We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.
After their shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, the Blackhawks (33-10-14) are continuing the Californian leg of their road trip in Los Angeles, facing the Los Angeles Kings (30-21-6). The Kings themselves dropped their last game against the Philadelphia Flyers and they are on a 3 game losing streak. The Hawks, in their past 3, have 2 overtime/shootout losses and one win.
These two teams are the best in the league in terms of puck possession; the Kings are the best defensive team around, while the Blackhawks ar...
The Islanders found themselves floundering after a stretch of poor losses. Nothing erases the bad taste of defeat like consecutive wins. Behind the pads of Kevin Poulin, they took the ice looking to add another win to their record. After four frustrating losses, the Isles' righted the ship against a tough foe. It didn't matter who they were playing, they needed a win. But defeating the Nashville Predators really seemed to ease the nervousness among fans and players.
That loose style was carried over into Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders battled hard and rallied around Kevin Poulin's strong effort in net. Although, the Islanders went scoreless in the first, they held the high powered Kings in check.
After a winless road trip, the Islanders returned home to Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night for their second and final meeting of the season with the Nashville Predators. The first meeting was a Predators 3-2 victory last month. Tonight a different story as the Islanders snapped their 4 game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Predators on home ice.
The Kings look to continue their hot streak tonight at the Staples Center where they will face the desperate Flames at 7:30. Los Angeles has won five of their last six games while Calgary has struggled in California dropping their most recent games to Anaheim and San Jose.
Heading into tonight's matchup the teams are gravitating in opposite directions. The Flames began the season collecting at least a point in their first five games but have lost their last two games giving up an average of four and a hal...
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 Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.
Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...
The Toronto Maple Leafs' off-season may just be about to heat up.
Jonathan Bernier, once a star in net for the Los Angeles Kings and now a well-above-average backup goaltender, is a lock to switch teams this summer. Making the Bernier situation interesting is the fact the Kings reportedly have their trading partners narrowed down to two teams: the Philadelphia Flyers and the Maple Leafs.
Both the Leafs and Flyers are teams that no one would be surprised to see Bernier join. It's no secret that Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has been looking for help between the pipes since taking over from former GM Brian Burke. T...
According to Twitter and the rest of the Internet one thing has become certain: An original six Stanley Cup Final is inevitable. The 2011 Stanley Cup Bruins will face the 2010 Stanley Cup Blackhawks in what is to be a truly remarkable championship. The only problem of course is that Chicago has not finished the Kings and won the Campbell Bowl.
I’m a fan of Twitter and think it’s a great platform for news, smack talk, and enjoying the moment with people you’ve never met. The only problem is how short sighted and visceral tweeting has become. You’d think that the Chicago fan base more than any other would understand that a 3-1 series lead is not necessarily ins...