Archive for March, 2014

Flyers-Bruins: 5 things you need to know (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

By at 29 March, 2014, 9:32 pm

The Flyers (39-27-7) have the unenviable task of trying to shut down the red-hot Boston Bruins (51-17-6) Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is set for 12:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center and the game will be televised on NBC. The Bruins are scary good. Well, …

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Islanders continue spoiler role vs. Devils (The SportsXchange)

By at 29 March, 2014, 9:26 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — In providing a glimpse at a promising future, the New York Islanders are doing their best to also ruin the present for more than one Eastern Conference playoff hopeful. Centers Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson scored in the shootout S…

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Nielsen lifts Islanders to 2-1 SO win over Devils (The Associated Press)

By at 29 March, 2014, 9:22 pm

Once the game goes to a shootout, the New Jersey Devils are already a beaten team. The latest, a 2-1 defeat to the also-ran New York Islanders on Saturday night, pushed the Devils closer to missing the playoffs. ”Even if we were just .500 on those, we…

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Nielsen lifts Islanders to 2-1 SO win over Devils (The Associated Press)

By at 29 March, 2014, 9:22 pm

Once the game goes to a shootout, the New Jersey Devils are already a beaten team. The latest, a 2-1 defeat to the also-ran New York Islanders on Saturday night, pushed the Devils closer to missing the playoffs. ”Even if we were just .500 on those, we…

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Islanders 2, Devils 1 (The SportsXchange)

By at 29 March, 2014, 8:07 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Centers Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson scored in the shootout as the New York Islanders once again played spoiler at Nassau Coliseum by edging the New Jersey Devils 2-1. The Islanders, who lost to Tampa Bay in a franchise-record 13-…

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NHL Playoff Death Watch: Nobody wants East wild cards; Stars surge ahead (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 March, 2014, 8:04 am

Since we’re down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a chance to create some breathing room on the Easter Conference bubble. But they lost to Pittsburgh.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a chance to get back into a playoff position. But they lost to Philly.
Combined with Detroit’s loss on Thursday … does anyone want this thing?
Well, we’ll learn a lot on Saturday, as all four teams with 80 points (as well as the 76-point Devils) are in action – including the Leafs and the Red Wings in a critical game for both.
So what are the chances these teams make the dance?
All playoff percentages are from Sports Club Stats ; tragic numbers and other figures via the NHL. A team is eliminated from play-offs when their “Tragic Number” hits 0.
Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

Team

Place/ Pts./ROW (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance 1 st Wild Card

% Chance of 2 nd Wild Card B

Columbus Blue Jackets

WILD CARD 1/80/32 (4H/5A)

29

22

Detroit Red Wings

WILD CARD 2/80/28 (4H/5A)

27

23

Washington Capitals

9th/80/25 (4H/5A)

18

15

20

Toronto Maple Leafs

10th/80/27 (4H/3A)

14

7

13

New Jersey Devils

11th/76/31 (5H/4A)

14

7

13

Ottawa Senators

12th/74/26 (6H/3A)

12

0

2

Carolina Hurricanes

13th/73/31 (4H/5A)

11

0

1

New York Islanders

14th/66/22(4H/5A)

4

0

The New York Rangers lost in Calgary and the Flyers topped the Leafs, which means Philly (85 points) is back to being one point in back of the Blueshirts (86 points) for second in the Metro – with two games in-hand.
The Islanders can be eliminated tonight if they lose to the Devils and there’s some combination of wins and losses on the playoff bubble.
Meanwhile in the Western Conference:

Team

Place/Record/Pts. (Games Remaining)

Tragic #

% Chance Wild Card A

% Chance of Wild Card B

Minnesota Wild

WILD CARD 1/85/30 (4H/4A)

36

38

Phoenix Coyotes

WILD CARD 2/84/30 (5H/3A)

46

31

Dallas Stars

9th/81/32 (3H/6A)

15

17

29

Vancouver Canucks

10th/79/29 (6H/1A)

9

0

3

Nashville Predators

11th/75/30 (3H/5A)

7

0

0

Winnipeg Jets

12th/75/26 (3H/5A)

5

0

0

Calgary Flames

13th/69/25 (2H/6A)

1

0

Huge win for the Stars, 7-3 over Nashville, both in score and in impact.
Said Colton Sceviour: “With the games in hand we’re still sitting in a good spot but games in hand only matter if you win them. We can’t really afford to lose games and fall behind so winning this game is huge. Now that we got this one, we got to focus on the next game.”
The next game is at St. Louis, who is still in prime position to win the Presidents’ Trophy (107 points). But the most important game is happening in Glendale, as the Wild visit the Coyotes in a game that’ll dramatically shape the wild card race.
The Ducks’ OT loss last night inched them up to 102 points, one behind the San Jose Sharks in the race to see who doesn’t have to play LA in the first round.

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O’Reilly avoids penalty box, leads Avs in goals (The Associated Press)

By at 28 March, 2014, 4:34 pm

Not once this season has Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly cross-checked an opponent. The Avalanche are 73 games into the season and O’Reilly, the team’s leading goal scorer, has yet to be sent to the penalty box. According to the Avalanche, t…

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Factbox: National Hockey League playoff race (Reuters)

By at 28 March, 2014, 1:46 pm

(Reuters) – State of play in the National Hockey League playoff race before the regular season ends on April 13. The top three teams from each division earn automatic berths while the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, regardless of …

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Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Joe Haggerty on Bruins; playoff ‘miracles’; Game Show Friday (Puck Daddy)

By at 28 March, 2014, 11:54 am

LISTEN HERE! [ And if that doesn’t work, try here. ]
It’s a (getting down on) Friday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we’re talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Joe Haggerty of CSN New England joins us to talk about the streaking Boston Bruins.
• GAME SHOW FRIDAY
• The Minnesota Wild in trouble.
• The New York Islanders for sale.
• The Eastern Conference bubble.
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Lightning-Sabres Preview (The Associated Press)

By at 28 March, 2014, 11:46 am

Buffalo’s victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning three weeks ago was surprising to say the least, but it certainly didn’t do much to inspire the last-place Sabres to earn many more. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has bounced back nicely in its chase for h…

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