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Corey Crawford stopped 11 of his 23 shots in the third period, none bigger than the one he made with the Avalanche on a 5-on-3 power play. He turned back a point-blank shot to help the Blackhawks successfully dodge both penalties. The Avalanche pulled goaltender Calvin Pickard with just over 2 minutes remaining, but couldn’t generate much offense against Chicago’s stingy defense. Instead, it was Kane who scored when he easily tapped the puck into the net with 5.4 seconds remaining. The Blackhawks are now 12-2 this season when Kane scores. “We didn’t play a bad hockey game,” Duchene said. “We played hard. They are a playoff hockey team. … I think there were a lot of good things in our game.” Pickard stopped 28 shots in what might have been his final start before being sent back to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. Pickard has been filling in for Semyon Varlamov as the Russian goaltender recovers from a nagging groin injury. With Varlamov’s return he blanked the St. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-kane-helps-blackhawks-to—win-over-avs/article_a29dc528-8f0c-11e4-959c-fbb9260c2d14.html

Blackhawks Game Notes For Monday vs. Nashville | WGN-TV

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Big Picture:Somehow, the Red Wings are two points out of first in the Eastern Conference. It sometimes feels as though pundits have been predicting a decline for the old Wings every summer of my adult life, but the team continues to defy those predictions. By the Numbers:Detroit is 1-7 in the shootout this season, and a lot of that has to do with Jimmy Howard being porous. Despite a solid career record in the skills competition, in 2014-15 Howard has allowed 11 goals on 15 shots (.267 save percentage). USA TODAY Sports Last Week:2 Recent Trend:Pittsburgh tumbles four spots after dropping all three of its games in Week 12. The current three-game slide follows a trio of consecutive wins. Big Picture:The Penguins are always expected to be one of the top teams in the league, and they haven’t disappointed so far this season. The club currently sits in first in the Eastern Conference and is tied for the NHL lead with 20 wins. By the Numbers:Jeff Zatkoff got into his first game of the season last week, relieving Marc-Andre Fleury and turning aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced against Tampa Bay. Teams looking for goaltending help may want to consider the Pens’ third-string goaltender, who looked good over 20 NHL games last season and is on pace for his third straight season of .920 save percentage or better goaltending in the AHL. Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press Last Week:4 Recent Trend:New York held a 74-47 edge in shots in the two games it played last week, but ended up losing both of them, ending a run of four consecutive wins. Big Picture:The Islanders are still a bit of a mystery. After a brilliant summer, the club has shown the ability to be a top-level team for 35 games. The question is whether it has staying power. By the Numbers:No goalie in the NHL (min. 10 games played) has a worse save percentage than Chad Johnson, who has posted a ghastly .867 number between the pipes for the Isles. Despite this, the club has still managed a .500 record (5-5-0) in his games. Scott Audette/Getty Images Last Week:8 Recent Trend:The Lightning ended a mini-slump this week, winning consecutive games on either side of the Christmas break after previously losing four of five contests. Big Picture:Tampa Bay has a very good, very complete team. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2312956-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-12-poll

Nationals Park gets ready for NHL Winter Classic between Capital – DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

* Nashville scored a season-high three power play goals in its win over Philadelphia on Saturday after scoring a total of three goals with the man advantage in its previous 14 contests. Seven of the Predators nine regulation losses this season have come on the road. * The Blackhawks own a record of 12-2-1 since November 26 the best record in hockey in that span. Chicago has allowed the fewest power play goals in the NHL this season (9) and boasts the best penalty-kill percentage at 91.0 percent. * Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist against Colorado on Saturday, giving him three three-point performances in his last five contests. Despite no points against them this season, Kane has 17 goals in his career against Nashville his most against any opponent. * Jonathan Toews has 20 points in 17 home games this season compared to 11 in 19 road contests. Toews has 34 points (14g, 20a) in his career against the Predators the second-most points in his career against any opponent (36 vs. Columbus). * Colin Wilson, who lit the lamp in the last meeting between these clubs on December 6, has scored at least one goal in a career-high three consecutive games (4 total). Wilson has scored six of his 10 goals this season in the third period. source: http://wgntv.com/2014/12/29/blackhawks-game-notes-for-monday-vs-nashville-2/

Join the conversation on our Facebook page! Like us and tell us what stories matter to you. This year’s NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks is set for Thursday, January 1, 2015. Tickets on some online website are priced at nearly $2000 each. A webcam on NHL.com shows Nationals Park – the temporary home of the Caps for the big match being set up. This will be the first time Washington, D.C. will host the NHL Winter Classic. The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 31 in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic that was played in Pittsburgh. The first NHL Winter Classic was played in 2008. Untitled source: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/27721464/nationals-park-gets-ready-for-nhl-winter-classic-between-capitals-and-blackhawks

 

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