Post Tagged with: "The East"

Dear Dan Bylsma……..

Dear Dan Bylsma……..

Dear Dan Bylsma, Your Pittsburgh Penguins were on a roll and looking like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. You had the best line in the NHL with […]

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With six games remaining, some important decisions looming for Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins

It might be safe to say that out of the six Eastern Conference teams still in the hunt for the playoffs, the Boston Bruins have the most difficult schedule of remaining regular season games. The Bruins will first host the 9th seed Washington Capitals, just two points out of playoff contention before heading to New York for back-to-back games against the all-but-eliminated Islanders and a Rangers team which they’re winless against this season. After that, the Bruins will come back home to play the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, travel to Ottawa to face the team closest to catching them for the Northeast Division lead and close out the season back in Boston against the Buffalo Sabres who are 7-1-2 in their last ten games.

A bit daunting when you think about how inconsistent the Bruins have been at times during the season, eh?

The good news is that the Bruins could potentially clinch a playoff spot in their next game with a win or overtime loss against Washington on Thursday. The bad news is that the division, along with their potential first round opponent, is far from being decided. Pair that with some tough decisions that Boston coach Claude Julien will face regarding starting goaltending and resting key players and you have to think: this will not be an easy two weeks for the Boston Bruins.

by · March 28, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins, Uncategorized
Ilya Bryzgalov will look to bounce back in 2012-13 (Icon SMI)

Evaluating the Flyers Possible Playoff Matchups

The Flyers might be in a tough spot when the NHL playoffs come around in a few weeks. With the New Jersey Devils 4 points behind them, and the Flyers […]

by · March 28, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers Win Playoff Fight, Face Slumping Red Wings

New York Rangers Win Playoff Fight, Face Slumping Red Wings

The Rangers have fought through the season clinching a playoff spot Monday night defeating their division rivals, the New Jersey Devils, but all is not quiet on the Eastern front. […]

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Bonehead Play Costs Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres

I was beginning to wonder if Brendan Shanahan was taking a hiatus.  Let’s face it; he hasn’t been very busy lately.  On Tuesday, I was reassured that he was just […]

Sidney Crosby understands the urgency the Penguins must play with in this shortened season. (Tom Turk/THW)

The Anxiety of Sidney Crosby’s Return

The city of Pittsburgh has been buzzing since the news broke that their savior and captain Sidney Crosby is due for a 2nd return to the ice this season. Crosby […]

by · March 11, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Uncategorized
Defending KHL champs eliminated, Metallurg forces Game Seven

Defending KHL champs eliminated, Metallurg forces Game Seven

The Kontinental Hockey League will have a new champion at season’s end. Defending Gagarin Cup champion Salavat Yulaev and its superstar Alexander Radulov have been eliminated from the playoffs. Meanwhile, […]

by · March 10, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, KHL
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Who’s In and Who’s Out in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Playoff Race?

By Bob Mand, Contributing Editor The NHL regular season ends on April 7, less than a month away. With three postseason spots up for grabs in the East, who will […]

Brian Burke has plenty of free agency options this summer (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

Don Cherry Was Wrong This Time

Don Cherry is a legend. As many of our readers know, I have been quick to defend him in the past when people would go crazy over every little thing. […]

Can Brandon Dubinsky and the fans forget the season so far?

Can Brandon Dubinsky and the fans forget the season so far?

On Thursday night Brandon Dubinsky nearly cost his team dearly by taking an unsportsmanlike penalty in the dying embers of the first period in the Rangers 3-2 victory over the […]

by · March 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers
Road warriors on display in KHL’s Eastern Conference

Road warriors on display in KHL’s Eastern Conference

Three of the four teams facing a potential 0-2 hole in the first round of the KHL playoffs bounced back from a Game One loss to even the series yesterday. […]

by · March 3, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · International Hockey, KHL
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At the Deadline: Sabres Make 2 Deals, Add Cody Hodgson

With just under 30 minutes to go before the 3pm EST trade deadline, it appeared as though the Buffalo Sabres were going to stick it out with their current roster […]

by · February 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Buffalo Sabres, Trades Contracts and Transactions