With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the Islanders have positioned themselves nicely for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan Division. Their 92 points (44-25-4) is currently good for second, two point ahead of Pittsburgh and four points clear of Washington and a wild card spot. Yes, it will be disappointing not to win the division after being atop it for so long, but the goal right now should be a top three-finish, and just as important, home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
The Blackhawks have improved to 3-1-0 without Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) in their lineup. But they sure aren't making it easy on themselves along the way.
While they won 2-1 in the shootout tonight, they were lucky to get to overtime. They allowed the Oilers 47 SOG (+20 attempts blocked/9 missed shots) - 18 in the first period alone - while only managing 39 SOG (+22/17) of their own. Corey Crawford has gone 3-0-0 in his last three starts, including a shut out, with a .968 sv%: Chicago's challenges aren't on his shoulders. Ben Scrivens took the loss for the Oilers despite an excellent performance.
Derek Roy had the first goal of the game with 4:45 left...
While the rest of the Central Division is either gaining ground or catching up to the Blackhawks (27-13-2) in the Western Conference standings. The Hawks will look to stem this tide but will be facing a Minnesota Wild team (18-17-5) who they just narrowly defeated a couple of nights ago and will be looking to reassert themselves against the Hawks.
The Wild will also have back Zach Parise in their line-up which should give their offense a lift. The one thing that has troubled the Wild all year is their goalkeeping a trend which the Hawks are hoping continues. The Wild played yesterday and fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators so they will also want to get back on the winning trac...
The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.
There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.
Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.
Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.
Nearly three months into the season, the Blackhawks (21-9-1) will welcome Central division rivals Minnesota Wild to the United Center for the first time this year. The two teams haven't met since the Blackhawks knocked the Wild out of the second round of the 2014 playoffs.
The Wild (16-11-1) have lurked in the middle of the Western standings all season. They currently sit at 10th, two places and three points outside of a wild card berth. But they also have three games in hand over the LA Kings (7th) and the Winnipeg Jets (8th), who both have 36 points.
Minnesota has been all over the map this season in terms of performance. They opened the season with three shuto...
The Kings came into this game off of a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues that the Kings were severely out shot and out played but still managed to win thanks to goalie Jonathan Quick and this game was no different. This time Quick was able to stop 40 of 41 shots to keep the Kings riding the wave of his stingy goaltending.
Niklas Backstom was in nets for the Wild and played great but Jonathan Quick was just too much for the Wild coupled with their lack of being able to convert on the power play where they went zero for five. The Wild also were coming in having played relatively few games with a light schedule.
The Wild dominated play in the first period but it was the Kings who ...
The former Buffalo Sabre, New York Islander, Montreal Canadien and current Minnesota Wild winger, is reportedly in some hot water with the U.S. Federal Government. According to an NBC affiliate in Rochester, Vanek was summoned to the Federal Court House in Western New York because of his “involvement” in money laundering and illegal gambling activity charges stemming from The Marina Restaurant and Bar in Rochester, NY.
Islander fans, if someone told you the team could add a dynamic winger this summer, one with a history of producing on a top line and with solid chemistry with your best two offensive players, would you say yes? Better yet, how quickly would you say yes?
The Blackhawks are not used to being booed in their own building, but it happened tonight, after 20 minutes of poor play. It shook the team up, and led them to a win, after losing 2 consecutive game against the Wild in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks are the first team, in this round, to get scored on first, and still win the game.
The Hawks and Wild were back in Chicago for Game 5. Andrew Shaw is still not playing, and Brandon Bollig has been suspended for 2 games after boarding Keith Ballard in Game 4. However, Peter R...
The Hawks are looking to regain their form with the help of their fans as the series now will be held in Chicago’s United Center. The Hawks are looking to wipe away their lackluster play in Minnesota and regain control of the series in this pivotal game 5 of the series.
Coming into game 5, though the series is even the momentum has shifted to the Minnesota Wild due more in part to the play of the Blackhawks. In Minnesota they were out hit, out shot and out drawn in the face-off circles not exactly a recipe for wins which sums up both losses. The Hawks also have not been winning many board battles.
The Wild also got a lift when Matt Cooke returned ...