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Notes on the Jonathan Toews-Anze Kopita

  • November 28, 2017 7:31 PM PST

    The Chicago Blackhawks opened the Western Conference Final with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game One. Graham Glasgow Jersey . Notes on the Jonathan Toews-Anze Kopitar matchup, Duncan Keith, Jeff Schultz, Corey Crawford and more. Blackhawks LW Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist to lead Chicagos attack, but the Blackhawks did not hold the territorial edge in play against the Kings. Only three Blackhawks -- Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya -- were on the ice for better than 50% of the 5-on-5 shot attempts. Real credit for the Blackhawks defensive effort must go to the line of Toews, Bickell and Marian Hossa, along with the defence pairing of Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson; they took on the toughest matchup, against the Kings top line and, in addition to Toews tallying the Blackhawks third goal, the unit held the playoffs leading scorer, Kings C Anze Kopitar, without a shot attempt and RW Justin Williams had all four of his attempts blocked. Blackhawks D Duncan Keith, who scored the game-winning goal, was on for 30.8% of the 5-on-5 shot attempts, getting the wrong end of a frequent matchup against the line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. Toffoli was the Kings lone goal-scorer. In a surprise twist, Kings D Jeff Schultz, who had turnovers that contributed to the Blackhawks first two goals, also had spectacular puck possession numbers. With Schultz on the ice, the Kings had 22 shot attempts for and five against, 81.5%. With Schultz off the ice, the Kings earned 45.6% of the games 5-on-5 shot attempts. While the Blackhawks didnt hold the possession edge overall, they did get another strong goaltending performance from Corey Crawford, who stopped 25 of 26 shots -- the third straight game in which Crawford has allowed a single goal. Even though he won the Stanley Cup last season, he doesnt necessarily have the postseason rep of Kings netminder Jonathan Quick, but Crawford has done all right for himself in 50 career playoff games. Since 2000, he ranks third (behind Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask) in save percentage, among goaltenders with at least 40 playoff appearances. Since the Blackhawks and Kings are both top-tier possession clubs, it could easily come down to which team gets the better goaltending and Crawford gives the Blackhawks a legitimate chance to win that matchup. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Theo Riddick Jersey . A police inspector told The Associated Press the crane operator is not yet suspected of any wrongdoing but is considered a key witness to the accident at the Arena Corinthians. Haloti Ngata Jersey . 1. Lions WR Calvin Johnson (6 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) leads receivers with 1,299 yards and 12 touchdowns, though his 118.1 receiving yards per game ranks second behind Clevelands Josh Gordon. Gordon (10 REC, 261 YDS, 2 TD, 15 targets) is emerging as a superstar, putting up huge numbers even with Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden at quarterback.Last May, the NBAs Detroit Pistons signed head coach Stan Van Gundy to a five-year contract reportedly worth $7 million per season. And the Pistons havent qualified for the NBA playoffs since 2008-09. And while all coaches are grateful for the money they earn, the National Hockey League by comparison remains well behind the other major sports. Salaries for coaches and general managers in the NHL have always been managed by supply and demand - and the supply always seems to exceed the demand. Rookie coaches and the unemployed have very little leverage, so depending on the market, the owner and the position of the club, theres a significant difference from top to bottom on the salary scale. Some NHL teams insist on confidentiality clauses which forbids coaches from sharing salary information. But to some degree, word still filters from one bench to another. However, not all coaches understand the importance of sharing, which has also contributed to the relative slow growth of standard coaching contracts. That said, Mike Babcock can come up with a number of reasons to stay in Detroit - an organization thats treated him and his family incredibly well over the years. But beyond seeking the best opportunity to win another Stanley Cup, Babcock has earned the right to investigate what the market will pay and perhaps the veteran coach also feels some responsibility to push the benchmark as high as he can for those who follow. The NHL Coaches Association would one day love to see a level of compensation that is relative to annual salary cap increases. Thats not likely to happen, so work will continue on other forms of compensation the league might consider. George Kingston, past president for the NHLCA, is expected to be meet with deputy commissioner Bill Daly next week to further discuss the need for a better pension plan and medical benefits for all non-playing team personnel. While improvements have been made in these areas over the years, coaches, assiistant and associate coaches along with team training and equipment staff are deserving of more. Sam Martin Jersey. Some believe that off-ice leadership positions in the NHL are seriously undervalued. Mike Babcock cant change that with the stroke of a pen, but he might be able to move the line a bit. Greening hoping for greener pastures Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is hoping to dump a contract while doing Colin Greening a favour in the process. Earlier this week, Murray sent a memo to all NHL GMs offering Greening up for trade. Greenings availability has been widely known since the start of the season, but Murrays memo kicks his interest in moving the 28-year-old forward up a notch. Its believed the Senators would be happy with a mid-to-late round draft pick, but moving Greenings contract (which includes the remainder of this season at $2 million, plus $2.75 million next year and $3.2 million in the final year of the deal) is going to be tough. Murray may also want to move some money to bolster a budget that takes a hit by owing former head coach Paul MacLean approximately $2.5 million on the remainder of his contract. Morin on the move? Chicagos Jeremy Morin remains in Rockford on an American Hockey League conditioning stint. Morin was assigned to the IceHogs on Tuesday after an extended stay in the Blackhawks press box. Theres trade interest in Morin (a second-round pick in 2009), with Pittsburgh and Montreal believed to be among the teams intrigued by the possibility. He has been used sparingly by Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, but is young enough that the potential of him developing into a productive top nine winger is reason to consider such a move. Its unclear as to what Chicago wants in return for Morin, but one team has suggested that a prospect might get a deal done. Tune in on Tuesday for the latest on the NHL news and trade front with the latest edition of Insider Trading on SportsCentre and Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '