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Isles Look To Fly Above The Red Wings Tonight At The Coliseum

The struggling New York Islanders (7-10-3) look to turn things around tonight with Evgeni Nabokov in goal against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (9-5-6). The Red Wings, now a new Eastern Conference opponent due to the alignment change, are facing the Isles for the first time this season after a 4-3 shootout loss last night to the Washington Capitals.

The Isles, who once sat second in the Metropolitan Division, currently sit in 6th, five points behind the second place Capitals and three points behind the third place Carolina Hurricanes.

An inability to hold gain leads and/or hold them has propelled the Islanders to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings (12th in the East) and has allowed their division rivals to surpass them.

Gameday at Detroit: Battered Flyers Looking for Offense

Scoring is once again a problem for the Flyers, who have managed six goals in the first five games -- they have just one multi-goal game, a 2-1 win against Florida on Tuesday. Riding off of another disappointing 2-1 loss to Phoenix last night, the Flyers will travel to Detroit for the second half of a back-to-back.

Replacing Mark Streit's Offense Will Not Be Easy For The Isles

Mark Streit was a very serviceable captain of this New York Islanders squad for the past two years, but his defensive prowess was fading just like his time spent with the team. His -27 and -14 rating over the past two respective seasons might not be missed on the Isles blue line, but his ability to power play the quarterback has certainly left a void (Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr).

Of his 27 points last season, 11 of them were scored with the man advantage. The previous season, Streit scored 47 points as the Isles top defenseman with 23 of them coming on the power play.

Deal For Cleary Falls Through; Signs With Red Wings

The Flyers will not be signing free agent winger Daniel Cleary.

According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Cleary texted Khan to tell him he is heading to Detroit to sign a contract Thursday night with the Red Wings.

Cleary and his former team have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal, tweeted Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun. This news comes hours after it was reported that Cleary did not show up to Flyers training camp Thursday morning.

Flyers Sign LW Daniel Cleary

The Philadelphia Flyers have found its third line left winger.

After rumors swirled around the potential return of Simon Gagne the Flyers went out and signed veteran left winger Daniel Cleary to a three-year, $8.25 million deal. The deal carries a no-trade clause.

The will also not be official until the end of the month, reported Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Cleary, 34, scored nine goals and added six assist in 48 games last season. He will line up most likely with center Sean Couturier and right winger Matt Read.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 4: The Shortened Season

Every single player, coach, owner, fan and analyst knew what to expect during the shortened 2013 season.

Unlike the marathon of a regular 82-game schedule is for these athletes every season, the 48-game post-lockout season was going to be a mad scramble from the starting line.

Imagine a bunch of marathon runners running a sprint. That was the 2013 Flyers and it went about as poorly as you could have imagined it to go.

Blackhawks: All or Nothing Against Detriot

 

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CHI v DET: Game 5

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The Chicago Blackhawks must win tonight.  

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Flyers Acquire D Kent Huskins From Detroit

The Flyers added a bit of depth to their depleted defensive corps this afternoon.

General manager Paul Holmgren made a move today, acquiring defenseman Kent Huskins from the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Game Preview: Desperate Kings Head to Detroit

 

It might be too early to throw the word "desperate" around but with the way things are going it feels appropriate. The Kings have gone from bad to inconsistant to consinstantly bad. A five game road trip has started 1-2 and both losses have been disheartening. The little momentum the Kings picked up against the lowly Blue Jackets was erased Thursday night suffering a 3-0 shutout loss in Nashville.The Kings (3-4-2; 8 points) travel to Joe Lewis Arena to play the Red Wings (6-4-1; 13 points) for a 9:3...

For Talbot, Role Players Will be Role Players

Sometimes our expectations for certain players are unrealistic.

One season alone cannot be a measuring stick for a guy. Chances are that if we were to pick any player and search for his career stats, there would be at least one season that does not fit in with the rest.

It just happens. It could be due to the team he was on that season, the line he played on, something personal off the ice working as motivation, or any number of things.

For Maxime Talbot, that season was last season with the Flyers.