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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 02: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks near the side boards in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Get your game notes: Kings at Blackhawks


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the L.A. Kings starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Blackhawks have won all seven of their games at United Center this postseason and have won 18 of 20 home games in the past two postseasons. (Their only losses during that span were both in Game 2s: vs. Detroit in the conference semifinals and vs. Boston in the Cup Final.) The last team to win 18 of 20 on home ice was the Edmonton Oilers (April 7, 1988-May 2, 1990). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who stopped 25 of 26 Los Angeles shots in Game 1, leads all goaltenders this postseason in GAA (1.90) and save% (.933). His numbers at home this postseason have been especially impressive.

• Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has won only seven of 25 career regular-season and playoff games (7-17-1) vs. Chicago. In his past 10 starts vs. the reigning champs, he is 2-8, with a 4.13 GAA and .874 save% (236 saves on 270 shots). He has allowed three or more goals in eight of those starts.

• Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the eventual game-winning goal in Game 1, firing a slapshot that deflected off the stick of Kings center Jarret Stoll past Jonathan Quick late in the second period. Keith’s goal was the first goal scored by a Chicago defenseman since Game 6 vs. St. Louis on April 27 (seven games).

• Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored his sixth goal of the postseason, tying him with wingers Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell for the team lead. It was the Hawks captain’s 11th career goal in 22 regular-season and playoff games with Jonathan Quick in net. Only two active players have scored more goals on Quick: San Jose’s Patrick Marleau (16 goals in 39 games) and Phoenix’s Shane Doan (13 goals in 30 games). Patrick Sharp is right behind Toews on the list, with 10 goals in 22 games.

• Kings center Anze Kopitar, who leads the NHL in assists (14) and points (19), was held without a point for only the second time in 15 games this postseason, and held without a shot on goal for only the fourth time. Including the 2013 Western Conference Final series, the Kings’ Selke Trophy finalist has been held without a point in five of six playoff games vs. Chicago.

• The Kings’ top line of Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown finished Game 1 with no points and six shots on goal. The trio, who combined for 42 points (16-26—42) in the first two rounds, were shadowed for 21 of 24 shifts by the Blackhawks’ forward line of Bryan Bickell – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa, along with the defensive duo of Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya. That Chicago forward trio combined for one goal (Toews) and two assists (Hossa), and Oduya chipped in an assist.

• The Kings, who outhit the Blackhawks 34-25 in Game 1, lead all teams this postseason in hits (662 in 15 games). (To compare, Chicago has registered 273 hits in 13 games.) The Kings have four players ranked in the top-10 in the category: Dustin Brown (81, 1st), Jarret Stoll (62, 2nd), Slava Voynov (48, 8th) and Trevor Lewis (47, 9th).

Brown, Getzlaf, Toews named Messier Leadership Award finalists

Dustin Brown

On Tuesday, the NHL announced a trio of captains — Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown and Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf — had been named finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given annually to “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and office the ice, during the regular season.”

From the league:

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

Brown has spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Kings, serving as their captain for the past six campaigns. Known for his physical style of play, he donates $50 per hit to a different charity each season. In
2012-13 and 2013-14, Brown selected Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit. Prior to that, he and his wife partnered with the nonprofit KaBOOM! to raise $70,000 and build a new playground in Carson, Calif., that now hosts more than 100 kids per day. The 29-year-old Ithaca, N.Y., native is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for the third time, having also been nominated the past two seasons.

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Getzlaf enjoyed a banner year in 2013-14, scoring a career-high 31 goals and ranking second in the NHL with 87 points to lead the Ducks to their best season in franchise history. Anaheim’s captain since 2010-11, he also has taken leadership role off the ice, highlighted by the annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout. The third such event, hosted in September, raised more than $300,000 for CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research for those suffering from the progressive muscle-wasting disease, which impacts one in every 3,500 boys. The 28-year-old Regina, Sask., native is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for the first time.

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Toews has served as the captain of the Blackhawks since 2008-09, when he was just 20-years-old. While his leadership on the ice is undisputed, his work with various children’s charitable causes also makes him a role model in the community. Among those efforts, Toews volunteers to grant wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including a special skating session with 4-year-old Nicholas Skretkowski prior to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field. The 25-year-old Winnipeg native is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for the second time after finishing as a runner-up in 2012-13.

The league has been handing out the award since the 2006-07, when Chris Chelios took home the inaugural honors. Winners since then include Mats Sundin, Jarome Iginla, Sidney Crosby, Zdeno Chara, Shane Doan and last year’s winner, Daniel Alfredsson.

Coyotes got ‘complacent’ with ‘people being here too long,’ says GM

Don Maloney

Some pretty interesting stuff coming out of the desert with regards to the future of the Phoenix Coyotes, per the Arizona Republic:

What everyone seems to agree on is that the chemistry of the group needs some tweaking. Besides internal options and free agency, the Coyotes are also open to executing trades — and the targets may be players 23 to 25 years old who complement enthusiasm with experience.

“We have to look at our group and say we need more energy,” [GM Don] Maloney said. “We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long.”

The longest-serving Coyote is captain Shane Doan, but his standing within the organization is about as good as it gets. Maloney also acknowledged Doan’s struggles this year stemmed from issues with conditioning after missing 12 games to Rocky Mountain fever.

So…who else has been in Phoenix too long? A look at some of the other long-serving players:

Radim Vrbata

The Czech sniper scored 27 goals with the Coyotes in 2007-08, then left to sign in Tampa Bay, then left Tampa Bay to play in the Czech Republic, then returned to Phoenix in 2009-10…and has been in the desert ever since. He had a down year in 2013-14, scoring just 20 goals and 51 points while being left off the Czech Olympic team. Vrbata’s a UFA this summer and one wonders if he’ll be back with the ‘Yotes.

Keith Yandle

He’s spent his entire eight-year career in Phoenix but has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the last two. A talented offensive defenseman that’s had his defensive abilities called into question, Yandle’s stats this season reflected that narrative: 52 points in 82 games, with a minus-23 rating (yes, yes, we all know the flaws of the plus-minus statistic.)

Yandle has two years left on his five-year, $26.25 million deal, one that carries an annual cap hit of $5.25 million.

Derek Morris

Has served two lengthy stints in Phoenix — the first from 2003-09, the second from 2010-14. Morris was a healthy scratch late in the season, turns 36 in August and is a pending UFA. Feels like the writing’s on the wall here.

Though he’s not a long-serving Coyote, one figures the future of Mike Ribeiro will be discussed this offseason as well. The veteran center was a disappointment during his first year in Phoenix, a development compounded by the fact he was the club’s big free-agent splash last summer, signing a four-year, $22 million deal.

Ribeiro was also a healthy scratch late in the season, and Maloney acknowledged the struggles.

“I don’t want to stand up here and point the finger at Mike Ribeiro,” Maloney explained. “If he’s standing up here, he’s saying the same thing. He’s disappointed in himself and in his performance. You’d think that a guy of his age or Shane Doan’s age or Derek Morris’ age would be confident. But, their confidence goes in ebbs and flows.

“I think Mike got down on himself and in his play. He got in a rut and couldn’t get out of it.”


Maloney on Coyotes season: ‘We have to figure out what went wrong’

2013 NHL Draft

The Phoenix Coyotes missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. While they missed by a slim margin this season, GM Don Maloney is tired of losing and said things have to change.

As Sarah McLellan of the AZCentral.com shares, Maloney feels everyone from the top down has to get better.

“We certainly came into this year with the expectation to be a playoff team,” Maloney said. “That to me is a minimum goal for this franchise. It didn’t happen, and so now we have to figure out what went wrong and that’s the job of myself and the staff and work with the coaches to get better and that’s what we’re all about here.”

The Coyotes had to deal with an injury to Mike Smith and a bizarre illness to Shane Doan early on in the season that derailed what was a brilliant start for the team captain.

One thing Maloney wasn’t able to do all season was add a top-six scorer. He spoke back in August about his desire to add to the offense of the team, but only came away with Martin Erat at the trade deadline.

A healthy Smith and a boost the offense would make for a good start in the offseason. The Coyotes have a host of young defensemen that could be dangled in a trade. Expect Maloney’s phone to be busy this summer.

Coyotes’ Smith practices, return still up in the air during crucial week

Mike Smith

The Phoenix Coyotes approach a make-or-break week for their 2014 playoff hopes, but it remains unclear if they’ll get key players back into the mix.

Monday’s updates present a combination of good and bad news, as the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan reports.

Would-be starting goalie Mike Smith finally practiced today, yet his status for future games appears up in the air.

He’s not the only substantial player out of the lineup, as Martin Hanzal is still dealing with his injury issues. He was unable to skate with the team on Monday, but it appears that he at least has a chance to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Ultimately Hanzal is considered questionable while Smith is listed as day-to-day.

Even with all that uncertainty in mind and the pressure facing the Coyotes as they try to overtake the Dallas Stars (and the field behind them) for the final West playoff spot, Coyotes captain Shane Doan is finding a way to enjoy it.

The Coyotes will probably view it as a more enjoyable week if they extend their season beyond Sunday’s finale against the Stars, however.