We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
If there is anything that can break a team out of a slump and midseason doldrums it’s beating the best team in the NHL at least statistically, and that is exactly what the Hawks did. In a couple of recent games the Hawks may have been out worked but not on this night.
The Hawks proved once again that they can not only play with the best they can come out on top and are in fact the best until they are dethroned. This game was important for the Hawks for several reasons. They needed to show that they can work the boards with the best of them. The game was virtually a four point game in the Western Conference Standings and closed the gap between the two teams. Lastly, the Anaheim...
The Islanders (8-17-5) recent road trip has begun as miserable as the team’s season thus far, as they dropped both games in St. Louis and Los Angeles, while being outscored 8-1. The Isles have dropped a total of 9 games in a row and their season is on the brink of obscurity.
A 2-1 lead going into the third period of play vanished into thin air as the visiting Anaheim Ducks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
After being outshot by a 16-6 margin in a Ducks-dominated third period, Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri scored on a breakaway and on a beautiful tip-in to put his team on top. Palmieri had just one goal this season coming into tonight.
Preview: There could be a lot on the line for tonight’s Southern California battle. The Kings (22-13-3; 47 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to take on the Ducks (25-8-5; 55 points) tonight at 6. Tonight’s contest marks the final ten games in the season for both teams. Los Angeles currently sits in second place in the Pacific Division trailing the Ducks by eight points. The Kings final game against Anaheim will be next Saturday at the Staples Center.
Since the winner of each division is reserved a top three seed for the playoffs winning the Pacific Division provides plenty of advantages. A chance to pick up two points on the Ducks and set the ton...
Detroit Red Wings sweeps the weekend, beating Anaheim both Friday and today. Detroit played a successful weekend on the road, which felt much like a home game. It was refreshing to hear "Let's go Red Wings" all the way in Cali. With the support from the fans as well as some solid goaltending, Detroit is happy to hand Anaheim two regulation losses.
The Chicago Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks tonight in the last game of a four game road trip. This is the first matchup this season of the best two teams in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks are coming off of a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, the team who ended the record-setting points streak. The Ducks are coming off of a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
The Blackhawks aren’t the only team that has gone on a points streak this season. The Ducks have earned points in 11 straight games, the longest active point streak in the National Hockey League.
The Flames will look to continue one streak while trying to end another tonight when they head into Anaheim to face the Ducks. The Flames have not won in Anaheim in fifteen straight visits but are playing their best hockey of the season and will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high three games. The Ducks are one of the surprises so far in this shortened season, sitting in 2nd place in the West, and at the top of the Pacific Division.