With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the Islanders have positioned themselves nicely for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan Division. Their 92 points (44-25-4) is currently good for second, two point ahead of Pittsburgh and four points clear of Washington and a wild card spot. Yes, it will be disappointing not to win the division after being atop it for so long, but the goal right now should be a top three-finish, and just as important, home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
On Wednesday night, we got a reminder of what we as hockey fans lost when the league restructured into the current two conference, four division format: a prime rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks started the game with the kind of powerhouse posession and shooting that has defined much of their season, outshooting the Red Wings 17-6. They would end the game 34-38 SOG, but the Blackhawks also led by a wide margin of attempted shots on goal - 23 attempts blocked and 17 missed shots, versus 20 AB and 6 MS for Detroit. The Blackhawks led on the faceoff dot, also, at 54%.
Amazingly, after Chicago's prolonged presure and action ...
Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers everyone loves right? Unless they are apple ones and in hockey they are a cardinal sin. The Hawks were guilty and gave the Red Wings three goals off of turnovers by various Hawks.
Poor decisions, Ill advised passes and very bad puck management all of which the Hawks were guilty of and were ultimately the downfall of the Hawks in this game. The coaches can’t be happy with this performance and even more disturbing is a trend of bad habits, inconsistency, uncharacteristic sloppy mistakes and maybe a lack of accountability.
The Wings that cashed in on Hawks generosity with puck turnovers in their own zone were Luke Glendening, Tomas Tartar &am...
Alright it is only preseason but it’s good to see the Hawks back on the ice where they belong. Even though pre-season games are just that there are several things that can be noted particularly since this is an audition for many of the younger players.
The Lines for the most part were Sharp-Toews-Hossa; Saad-Richards-Kane; Carey-Rasmussen-Morin & Mashinter-Danault-Bass. The Defensive pairing were Keith-Seabrook; Hjalmarsson-Dahlbeck & Rozsival-Cumisky.
Of the young forwards, Phillip Danault really stood out. He is very defensively responsible and was a faceoff monster at 67% which tied with the Captain for the highest percentage. Not too shabby. He also had two b...
We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.
Well the only thing the Blackhawks needed to spark them was Marian Hossa. Number 81 came back to the Hawks lineup in style with a goal and a couple of assists as he powered the Hawks past his old team and old Hawks rival the Detroit Red Wings. This was a game that the Hawks desperately needed to get back on track.
The game saw Corey Crawford in goal for the Blackhawks and Jimmy Howard in nets for the Red Wings. The first period was fast paced and tight and was scoreless.
You could say if Hossa powered the Hawks to victory Ben Smith iginited them in the second period with a goal and an assist. The Blackhawks scoring got started by a Nick Leddy blast from the far point that was ...
The Blackhawks (32-8-11) are playing the first game of a back-to-back against the Red Wings (21-18-10) on Wednesday, in Detroit, before going to Minnesota to play the Wild on Thursday. The Hawks are coming off a shootout win against Boston on Sunday, one that saw Patrick Kane score his first shootout goal of the season. It will be the first meeting this season for the Blackhawks and Red Wings, since Detroit was moved to the Eastern conference.
The Red Wings have faced some issues this season, with an onslaught of injurie...
The Detroit Red Wings coverage in the first episode had displayed a tame and reluctant club in front of the cameras, mostly regurgitating cliché lines the viewers are accustomed to hear in the post-game. This second episode, though, captured the unfiltered inner sanctum of the Red Wings. If Detroit wanted to appear composed and level-headed in front of the cameras, the team’s losing streak derailed any hope of that.
With that, here are some of the more interesting tidbits regarding the Red Wings:
Brendan Smith alluded to Mike Babcock asking him who he’d rather play against, Sidney Crosby ...
Ranked towards the bottom of the league in scoring, the Flyers were able to utilize a rare offensive outburst Wednesday night in Detroit en route to a 6-3 win.
Coming into Wednesday's game against the Red Wings, the Flyers averaged just 2.07 goals per game, which places them second to last in the league, just ahead of the Buffalo Sabres at 1.61.
Behind a career night from Sean Couturier and a strong four-goal third period, the Flyers were able to almost triple their average.
In fact, it was Couturier’s first career four-point night (at least in the regular season), as he finished the game with 2 goals and 2 assists. He now has five goals and five assists in nine games since breaking his scoring drought on Nov. 19 against Ottawa.
(Photo: The Flyers celebrate a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings, who actually boasted a power play worse than the Flyers, put on a clinic with the man-advantage and it paid off.
Detroit scored three power play goals and absolutely dominated a slow and sloppy Flyers team, 5-2, Saturday in Detroit. The Flyers gave up seven power play opportunities and it killed momentum much of the game.
The Red Wings got three-point efforts from four of their players. Nicklas Kronwall (goal, two assists), Pavel Datsyuk (goal, two assists), Henrik Zetterberg (two goals, assist) and Daniel Alfredsson (three assists) all put on star performances.
(Photo: Flyers winger Tye McGinn tries to play a puck in the first. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)