Another summer of uncertainty will end in one hundred days when the doors to the Webster Bank Arena open for the start of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2012-13 season. A new season, a new head coach (yet to be announced) and a roster of players that will not be known until after the Islanders training camp has concluded in late September.
The Islanders have roster spots open at every position on the team and this years camp promises heated competition for each. While many questions remain, it is clear that the last few years of development are coming to a close.
Cory Schneider gets the start between the pipes for the Canucks tonight in their most important game of the season as the Canucks try to avoid being the first President Trophy winner to be swept in the first round. The Canucks clearly have more faith in Schneider to start the big game so the bigger question is what do they do with Roberto Luongo?
( 1 ) VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs. ( 8 ) LOS ANGELES KINGS
The Vancouver Canucks aren't exactly the most liked team in the NHL, especially after the antics of both their players and their fans in last year's playoffs. Add to that their injuries and woes this season (despite finishing first in the West), and you'll have a hard time finding too many people openly cheering for them to go too far this year. But it's hard to deny their depth and their talent. Luongo not playing well? No problem, you've got Schneider. Daniel Sedin still out with a concussion? Plenty of forwards to try and ease the pain. But on the other side of the ice is a hungry Los Angel...
It's a showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference, and right now the Red Wings lead the season series 2-1.
But a lot has changed since the last meeting between these two. The Red Wings have made history and now hold a 23 game consecutive win streak at the Joe. The Canucks are now only two points behind the Wings. And the Wings also happen to be without their star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
The 33 year-old is expected to miss a month after having surgery on his knee. Datsyuk 16 goals and 43 assists this season, so it is to no surprise that fans may be a bit nervous about his absence.
"Pav's been out before and he's a huge part of our team bu...
We celebrate a game today that means so much too so many Canadians and we are united by the beautiful game we call hockey for Hockey Day in Canada. The Canucks come into the dome tonight red hot, riding a 3 game winning streak while the Flames look to continue to push for that final playoff spot after losing Thursday night in Phoenix, 2-1 in OT. This is the fourth of six meetings between these Northwest division rivals, as the Canucks won the first two meetings with the combined score of 10-2 while the Flames took the last meeting 3-1 in Vancouver.
With the Canucks leading the Western Conference, and by having a descent idea on how teams are playing, I think it is time for me to make some predictions on what will happen near the trade deadline for the boys in blue and green starting from the net working our way out.
I see Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider both staying in Vancouver, especially the way both have been playing. Luongo looks rejuvenated and has the passion to play hard. Even watching his practices, you can tell he wants to win and make up for last year’s loss. His game has improved a whole lot better since the beginning of the season. Canucks fans can only hope that Luongo keeps paying stro...
Mike Milbury is a name that has stained the heart of almost every Islanders fan; he drafted well, but traded away almost everyone that had potential, allowing those on the Island to watch their young draft picks develop into stars on other teams around the league. Such names include Todd Bertuzzi, Darius Kasparitis, Roberto Luongo and Zigmund Palffy. Most of his trades were questionable at best, the contracts he offered were often mind boggling, and he is heralded by Isles fans as possibly the worst General Manager in NHL history.
But despite that hefty resume of accusations, Mike Milbury currently has an even bigger one on his hands.
According to TSN, Milbury has been accused of assault and battery on a twelve-year old involving an altercation during a pee-wee hockey game.
The biggest question at the beginning of this contest between the visiting Canucks and the hometown Habs was which Habs team would show up - the Jeckyls or the Hydes. After the shootout the answer was of course - both.
The first period started well for the hometown heroes when a wrist shot by a defenceman no less went through everyone including Roberto Luongo to make it 1-0 Habs. The shot was by Steady Freddy St. Denis with assists to Cammalleri and Plekanecs. They then got into a bit of a problem with penalties giving the Canucks a 5 on 3 for almost a minute. Big Hal Gill once again did yeoman job blocking the passing lane. With approximately a minute left in the first another goal...