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It's Still Too Soon To Count Out Poulin

Kevin Poulin has been under the Islanders' microscope for quite some time. The organization has put a lot of faith in him, expecting him to eventually take over the starting position from veteran net-minder Evgeni Nabokov, perhaps as early as next season (Photo credit: 560XLS/Flickr).

Early on, fans were probably starting to lower their expectations for Poulin, only winning one of his first five starts and then dropping six in a row between November 19th and December 7th.

However, a recent surge by the Islanders, which can be very much attributed to the performance of Poulin, may help turn a few heads and increase the confidence of the 23-year old keeper.

Lowly Islanders Head To L.A. To Face The Kings

The New York Islanders continue their western road trip tonight with a stop in Los Angeles to face the Kings, still searching for their first regulation win after the last 11 games played.

The Islanders will still be without Evgeni Nabokov tonight, as Kevin Poulin is slated to start between the pipes. At the other end of the ice will likely be Ben Scrivens, who has taken over for Jonathan Quick after he went down due to injury. Scrivens has played exceptionally well, helping keep his team in the top three of the Pacific Division and 5th in the Western Conference.

Kings/Sharks Game 6 Preview: The Power Play

Despite the lack of scoring there's a lot to talk about in this series. Darryl Sutter has been adjusting lines masterfully, Logan Couture's comeback in game three, and the great play of Antti Niemi and Jonathan Quick are only a few of the subplots in this exciting series.

But with the Sharks facing elimination tonight the power play is the top priority. Los Angeles and San Jose have had incosinstent power play success often determining the outcome of games this series. Before dissecting the power play rates in this series let's take a look at each teams power play and penalty kill percentages throughout the playoffs.

Kings - Through 11 Games Result/Chances...

TCL Flyers Makes Their 2nd Round Picks

After a phenomenal first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, eight teams were knocked out and eight teams moved on.

The West saw it's 2-4 seeds get eliminated in the first round while the East boasted a pair of game sevens.

TCL Flyers 1st Round Picks; Plus An Outsider's Perpective of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

This is the first time in five years that the Flyers are on the outside looking in. Pretty unfamiliar position for us Flyers writers as well. On the other hand, this is pretty interesting. There are now 16 teams to choose from to get behind and root for these next two months. The TCL Flyers staff will fill you in on those 16 teams and tell you why you should pick them.

Western Conference Final Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings

 



2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference FinalPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )   The Los Angeles Kings are eliminating teams in numerical order in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. First, it was the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Then the little team that could in the St. Louis Blues, the second-best team in the West. Now, LA looks to the final division winner, the Phoenix Coyotes, on their potential route to an unlikely appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. If they make it, it'll be their first such appearance since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and they've alread...

Blackhawks look to tune out Blues in final meeting

 

In their final meeting of the regular season, the Blackhawks will look to close out the series with their Central division foes.  The Hawks have the edge in the series 3-2 coming into this game. The last confrontation with these two saw the Hawks skate away with a 4-3 win in a shoot out at the United Center. Both teams are coming into this game with exactly the same record in their last 10 games of 6-2-2.

The Blackhawks are looking to get as many points as possible in their final five games to secure a playoff berth and distance themselves from other Western Conference teams. The Blues while they are leading the league are looking to secure more points as well to c...

Blackhawks stumble to Predators 6-1

In an important game that could determine teams playoff positioning the Blackhawks just did not have anything going for them. Still missing captain Toews and Montador and Kruger still out themselves with upper body injuries and Duncan Keith out serving his suspension you knew it would be a tall order for the Hawks to overcome Nashville. The Predators have had the Hawks number all year and now lead the series 4-0-1 with only one game remaining in Nashville. The Hawks have not been able to solve Pekka Rinne all year.

The game not only was a four point swing it enabled Nashville to jump ahead of Detroit as well in the 4th spot in the Western Conference standings. The only consolation f...

The rivalry continues as Hawks face Canucks @ UC

In what should be a good precursor to the playoff, there is no better way to get the blood amped up and boiling than to face your enemy. The Vancouver Canucks will be rested and ready for the Hawks. They will probably be in ornery mood as well coming off of a defeat at the hands of the Wild in Minnesota. The Canucks come into this game with no worries of making the playoffs. They are second in the Western Conference behind the Blues with 94 points and ten games left on their schedule. The Colorado Avalanche are behind them in the division but are significantly behind and only have seven games left to play. The Hawks will need to bring their best against Vancouver. They have recently found...

Blackhawks continue to tune up for playoffs against Capitals

 

In their only meeting of the regular season this year the Blackhawks will take on the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have not had the kind of year that is normal for them and have struggled along with their superstar Alex Ovechkin.  Ovechkin still is leading him team in points with 53 29 goals and 24 assists.

The Capitals (36-29-6) are currently hanging onto eighth place in the east with the Winnipeg Jets breathing down their necks in the ninth spot only just two points behind.  The Capitals also are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Jets. So the Capitals come into this game desperately wanting to win and collect points to stay ahead in last playoff spot.

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