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“They’re a big strong team, they play a heavy game,” said Sharp, whose team has won three of four in the series after dropping the previous five. “They have a number of skilled players to complement their hard work ethic. This is a tough building to play in.” The Ducks (32-11-6) are surely looking forward to getting back home after falling 6-3 at San Jose on Thursday, their first loss in seven contests. Anaheim gave up five goals in the second period after allowing six in its previous five games combined. Making just his fourth start, Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered all six goals on 25 shots before giving way to Frederik Andersen late in the second. “That game was on 20 guys,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Five goals? I don’t know what happened to us. … We didn’t play very good in front of Bryzgalov.” The Ducks are expected to go back to Andersen, who is a league-best 17-2-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average since Dec. 1. His only appearance against Chicago came in the Nov. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

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Here are the other farm club shifts: – Anaheim Ducks : Norfolk, Virginia, to San Diego. – Calgary Flames : Glens Falls, New York, to Stockton. – Los Angeles Kings : Manchester, New Hampshire, to Ontario. The Sharks, Flames, Oilers and Kings already owned their AHL franchises. The Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals before the relocation. Ducks executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray spoke giddily at the news conference about the opportunity for a two-hour drive down the coast to watch his team’s prospects play. Norfolk is more than 2,700 miles away from Anaheim. Murray credited his colleagues in the NHL’s Pacific Division for making this realignment work. ”As competitive as we are, for that to happen is an amazing thing, but we all have the same vision,” Murray said. Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe estimated that the relocation will lead to an extra 25 to 30 days of practice for the Bakersfield team, with four division foes now within driving distance. The Oklahoma City Barons have had to fly to most of their games, playing in the AHL’s isolated West Division with two teams in Texas, one in Iowa and one in North Carolina. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/nhls-top-minor-league-to-send-5-teams-to-california-012915

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They will have played in four stadium games at that point again, more than any other team. Not every team would want to do all that. Take the Los Angeles Kings , who have won two Stanley Cups in the salary-cap era, same as the Blackhawks, but dont have the same profile. They have two all-stars here. They will play in their second stadium game in February. Wed rather be sitting behind the Blackhawks, giving them all the attention, and then when the playoffs come around and we face them, then thats our opportunity to beat them, said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. As players, we dont mind that. Were fine with standing in their shadow. It doesnt bother us. Not every individual would want to do all that. The NHL season is a grind mentally and physically, and lots of players would rather enjoy the all-star break than the All-Star Game, especially on top of everything else. Its just like, Oh, here we go again, said Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. But those guys, theyre so good at managing all the stuff they do, whether its marketing stuff or media stuff. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-soar-into-all-star-game-as-nhl-s-go-to-glamour-team-231754648-nhl.html

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The Blackhawks went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage against the Kings, and are now 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) on the power play in their last four contests. * The Ducks were shellacked, 6-3, by the Sharks at SAP Center last night, snapping their six-game winning streak in the process. Anaheim is 37-0-2 (.974) when netting at least three markers at Honda Center since the beginning of last season the best home mark of any NHL club in such contests. * The Blackhawks and Ducks have split their first two meetings in 2014-15, each beating the other on the road. These two clubs have played 16 times total over the last 4+ seasons, and each has won eight of those tilts. * Patrick Kane had a goal and a helper Wednesday night, and with 53 points on the season, is now tied with Tyler Seguin for the scoring lead in the Western Conference. Including two goals in these clubs last game (November 28), Kane has 10 points (4g, 6a) in his last 12 skates vs. the Ducks. * Matt Beleskey lit the lamp last night, giving him a goal in back-to-back games, and 19 markers on the season overall tied with Corey Perry for the team lead. Beleskey has just one assist (zero goals) in 15 career skates vs. the Blackhawks. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/30/blackhawks-game-notes-for-friday-anaheim-2/

NHL: Toffoli, Muzzin score late, LA Kings rally past Chicago 4-3 – Daily Republican Register: Daily Republican Register

Chicago is 24-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals in 2014-15 (6-12-0 in all other games). * Los Angeles dropped a 4-2 decision to the Sharks at SAP Center in its last game before the break the Kings fourth straight and seventh setback in the last eight games overall (1-3-4 record). Including a 2-for-3 performance by the Sharks last Wednesday, Kings opponents have clicked on 37.0 percent of their power-play opportunities this month second highest in the league (Sabres opponents 37.1). * Chicago won the first meeting of 2014-15 with Los Angeles, 4-1, at Staples Center on November 29. Dating to beginning of last year, the Blackhawks have won four straight regular-season games against the Kings by a combined score of 13-5. * Including his 10th marker of 2014-15, Marian Hossa had two points in last Wednesday nights win over the Penguins, garnering first-star accolades for the performance. Hossa (three goals and four assists in last seven games vs. Kings) has recorded 10 or more goals in 15 straight seasons. * Anze Kopitar had two helpers last Wednesday night, giving him 24 points (5g, 19a) in his last 16 games overall most of any NHL skater since December 16 (Patrick Kane is second with 22 points during that span). Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, Kopitar has six points (2g, 4a) in his last six regular-season skates vs. Chicago. * Chicago is 6-1 (.857) in shootouts this season tied with the Sabres and Islanders for best in the league. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

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After a 49-year drought, Chicago has won two Stanley Cups in the past five seasons. (USA Today)

“I think we needed a win real bad, and to get it against a team like Chicago is real good,” Toffoli said. “Tonight was a night that we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could win big games, and we did it.” Andrew Shaw slipped a tricky shot past Quick for his ninth goal of the season 2:25 into the third, but Toffoli eventually answered with his 13th goal, scoring from the slot to highlight a strong first game back from a six-game absence with mononucleosis. Moments later, Muzzin got a shot from the blue line past Corey Crawford with an apparent deflection off the stick of Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson. Crawford refused to speculate on whether he had faced interference on the last goal. “I’m not going to talk about that, because I’d probably get fined or something,” said Crawford, who stopped 23 shots. Quick’s big finish capped another memorable meeting between the teams that have won the last three Stanley Cup titles and four of five. The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in an epic conference finals last summer, winning Game 7 in overtime in Chicago with Alec Martinez’s deflected goal off Nick Leddy. “They’re a top team, and they have been for a long time,” Carter said. “Hopefully it’s a big confidence boost for us. After having some ups and downs, hopefully we can build off it and keep going.” Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp had a goal and an assist apiece in the first period for the Blackhawks, who had won four straight regular-season games over Los Angeles. Chicago opened a six-game road trip with just its second loss in 10 games at Staples Center. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-toffoli-muzzin-score-late-la-kings-rally-past-chicago/article_78350414-a789-11e4-978b-cb085ec07d66.html

 

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