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NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are the top vote-getters by division in the first week of voting in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™.
The ballot page at NHL.com/vote includes a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Tuesday.
See below for the top vote-getters by division through week one.
from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Amid a season showcasing some serious NHL rookie talent, first-year defenceman Zach Werenski looks right at home amongst his peers.
With big-name rookies – like Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, the New York Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey, along with Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine – turning heads with their play, it might be easy to get lost in the shuffle.
Not the case when it comes to Werenski.
Selected eighth overall by Columbus last year, the 19-year-old was given a shot to make his mark with the Blue Jackets in 2016-17.
It’s safe to say he hasn’t wasted the opportunity.
In 24 games, Werenski has six goals and 11 assists. He’s also consistently earned lofty praise from teammates and coaches.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
It’s not often that we talk about a player changing the way we think about how a position should be played.
But, it’s not often that players like Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson come along.
Burns’ emergence might be the result of a perfect storm in San Jose: A talented player finding the right guys to play with, a perfectly timed transition from winger to blueliner and an offence that plays an exceptional brand of inside/out hockey in the offensive zone. Whatever it is, Burns and the Sharks are a match made in heaven.
He’s become as much a staple of their attack as Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. For as much as we have talked (rightfully) about Karlsson revolutionizing the position, it’s worth pointing out that Burns has had a similar career arc.
from Damein Cox of the Toronto Star,
Perhaps somewhere along the way somebody should have sent a scout to Denmark.
Maybe that would have shortened the process of looking for a replacement for Ed Belfour in the net of your Toronto Maple Leafs.
As it was, it’s taken 11 seasons (!!!), five general managers, six coaches and 17 goaltending candidates to find someone capable of doing something approximating the job Belfour did for three seasons in the waning years of his stellar career.
But, it appears, the Leafs finally have located such a netminder.
Frederik Andersen has managed to erase those ugly first impressions he made in October, ones that made many wonder if he was just a rerun of Vesa Toskala or Jonathan Bernier, and in so doing likely set himself up for a lengthy run in the Toronto net as the club’s No. 1 goalie.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
In this Season of Giving, the Blue Jackets have become absolutely miserly.
The club ran its winning streak to four games by limiting the Arizona Coyotes to 18 shots in a 4-1 victory at Nationwide Arena on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets have yielded more than 28 shots on goal only once since Nov. 15. In that stretch, they have gone 8-1-2 to vault into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
“The confidence level is going up and everyone trusts each other to do their jobs,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said. “Everyone is just playing their roles and I think it helps make everyone calm on defense ... It’s day and night from (last season), you can see the shots going down.”
The Blue Jackets surrendered a first-period power-play, but gave the Coyotes few great looks on a night Columbus improved to 15-5-4.
The Blue Jackets entered play fifth in goals-against average at 2.19. In the past 11 games, they have allowed 1.91 goals per game.
Below are the game highlights
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 8, Ottawa 5
WASHINGTON 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
COLUMBUS 4, Arizona 1
GAGNER POWERS BLUE JACKETS TO FOURTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Sam Gagner led the offense with 2-2—4 to power the Blue Jackets to their fourth consecutive victory and a 5-0-1 mark in their last six contests.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 15-5-4 (34 points) the Blue Jackets are off to their best 24-game start in franchise history in terms of wins and points, besting their previous mark set in 2010-11 (14-9-1, 29 points).
* Columbus has won four consecutive games for the second time this season, with both streaks coming within their last 12 games (also Nov. 12-20: 4-0-0).
* Gagner recorded four points in a game for the first time since posting 2-2—4 on Dec. 23, 2014 at EDM w/ ARI. He has registered 10-7—17 in 23 games this season, besting his point total from 2015-16 (8-8—16 in 53 GP w/ PHI).
Jacke Eichel is trying to play through an ankle injury...
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
On Monday, he was attending meetings on the Red Wings new dressing room and how to tie in the team’s heritage through photographs and interior design. Holland isn’t just a quirky ex-goalie with four Stanley Cups on his resume as an executive. He’s a hockey renaissance man: thoughtful, expressive and passionate about the sport from an overall perspective, not just based on what works for the Red Wings.
“I think the game’s in great shape in terms of parity and competitiveness. So many of our games come down to the last few minutes and the tension and nervousness is critical and exciting for our fans,” said Holland, over the phone from Detroit, on Monday.
“I’d like to see a little more offence, but not at the expense of close games. So, if the average goals per game is five, and I don’t know what it is, I’d like to see us get to six or seven. But we don’t want the 3-2 game to turn into a 5-2 game. I don’t want to get to seven goals at the expense of competitive balance. If we can find a way to make the 3-2 game a 4-3 game — there’s more offence and it’s still tight and the third period is still competitive and we still get to overtime a lot — I’d like to see that.”
The NHL is averaging 5.3 goals per night this season, at the low end of where it has been for the better part of two decades. In 377 games this season, 97 have been decided by one goal in regulation, 95 by one goal in overtime, 32 by two goals including an empty-net goal and 40 by two goals or more. Holland is right — the games are close.
By Tim Dolan,
Hoping to see an Original Six battle between the Blackhawks and Rangers this weekend? Prepare to pay up if so – Friday’s matchup will be the most expensive game this week, with tickets starting from $103 on search engine TicketIQ. The Rangers then return home to host the Devils on Sunday in the second priciest game this week. The Maple Leafs and Bruins also get on in the action with top-priced home games.
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