After having an incredible first half of the season, the New York Islanders find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position. The Isles are losers of four of their past five, and barely scraped away with a shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Tonight the Isles will face the Buffalo Sabres, a team that is dwelling at the very bottom of the NHL standings and is also 2-8-0 in their last ten games played.
By all standards, this is a game that the Islanders should absolutely win. However, the Isles need to make sure history does not repeat itself.
The upcoming Olympic break will give every team in the NHL a chance to pause, reflect, and evaluate what they need to do to improve in the future. More importantly, it will allow them to look at potential trade targets to finish off their season. More than most, the defending Stanley Cup champions cannot relax and rest on their laurels; they have a brutal Western Conference to survive before they can even start thinking about a return to the post-season and a chance to defend their title. Fans betting on NHL know the team have not been performing lately and look as though they need fresh blood and some fine-tuning, although it would make no sense for them to make wholes...
General Manager Paul Holmgren announced this afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. Mason was acquired in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.
The 24-year-old goaltender busted onto the NHL scene back in 2008. In his rookie season, he posted a 33-20-7 record with the Blue Jackets, posting ten shutouts, and owning an impressive .916 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.
The Flames head back on the road tonight, a place they have not been too fond of as of late, currently riding a 9-game win-less streak (0-8-1). Breaking the streak will not come easy heading into Chicago to face the league’s best team. The Blackhawks will finish off rare back-to-back home games after losing last night, 5-4 to the defending champs Los Angeles Kings.
The Flames will look for their sixth straight win at the Dome tonight when they host the Nashville Predators. The Flames are coming off a huge third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday that saw them score three goals on their way to a 5-2 victory. The Preds come into town for the second game of a back-to-back after losing 7-4 to the Canucks last night in Vancouver.
According to TSN, the St. Louis Blues have dealt their young gun goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
Bishop, who is currently playing for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen, has put up 24 wins in 38 games played, including 6 shutouts. He also was named the MVP of the AHL all star game this year.
Considered one of the best young goalies not playing in the NHL, Bishop was in a sticky situation in St. Louis. With the signing of both Halak and Elliot for two more years, Bishop needed to play in 17 games this year for the big club for at least 30 minutes, or else he ...
For the large majority of the season, much of the focus for the Philadelphia Flyers has fallen on the team’s vaunted defensive unit. With injuries to Chris Pronger and a platoon of capable, yet not-so-ready rookie call-ups, the mantra of this season was plain-and-simple:
Get a defenseman and get him now.
The organization may not have responded as quickly as some would have liked but they answered the call none-the-less by bringing in not one, but two NHL battle tested defensemen and in the process added a collective total of around 500 lbs to their backend.
With only four days remaining before the February 27 trade deadline, the focus now shifts to the front end.
It has been reported by several credible sources that teams have been inquiring about van Rimesdyk’s availability. Through all of it, general manager Paul Holmgren and the Flyers have expressed that they are not interested in moving the forward.
However, that is something the organization has said before and it’s not out of the question that they have a change of heart with the right deal.
“If [being traded] has to happen, whatever, it’s part of the game,” van Riemsdyk said on Saturday. “I’m just focused on what’s going on now and that’s helping the Flyers win games.”
While it’s unclear as to what the team is going to do, what is clear is that van Riemsdyk’s stock is probably as high as it could possibly be coming off a concussion.