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Blackhawks sweep season series vs Rangers

The last time the Blackhawks and Rangers met up, it was a couple weeks ago in New York, and the boys in red were riding a 9-game losing streak at the tail end of their epic February road trip. On Friday night, it was the Rangers coming into the United Center on a short losing streak, and the Blackhawks looking to bounce back after a rough 1-5 loss in St. Louis.

Johnny Oduya was acquired from Winnipeg at the trade deadline, and it wasn't expected that he was going to be some kind of miracle cure for what has ailed Chicago. The Blackhawks have gone 4-1-0 in the games since the trade deadline, however, and Oduya has soaked up an average just over 21 TOI per game since his arri...

Blackhawks Prepare to Battle Blueshirts

It's difficult to remember that it's understandable for a team to lose an important game against a significant divisional opponent at this point in the regular season, as everyone is vying for playoff position and overall points in the standings. 

What might be more disconcerting is who the loss are coming against. The Blackhawks previous dismantling at the hand of the St. Louis Blues did not leave many fans with much confidence in the Hawks' ability to match the gameplay and competitiveness of a league leading team, like the Blues or, in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers. 

The Chicago Blackhawks will face the "beasts of the east" in ...

Deadline Dud

Today's Trade Deadline couldn't have been more boring as only 15 deals were struck with the biggest one coming from the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres which saw Cody Hodgson and Zach Kassian swapped jerseys. The Trade Deadline day I will say is over-hyped but it has been proven to be one of the most important days in the NHL season, as smart teams have added the right pieces and have went on to win Stanley Cups.

I get excited every year for the Trade Deadline and I don't think that will change anytime soon. Now that is over, here are today's winners and losers.

New Look Titans Fall to Greenville

When a player gets injured in the NHL, teams are forced to call up players from their minor league systems to fill the void. Of course, this process then becomes a vicious circle where each subsequent team calls up players from the team below it.

That was the case on Friday night for the Trenton Titans.

Due to losing Eric Baier, Corey Syvret and Dave Caruso to the AHL, in addition to the loss of Mitch Versteeg to injured reserve, things did not look promising for the depleted ECHL club.

Considering all the roster moves, the team was forced to add replacement players in order to fill out the lineup.

Division wins are key for the Flyers moving forward

It’s not a mind-blowing concept.

Coming into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game.

The reasons are endless really: because it’s their hated rivals from Pittsburgh, because the Flyers are only two points ahead of them in the standings, because it’s a day game, because they’ve only won three of their last ten, because the Flyers play poorly at home, etc.

The list goes on and on.

However, the most basic reason the Flyers needed to win on Saturday is far simplier than all the other seemingly logical conclusions. The team needed to win above all else because the game was against a division opponent.

Hawks stars shine in NYC – beating Rangers 4-2

 

Ah New York, New York “I'm gonna make a brand new start of it In old New York.  If I can make it there, I'd make it anywhere Come on, come through, New York, New York.” – Kander/Ebb lyrics

And make it there the Hawks certainly did.  This game had everything, Two Original Six teams meeting who don’t normally see each other, historic Madison Square Garden and ey New Yawkers in the stands. If that was not enough to stir the blood, you had the classic offence versus defense and two teams on different trajectories.

I was not sure what to expect in this one except the Hawks had nothing to lose. What I was pleasantly surpris...

Biggest Test Yet to Come For Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks will face one of the biggest tests of the final third of the regular season when they visit the best team in the Eastern Conference at Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers.

This will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The last time the clubs faced each other, the Rangers finished off the Hawks 3-2 at the Garden in November of last season. 

Chicago is in the midst of their worst slump of the season, having gone winless in their last nine games. Over that span, the Hawks have been outscored an astounding 38-19. It's safe to say that Chicago isn't losing because they "can't catch a break."

Still Can't Beat Them: Flyers fall to Rangers 5-2

Last Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers left Madison Square Garden with their fourth loss of the season to their bitter rivals the New York Rangers.

With only a few moments remaining in regulation and the Rangers leading 5-2, those in attendance at the Garden rose to their feet, began cheering and started a chant of ‘You can’t beat us.’

Fast-forward six days later and not much had changed.

While the venue was different, the result remained the same.

Rangers five, Flyers two.

Flyers' Big Three Are Back, Just In Time

The Flyers’ top line looks like its old self again.

After a stagnant few games where Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, and Jaromir Jagr were barely noticeable on the ice, they’ve bounced back.

In their last five games, the three have combined for 16 points.

Unfortunately, the Flyers have only won two of their last five games, despite the production from their top line.

Sestito, Shelley are irrelevant to the Flyers

The one-trick pony enforcer is dying in today's NHL.

No longer is it worth having a guy on the team who only fights and skates five minutes of ice time per game. Instead, the guys who are willing to drop the gloves also have a clue as to what to do with a hockey stick and when the puck is on it.

That leaves Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito practically irrelevant on the Flyers and their pursuit of a successful season.

On and off, the two have been in the line up for the Flyers. And in the rarest, and most unfortunate occasions, the two goons were in the line up together for five times this season. In those five times, the Flyers are 1-3-1.