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Blues Continue Their Battle for Tops in the West

 

The Blues' rise to the top of the Central Division, second in the Western Conference, and third overall in the whole of the NHL, all started with a win against the Blackhawks back in early November, and, coming into tonight's game against their central division rival's they hope to keep the momentum they have built up continuing.

 

Although the 'Hawks have gotten the better of them the last two outings, a 3 – 1 loss on the road and 5 – 2 loss at home, a win tonight would even the season's match up at two games a piece. T...

The push for the postseason is underway

This is where the season truly begins.

Although the NHL year officially began back in October, this is the time of the year when every point begins to matter a little bit more than it used to.

As any hockey fan will tell you, the 82-game NHL season is more marathon than sprint.

However, with the final full month of the regular season finally here, that analogy no longer applies; it is now a mad dash to the finish line.

Where Are They Now? Trent Hunter Edition

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.

Making the Case: Three Reasons Why the Flames Will or Won’t Make the NHL Playoffs

Will the Flames make the playoffs or not?

Flames bloggers Greger Buer and Brad Windsor give differing opinions as to where the Flames will be come mid- April.

Blues Looking to Improve on Road Record for Second Half

 

More important than the return of Alex Steen and Andy MacDonald, more important than the impressive play of their two goalies, more important than the extra long break they got after the All Star Break, nothing is more key to the Blues keeping pace atop the Western Conference standings than improving their road record. The Checking Line's Taylor Giffin takes a look at the road woes that St. Louis has had and if the second half presents an opportunity for change.

 

Coming out of the All Star Break holding down one of their best positions in the Wes...

Kings beat Blue Jackets 3-2 at the buzzer; should the game have gone to OT?

Under their new coach, the Blue Jackets have shown new life. And while they aren't winning any more than they did under Arniel, Wednesday's game against the Kings was tight and exciting, especially in the third. To judge the intensity of the final minutes, you wouldn't have thought that it was the worst team in the NHL vs. a Western playoff contender.

And if you tuned in to NHL Tonight, and hadn't watched the game, you might be impressed that the Kings pulled out a win with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock. But that's not the whole story of the Kings' win.

LA got on the board at 8:40 of the first; Columbus tied it up early in the second. The...

Can the Nashville Predators Be Cup Contenders in 2012?

Every year it seems as though Nashville comes into the season as an underdog. A team that no one expects to make much noise, and just silently get through the season. This year has been different though for both the team and the fans, coming into the year there were new expectations on the team. Even after losing talent and going younger in the off season it was expected that this year the Predators would make the playoffs and make a run in them. Through 47 games the Predators have 58 points and are in the top 9 in the NHL. They play in the leagues hardest division with 4 of their teams in the top 9 and have a winning record within the division. The big question is whether or not this tea...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.