Blackhawks Vs. Capitals: Vital Viewing Information For Winter Classic 2015 | Bleacher Report

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Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2015 Winter Classic and the biggest potential difference-maker to watch. Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. When: Thursday, January 1 Start Time: 1 p.m. ET Watch: NBC Biggest Potential Difference-Maker: Alexander Ovechkin Patrick McDermott/Getty Images There will be a plethora of stars on both teams who should shine on the national stage, but the biggest potential difference-maker on Thursday will be Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin. In 36 games this season, Ovechkin has scored 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points and just 30 penalty minutes. Add in 11 power-play points, and Ovechkin has been a force in the offensive zone for Washington. One area of growth that will make a major difference Thursday will be his responsibility in the defensive zone. With the arrival of head coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin went from minus-35 in his plus/minus rating last season to plus-seven thus far in 2014. While Ovechkin has continued to improve defensively on the ice, some of his biggest changes have come away from the rink, as he told Erik Brady of USA Today : Of course, you feel 30 years old. You’re not young anymore. You have that kind of experience where you start thinking about what is going to be in the future. When I just came to the league, I didn’t realize Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov, they said, ‘Just remember, when you hit 30 you are going to feel all your old bruises; you need to get more sleep, go to bed early.’ And I’m like, ‘No way that is happening.’ And right now, you start to realize you can’t do those things you could do when you were 21 or 22. source:

Blackhawks recall Teravainen from IceHogs – – Rockford’s News Leader

Teravainen, 20, ranks second on the IceHogs with 23 points (6G, 17A) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games this year. The Helsinki, Finland, native recorded his first career three-point outing (1G, 2A) on Dec. 28 vs. the Chicago Wolves and now has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 13 contests. Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft tallied four shots on goal in three regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks last year; he made his NHL debut on March 25, 2014, vs. the Dallas Stars. Next Home Game: Friday, January 9 vs. Milwaukee Admirals. Game begins at 7 p.m. Rockford begins their 2015 home slate with a Midwest Division rivalry game against the Milwaukee Admirals at the BMO. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will take home an IceHogs fleece blanket thanks to OSF. Those 21-and-over can arrive early for another Blues Flame Lounge Pre-Game Party, and enjoy live music, drink specials and free appetizers. source:

NHL Winter Classic earns lowest rating in game’s history | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

The Washington game was a downright balmy 43 degrees with blue skies. The draw of any outdoor game remains teams vs. elements and sun glare isnt exactly that compelling. Matchups matter, too, and this one featured a third-timer in the Blackhawks for outdoor games (including last season at Solider Field) against a team against whom they have absolutely no rivalry. It was an entertaining game, sure, but one that lacked the heat that other matchups had. And the geographic distance between the cities meant the most partisan crowd in the games history didnt you miss the red vs. blue from the Big House in the stands? But again, heres the thing: If theres Winter Classic fatigue amongst television viewers, its not found at the venues or in the host cities. Its basically the Super Bowl there, or at the very least a very chilly Comic-Con. It’s an event, like the NHL All-Star Game, that exists for the local fans and NHL sponsors and the glorious generation of cash. The NHL isnt going to care about the ratings (well, unless they slip under a 2.0) if the revenues on-site remain insanely good. From Yahoo Sports Nick Cotsonika: The average ticket price is $205, so the gate alone will be almost $9 million. source:


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