Nhl 2015 All-stars Announced; Who Was Snubbed? | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Awards for the 1st Half of the 2014-15 Season | Bleacher Report

23, to divide the All-Stars and Rookies into two teams (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Captains for each squad will be announced next week. The highest-scoring player not to make the cut is Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning, but his linemate Johnson is an all-star. James van Riemsdyk (40 points) stays home, as Kessel makes the game. Jiri Hudler should have made the game based on achievement, but hey, gotta throw the Oilers that bone. A case could be made for either Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson from the Capitals; but again, Ottawa and Carolina need their all-stars, too. Wonder if it came down to Howard or Jaroslav Halak at the goalie spot? As for Patrik Elias er uh hmmmm *coughs* maybe Jagr saw those new all-star sweaters and was like “uh no…”? (Actually, Jagr put it out there he wasn’t crazy about being an all-star this season. Did the NHL extend the same courtesy to other older players?) Sorta crazy to think about an NHL All-Star Game that wont feature a forward from the San Jose Sharks, either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, either Daniel or Henrik Sedin or P.K. Subban. And while its completely understandable given his first half no Zdeno Chara in the all-star game or the skills competition means no Zdeno Chara in the hardest shot competition. Well, congrats Weber. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-2015-all-stars-announced–who-was-snubbed-233642200.html

Midseason Grades for Each Line on the Chicago Blackhawks | Bleacher Report

However, it is not a long-term injury, and he could be back in the lineup by the end of the month or early February. When he returns, it will be a big boost to the Blackhawks lineup. Versteeg had been skating well and putting the puck in the net with regularity prior to the injury. He has scored nine goals and 18 assists in 34 games, and he has been quite responsible in his own end. He leads the Blackhawks with a plus-15 rating, and Quenneville was playing him an average of 16:01 per game. That’s a far cry from what he did last year after the Blackhawks reacquired him in a trade from the Florida Panthers early in the season. He scored just 10 goals and 19 assists and was a non-factor in the playoffs with a goal and two assists in 15 games. Versteeg has been alert, aggressive and opportunistic this year, and he will make the Blackhawks a more dangerous team when he returns to the lineup. Tweet There are no surprises in this category, as Duncan Keith remains the Blackhawks’ best defenseman and is still one of the best at his position in the league. You wouldn’t expect anything else from a player who is a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy. Keith has remarkable offensive instincts and regularly puts them on display. He is so adept at carrying the puck and skating it out of the defensive zone to start the Chicago attack. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

Chicago Blackhawks get fast start, cruise past struggling Minnesota Wild 4-1 | Star Tribune

Left wing Patrick Sharp was the team’s leading scorer a year ago with 34 goals and 44 assists, yet he is playing on Quenneville’s third line this season. There’s a reason for that. He has been a top-line or second-line player throughout his career, but he injured his knee in November and missed about a month of action. Since his return last month, Quenneville has played him on several different lines, and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to be moved around. However, he has the speed, brilliant shot and instincts to score key goals at big moments. Sharp has nine goals and 12 assists in 29 games, but he also has a minus-seven rating. Based on his track record, Sharp’s plus-minus is likely to improve since he was plus-13 last season and a career-best plus-28 in 2011-12. Andrew Shaw is not the most skilled center, but he is one of the team’s hardest-working players and a hustler every second he is on the ice. Even though Shaw is 5’10” and 180 pounds, he will challenge much bigger players in the dirty areas of the ice. Still, there’s no getting around that Shaw has just six goals and six assists along with a minus-six rating in 40 games. Teuvo Teravainen is a new addition to the line, as he was called up from Rockford after the Versteeg injury. Teravainen has been considered the Blackhawks’ most dangerous prospect since he was drafted in 2012, and he is a skilled and creative offensive player. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2328156-midseason-grades-for-each-line-on-the-chicago-blackhawks

Blue Jackets’ Foligno, Blackhawks’ Toews are ASG captains – Yahoo Sports

31, 2014, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews walks out of the visiting COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks have been named team captains for the 2015 NHL All-Star weekend Jan. 23-24 in Columbus, league officials said Wednesday. The NHL said the all-star teams will now be designated as Team Foligno and Team Toews. In addition, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks have been named assistant captains of Team Foligno, while Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers will assist Toews. The captains and assistants were selected by NHL Hockey Operations in consultation with players selected for the game. The captains will oversee the selection of their teams on Jan. 23, will set the rosters for the team skills competition the following day, and then will wear the ”C” on their jerseys during the game the day after that. Team Foligno, coached by the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings coach, Darryl Sutter, and his staff, is designated as the home team and will wear the black uniforms previously unveiled by the NHL. Team Toews, coached by Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette and his staff, will wear white uniforms. Representing the hometown Blue Jackets, Foligno is playing in his eighth NHL season and third with Columbus. The 27-year-old Buffalo, New York, native leads the Blue Jackets in goals (18) and points (40) in 2014-15, and is among the NHL leaders in goals (T12th), points (T15th), power play goals (9, T3rd) and power play points (20, 3rd). Toews, also captain of the Blackhawks, will be making his fourth career NHL All-Star appearance. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blue-jackets-foligno-blackhawks-toews-asg-captains-174502331–nhl.html

It was a nice way to celebrate another birthday for a winger who appears to be embracing his age in his 17th season. “Maybe the number is higher, but I still feel good,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. “It just seems like everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. The Wild dropped to 18-18-5 and are 12th in the loaded 14-team Western Conference, but coach Mike Yeo is certain they can turn it around. “I’m confident in what we’re capable of, but we have to better,” he said. “So I’m not going to just sit around and hope that things are going to be better. We have to find a way to be better. We have to find a way to bring more to the rink every day.” Trailing 2-0 in the second, Minnesota had a chance to get back in the game, but defenseman Nate Prosser’s shot went off the outside of the left post at 8:04. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

 

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