professionally and behind the family house, where his wife would often peek outside at 2a.m. and ask when he planned to sleep. Its nice out, Dan would reply. source: http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636673/s/41d4c3ae/sc/8/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Csports0Ccapitals0Cnhl0Ewinter0Eclassic0Esetting0Eup0Erinks0Eis0Ea0Efamily0Epursuit0C20A140C120C280C318aab0A60E8ed20E11e40Eba530Ea477d66580Aed0Istory0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Icapitals/story01.htm

Avalanche loses at home to Blackhawks, ending six-game points streak – The Denver Post

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. Four more Blackhawks have at least 20 points on the season, including slick-passing defenseman Brent Seabrook. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311445-winter-classic-2015-schedule-tv-info-and-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

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

“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. “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. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

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MacKinnon’s skilled wrist shot snapped his 16-game goal drought, while Johnson remained hot with his sixth in the last six games. Johnson’s 10th goal tied him for first among NHL defensemen. Chicago took its first lead 13:14 into the second period on the power play, with Seabrook’s big blast beating rookie goalie Calvin Pickard inside the far post. The Avs only had one power play through two periods, compared with three for Chicago. And that seemed to be the difference to that point. “I need to be better,” said Pickard, who stopped 28-of-32 shots. “It would have been nice to keep this going, but the pucks just didn’t go in on the other end.” Mike Chambers: mchambers@denverpost.com or twitter.com/mikechambers Streak stopped The Blackhawks ended the Avalanche’s’ six-game points streak Saturday night. Some facts and figures from the streak: Avs goalie Calvin Pickard was in goal five of the six games during the streak and had allowed nine goals in those games, going 3-0-2. On Saturday, Pickard allowed four goals in his second loss to the Blackhawks this season. He had 42 saves in a 3-2 loss Nov. 26. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss

 

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