Sports 4 things we learned in the NHL: P.K. Subban making Norris case

16:36  04 february  2018
16:36  04 february  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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Youth, Adult & Street Hockey . G.o.a.L.! Little Preds Learn to Play. Hockey Rules Tour. P . K . Subban Awards. James Norris Memorial Trophy. Subban made his NHL debut Feb. 20, 2010, against the Philadelphia Flyers and got an assist.

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Zdeno Chara hit a major milestone, Patrik Laine keeps bringing the power in Winnipeg and P.K. Subban is starting to look like a Norris candidate.

Here are four things we learned in the NHL.

Chara hits major games played milestone

Still going strong at age 40, Chara skated in his 1,400th game on Saturday. He’s 39th on the all-time games played list but just the fourth European-born player to reach 1,400.

At six-foot-nine, it’s amazing that Chara has been able to stay healthy for the majority of his 20 seasons in the NHL. In fact, Chara has played in at least 70 games in 14 non-lockout seasons and he has yet to miss a game this year.

Subban hits 40-point plateau for 5th straight season

  Subban hits 40-point plateau for 5th straight season P.K. Subban continues to be a model of consistency when it comes to point production. The Nashville Predators star scored a goal and added an assist in a victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, giving him 40 points in 50 games so far this season.It's the fifth consecutive campaign that Subban has posted at least 40 points, and he's now matched his total from last season in 16 fewer contests.Coming into Saturday's action, he was one of only three defensemen leading his team in points, along with San Jose Sharks rearguard Brent Burns and John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars, who's now tied with Alexander Radulov.

Preds defenseman P . K . Subban has been named one of three finalists to capture the 2018 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the League 's top blueliner. Among all NHL defensemen, Subban tied for fourth in goals (16), tied for eighth in points (59) and tied for 13th in assists (43). From Dec.

Subban , like Doughty, has a Norris Trophy on his resume (2013). The ‘Canes, who own the second overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, are apparently open for business. Both Marek and Wagman have the same top three prospects, but things change starting at number four .

How does he do it? A big part has been nutrition.

Chara went into detail on his eating habits in an Instagram post earlier this week. He said he made the switch to a mostly plant-based diet during the summer of 2017 with the goal to be better physically and mentally prepared for this season.

“I thought I was eating healthy until I met a friend of mine and he told me about plant based,” he wrote. “After only six months I can already feel how much positive change it had on my mind and my body. I will still have some fish every now and then, but I am on an exciting journey that altered my perspective on performance, recovery and energy.

“It is beautiful that we can all find our own, unique and sustainable equilibrium.”

For his career, Chara has 192 goals, 617 points and 1,812 penalty minutes. His contract expires this summer, but he says he wants to keep playing beyond this season.

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In Subban ’s case , sometimes that means that his defensive strengths go underrated, as the That’s what ultimately won me a job in the NHL ,” Subban said. “It wasn’t my offense. Really, though, it’s that combination of strengths that makes Subban worthy of Norris consideration.

• Making P . K . Subban the fall guy dangerous move by Therrien. Weber? Yes, he has a booming shot from the point, which is why he led the NHL with 14 power play goals last season. Which is a good thing , because they're likely to spend more time there. Subban doesn't score as often, but he is

It’s hard to imagine an NHL without him.

Subban for Norris?

Offensive numbers aren’t the only things voters consider when choosing the NHL’s best defenceman, but if they were, Subban would be a front-runner for the Norris.

Subban blasted home his NHL-leading 13th goal of the season on Saturday to open the scoring against the New York Rangers.

Subban also picked up an assist in the game and now has 40 points on the season, which leads the Predators. He’s tied with Washington’s John Carlson for third among all defencemen in scoring.

Entering Saturday, Subban was one of three defencemen to lead their team in scoring, along with John Klingberg in Dallas and Brent Burns in San Jose.

And just for fun, if Subban was still on the Canadiens, he would lead them in points too.

Laine’s got the power

In less than two years in the NHL, Laine has already found his spot.

And he rarely misses.

Laine’s first-period goal against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday was his 24th on the season, and 13th on the power play.

3 Things we learned in the NHL: Life on the road can be pretty good

  3 Things we learned in the NHL: Life on the road can be pretty good The Calgary Flames won on the road yet again, Kyle Turris received a heartwarming ovation on his return to Ottawa, and the Dallas Stars extended the Chicago Blackhawks’ home woes. Here are three things we learned in the NHL.The Flames are still loving life away from homeWith a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, the Calgary Flames are now unbeaten in their last seven road contests, with six wins in regulation and one overtime loss.It was the perfect gift for right winger Michael Frolik, who was making his 700th NHL appearance. The 29-year-old from the Czech Republic has recorded 135 goals and 193 assists for his career.

Putting hockey ’s stars in front of cameras in the league ’s greatest showcase should be sports marketing 101. Then there’s Nashville in this Stanley Cup final, where the P . K . Subban show is on hiatus. The NHL ’s media rules say if a player skates, he must be made available.

P . K . Subban (born Pernell-Karl Sylvester Subban on May 13, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League ( NHL ).

He’s now tied with Evgeni Malkin for the NHL lead in power-play goals.

Laine’s success this season has come from his chemistry with captain Blake Wheeler. On 10 of Laine’s 24 goals, Wheeler has picked up an assist, including on Saturday. If the Jets are going to go far in the playoffs, those two connecting on goals will be a big part of their success.

Wheeler spoke to Sportsnet’s David Amber about bringing the Stanley Cup to Winnipeg in an interview that aired on Hockey Night in Canada. You can watch that interview at the top of this page.

Niemi saves the day

It hasn’t been a good season for Antti Niemi.

Already on his third team this season, Niemi entered Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with a 1-5-1 record split between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens.

But with the Habs playing back-to-back afternoon games this weekend, Niemi got the call against Anaheim, and he turned in his best performance of the season.

Niemi made 45 saves as the Canadiens won 5-2. And he had to be sharp, with the Ducks pinning the Canadiens in their own end for long stretches.

Sure, a shaky Ryan Miller in the other net helped Montreal. But Niemi gave his team a chance to win, which is all you can ask of a backup goalie.

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