Nhl Winter Classic: Setting Up Rinks A Shared Passion For Father And Son – The Washington Post

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and ask when he planned to sleep. Its nice out, Dan would reply. Ill be in around 4. Planning the Winter Classic consumes roughly half his daily routine, Dan said, spending the other hours on monitoring ice conditions at all 30rinks across the NHL through an application called Eye on the Ice that records temperatures through probes and beeps warnings to his cellphone. But he likes the outdoor events most because they give him hands-on control of a crew assembled specifically for this task. He gathered pipe fitters, plumbers, young up-and-comers still learning the craft and right-hand men, of which he counted at least four. He insists upon creativity and quick thinking. For instance, when rain blanketed one rink, someone on his crew rejiggered a Zamboni to suck up water rather than spit it on to the ice. Its like building an all-star team, Dan said. Everybody has their role. That role also means accepting a certain degree of sacrifice, like spending Christmases in whichever city hosts the next Winter Classic. But is also comes with tradition, the kinds forged over long hours, often late at night, waiting for that nerve-wracking day when the ice is finally ready. source: http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636673/s/41d4c3ae/sc/8/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Csports0Ccapitals0Cnhl0Ewinter0Eclassic0Esetting0Eup0Erinks0Eis0Ea0Efamily0Epursuit0C20A140C120C280C318aab0A60E8ed20E11e40Eba530Ea477d66580Aed0Istory0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Icapitals/story01.htm

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Start Time (ET):1 p.m. TV:NBC Preview Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press The outdoor games are a rarity in the NHL for reasons bigger than the difficulty of booking (and selling out) the venue. What tends to matter more than all heading into these matchups is the weather. And although we’re a few days out and the weather is unpredictable, things look promising. AsWashington Post’s Jason Samenow reported: “Early indications suggest the weather will be just right.” The rain may not be falling and the temperature might be suitable, but the game cannot go on without the ground crew laying out the ice just right. Fortunately, NHL.com’s Adam Vingan reported things are all good. ‘Right now we’re in good shape,’ NHL senior director of facilities operation Dan Craig said. ‘We’re not quite at half an inch [of ice], very close to half an inch right now.Mother Nature has cooperated a little bit. She’s dumped a lot of snow on us, made us really cold, had a lot of rain. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2311824-winter-classic-2015-tv-schedule-and-full-preview-for-blackhawks-vs-capitals

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

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. No one would make the case that Nieto is the best player in the NHL, but the stat does show that he spends more of his ice-time in the offensive zone than others even if only by a small margin. 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. source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27206378/nhls-new-moneyball-world-making-star-sharks-matt?source=rss

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

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. – – – Coyotes 2, Ducks 1 (SO) Shane Doan scored in a shootout despite breaking his stick on the shot to give the Arizona Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the first team in NHL history to get to 50 points before the holiday break. – – – Jets 4, Wild 3 (OT) Andrew Ladd scored a strange goal in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ladd’s shot missed the net and hit the glass but bounced back off the top of the net and hit Minnesota goalie John Curry in the back before landing in the net to give the Jets their fourth win in five games. – – – Capitals 3, Penguins 0 Braden Holtby had his third shutout of the season and Eric Fehr scored twice as the Washington Capitals beat Pittsburgh 3-0 for their first victory over the Penguins in nearly three years. – – – Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2 Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat Colorado 5-2 on the road, ending the Avalanche’s three-game winning steak. – – – Lightning 2, Hurricanes 1 Goalie Ben Bishop made an emphatic return to the net after missing four games with an injury, stopping 24 shots to guide the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. – – – Kings 3, Sharks 1 Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Quick made 20 saves as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1. source: http://news.yahoo.com/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html

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

Their breakouts were quick and clean, and they utilized their speed entering the offensive zone. Equally as important, they sustained offensive possession. And while they only registered six shots in the first period, they scored twice in an entertaining 2-2 frame that saw Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane produce slick goals for the Blackhawks. Kane added an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds left for the final score. MacKinnon and Erik Johnson had the Avalanche’s goals, forging leads of 1-0 and 2-1. 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. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss


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