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Detroit's Next 12 Games Present Golden Opportunity

The Red Wings currently sit 3 points behind division and conference leader Chicago with two games in hand,1 point behind St. Louis with equal games played and 3 points ahead of Nashville. They are trying to improve on a middling road record (11-13-0) while maintaining a league best home record (17-2-1). It is highly unlikely any of the top 4 teams in the Central will stop challenging for the division title barring a rash of injuries.

Detroit's performance over the next 12 games has the potential to help them overtake their division rivals, give them a small cushion in the standings, gain ground in the fight for home advantage throughout the playoffs and reestablish their road ga...

Hawks can’t clip Wings fall 3-2 in OT

 

It seems every time the Blackhawks play the Detroit Red Wings something big is at stake. Today’s game was no exception and with the big lights of the national stage shining as well. There’s nothing like a little Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk in the morning. Forget Saturday morning cartoons give me Saturday morning NHL hockey. I hoped the Blackhawks all had their coffee with an early 11:30 puck drop but I don’t think they did.

The Blackhawks will be battling these Red Wings along with the St. Louis Blues all the way until the end of the season for supremacy in the Central. Every game these two play will be vital. This was the first meeting on the Red Wing...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.

Chicago Blackhawks - Home sick or sick at home

 

Home is where the heart is or at least the Blackhawks were hoping home is where another win is. Tonight the Hawks took on another Pacific division rival in the Phoenix Coyotes. They were hoping to continue their recent circus road trip successes against the Anaheim Ducks and the LA Kings.

The Blackhawks needed to keep the winning habit going especially against all of their Western Conference foes. Points are becoming critical. They are currently only 2 points ahead of Detroit which the Red Wings having two games in hand on the Blackhawks. In fact they are only 4 points ahead of these Coyotes in the Western conference again with the Yotes having 2 games in hand on the Bl...

Wings and Jets to Swap Divisions?

For some reason, there was an explosion of NHL realignment talk and it was all concerning the Winnipeg Jets (obviously) and the Detroit Red Wings. 

Bob McKenzie of TSN has said that Detroit has first dibs to move to the Eastern Conference, with Winnipeg moving West:

"More and more NHL governors convinced Detroit will be moving to Southeast Division in Eastern Conference when realignment done in early December. If Detroit goes to SE (East), it's plausible and possible ...