*It is important to understand that the selections to follow are based not on what I think will occur, but on what I believe should happen. This is an opinion editorial and is not a prediction.*
In deciding who will be the starters for team USA, one has to understand the multiple elements of play that will come into consideration. The coaching staff will have their favorites and will understandably select the players who they are most comfortable with. That comfort level typically is found in current teammates, divisional opponents, and current/former players. This will all be taken into consideration in the creation of the current Olympic roster for Team USA.
It’s like Christmas morning for the Isles faithful. After 5 long months of no meaningful hockey games for the New York Islanders the wait is over. The Islanders begin the 2013-14 season tonight at a sold out Prudential Center against the new look New Jersey Devils.
The New York Islanders made history last night, playing the New Jersey Devils in the first ever NHL game in Brooklyn. Granted, it was only a preseason game, but the sporting event brought in many fans since this is the future home of the New York Islanders.
Unfortunately, the final result isn't exactly what everyone would have liked to see, a 3-0 loss to one of their top rivals in the Metropolitan Division. But as stated above, this was only a preseason game with rosters lacking regular skaters for two teams that are looking to shake off some rust and evaluate line combinations and prospects.
Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout and Marian Hossa added two goals in regulation to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to 13-0-3 on the season.
As the horn sounded to signal the end of regulation with the score knotted at three goals apiece, Chicago officially tied the NHL-record-holding 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks by starting the season with sixteen consecutive games without a regulation loss. That Anaheim squad lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup at season’s end, and dreams of a second parade in three years are surely dancing in the heads of Blackhawk fans across the state of Illinois tonight.
Chicago entered tonight’s shootout with a paltry 1-3 r...
With the Canucks leading the Western Conference, and by having a descent idea on how teams are playing, I think it is time for me to make some predictions on what will happen near the trade deadline for the boys in blue and green starting from the net working our way out.
I see Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider both staying in Vancouver, especially the way both have been playing. Luongo looks rejuvenated and has the passion to play hard. Even watching his practices, you can tell he wants to win and make up for last year’s loss. His game has improved a whole lot better since the beginning of the season. Canucks fans can only hope that Luongo keeps paying stro...
With Roberto Luongo out of the line-up the last few games, fans have been seeing the future (or what they hope will be the future). Corey Schneider has been the man between the pipes since Bobby Lou went down on November 15th and has made a case for the number one spot in Vancouver’s net.
Corey Schneider has been the go-to guy for the Canucks, but these last two games have been huge for him. He split his two starts with a 5-1 loss to Chicago (Nov 16) and a 2-1 win against Ottawa (Nov 20), but despite the loss, he has looked great in net and has really transformed into a smart NHL caliber goalie (when to play the pu...