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Will The Real Tampa Bay Lightning Team Please Stand Up


The first seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning were a scoring fest. The Bolts netted 37 goals and went 6-1. Over the last four games, three on the road, the Bolts have scored just six goals and lost all four contests.

Tampa Bay is now 6-5 and leads the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the Southeastern Division.

The best thing that happened on the Bolts first extended road trip of the season was the cancellation of their game versus the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. (Steven Stamkos photograph/Susan Ferlita)

On Sunday night the New York Hagelins trounced the Lightning 5-1. Carl Hagelin had t...

Isles Drop Third Straight Game To The Rangers

The New York Islanders visited their cross-town rivals, the New York Rangers, last night for the first time this season. Despite out shooting the Rangers 28-25, the Isles came up short for their third loss in a row and were defeated 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo Credit: JR_in_NYC/flickr)

Tampa Bay Lightning Early Season Notes And Numbers

 

After three games the Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-1 with four points and are first in the Southeast division. While it is all but impossible to glean much information from such a small sample of games, the Bolts are buying into Coach Guy Boucher’s platform and are showing signs of improvement on defense and in the net. "It’s going to be defense first. That’s our mindset, because we’ve got the offense," said Boucher. (Photo/Susan Ferlita)

Tampa Bay opened the season at home on Saturday night with a well earned 6-3 victory over division rival Washington. Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goa...

2013 NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings

The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line.

Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell.

Here are my Eastern Conference power rankings.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins – A healthyEvgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will lead Pittsburgh deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The addition of veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun gives Coach Dan Bylsma a solid option if Marc-Andre Fleury falters.

2. New York Rangers – With the ...

Carolina Hurricanes Fans And An Empty Arena

For the past few weeks, all that I have been able to do is drive by the PNC Arena and look into an empty parking lot and think about what could have been. These past two weeks were to be the culmonation of something new and exciting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Being a hockey fan in North Carolina has its perks but it also has many drawbacks. First of all, the die-hard hockey fans in the area have migrated here from another state. Most of them enjoy it in its purity whenever possible. I pride myself on being a real Carolina Hurricanes fan but this week has been tough for me.

I was a major New York Rangers fan before North Carolina got a team. I have been a fan...

The Penguins odds

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:  FAVORITES TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP

The Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, a defensive prospect and a first round pick (with which they drafted another defensive prospect). Shortly after, they shipped defenseman Zbynek Michalek back to the Phoenix Coyotes for a couple of prospects and a third round pick.

Then, during the free agency frenzy, the struck out on their main target former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise and their assumed secondary targets defenseman Ryan Suter and winger Alexander Semin (the verdict is still out on Shane Doan, though the rumored four year, $30 million asking price and ...

Rick Nash joins NYR

In a long awaited trade, the New York Rangers officially acquired Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 28 year old Canadian forward, who stands at 6'4" and weighs in at about 218lbs met with the New York Rangers media Wednesday and was all smiles as he explained his goal of embracing the pressures of the bright Madison Square Garden lights. The five time NHL All-Star was awarded the gold metal after playing for Team Canada in the 2007 World Championships and took home his second gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Nash scored 30 goals and tallied 59 points during the 2011-2012 season. The New York Rangers are confident Nash will flourish under Coach Tortorella's system...

Long Island: Lub it or Leave it

The recent news of Lubomir Visnovsky filing a grievance with the NHLPA has Islander fans hanging their heads in despair. He has filed a grievance in an attempt to uncover a “No Trade Clause” that wasn’t honored at the time of the trade. It’s hard to decide if the actual news was the most painful or the fact that the Rangers netted Rick Nash for a bag of sweet tarts and a draft pick in a similar time frame. (Photo Credit, clydeorama/Flickr)

For playing under the same city name, the Rangers and Islanders could not be more different at the moment. Consistently, the Rangers keep improving on an already well stocked roster. They are able to speed up the process of rebuilding with their young players by pairing them with proven and perennial All Stars. It is a formula that leaves the Islanders in the dust.

In terms of young, raw talent the Islanders have the edge. However, an unproven stock- pile of draft picks does not win many games. The Rangers are able to introduce young players into the fold while adding great players in their prime.

It is like the Islanders rebuild plan but on steroids.

Columbus Blue Jackets Trade Rick Nash to New York Rangers

 

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the trade between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash has now been approved by the NHL making the trade official.

The final deal will see the Blue Jackets sending Nash, minor-league defenseman Steve Delisle and a conditional third-round draft pick (which goes back to Columbus if the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final) in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, 21 year-old defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

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Rick Nash Trade To New York Rangers Approved By League, Now Official

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the trade between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash has now been approved by the NHL making the trade official.