Winter Classic 2015: Tv Schedule And Full Preview For Blackhawks Vs. Capitals | Bleacher Report

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

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,’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. ‘The people that live in this area definitely know the region. I’m hoping we don’t have a day like today because it becomes a little bone-chilling with the rain, but on the ice-surface side, we’re going to be good.’ Now that the biggest variables are seemingly safe, we can focus on the matchup itself. PAUL BEATY/Associated Press Washington’s offense has stayed potent in the first season of Barry Trotz’s tenure, scoring 2.9 goals per game and ranking atop the league in power-play efficiency. source:

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Even strength, we’re even with them, but we didn’t find the key ones we needed with the power play.” PHOTOS: Colorado Avlanche lose to Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 Duchene added, “I think there was a lot of good things in our game tonight.” The Avs came out flying, similar to their start in Tuesday’s 5-0 rout of St. Louis. 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. source:

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

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon #29 shoots and scores a goal as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya #27 tries to block in the first

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. The Capitals may have the home advantage, but it will be tough to make it hold up in this one. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images The Winter Classic is often quite the ratings draw for the NHL, which has prompted the expansion of outdoor games in the NHL regular-season schedule. The Chicago Tribune’s Ed Sherman noted the increase in open-air contests since the Winter Classic debuted in 2008: With the Winter Classic generating the NHL’s highest regular-season TV ratings of the year, the league decided to expand the concept. Last year, there were six outdoor games, sparking complaints that some of the novelty was being lost with too much of a good thing. This year, the NHL decided to cut back with only two outdoor games: The Sharks will host the Kings on Feb. 21 at Levi’s Stadium, new home of the 49ers. The NHL is a business, and it’s tough to ignore the lucrative opportunities this type of game provides, but the over-saturation argument is a legitimate concern. It could turn away the casual fans who tune in solely for the novel experience. source:

– – – 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. – – – 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. source:–nhl.html

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But it wasnt until years later, when the two worlds merged and a family business was born, that he truly understood the operational depth involved with making ice. You get hooked on it, Mike said. It was a Thursday in December, exactly two weeks until the Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks , the latest outdoor hockey game that, on a much smaller scale, had become a father-son event, too. The crew of roughly a dozen was right on schedule yet again, another Winter Classic charging toward them. The refrigeration trailer had been set up at Nationals Park, the piping running to the rinks foundation, penciled across the diamond and into the outfield. They had almost finished setting the ice pans, used for temperature control, and had kept close watch over the coming forecasts, but they still needed to fill the system with coolant, install the dasher boards that frame the rink, pump water onto the sheets and watch it freeze. The NHL Winter Classic: 2008 to present View Graphic The NHL Winter Classic: 2008 to present Speaking on the phone from Southeast Washington, Mike recalled a career path that, upon further reflection, seemed almost predestined to follow his father, officially the NHLs senior director of facility operations, unofficially the most famous ice maker in the world. Mike played college hockey in Calgary at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and studied recreation operations. Engineering, facility management, refrigeration, that sort of thing. Fresh out of school, he took a job at a smaller rink in Kelowna, across the provincial border in British Columbia. Around the same time, in the late 1990s, Dan was busy working for the NHL, having been lured away from Edmonton. The league was planning overseas games in Japan, so Mike latched onto the special events crew. source:


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