The Florida Panthers are trying to establish that a playoff spot and prove they are for real. They are trying to catch the Rangers and Bruins for the final wild card spot in the east so every point for them is huge. The Nashville Predators are in the opposite position as they are leaders of the Central division and flip flopping with the Anaheim Ducks for best team in the west.
There is no question that the Florida Panthers had the better energy level throughout the game with the Predators coming in off of back to back games with a hard fought 3-2 win over the NY Rangers the day before in Nashville but when push came to shove it was Nashville that had the finish in their game....
A lot of fans might see this game as one of “The Greatest Tank Battles,” but the Islanders are not just playing out the string. They have points in their last four games, going 3-0-1 in that stretch. The one game the Isles didn’t win was a 13 round shootout loss to the probably playoff bound Tampa Bay Lightning.
Last night, the Hawks turned heads by welcoming back Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers along with prospect Phillipe Lefebrve in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
Versteeg, a fan favorite, played a key role on the Hawk’s 2010 championship winning team, and was then a victim of the subsequent roster turnover due to the cap crunch that sent him to Toronto for former Hawk Viktor Stalberg. After playing briefly for the Leafs and Flyers, he found a spot in Florida for t...
Thursday night's game versus the Coyotes was certainly very entertaining.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring early, with Brandon Saad shoveling in a rebound at 2:37 in the first. Patrick Sharp would follow that up with a power play goal less than four minutes later to make it 2-0 Chicago.
Phoenix would break on to the score sheet just 41 seconds later, when a shot by Michael Stone was accidentially tipped by Chicago's Brandon Pirri to make it 2-1. The Coyotes would tie up the game with a power play goal by Shane Doan.
Marian Hossa scored to make it 3-2 Blackhawks, 5:05 into the second period. Chicago held on to the lead for most of the third until L...
This week, the Blackhawks will play both Florida teams, starting with the Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. It is also time for the team's annual parents' trip; this season, it's the mother-son version of the trip.
Rookie Joakim Nordström was sent back to the AHL this weekend. He is expected to get much more playing time with the IceHogs and to work on his penalty kill skills. At this time, a call-up player has not been announced; it is expected that Michael Kostka or Sheldon Brookbank will likely fill in on the forward position, as they have in the past.
Chicago goes into Tuesday night's game ranked second in the Central d...
The New York Islanders kick of their final stretch of games for the 2013 season against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. The Isles play their last 5 games of the lockout-shortened season away from Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders head in to Toronto 1-0-1 against the Maple Leafs this season. After a huge 7-4 win over the Leafs back in January, the Isles lost 5-4 in overtime against Toronto in February, where Nazeem Kadri tallied his first NHL hat-trick for the Leafs.
In the finale of this recent homestand, the Islanders look to salvage two points after going 0-3 so far. Their futility at home has been consistently troubling and their 5-11-2 record leaves fans scratching their head.
If they are to miss the playoffs in the shortened 2013 season, they can look to their play at home as the reason why. They have collected only 12 of a possibly 36 points at the Nassau Coliseum all season.
Despite all of this, the Islanders remain only 3 points out of a playoff spot. In order to make any sort of legimiate run towards the postseason, the Islanders have to fatten up their record against teams like the bottom dwelling Panthers.
The Islanders will kick off 4-game home stand tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators for the third and final time this season. After a difficult 3-1 loss to the Sens back in February, the Isles took the most recent matchup with a pair of stellar shootout goals by the likes of Frans Nielsen and John Tavares.
So far this month, the Isles are 5-1-1, which has currently placed them 3 points out of the 8th and last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Isles have also improved on their dreadful home record, going 3-0-2 in their last 5 games at the Nassau Coliseum.