The Florida Panthers are trying to establish that a playoff spot and prove they are for real. They are trying to catch the Rangers and Bruins for the final wild card spot in the east so every point for them is huge. The Nashville Predators are in the opposite position as they are leaders of the Central division and flip flopping with the Anaheim Ducks for best team in the west.
There is no question that the Florida Panthers had the better energy level throughout the game with the Predators coming in off of back to back games with a hard fought 3-2 win over the NY Rangers the day before in Nashville but when push came to shove it was Nashville that had the finish in their game....
The Hawks have had trouble with the Nashville Predators all season, and after a reassuring win against the Hurricanes on Friday, went back to square one in a shutout loss agains their division rivals. Pekka Rinne would make 29 saves in a lackluster effort by Chicago, who’s inconsistent play is becoming more concerning as the playoffs approach. The loss dropped Chicago six points behind the division-leading Blues, who earned two more points today in a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A strong defensive core is quite possibly the best asset any team can have going into the Olympics. It promotes continuity, kick starts the transition game, regulates the flow of play, and most importantly it protects the goaltender. For team USA’s defensive pairings the following must be considered.
- Complementary styles of play: The ability to mesh with one’s partner quickly will lead to early success in Sochi.
- Breadth of play: Despite some talented rookies and sophomores in the NHL today, it is important to have more veteran members taking the ice in bi...
The Islanders will look to rebound from their first regulation loss of the season with a match-up tonight against the Nashville Predators.
The Isles fell 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in what was a somewhat sloppy game that saw a few of the team's defenseman out of position, leading to multiple scoring opportunities for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Tonight, the Isles will look to rectify these mistakes and get back to their winning ways.