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.
The Blackhawks (35-11-14) regular NHL season starts back with a game against the Rangers (32-24-), in New York. The NHL season is just restarting after the Olympic break, during which 6 Blackhawks players took medals: Gold for Jonathn Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp, and Silver for Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger. The Rangers also have medaled athletes: Gold for Rick Nash, and Silver for goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and forward Carl Hagelin.
Both teams have stayed healthy through the first part of the se...
Team USA forward and New York Rangers Captain, Ryan Callahan is looking to get paid this summer. With the Rangers lacking the cash and the Islanders in need of a more physical presence in their lineup, Callahan and the Isles would be a perfect marriage.(flickr/suelucky)
Early in the season, the Blackhawks picked up several wins where their best game wasn't there for the full sixty minutes, but they still managed to win the game. It might have hinted of a Cup hangover, but as the season rolled on, it was clear that the team didn't have any such thing - just their ongoing tendency to play some very sloppy periods within otherwise solid games.
Tonight versus the Rangers was one of those nights. The Blackhawks let themselves get outplayed in the first, and found themselves down 2-0 less than ten minutes into the game. Brad Richards opened the scoring with an even-strength goal; Mats Zuccarello put in a power play goal next off a pair of od...
In a battle of two struggling teams coming off of extended layoffs, this critical game will decide plenty. Will an offensively challenged Flyers team recover against their huge rivals from New York City?
With Pittsburgh beating Ottawa 4 - 1 and Los Angeles beating San Jose 2 - 0 last night, The Checking Line: Isles Edition will take a look into the other two semifinal series. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)
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.