Nhl’s Top Minor League To Send 5 Teams To California | Fox Sports

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Soon, the Sharks will be able to shed the cross-country flights from their budget and make those moves within their own building. The NHL’s feeder league will undergo a sizable westward shift, designed to bring five farm teams closer to their parent clubs in a long-anticipated announcement finalized Thursday by the American Hockey League. The 30-team AHL will create a Pacific Division next season, the product of nearly three years of discussions with the NHL. ”This will make the franchise even more competitive on the ice,” Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said at a news conference at the SAP Center, which also will be home starting this summer for their yet-to-be-named AHL affiliate. The team won’t be called the Sharks, for obvious reasons, as it was in Worcester. The Toronto Maple Leafs already have a same-city AHL affiliate, the Marlies, but they play in a different arena. All of the new sites will be in California, home to three of the NHL’s 30 teams. 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. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/nhls-top-minor-league-to-send-5-teams-to-california-012915

Blackhawks Game Notes For Friday @ Anaheim | WGN-TV

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* 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. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/28/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-la/

Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday @ LA | WGN-TV

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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. * Anaheim is 16-0-2 (.944) when leading after the first period in 2014-15 best in the NHL. source: http://wgntv.com/2015/01/30/blackhawks-game-notes-for-friday-anaheim-2/

The Blackhawks have led in three of their last four defeats, and their last five have all come against fellow Western Conference opponents. Chicago put together back-to-back wins heading into All-Star weekend before opening the season’s second half with Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Los Angeles. The Blackhawks blew leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before allowing the go-ahead goal with 3:37 to go. “We definitely left some points on the table this month, and we have to learn from it knowing that these are hard points to come by,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “You put yourself in that position where you’re doing the right things for 50, 55 minutes and come up with air, that’s tough.” Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane combined for two goals and two assists as Chicago dropped to 3-4-1 in its last eight away from home. The Blackhawks are in the midst of seven straight road games. “It’s certainly frustrating on our part, we can’t be happy,” said Sharp, who has five points in the last four games. “It’s that time of year where points – they’re always valuable – but they’re even more valuable going down the stretch. We have to find a way to do better.” Things aren’t about to get any easier against the Ducks, who have won 11 of 13 at home, including four in a row by a 19-8 margin. However, Chicago is seeking a third consecutive victory at Honda Center after winning 4-1 on Nov. 28. Kane scored twice that day, giving him three goals and five points in his last five visits to Anaheim. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-ducks-preview-073045035–nhl.html

 

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