*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 been the hot topic the last couple of days: Claude Giroux has finally scored a goal. The next question will be whether or not the struggling captain had awoken from his offensive slumber.
Giroux isn't the only one waking up. The Flyers scored four goals on Saturday, a feat they've only done twice this season. Can they keep it up during this three game road trip? Giroux and the Flyers will answer those question tonight in Ottawa.
The Hawks faced the Senators in the second game of a back to back trip, but the pace was far from sluggish as the two teams traded chances in a high scoring affair en route to a wild 6-5 win. Jonathan Toews scored his 3rd career hat trick and collected an assist while Corey Crawford made 13 saves in relief of Nikolai Khabibulin after the backup netminder let in 4 goals in 22 shots.
The Hawks scored their first goal of the night on the power play off of a hard sho...
Kings: 1-2-0 (2 points) - Last in Pacific; Last in West - Streak: L2
Senators:1-0-1 (3 points) - Fifth in Atlantic; Eigth in East - Streak: L1(SO)
The Los Angeles Kings host the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7:30 in the Staples Center. The Kings look to capture their first home victory before a four game roadtrip while the Senators begin their western leg continuing their six game road trip.
After a shootout win in Minnesota the Kings have dropped their last two contests by a combined score of 8-4. Their opponent tonight is well balanced with strong goal play from Craig Anderson paired with a high producing scoring potential led by Kyle Turris.
The first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs are in the books, eight teams have been sent packing to hit the links while eight teams remain to square off in the conference semi-finals. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)
The first round did not disappoint hockey fans who have come to expect physical, fast, dramatic hockey in the playoffs and year after year they are not disappointed.
One year after the Los Angeles Kings became the first eight seed ever to win the Stanley Cup both seven seeds and both six have managed to advance to the semi-finals. The Eastern Conference Semi-final match-ups pit the Pittsburgh Penguins (1) against the Ottawa Senators (7) and the Boston Bruins (4) face off with the New York Rangers (6), while the Western Conference will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (1) who will try to hold off the Detroit Redwings (7) and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings (5) will face their fellow Californians, the San Jose Sharks (6).
The storyline couldn't have been drawn up any more perfect for Flyers prospect Jason Akeson.
Playing in his home town, Akeson made his NHL debut in the final game of the 2013 season, a 2-1 win for the Flyers against the Ottawa Senators. What made the moment even more sweet for Akeson was the fact he scored his first NHL goal in that game as well.
“Just playing in an NHL game was something special; something I’ll always remember,” Akeson said. “And to score a goal, it makes it that much more special.”
Just three minutes and 46 seconds into the game, Akeson found the back of the net, scoring the game's first goal. It was just the second shift of his NHL career.
(Photo: Jake Akeson holds up his 1st NHL goal puck. Photo courtesy of the Flyers Facebook/Twitter page)
Jakub Voracek needed to give the team one last reminder why they chose him as their MVP of the 2013 season.
At the halfway point of the third period, Voracek beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead and eventual win in Ottawa. It was the final game of the season in which they ended on a four-game winning streak.
The goal, combined with one last impressive effort from goalie Steve Mason, set up the victory, giving the Flyers some joy heading into a playoff-less off season.
It's over, done, final. The Flyers season concludes tonight in Ottawa where they take on a playoff-bound Senators team looking to add to their point totals and climb in the playoff seeding. The Flyers will look to force Ottawa into a bad playoff match-up and finish the season on a four-game winning streak and above .500.