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SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 5, Philadelphia 0
New Jersey 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT)
Minnesota 3, CHICAGO 2
St. Louis 2, ANAHEIM 1 (OT)
 
CAPITALS CRUISE TO NINTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY, FIRST PLACE IN NHL
Justin Williams (2-0—2) and Matt Niskanen (2-0—2) combined for four goals in a span of five minutes as the Capitals posted their second straight shutout and ninth consecutive win overall to move into first place in the NHL standings.
 

* At 29-9-5 (63 points), the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals moved one point ahead of the Blue Jackets (29-9-4, 62 points) for first place overall. On Jan. 5, Washington posted a 5-0 win against Columbus to halt the Blue Jackets’ win streak at 16 games, one shy of the NHL single-season record.
 
* Aside from the Capitals and Blue Jackets, two other clubs have posted win streaks of at least nine games this season: the Wild (Dec. 4-29: 12-0-0) and Flyers (Nov. 27-Dec. 14: 10-0-0).
 
* Elias notes that three teams (CBJ, PHI and WSH) from the same division have posted at least nine consecutive wins in the same season for just the second time in League history. The other instance occurred last season when the Canadiens (9-0-0), Lightning (9-0-0) and Panthers (12-0-0) combined for the feat.
 
Phillip Grubauer (24 saves) recorded his second career shutout as Washington posted consecutive blank sheets for the second time in the past 10 days (6 GP). Elias notes that this is the first time in club history that the Capitals have recorded at least four shutouts in a six-game span.
 
* The Capitals also earned their sixth straight victory at Verizon Center to move into a share of the League lead with 18 home wins this season (tied w/ PIT).

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Ice Issues In Edmonton

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

When you have the greatest skater in hockey in Connor McDavid, you want to be able to give him the best ice in the National Hockey League upon which to perform.

“I’m sure as heck not going to argue with that,” said Bob Nicholson, CEO and vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

Perhaps you’ve noticed. He hasn’t had it.

They promised great ice in Rogers Place. Until recently, it hasn’t even been good ice.

Perhaps you’ve noticed something else. On some nights, the fans have been freezing in the finest facility in hockey.

Three games into a six-game road trip, Edmonton Oilers players are happy to be able to report improvement.

“It’s going in the right direction. From where it was in October to where it is now, there’s been real improvement. It’s become a lot better,” said Milan Lucic.

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Dump Video Review

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It was an epic fail. A botched call so egregious it calls the National Hockey League’s entire replay review process into question and the worst blown call you will see — until the next one.

It was the latest argument for sending the Toronto War Room the way of the dodo and bringing some kind of sanity to the way calls are made in the NHL, because this isn’t working.

By now, you’ve seen the replay 1,243 times and you’re as baffled as I am. At the 6:20 mark of the second period Saturday night, with the Rangers and Canadiens tied at 1-1, New York centreman Kevin Hayes blows in on Carey Price, tries a deke and is stopped on a pretty good save.

Hayes’s momentum carries him into Price’s pad and in a play I’ve never seen in 50 years watching hockey, he drags the goaltender four or five feet away from the net. With Price conveniently out of the net, Rick Nash whacks the puck into the net and the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.

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Winning Streak Hits Nine For The Washington Capitals

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from Katie Brown at NHL.com,

The Washington Capitals won their ninth consecutive game with a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Sunday.

The Capitals (29-9-5) took over first place in the NHL with 63 points with four goals in the first 6:36 of the third period. They have outscored opponents 40-11 during their winning streak and haven't allowed an even-strength goal in six games.

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Wings Are Practicing At The Joe Today

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Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings on ice for practice. Jared Coreau in starter's net. Face @CanadiensMTL tomorrow at 3 pm

RedWings work power play entries:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Nielsen, Vanek, Green
And
Athanasiou-Larkin (Tatar)-Mantha, Abdelkader, DeKeyser

added 1:43pm, Khan...

lines same:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Vanek
Tatar-Sheahan-Larkin
Abdelkader-Glendening-Miller
Jurco, Ott extras

defense pairs same:
DeKeyser-Green
Ericsson-Marchenko
Ouellet-Jensen
Sproul (extra)

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Morning Line- Gord Miller

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The Carolina Hurricanes are one point out of the wild card race with two less games played.

 

 

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Zach Werenski’s First Year In The NHL

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from Daneil J. Friedman of Sports Illustrated,

The 19-year-old blueliner from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, says the entire thing still feels like a whirlwind.

“I don’t really think it’s hit me yet,” says Werenski. “I feel like when you dream about playing in the NHL, it never really hits you.”

The NHL experience can be a challenge for those new to the circuit, even away from the rink.

“The change off the ice is the hardest part,” he says. “Going to college, where you have classes and a full day, then practice later and then homework, you’re pretty much busy six or seven days of the week. You get to the NHL and you go to the rink for two hours a day, and then you have downtime. I think the hardest part for me is finding hobbies and things to do. You want to rest whenever you can, but at some point you also want to do things.”

Werenski has had to adjust to another big change from college hockey: less practices and optional morning skates.

“We don’t really practice much and, when we do, it’s pretty short,” he says. “At first, I didn’t like it. I felt like I wasn’t getting enough puck touches and wasn’t feeling good on the ice with the puck, but now that I’m used to it, I really enjoy it. I feel like the rest is needed and that it’s only going to pay off in the long run.”

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Since Andreas Athanasiou Was Benched

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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The speedy forward was back in the lineup the next night and responded by picking up a goal and two assists in a 4-0 victory at Los Angeles. He scored in the Red Wings' next two games as well, was blanked Thursday in a 4-0 loss at Dallas and then brought the Joe Louis Arena crowd to its feet vs. the Penguins.

Athanasiou said he hasn't done anything differently since being benched.

"Just stuck to my game plan and not trying to force anything," he said. "When the play is there, make it and if not just be in the right position."

Blashill credited Athanasiou for single-handedly producing the winning goal.

"It's a big goal kind of out of nothing," Blashill said. "The one thing Double A has is he's got the ability to break people down and score goals on his own. Obviously he took it end to end and scored a goal on his own.

"It's hard to score goals in this league and when you get somebody that can self-create and do it on his own, it's a big thing."

Added captain Henrik Zetterberg: "He has that skill and he has that speed. He's been close before and it was a really nice finish on this one. I don't think confidence is an issue with him. He's always trying stuff and he's got a lot of skill so he's a fun player to have on your team."

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Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

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The Saturday Headlines segment last night discussed the Kris Letang injury, Andrew Shaw's night and Shane Doan would consider waiving his NTC.

Also discussed the situation in Winnipeg and a few more topics.

Watch here at Sportsnet

On Coach's Corner Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed Hayley Wickenheiser, Curtis McElhinney, Carey Price, Brad Marchant and a bad line change by Edmonton.

Maz-a-Rack never had a chance on Chicago's OT win over the Wings,, Cherry saying don't block the goaie's line of sight, the play of Chad Johnson then a few more topics to close the segment.

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What The Islanders And Red Wings Should Do

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fom Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Now is the time for the Islanders to get in on the bidding for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, both placed on the block by the dysfunctional Avalanche, both dynamic, highly skilled offensive players who would jump-start an attack that has produced the fewest five-on-five shot attempts in the NHL.

Landeskog, the 24-year-old captain, would fit neatly on Tavares’ left side. Duchene, the 25-year-old who went third in the same entry draft in which No. 91 was first overall, could either play on Tavares’ wing or center the club’s second line.

Colorado is seeking a top-four defenseman, but who isn’t? And while it would be unwise for the Islanders to move Travis Hamonic in a deal for either player, Snow should be willing to discuss sending Nick Leddy — a very good one whose annual $5.5 million cap hit through 2021-22 meshes neatly with Duchene’s $6 million per through 2018-19 and Landeskog’s $5.57 million per through 2020-21 — out west as part of a deal that would reshape the team, reset the season and reenergize the franchise.

Or Snow could stand pat and pledge allegiance to the status quo. What does he have to lose? Only his job.

- Surely the Red Wings’ focus is not on extending their playoff-qualification streak to 26 seasons when the team is nowhere close to Cup contention and hasn’t been for years.

The fact is, Detroit has not won a single playoff round over the past three seasons, has won one in the last five and three in seven years since losing their title defense to Pittsburgh in the 2009 final.

It’s time for GM Ken Holland and the franchise to take one step back in order to take two steps forward, even if this is the last season for what will be a hardly lamented Joe.

Joe Louis Arena: Hockey’s Shea Stadium.

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