Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can Quick Get A Fourth Straight Bagel?

Over Jonathan Quick's last three starts, he has stopped all 83 shots he has faced and has set a Kings franchise record with three consecutive goose eggs (please excuse some of the hockey jargon, I am a fan of Quick and the Kings and I don't want to go jinxing them by saying that dreaded word before the game).

In Quick's last appearance, he turned away all 28 shots thrown his way in a 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars. Quick got a game off when the Kings faced the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, but will be in net tonight when the Kings and Stars face off for the second time in five days.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Is It Time To Panic In Vancouver?

Earlier, the Canucks found themselves skating off their home ice after losing to the St. Louis Blues 3-0, the third time the Canucks have been shutout this season. The '11-'12 season, although young, has presented quite a problem for the defending Western Conference champs.

The Vancouver Canucks have played 10 games and currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, with a 4-5-1 record. The face of the franchise, Roberto Luongo, has a 2-3-1 record, 3.45 goals against average, and save percentage of .868 in six starts. The team has a goals for, goals against differential of minus-5, compared to the plus-77 they finished last season with.

Fans in Vancouver have booed Luongo out of his crease five times in the six games he has started.There are rumblings about trading Luongo, things that dont usually happen until a playoff let down, and the Canucks look far from the Presidents Trophy team they were last season.

 But the Canucks' faithful should not panic quite yet.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Columbus Looks For First Win Of The Season, Against Undefeated Detroit

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the NHL's only remaining team without a win in the 2011-2012 season. The Detroit Red Wings will look to keep a zero in the Blue Jackets' win column tonight, when the Jackets travel to Detroit.

The two teams are off to two very different starts to their respective seasons. Detroit (4-0-0) is off to its best start since '97-'98 while Columbus (0-5-1) is stuck in the middle of the worst start in franchise history.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doughty's Injury Could Be Voynov's Golden Ticket

Last Saturday, Los Angeles Kings defense man, Drew Doughty, was punished by an open ice by Zac Rinaldo of the Phildelphia Flyers. Doughty returned for a shift after the hit, but was later ruled out for the remaining two periods of the game.

A day later, Doughty was placed on the injured reserve list, were he will remain until at least this Saturday, due to an upper body injury.

Enter Slava Voynov.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Winnipeg Jets Are Playing Like The Atlanta Thrashers

 Dustin Byfuglien #33 Of The Winnipeg Jets Disputes

The Winnipeg Jets were welcomed back to the Manitoba capital just over a week ago, when they opened their season at home against the Montreal Canadiens. The Jets went on to lose that contest by a score of 5-1.

Since that game, the Jets went 0-2 on a road trip, where they were outscored 8-4, against the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Now the Jets will return home where they hope to get into the win column for the first time this season, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Jets/Thrashers franchise has won just one game in their last 13 meetings against the Penguins, over the last three years.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rick DiPietro Is Probably Made Of Glass

Just several days after taking a Brian Rolston shot off of the mask, New York Islanders goalie, Rick DiPietro has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely according to the Islanders Twitter feed.

This being the latest injury in the oft-injured DiPietro's career. A career which is highlighted by a contact signed in 2006 that locked DiPietro up for 15 years with a $4.5 million annual cap hit. However, injuries have recently kept DiPietro from being the Islanders' go to goalie.

Last season, after DiPietro suffered facial fractures (pictured above) courtesy of a one punch knockout by Brent Johnson, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Scott Lewis at the Score was generous enough to put together this snapshot of DiPietro's history of injuries.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Buffalo Sabres Stampede Past Premiere Games

The Buffalo Sabres finished up their European tour, where they outscored their opponents by a score of 8-3,  with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings earlier today. This win concluded a trip where the Sabres easily beat their opponent in both of their contests.

The first contest of the season, against the Anaheim Ducks, was also won by the Sabres by a score of 4-2.

When the Sabres return to Buffalo they will come home with a 2-0 record, a power play unit that seems to have clicked quite well, and the feeling that they just beat two teams that are supposed to be some of the tougher teams in the league.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Kings' and Rangers' New Richards Make An Immediate Impact

During the off season, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers were involved in two of the biggest summer acquisitions. The Rangers were able to sign last season's number one free agent, Brad Richards, while the Kings were involved in summer's biggest trade bringing Mike Richards away form Philadelphia to Los Angeles.

Both players were brought into their respective locker rooms in order to help their new team take a step towards the NHL's biggest prize, the Stanley Cup.

In the first game of both the Kings', Rangers', and their respective Richards' seasons they found themselves in Stockholm, Sweden as a part of the Compuware NHL Premiere games. Both Richards did not wait to make their presence felt.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

11 Predictions About The 2011-2012 Season

Hockey fans around the world are pulling their favorite team's jerseys out of their closets, restocking the fridge in their team memorabilia filled man caves, and gearing up for the 95th NHL season, which is set to get under way in just a few hours.

At the start of every season there are favorites to win the Cup and various individual  awards, teams that seem destined to fail, and players that are certain to leave their mark in the record books. Before players, once again lace up their skates in order to try and get a chance to lift hockey's holy grail, here is 11 predictions about the 2011 season.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jagr's 1600th Point Highlights Next Year's Possible Player Milestones

The 2011-2012 NHL season is just a few days away, and over the course of the next season several players will likely hit major milestones in their NHL careers.

In the crease, Buffalo's goaltender, Ryan Miller, who is currently at 399 game played will have reached 400 games played when he starts for the Sabres in a few days.

Also several goaltenders may reach their 100 win mark, Ottawa's Craig Anderson, and Montreal's Carey Price both have sit two wins away at 98. Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick is four wins away from 100, while San Jose's Antero Niittymaki and Nashville's Pekka Rinner can reach 100 if they win five games.