With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the Islanders have positioned themselves nicely for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan Division. Their 92 points (44-25-4) is currently good for second, two point ahead of Pittsburgh and four points clear of Washington and a wild card spot. Yes, it will be disappointing not to win the division after being atop it for so long, but the goal right now should be a top three-finish, and just as important, home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
Both the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks came into the game mad and frustrated, not a good combination. This was another battle of heavyweights in the west. It was the Blackhawks however, that maybe were a little more determined to not repeat their frustrating loss in Los Angeles the other night. The Hawks won every board battle and seemed to have a little more jump in their skates.
Tonight in California, the Blackhawks (30-16-2) play the Anaheim Ducks (32-11-6). The season series between these two stands at 1-1, and the last time that these two played, the Ducks were limping through injuries, and Chicago beat them 4-1 on the Circus Trip.
The Ducks are licking their wounds after losing 6-3 to the San Jose Sharks last night after what has been a solid 8-2-0 run. The Blackhawks are coming off their 4-3 loss to the Kings on Wednesday night. Both teams will be looking for a better performance tonight, so it will probably be physical, high-pace game.
Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf was an alternative captain for Jonathan Toews' All-Star team, but th...
The Blackhawks circus trip wraps up Saturday night with a game versus the Stanley Cup-defending Los Angeles Kings.
But first, the Blackhawks played the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday afternoon, and beat them handily, 4-1.
Chicago might have stumbled their way through October, but they're rounding into form nicely in November, going 8-5-0 and outscoring opponents by an average of 3-2 (42-28), including 25 in their past six games. On the extended Western Conference swing, Coach Joel Quenneville hasn't been hitting the line blender quite as frequently. The line of Patrick Kane, Kris Versteeg, and Brad Richards have really clicked in particular - racking up the point...
As the Hawks continue the circus trip perhaps their greatest measuring stick will be in their final two games in California. The first challenge up is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks sit atop the Western Conference in points and first in the Pacific division with a 14-4-5 record. The Hawks are coming in seventh in the Western Conference and third in their division with a record of 13-8-1.
Statistically however the Hawks and Ducks are pretty close in just about everything. In fact the Hawks are ahead of Anaheim in goals per game and goals against per game. Their special teams is also statistically better than the Ducks on both the power play side and the penalty kill side. Yet it is the...
We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.
Wednesday night in Anaheim, the Ducks came out with the stronger first period, leading in stats such as attempted shots on gold. But despite a pair of penalties - which gave the Ducks a 5-on-3 late in the period - the teams came out of the first 0-0.
Marian Hossa opened the scoring for the Blackhawks just 39 seconds into the second period. Although Chicago once again gave Anaheim a solid PP opportunity when Michal Rozsival high-sticked Patrick Maroon, resulting in a double minor, they came out of the period with the lead.
It would take until late in the third for another goal to be scored - this one a Jonathan Toews blast to make it 2-0 Blackhawks with 2:31 remaining...
If there is anything that can break a team out of a slump and midseason doldrums it’s beating the best team in the NHL at least statistically, and that is exactly what the Hawks did. In a couple of recent games the Hawks may have been out worked but not on this night.
The Hawks proved once again that they can not only play with the best they can come out on top and are in fact the best until they are dethroned. This game was important for the Hawks for several reasons. They needed to show that they can work the boards with the best of them. The game was virtually a four point game in the Western Conference Standings and closed the gap between the two teams. Lastly, the Anaheim...
For the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks took two losses in a row.
The Blackhawks gave up one goal to the Wild early in the first, an even-strength goal for Matt Cooke, 4:23 into the game. It would take until late in the second period for Minnesota to grab another goal, this one a power play goal by Zach Parise to make it 2-0.
Chicago was getting outshot and outworked for most of the first and second periods. The Blackhawks had just 7 shots through 27 minutes. They looked more like a team coming off a two-week road trip than a team that had a day off yesterday.
Jeremy Morin would get the Blackhawks on the board with just 17 seconds remaining ...