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4/8/14 Pregame: Islanders Host Ottawa

The Islanders wrap up the home slate of the season Tuesday night when the Ottawa Senators come to town. The Islanders will try to improve on their 13-18-9 home record before closing out the regular season on the road for their final three games. The Islanders have played better at home recently (3-0-1) but their failure to take advantage of home ice earlier in the year is a big reason why the Islanders will be watching the playoffs at home next week for the sixth time in their last seven seasons.

So Who's in Net? The Isles' Goalie Dilemma

Below is a collection of names that will either be free agents or that could be in play via the trade market. One item to note is that with many of these names, there is a reason why they are available. That is not to say they are bad or wouldn’t represent an upgrade over the current three-headed monster the Islanders have used this year (for a laugh, check out the league’s goalie leaders and scroll to the bottom of the list).

Bailey Finally Looking Comfortable In Win Over Sens

The Islanders season has been over for awhile now, their best players have been on the shelf for weeks, and they are basically rolling out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers lineup acting as an NHL lineup day in and day out, but somehow these kids have collected points in 10 of their last 13 games over the past month.

Pregame 4/2/14: Islanders at Senators

The Islanders visit the Senators tonight after last night's 4-2 win over the Panthers at home.

Penguins Fall to Senators; Pascal Dupuis’ Season in Jeopardy After Awkward Collision

Despite rattling off victories in 12 of their last 13 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins found a way to look completely flat against an Ottawa Senators team that wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire.

Pittsburgh came into the game skating well. They looked as though they were ready to play.

 At 6:54 of the first period, Ottawa Senators forward Zach Smith scored the game winning goal off of a tough, gritty backhand.  The following goals by Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris, and Cory Conacher  were not necessary, but each were a great display of individual talent excelling through team effort.

Erik Karlsson finished the game with a goal and two as...

Flyers Drop Chaotic Affair in Ottawa

A zany, topsy-turvy game that featured four regulation lead changes occurred at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday evening. One team knew they would be heartbroken from its result.

It ended up being the Flyers, as the Senators defeated them 5-4 in the shootout.

Jason Spezza's sensational triple deke move in the shootout was not only the Senators' first shootout goal of the season, but the game winner as well.

Selecting Team USA Series; Is It Still Miller Time? Who should start for team USA in Net?

*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.

The Starter - Ry...

Mason Shuts Out Senators

The Flyers put together their best all-around effort, shutting out Ottawa and erupting offensively in a 5-0 win Tuesday night.

Steve Mason stopped 24 shuts for his first career shutout as a Flyer. In his 20 starts for the Flyers, Mason has yet to let up more than three goals in a game.

Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux each had impressive games for the Flyers. Their line, which also consists of Scott Hartnell, was as dominant as expected of a first line.

Gameday at Ottawa: Questions Will Be Answered On Road Trip

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.

Toews Leads Comeback Win Over Sens

 

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...