Two surprise teams sit atop the top three spots in the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes with the Washington Capitals right there at the top with them. The Pittsburgh Penguins are just a single point away from third and the Columbus Blue Jackets are three points away with a game in hand on each of them. The Philadelphia Flyers are now slipping away, they are seven points back from playoff contention. The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils round out the division and have been out of the playoff picture for a good portion of the season. Let’s go over each team’s situation for the rest of this season and beyond. Continue reading →
The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to make huge splashes in the trade market as the team announced today that they have acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2022 fifth round pick. Also today, the Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Julius Bergman, a 2019 fourth-round pick, and a 2019 seventh round pick.
It didn’t take too long after everyone rolled out of their beds on Monday morning for the Winnipeg Jets to add to their offensive core. The Jets acquired Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, another conditional fourth-round pick, and Brendan Lemieux.
People were wondering what the Stars’ approach would be at the deadline, as they are deadlocked with Colorado as the first seed in the Western Conference Wild Card race.
They answered that question yesterday by making an under-the-radar trade with the New York Rangers, acquiring nine-year veteran winger Mats Zuccarello in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2019, and a conditional third in 2020.
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a trade with the New York Rangers. While it may seem like an interesting one, Darren Raddysh was traded from the AHL Rockford IceHogs to the Hartford Wolf Pack for Peter Holland.
Tonight, we will see one special game in the NHL. The New York Rangers are hosting the Los Angeles Kings at the Madison Square Garden. At first glance, you would maybe think, that it’s not an attractive game at all. You would be probably right. Both the Rangers and the Kings are far away from the playoff contention. However, they played together in the Stanley Cup finals from five years back. Those times seem to be long forgotten by both fanbases.
The NHL is finally back in action. The schedule has been very light with only two games played last night. Tonight we have just three games to break down, so every game is in play. The Jets/Bruins has the chance of being a high event game, followed by Flyers/Rangers and Sabres/Blue Jackets to round out the card. Let’s get to it!