Due to the unfortunate injury to right-winger Jaromir Jagr, rookie Brayden Schenn is getting the chance to play on the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
Although he has struggled with injuries and consistent play this season, Coach Peter Laviolette had the confidence in Schenn to gave him the opportunity to play on the team’s top line. He doesn't usually play on the wing, but he fit in quite nicely at the position.
Saturday's game against the Devils was his first chance to play on the line. It was the perfect circumstance for the 20-year-old to catch a break and finally get his game going.
In a time where the Flyers' top right-winger got hurt in the early stages, Schenn stepped up and did what he had to do for the remainder of the game. He met Laviolette’s expectations and played just how the coach hoped he would.
After the 4-1 victory, it was reported that Jagr would be out indefinitely. There wasn't any doubt as to who would play on that line in place of him. Schenn would continue to fill the role as best he could. A good test for the kid, as the next opponents would be the physical Boston Bruins.
Over the past few seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins have developed a heated rivalry.
While the origins of the hatred between the two teams dates back to the Flyers Stanley Cup victory over the Bruins in the 1974 postseason, the rivalry regained it’s momentum following the 2010 playoffs when the Flyers historically came back from three games down to defeat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semi-final.
Since then, the Bruins have gotten the better of the Flyers winning nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams (including a sweep in last year’s rematch in the semi-final).
What this has led to is a great deal of physicality whenever the two teams meet.
That was certainly the case this Sunday.
While there was plenty of physicality and animosity to go around, Tom Sestito made sure to make his presence felt early and often.
The New York Islanders, at least, will have a quick turnaround after one of their worst performance’s of the season. After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, the
Islanders travel to the nation’s capital to play the red hot Washington Capitals.
Washington, winners of seven straight at the Verizon Center, come into the contest off a 2-1 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They haven’t trailed in a game at home since December 13th. In 22 games since Bruce Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the Capitals have gone 12-9-1 playing themselves into a 1st place tie with the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.
The Montreal Canadiens will be in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday evening for another heated showdown with the rival Boston Bruins. These two teams are on complete opposite ends of the standings, with the Bruins, who have won ten of their last twelve games, sitting pretty at the top of the Northeastern Conference. The Canadiens have only won four of their last twelve games, are sitting dead last in the conference, and sixteen points behind the Bruins.
That being said, games between these two bitter rivals are always unpredictable. While logic would dicta...
Mike Milbury is a name that has stained the heart of almost every Islanders fan; he drafted well, but traded away almost everyone that had potential, allowing those on the Island to watch their young draft picks develop into stars on other teams around the league. Such names include Todd Bertuzzi, Darius Kasparitis, Roberto Luongo and Zigmund Palffy. Most of his trades were questionable at best, the contracts he offered were often mind boggling, and he is heralded by Isles fans as possibly the worst General Manager in NHL history.
But despite that hefty resume of accusations, Mike Milbury currently has an even bigger one on his hands.
According to TSN, Milbury has been accused of assault and battery on a twelve-year old involving an altercation during a pee-wee hockey game.
One thing that Winnipeg fans were always proud to claim their own in the 90's was the title of being the loudest city in the NHL. The 'Old Barn' , as it was referred to around the city, was where WHA cups were won, WHA banners were raised, and where the NHL called home for 16 years. Visiting teams were always in awe of the ear piercing decible levels that were cultivated from the heart of the city; a fanbase who fed that heartbeat with a blood filled with everything hockey, everything Jets.
Fast forward 15 years and Winnipeg has found itself, once again, at the top of the list when it comes to deafening NHL arenas.
The Winnipeg Jets are now a game above .500, and evened up the season series with the Boston Bruins as they downed the bears in a hard fought and entertaining 2-1 win on Tuesday night.
Once the puck dropped, the game took on a physical tone that sustained itself throughout the entire game. Winnipeg would be the first to catch a bad look from the ref on the phyiscal play as Jim Slater took a slashing call for breaking the stick of Dennis Seidenberg. Although the Bruins powerplay was very strong, they only managed to muster up one shot with the extra man.
The back and forth game continued as the two teams exchanged chances for a majority of the...