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Red Wings need Henrik Zetterberg to produce; have no doubts he will

Red Wings need Henrik Zetterberg to produce; have no doubts he will
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Zetterberg only has seven assists during his rough stretch and has averaged two shots on net over the past five games.

“Z knows that the only way to get himself into a better spot production-wise is just to stay with it and not cheat and not sacrifice the rest of his game,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Tuesday's morning skate. “He has still been a good player. Obviously we need him to produce, he wants to produce. He’s still been very good defensively, he still gets lots of minutes because of that.”

Blashill will encourage a young player if he is struggling, but it's a different with a veteran. In Zetterberg’s case, Blashill said the coaching staff will look at video and see if there are any pointers that could help. There isn’t much concern about Zetterberg lacking confidence, because of his experience. 

” Blashill said. “He knows what to do.”,“He’s been a winning hockey player a long time

 but he also knows there’s only one way to move forward.,Zetterberg has been open about how much it bothers him not to be scoring

 but that’s what you have to do. Try to get into the tough places and eventually the puck will hit you and go in,“When you go through tough times like this, don’t doubt yourself or cheat,” he said. “I know it maybe sounds boring, and that’s all you need to get going again.

Zetterberg, and Luke Glendening also has gotten some time. Blashill wants a forechecker with Zetterberg-Nyquist, 37, who had one goal in 12 games before Tuesday. Justin Abdelkader was set to join the line for the Jets game; Martin Frk played there the previous game,[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-philipp-grubauer-jersey]Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey[/url], ranked fifth on the team with 15 points after 27 games. Most of the season Zetterberg has played on a line with Gustav Nyquist, and he plans to keep the pair intact for now.

 anything is up for consideration, they’ve had the most chances. That’s where as a coach you have to follow a process and if they continue to get the types of chances that they’ve had,” Blashill said. “The thing I’ve kept them together for — let’s take the last Montreal game out of it — the previous games, the first Montreal game,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-blake-wheeler-jersey]Authentic Blake Wheeler jersey[/url], the L.A. game,“When you’re not scoring, they will go in. If those chances start to dry up, then you certainly have to look at other options.”

 Zetterberg had four assists over the first 10 games and did not score a goal until his 11th game. He wound with a team-leading 68 points. ,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-patrik-laine-jersey]Authentic Patrik Laine jersey[/url],Last season

” Blashill said. “I wouldn’t doubt Henrik Zetterberg.”,“It’s not the first time in his career he’s gone through this stuff

 we check in on the major awards races in the NHL. These picks are based on current achievements and probability of voter support as the season progresses.,At the start of each month

As you'll see, there are some clear leaders at this point for a few of the awards, but it's a rather crowded field for most of them. Please keep in mind that all advanced stats are via Corsica,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-dustin-byfuglien-jersey]Authentic Dustin Byfuglien jersey[/url], and that our usual hard-and-fast rule about weighing the candidacy of playoff-bound players more heavily for awards like the Hart Trophy doesn't apply here.

 disagreements and alternative candidates in the comments.,Please put your agreements

Why Kucherov? Because if the Lightning remain on a President's Trophy pace, the Hart likely goes to either him or linemate Stamkos. As of this writing, Kucherov has the advantage over Stamkos in goals and is one point behind him -- and no disrespect to Stamkos, but this is an "either/or" race for MVP.

If the Capitals make the playoffs on the back of a 59-goal season from Ovechkin -- and that's his current trajectory -- then he'll grab some votes. Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have similar metrics for the Flames,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-michael-hutchinson-jersey]Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey[/url], but Johnny Hockey is eight points better than the second-leading scorer for Calgary, a bubble team.

 Karlsson remains in a class by himself. He's the best player on a mediocre team, wherein a B-plus, which at this point should be his official title. Put it this way: He went scoreless for 10 games and is still third among defensemen in points per game (0.80). He's also fourth in the league in relative Corsi percentage, at 8.09 through 21 games. The slump is of some concern,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-connor-hellebuyck-jersey]Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey[/url],Let's start with the obvious: Now that he's played a bunch of games after injury rehab, but let's apply the Nicklas Lidstrom Rule here, great Lidstrom season remains substantially better than an A-plus season from another defenseman.

The tricky part about the Norris is that familiarity usually rules the day. Josi and Doughty have been great, Leddy wrestled the scoring lead from John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars. But let's face it, but they're also annual candidates for voters in a way that other worthy players -- John Carlson of the Capitals, say, Nick Leddy of the Islanders and Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets -- aren't. That could change if, they're both waiting for Karlsson to rally for it.

As for Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues, preordained Norris winner by the Canadian media and our leader last month? He's right in the mix, even if his relative expected goals (minus-4.59) and relative Corsi (minus-0.78) are a tick below where you'd want them to be.

Officer Bob is 14-7-1 and leading all goalies in in even-strength save percentage (.930) and in goals-against average (2.10). But the nod here goes to Vasilevskiy. He has faced more shots than Bobrovsky, there's no NHL in the 2018 Winter Games. Or Russia, and has a better low-danger shot save percentage (.985), .930 save percentage). But it's a tight race between two guys we wish were pushing each other on the Russian Olympic team this season. Alas, while putting up stellar numbers overall (18-4-1, for that matter.

 .930 save percentage, Jonathan Quick of the Kings, .987 save percentage on low-danger chances) remains the best thing about a diminished Blackhawks team, although he's out with an injury at the moment. He's just ahead of Braden Holtby of the Capitals, Cory Schneider of the Devils,Crawford (11-7-2, Connor Hellebuyck of the Jets and a fast-approaching Frederik Andersen of the Maple Leafs. A crowded race, far from over.

 and dazzle the voters with highlight-reel plays. Needless to say, while first overall pick Hischier is trending up as the Devils refuse to fade. Alex DeBrincat of the Blackhawks is right there, Barzal has done both, with 27 points in his first 28 games and some effortless mastery in creating goals with linemate Jordan Eberle. He's the clear leader for the Calder, but Boeser's on his heels for the scoring lead. Clayton Keller of the Coyotes has cooled off,The best recipe for a rookie of the year: Lead the league in either goals or points, too. Tough sledding for a great crop of young defensemen -- Mikhail Sergachev, Will Butcher and Charlie McAvoy -- as the forwards grab the spotlight.

Center Ryan White scored his first goal in his seven games with the San Diego Gulls one minute, 27 seconds into overtime Saturday evening to bring a 4-3 victory over the Iowa Wild in Des Moines, Iowa.

Giovanni Fiore was skating in on a breakaway against oncoming Iowa goaltender Niklas Svedberg when he was hauled down by a Wild defender. Fiore and Svedberg collided, allowing White to shoot the puck into an unguarded net as the Gulls completed a comeback from a two-goal third-period deficit.

“You are taught as a kid that if the guy has a breakaway to just keep your feet moving and follow up for a rebound,” White said. “It kind of worked out in my favor tonight. I was a little shocked when I got the puck and to have the open net and I wanted to make sure that I put it away.”

White also assisted on the Gulls first goal for his second point with the team. The 29-year-old from Brandon,[url=http://www.capitalshockeyshop.com/adidas-philipp-grubauer-jersey]adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey[/url], Manitoba signed a professional tryout agreement with the Gulls on Nov. 17 after splitting the 2016-17 season between the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild.

The victory in the finale of a season-long five-game road trip was the third in the last four games for the Gulls (10-11-1-0), who moved from last in American Hockey League’s eight-team Pacific Division into fifth.

“We really wanted to get this one, who scored the Gulls first two goals. “It was important for us to finish off the road trip on a positive note and I thought we brought great energy in the third and made a good effort in the comeback.”,” said center Eric Fehr

The Gulls tied the score with 11:18 left in regulation when Kalle Kossila took a pass from Corey Tropp and put a shot over Svedberg’s glove. Mitch Hults was also credited with an assist.

The Wild,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-blake-wheeler-jersey]adidas Blake Wheeler jersey[/url], regained a two-goal lead on Justin Kloos’ power-play goal 1:00 into the third period., the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate

The Gulls allowed one power-play goal in two opportunities Saturday. They have allowed 11 power-play goals in their past eight games.

The Gulls are last in penalty killing in the 30-team AHL at 73.8 percent. The Toronto Marlies, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, while Iowa is second at 88.8 percent., lead the league with a 90.4 percentage

The Gulls were scoreless on three power-play opportunities,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-patrik-laine-jersey]adidas Patrik Laine jersey[/url], but still have the best power play in the AHL, scoring 23.1 percent of the time. The Manitoba Moose, scoring on 22.4 percent of their power-play opportunities., the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate, is second

The Gulls,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-dustin-byfuglien-jersey]adidas Dustin Byfuglien jersey[/url], the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, including a 16-7 advantage in the third period. This was the fourth time in 19 games the Gulls outshot their opponent., outshot the Wild, 34-21

Reto Berra (4-2-0-0) made 18 saves for his third consecutive victory. Svedberg (6-7-2-0) made 30 saves.

The Gulls announced earlier Saturday they had recalled defenseman James Melindy from the Utah Grizzlies, for the third time this season. He took two shots Saturday and was on the ice when Iowa scored its first goal.,[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-michael-hutchinson-jersey]adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey[/url], their primary ECHL affiliate

The Gulls traded their leading scorer, right wing Spencer Abbott to the Binghamton Devils, Friday in exchange for future considerations. Abbott had a team-high 14 assists and shared the team lead with six goals., the New Jersey Devils AHL affiliate

Brayden Point put the exclamation point on the Tampa Bay Lightning's success stretch at home.

Point scored 36 seconds into overtime and the Lightning completed a perfect four-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

"He's been an instrumental player all year long," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.

Overshadowed by the top two NHL points leaders Steven Stamkos (42) and Nikita Kucherov (41),[url=http://www.hockeyjetsshop.com/adidas-connor-hellebuyck-jersey]adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey[/url], Point has 12 goals and 26 points.

Point eluded a Winnipeg defender and put back a backhander past Connor Hellebuyck for the win. It was his third OT goal this season.

"It's luck and it's opportunity," Point said.

Yanni Gourde, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves. The Lightning top the NHL with 13 home wins (13-2-1)., Mikhail Sergachev and Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay

Andrew Copp, which has lost three straight for the first time this season. Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots., Kyle Connors and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg

"I think don't we were as sharp and quick as we're capable of being," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "But pretty good fight."

Jets were winless on a three-game trip, getting outscored 11-5 in the first two games.

"This is a big effort at the end of a road trip," Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey said. "I thought we played well enough to win."

Ehlers and Kucherov, traded goals 1:52 apart midway through the third., with his 20th

Vasileskiy made two strong saves on Ehlers just before Kucherov's goal tied the score 3-3.

Sergachev gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 3:21 left in the second when the 19-year old rookie defenseman skated into the slot from the left wing boards, did a spin move and scored on a wrist shot

Tampa Bay's league-best power-play unit has a goal in nine straight games, one away from tying the franchise record.

Cedric Paquette appeared to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 12 minutes into the second but the goal was disallowed after a video review prompted by Winnipeg challenge determined that Chris Kunitz interfered with Hellebuyck.

NOTES: Jets D Dustin Byfuglien left with an injury. Teammate Tyler Myers missed part of the second after being struck on the ankle area by the puck but ended up playing 25 minutes. ... Sergachev has seven goals and 20 points in 29 games. ... Jets G Steve Mason (concussion) took part in the morning skate. ... Lightning D Jake Dotchin returned after sitting out eight consecutive games with an undisclosed injury. ... Jets RW Blake Wheeler got his 30th assist on Connors' goal. He has eight assists and 10 points during a five-game point streak.

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