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Vezina Tracker: Rinne has been Nashville's backbone

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Pekka Rinne
Goalie - NSH
RECORD: 10-4-4
GAA: 2.22 | SVP: 0.932
There are plenty of worthy candidates for the Vezina Trophy with the season now 25 percent complete. Some of the names are familiar ones (Tim Thomas), others are blasts from the past (Nikolai Khabibulin), and there are a couple of players no one expected to bounce back from sub-par play in recent seasons (Niklas Backstrom and Mike Smith).

As solid as those goaltenders have been, none make the cut for the Vezina finalists at this point of the season. There has been outstanding play between the pipes all across the League, but these are the three who deserve the most praise.
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Weber setting pace to claim first Norris Trophy

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Shea Weber is ninth in the NHL among defensemen with 14 points. (Photo: John Russell/NHLI)
Nicklas Lidstrom has won the James Norris Memorial Trophy seven times in his illustrious career. That ties him with Doug Harvey for the second-most all-time, one behind the greatest defenseman of any era, Bobby Orr.

Lidstrom won No. 7 last season, and the 41-year-old defenseman is off to another fine start with 6 goals and 14 points in 19 games. His quest for a record-tying eighth Norris Trophy could dominate the discussion about the award if he continues to play this well.

For now though, he just misses our top three candidates for the award as the season passes the quarter turn of the 2011-12 season. Consider him No. 3A on this list, with Nashville's Ryan Suter and Pittsburgh Kris Letang also in the mix for a spot among the finalists.
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Trophy Tracker: Eriksson early leader for Lady Byng

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Loui Eriksson
Left Wing - DAL
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 19
SOG: 58 | +/-: 11
The Lady Byng is always one of the trickier trophies to predict, and after a quarter of the 2011-12 season, several worthy candidates have thrown their hat in the ring. Among those in the race for the NHL's annual award for "skillful and gentlemanly play" are certainly two-time defending winner Martin St. Louis, as well as Dallas forward Loui Eriksson, who was nominated for the award for the first time last season.

But several other players have proven themselves worthy of the award after helping their teams on the ice and staying out of the penalty box. St. Louis' 16 points, six penalty minutes and plus-9 rating are solid enough, but they may not put him on track for a third consecutive trophy. He has plenty of competition and considering that his current offensive pace would have him finishing with  30-point dropoff from last season, it's a good bet the Lady Byng could be on another mantel next June.
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Nugent-Hopkins leads early contenders for Calder

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Center - EDM
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 22
SOG: 44 | +/-: 3
The Calder Memorial Trophy isn't won in a single 20-game stretch, but for Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the first quarter of his 2010-11 season provided a clear indication that good things were to come.

Skinner wasn't expected to make the Hurricanes out of training camp after being taken with the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, but not only did he crack the opening-night roster, he immediately went about proving he belonged by registering six goals and 16 points in Carolina's first 20 games.

Of course, as everyone knows by now, Skinner did bring home the Calder as the League's top rookie after finishing with 31 goals and 63 points while playing all 82 games for the Hurricanes.
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First quarter has Flyers' Giroux atop MVP race

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Claude Giroux
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 26
SOG: 59 | +/-: 2
The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Some of the usual suspects in the Hart Trophy race are just coming back to the game, struggling to find their game, or playing well but not doing anything all that MVP-worthy.
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Bergeron: Selke favorite at the quarter-mark

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Patrice Bergeron
Center - BOS
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 14
SOG: 53 | +/-: 12
The Frank J. Selke Trophy may be the toughest to predict of all the NHL postseason awards, and it is certainly the toughest to gauge on merit. Picking the top defensive forward is not easy, and a lot of voters often base their decision more on reputation than statistics.

There are better statistics to determine a forward's defensive abilities now than there have been in the past (better than plus-minus, certainly), but hockey's version of sabermetrics are not quite as black-and-white as their more well-known baseball counterparts. Not to mention that defense in hockey is often more team-oriented than all of the other major sports.

That said, there are guys in the NHL who are clearly top defensive forwards on a consistent basis. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler are always mentioned in that category, as are guys like Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal.
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NHLPA announces Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Steven Stamkos 2010-11 Ted Lindsay Award finalists

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 3:12 PM / Trophy Tracker

NHL.com

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today that Anaheim's Corey Perry, Vancouver's Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos have been chosen as Ted Lindsay Award finalists. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by NHLPA fellow members.
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Calder finalists: Couture, Skinner, Grabner

Tuesday, 04.19.2011 / 12:01 PM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

It isn't every season that a NHL rookie eclipses the 30-goal mark.

This year's list of nominees for the Calder Trophy, awarded annually "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League," features not one, not two but three such rookies.

Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders leads the pack with 34 goals, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks follows with 32 and Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes lit the lamp on 31 occasions.

It marks the first time since 2005-06, the season Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin entered the League, that there have been multiple rookies who scored at least 30 goals. That season, Marek Svatos and Petr Prucha were also on the list for a total of four.
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NHL starts announcing award finalists Tuesday

Monday, 04.18.2011 / 5:46 PM / Trophy Tracker

NHL.com

With the 2011 NHL Awards two months away, the National Hockey League will begin announcing finalists for each of its regular-season awards over the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 19 with the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Nominees will be announced each day at noon on NHL.com and through NHL news releases.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada. Fans can purchase tickets to the awards show now at NHL.com/awardstickets or at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

Award nominees will be announced in the following order.
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Success despite injuries shows Bylsma's worth

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 4:20 PM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There have been quite a few worthy candidates throughout the season in the race for the Jack Adams Award, but three established themselves as the clear-cut candidates when it was all said and done.

Last season, Dave Tippett captured the award after leading the Phoenix Coyotes to their first 50-win campaign, and he once again did a phenomenal job to help his club land the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

Of the first-year coaches in 2010-11, none did a better job than Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher, who guided the club to the No. 5 seed in the East after racking up 46 victories and 103 points. Boucher seemed destined to be a finalist earlier in the season, but the job his first-round opponent ended up doing down the stretch will likely knock Boucher out of the mix. Combine that with the performances of a couple of coaches out West, and it appears we have three bench bosses who have separated themselves from the rest.
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