Nhl Power Rankings: B/r Experts’ Week 12 Poll | Bleacher Report

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Scott Rovak/Getty Images Last Week:5 Recent Trend:Lacking a reliable goalie, the Blues are in a bit of a funk at the moment. Saturday’s loss to the visiting Stars made four straight defeats for St. Louis. The team has allowed at least three goals in each of those and 18 overall. Big Picture:That St. Louis is a legitimate contender isn’t really in doubt, and with Brian Elliott getting closer to a return to the lineup, the team’s big flaw (goaltending) should right itself shortly. By the Numbers:Neither Martin Brodeur nor Jake Allen has been able to really claim the No. 1 spot in Elliott’s absence. Allen now has a .899 save percentage on the season and has lost three straight. Brodeur is 2-2-0 in four starts and has an ugly .892 save percentage. Juan Ocampo/Getty Images Last Week:10 Recent Trend:Los Angeles has won three of four games, though that lone defeat was troublingthe Kings lost a 3-0 lead at the halfway point of the game and eventually fell to a Calgary Flames team that had lost eight straight. Big Picture:The Kings never seem to be all that imposing in the regular season, but the team has won two Stanley Cups in the last three playoffs. As long as they make the postseason they will be (correctly) regarded as a contender. By the Numbers:After a slow start offensively, star centre Anze Kopitar is making a splash. He has 12 points in his last five games and now sits just two points back of Jeff Carter for the team scoring lead. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Last Week:11 Recent Trend:A six-game losing streak came to an end this week, as Detroit scored nine times in a pair of victories over Eastern doormats Ottawa and Buffalo. That six-game run was somewhat misleading, too, in that four of the team’s losses came in the shootout. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2312956-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-12-poll

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

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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

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). source: http://wgntv.com/2014/12/29/blackhawks-game-notes-for-monday-vs-nashville-2/

NHL-Highlights of Saturday’s NHL games – Yahoo Sports

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. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-highlights-saturdays-nhl-games-051335075–nhl.html

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

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. 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. source: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_27216860/avalanche-loses-at-home-blackhawks-ending-six-game?source=rss

 

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