The injuries keep piling up for the Red Wings. Centerman Pavel Datsyuk has returned but now speedster center Darren Helm is out 4-6 weeks with a MCL sprain in his left knee. The injury occurred against San Jose when Helm attempted to land an awkward hit on Sharks forward Dominic Moore.
Gustav Nqyuist has already been recalled from Grand Rapids to take his spot and may be staying with the team for the forseeable future now. Helm will miss the remainder of the season and most likely the entire first round of the playoffs as well. Look for Justin Abdelkader to take his spot as the pivot on the third line.
It was another frustrating loss as the Wings fell in OT to a goal from Martin Havlat.
The Wings can at least look forward to the fact that they were able to get a point for making it into OT. They still sit at fourth in the West, only two points ahead of Nashville.
The first period was the most active, as Joe Pavelski scored the first goal of the night with less than a minute into the period. Martin Havlat followed suit near the end of the period to give San Jose a two-goal lead.
The Wings were not out of it yet. In his first game back since having knee surgery, Pavel Datsyuk scored shortly after Havlat, to cut the Sharks' lead down to one.
Some of the Flames best play has come against the Sharks this season and they will look to continue that as they host the Sharks in the fourth and final meeting of the season. The Sharks hold a 2-1 series lead but every game has been decided by one goal with two games needing extra time. The Flames have had a great month of March so far with a 4-1-1 record and even with all the injuries up front, have found their groove offensively, averaging 4.5 goals per game this month. The Sharks on the other hand recorded their first victory in 6 games last night, defeating the Oilers in Edmonton, 3-2. The Flames have done a good job this month taking advantage of struggling teams as they hope to catch the Sharks on the wrong foot tonight.
Yes, the Washington Capitals lost a hockey game tonight. And yes, they did lose a hockey game 5-3, to a good team who is clearly far superior in the San Jose Sharks. And yes, they were playing the second of back-to-back games after playing in New York on Sunday, but so were the Sharks.
The Caps fell behind 3-0 and then 5-1 before late goals from defenseman Roman Hamrlik and the oft-scratched Jeff Shultz gave the Caps hope at a miracle at 5-3 with six minutes remaining.
Washington peppered Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss with 42 shots, but the German keeper stopped 39 shots to outduel Brayden Holtby in net for the Caps, who gave up the games first goal on a red line blast...
We are now past the midway point of this nine game road trip. Thank goodness for that. The Hawks are now 0-4-1 so far on the nine game road trip and keep losing ground in their division as every team in front of them picks up points. Detroit picked up two points against Anaheim last night.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I found myself watching this game with my lucky Seabrook jersey and my lucky Hawks charm near me. The results however were the same. The truth of it is no matter how we want to help this team break out of this slump only they can do it.
I knew this would be a tough one for them for several reasons. The loss of Hjalmarsson and Mo...
Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks are in San Jose, facing off against their former Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, Antti Niemi, and their Western Conference rival, the Sharks.
No matter if Niemi stays with the Sharks or if he goes on to another team, that's how it will always be said. Niemi, after all, helped the Blackhawks win their first Cup in 49 years. Then the Sharks got Niklas Hjalmarsson to sign an offer sheet, and it put the salary-cap-strapped Blackhawks over a barrel in terms of choosing between a young and promising defenseman, and a young and promising goalie; they couldn't keep both without further gutting their roster of players considered core -...
The Flames have had a tough time with the Sharks this season which isn’t saying they haven’t played well or been dominated. Tonight will be the third of four games between the clubs as the Sharks have taken the first two meetings, both by 1 goal (Jan 17 @SJ 2-1 OT, Jan 24 @CGY 1-0). The tough time, just like the past month and a half, for the Flames against the Sharks has been scoring goals. Miikka Kiprusoff has kept the Flames in probably every game he has started this season and if the Flames don’t start helping him out offensively, the Flames will have a tough time jumping above the four teams ahead of them and into 8th spot.
It was a good road trip for the Flames as they managed 5 of 6 possible points, including another dominating, 6-2 victory over the Oilers on Saturday night. The Flames will look to get back on their winning ways at home as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight at the Dome. The Sharks sit third in the Western Conference but are currently on a 3-game losing skid being outscored 10-6 during the span. The Sharks also come into town playing on back-to-back, losing in a SO last night in Edmonton.
The Flames start a three game road trip with a visit to the Shark Tank.
This is the first meeting between the two teams this year and another in a long line of games against Pacific division teams for the Flames who are in desperate need of wins as they fight to get back into the playoff picture.
The Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks last faced off in San Jose in early December, a tight 3-2 OT win. Before that was the 0-1 loss in San Jose the night before Thanksgiving, a game which saw Chicago battling back after suffering a crushing - and humiliating - 9-2 loss to Edmonton a few nights before.
Since that time, Chicago has played well enough to land themselves in constant competition for the number one position in the West. Likewise, the Sharks have finally found some smoother sailing after rough patches to start the season, and have now clawed their way to the top of the struggling Pacific division. Of course, they still have ex-Blackhawk (and Cup-winning) Antti Niemi sig...