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

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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. The forwards and defence offer a blend of good depth, improving youth and established (and still young) stars, while Ben Bishop holds the fort in net. By the Numbers:Little 5’9″, 182-pound Tyler Johnson has been a five-on-five machine this season. The undrafted pivot leads the NHL in plus/minus and is second in the league in points at even-strength. Norm Hall/Getty Images Last Week:3 Recent Trend:Anaheim’s run of alternating wins and losses has now reached seven consecutive games. The team’s penchant for close decisions hasn’t gone away eitherthe Ducks’ last three contests all went to overtime. Big Picture:The Ducks presently lead the NHL with 54 points despite a thoroughly mediocre plus-six goal differential. Looking at the NHL standings page, an observer has to scroll all the way down to 18th-ranked Florida to find the next team in the standings with an equally low goal differential. This isn’t nearly as good a team as wins and losses would seem to indicate, despite its ranking by our panel. 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

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* 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/

NHL: Kane helps Blackhawks to 5-2 win over Avs – Daily Republican Register: Daily Republican Register

Having lost four out of five games entering Monday night and in the middle of a huge road trip, the Maple Leafs could use another big win against the Lightning. Toronto completes its back-to-back trip through Florida on Monday night in Tampa Bay and looks to get something out of it after losing 6-4 to the Florida Panthers on Sunday, a game in which they lost a two-goal third period lead by giving up four consecutive goals. This is the Maple Leafs in a nutshell. Extremely streaky and volatile. You never know which team is going to show up and what exactly is going to happen. Pick: Lightning 5, Maple Leafs 3 Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks , 8:30 p.m. ET For a team that is 23-9-2 and in a tight race for the top spot in the Central Division, it seems like the Nashville Predators are going relatively unnoticed this season. Make no mistake, they are not a perfect team and could definitely use some help with scoring depth, but they have some high-end offensive talent, a very good defense and an excellent goaltender. They are showing no signs of slowing down at this point and they’re still a pretty hot team, having won 11 of their past 15 entering Monday. And as long as we’re on the subject of hot teams, Chicago has put together an 18-5-1 run since a rather slow (by their standards) 6-5-1 start. On a night full of interesting matchups, they do not get much better than this one. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24921200/nhl-daily-picks-blackhawks-predators-highlight-busy-night

NHL Daily Picks: Blackhawks, Predators highlight busy night – CBSSports.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators meet in another big Central Division showdown. (USATSI)

Roy said he may wait a few days before making a decision on Pickard, just to make sure Varlamov is completely healthy. Seabrook scored his seventh goal of the season on a power play in the second period, giving the Blackhawks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Colorado got on the board early in the game when MacKinnon scored his first goal since Nov. 13. The lead didn’t last long as Saad answered 31 seconds later with a wrist shot through traffic. Johnson gave the Avalanche another lead with a goal in his fourth-straight game. Once again, the Blackhawks responded, when Duncan Keith sent a pass through the legs of defenseman Brad Stuart that Kane tipped into the net. Pickard has earned high praise from Roy and his teammates with his play. He set an Avalanche rookie record with 47 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Dec. 18. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-kane-helps-blackhawks-to—win-over-avs/article_a29dc528-8f0c-11e4-959c-fbb9260c2d14.html

 

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