As the Hawks try and make a run to stay in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference, potentially a new team has emerged. With injuries to key players and a necessity to change the course this team was headed on a new Blackhawks team has arisen like a Phoenix from the ashes.
This new team has a different look and a mixture of experience sprinkled in with raw youthful vigor, finesse seasoned with bit of grit. The one thing that remains constant is the teams speed. I’m not sure if this new team should be called the Ice Hawks or the Black Hogs with the new found energy and grit that Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Bollig have given them. Oh yeah and that Oduya ...
The Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson deal may have been the biggest of the near-deadline trades yet, but the Senators are no longer sitting/waiting/wishing for a replacement between the pipes.
Bryan Murray pulled the trigger on a deal that brought the montrous Ben Bishop, who stands at 6'7, to Ottawa on Sunday, which makes Ottawa's wait for starter Craig Anderson much less nerve-wracking. I have always enjoyed Alex Auld's game, but not enough that I am willing to rely fully on him down the stretch.
Anderson might not miss significant time, but tendon damage to his pinkie finger is a big enough deal that insurance was neccesary. Bishop offers a solid back-up option for ...
According to TSN, the St. Louis Blues have dealt their young gun goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Bishop, who is currently playing for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen, has put up 24 wins in 38 games played, including 6 shutouts. He also was named the MVP of the AHL all star game this year.
Considered one of the best young goalies not playing in the NHL, Bishop was in a sticky situation in St. Louis. With the signing of both Halak and Elliot for two more years, Bishop needed to play in 17 games this year for the big club for at least 30 minutes, or else he ...
"It's officially time to panic for the Washington Capitals."
I wrote that after Monday's 5-0 embarrassment in Carolina. And after tonight's dreadful road performance in Ottawa, those words right truer and truer with each passing game for these Caps.
Ottawa, one of the teams the Capitals currently are chasing in the playoff race, jumped on the Caps early by scoring four unanswered goals through two periods to send the Caps to their seventh loss in 10 games.
John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault softened the blow for the struggling Caps with back-to-back third periods goals to produce a 5-2 result. The lone bright spot for the Caps was perhaps...
The Blues came out of Ottawa tonight with exactly what they needed. A win, a 3 – 1 win. After losing their previous road game in Nashville, tonight’s game was of utmost importance. As we discussed before, the games remaining on the blues schedule are lopsided when it comes to home games and away games, with many being played away from the friendly confines of the Scottrade Center.
Keeping their record at even through the two games allows the Blues the opportunity to come out of this mini three game road swing a game over .500. Their next game comes on Thursday evening in Ne...
The results of the next four games for the New York Islanders will be a good indication of what fans should expect the team to do going forward.
Will Islanders management decide they can make a run this season for one of the last playoffs and look to bolster their roster, maybe picking up a ‘rental’ type player to try to help the present? Or will they decide that 2012-13 is going to be the year it all comes together and decide to trade some veterans and continue to stockpile young talent.
For the rest of the season, I will be taking a look at some players that have been traded/released from the Islanders organization and see if they are helping or hurting their new team and look at the roster move as a whole. Our first player is Trent Hunter.
Looking back to the start of the season, if you were to ask any hockey expert who the starting goalie of the St. Louis Blues would be, they would not have said Brian Elliot. If you asked any of those same experts whose numbers which goaltender would be represented by a 1.69 G.A.A, a .938 save percentage and five shutouts at the All-Star break, they would not have guessed Brian Elliot. Or even better, if you asked those same questions to the Sens Army they would not have responded with Brian Elliot.
However, if you were to ask Brian Elliot himself wha...
The Islanders made their first visit to Ottawa this season and were able to battle all game and come away with an important victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The game started slow with both teams going up and down the ice with not many chances generated. Nabokov was called on early in the period but the defense did a good job making sure most shot were from the outside and easily visible. The Islanders got a power play chance at 10:26 when former Islander Zenon Konopka took a hooking penalty. The first power play unit of Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau, Nielsen and Streit was very good creating several chances but unable to put them away. The second power play unit had some trouble but I like the group Capuano put together, the line was Rakhshani, Bailey, Neiderreiter, Okposo and MacDonald. The Islanders were unable to connect on the first power play but still kept the pressure up. It was a strong first period for the Islanders who outshot the Senators 14 to 8.
Tonight will be the big return home for the Ottawa Senators as they take on the New York Islanders in a game where they try to get their game back in gear.
Tonight's game will be the first game the Sens are back in Ottawa for since the 2-0 loss to the Jets all the way back on January 16th. The Sens right now are fighting a 4 game losing streak following the 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, and the goal for the game tonight will obviously be to shut the Islanders down and claim their first victory for February.
The Sens find themselves in a tough playoff picture in the Eastern Conference at the moment as they find themselves sitting in 6th place in the conferenc...
The Islanders look to build off their win from earlier in the week and start a second half playoff push with a game against Ottawa tomorrow night. The Islanders are currently riding a hot streak getting 5 out of a possible 6 points in the last 3 games. This has the Islanders only 9 points out of playoff spot with plenty of time left in the season.
A couple of the sparks in the Islanders last win were the Bridgeport call ups of Kevin Poulin and Rhett Rakhshani. Poulin made his contribution playing a great game between the pipes, which showed many fans why he is considered the goaltender of the future. Rakhshani was a great move in my eyes as he was a spark plug on a line with Matt Martin and Josh Bailey. The whole game the line was buzzing around the ice and creating chances. Hopefully they will get another chance in Ottawa to keep showing that they are improving their chances and create more secondary scoring which is what this team needs.