Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.
The Carolina Hurricanes paid a visit to the Bell Centre on Monday night for a game with the Montreal Canadiens. Each team has been struggling this year, but it was the Hurricanes who came out with a win on this night, something that hasn't been easy to come by for the Hurricanes this season. It was a close match the whole way but in the end the Canadiens weren't able to score that final goal to tie the game, as the Hurricanes went on to win by a score of 5-3.
It was the Hurricanes who opened up the scoring early in the first period as Jiri Tlusty tipped in a shot from defenseman Bryan Allen just three minutes into the game. While that was the only goal to be seen in the open...
As the Hockey Day in Canada festivities from this past weekend become a fond memory for Habs fans, our attention now swings towards the Carolina Hurricanes, who are the visitors in tonight's tilt at the Bell Centre. It is a must win for both teams, as the Hurricanes currently sit in fifteenth place in the East, a measly four points behind the eleventh place Montreal Canadiens.
It is a game where all the clichés are applicable for both teams - put up or shut up - do or die - yada yada, we could go on. The game also marks (the face) Muller's return to Montreal for the first time since he was named head coach of the Hurricanes. I imagine the...
Like every other fan, I'll throw out a crazy trade possibility or nine this time of year. As hockey fans, it's typical to lose rationality in the month leading up to deadline day, an unofficial holiday in my book.
As Red Wings fans, this tendency is even stronger due to past deadline deals that brought Hall of Famers such as Chelios to Hockeytown. The salary cap era has stifled Ken Holland's freewheeling deals but with the Wings sitting atop the standings with over $5 million in cap space, many think a big splash is coming.
I think the Wings are going to make a lot of noise... in the summer, especially if Lidstrom and Holmstrom retire an...
It was reported yesterday that Rick DiPietro was being sent home for medical evaluations before the road trip even began as he had sustained yet another injury to add to the many setbacks of his career. Mike Mottau was also returned to Long Island with an upper-body injury. However, the story surrounding DiPietro is that this guy hadn't been playing; he was already on the Injured Reserve.
You have to wonder how a guy like Rick finds a way to injure himself while he is already...well...injured. He wasn't playing in games, although he had been skating on the ice. And according to Art Staple of Newsday, DiPietro wasn't even close to dressing as a back-up for any of the games on this road trip that saw them play Carolina last night, Anaheim on Friday and Phoenix on Saturday.
The Islanders start on a 3 game road trip and look to continue their 2 game winning streak. The first stop on the trip is visiting the last place in the Eastern Conference Hurricanes. This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. The two teams are currently tied at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and the Islanders will look to change that with a win.
The lines from the Islanders practice Sunday stayed the same from the game against the Oilers. They were:
One of the bigger stories for this road trip is that Rick DiPietro will be making the trip as a 3rd goalie. There hasn’t been a report yet on whether or not he will play or dress during the trip. DiPietro has been out with a groin injury since December 3rd. Andres Nilsson is still currently with the team on loan from Bridgeport and is expected to dress with the Islanders until DiPietro is ready to play. DiPietro has had his struggles this season before the injury so hopfully he has had enough time to heal from the injury and also work on his game. The other news coming out of Islanders practice Sunday was that Micheal Haley was returned to Bridgeport. With the team starting to get healthier he was no longer needed.
The Hurricanes visit Edmonton tonight to play against the Oilers in a 2006 Stanley Cup Rematch. Just for one game, though. If Hurricanes fans can think back to 2006 and put some juice into their fandom, maybe this game would matter in Carolina.
The Hurricanes come in with only eight wins on the season. Edmonton is staying afloat and showing promise in the young season. If I had to pick right now, I'd pick the Oilers to come out on top. The Oilers will be looking for redemption after a loss to Calgary and the Hurricanes are in the middle of a western Canadian coast trip that usually bludgeons teams. ...