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Who will be honored at NHL Awards?


Who will be honored at NHL Awards?

After each NHL season, the league presents awards to outstanding players who made a great difference on each of their teams. This year's awards are taking place Wednesday, June 20 in Las Vegas. Here's a look at the top candidates vying for each prestigious title.

Hart Memorial Trophy, the award given to the player said to be the most valuable to his team:
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning - Stamkos recorded 97 points throughout the season between his 60 goals and 37 assists. He ended 2011-12 with a plus-7 rating.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - The highly-respected goalie led the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Devils. Lundqvist ended the season with a 39-18-5 record, totaling a 1.97 GAA and 0.930 SVP.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins - Pittsburgh's center led his team with 109 points after scoring 50 goals and making 59 assists. Malkin ended the regular season with a plus-18 rating.

Vezina Trophy, the award given to the top goaltender as voted by the general managers of each NHL team:

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings - The former UMASS goaltender is the reason the Kings qualified for the playoffs in the first place, later leading the team to their first Stanley Cup title in their 45-year history. Quick averaged a 1.95 GAA and 0.929 SVP.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators - Rinne's been a huge asset to Nashville's team, recording an impressive 0.923 SVP and ending the regular season with a 43-18-8 record.

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - Yepp, he's up for multiple awards this year.
James Norris Memorial Trophy, the award given to a defenseman with the the greatest all-around ability:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - Boston's big man ended the season with an impressive plus-33 rating, recording 12 goals and 40 assists.

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators - Karlsson served as the team captain in Ottawa, as well as in this season's All-Star game. He earned 78 points and a plus-16 rating.

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators - Weber has incredible skill and physical presence on the ice. He recorded 19 goals and 30 assists, earning a plus-21 rating.
Calder Memorial Trophy, the award given to the top first-year player in the league:

Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils - New Jersey's young center helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Final and stepped up after reports of injuries affecting his teammates. He scored 16 goals and 35 assists in 130 SOG.

Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche - Landeskog finished the season with a plus-20 rating, earning 52 points.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers - The Oilers center scored 18 goals and made 34 assists, earning himself 52 points throughout the regular season as well.

Awards will also be presented for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Jack Adams Award, Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award, NHL Foundation Award, and General Manager of the Year.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.