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.
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...
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."
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.
The Islanders play host to the Nashville Predators this afternoon and it is always nice to see a team from the West at the old barn.
Although coach Capuano has not confirmed who his starting goaltender will be, I have got to assume Kevin Poulin will be between the pipes. Nabokov has played in 11 straight games and obtained his 300th career victory on Saturday vs. Buffalo. There is no reason not to start Poulin. The only action he's seen as of late is during the pregame warm up.
First game in the Rene Bourque era in a rare Sunday evening game in Montreal. The scratches for the evening are Petteri Nokelainen and Chris Campoli. The Habs went with seven defensemen and eleven forwards once again. Peter Budaj started against the number one team in the eastern conference.
First period started with the Habs putting on some pressure on the Rangers and Max Pacioretty scored with assists going to Erik Cole and David Desharnais. With the Habs leading in the game and having territorial advantage at five minutes Stu Bickle and Travis Moen squared off in a staged fight off a face off in the Rangers zone. The Habs continued to bring the play to the Rangers and continued t...