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

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An 11-1-1 record in combination with the team’s convincing long-term track record has inspired a healthy run at the top of our list. Have the holidays changed anything? Anaheim has opened up a four-point lead for the top spot in the league standings, Nashville has won 11 of 14, and that doesn’t even begin to take into account the strong clubs in the East. Our expert panel returns once again to answer that and other questions this week: Dave Lozo , Steve Macfarlane , Allan Mitchell , Lyle Richardson , Carol Schram and myself . As always, all of the rankings here are based both on what’s happened so far and what we expect to happen in the future, and will not mirror theNHLstandings exactly. Read on to see where every NHL team sits this week. Most news and statistics are courtesy of NHL.com and are current through the start of action on December 29. 30-26: Edmonton Oilers-Arizona Coyotes USA TODAY Sports 30. Edmonton Oilers (Last week: 30):Edmonton has lost 20 of its last 21 hockey games. 29. Carolina Hurricanes (Last week: 29):Discounting the shootout, the Hurricanes have scored one goal or less in nine of their last 11 contests. Defenceman Justin Faulk leads the team in scoring with 20 points. For the sake of contrast, every member of Tampa Bay’s top-six forward group has more than that. 28. 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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Colorado coach Patrick Roy would much rather see the 22-year-old Pickard stay in a groove by playing every night in the minors. 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. “You don’t see a goalie his age play the way he has,” Johnson said. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-kane-helps-blackhawks-to—win-over-avs/article_a29dc528-8f0c-11e4-959c-fbb9260c2d14.html

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

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

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

* 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/

 

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