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Posted on: May 8, 2010 7:57 am
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The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins, Canadiens both have the same attitude ... Game 5 is very important to swing the series. The eighth-seeded Canadiens, who waged a last-ditch effort to send the Capitals on their way to summer vacation in the first round, have found comfort in a devil-may-care style of play. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges doing a great job shutting down Sidney Crosby. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Even though the Sharks still have a commanding 3-1 lead, the Red Wings 7-1 win in Game 4 casts some doubts about the Sharks. "I think we move on and it's over," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "We have to put it behind us. If we carry that baggage or luggage with us, we'll be behind the 8-ball." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings looking to Game 5 and only Game 5 for now. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Red Wings have to do five things to stave off elimination and claim series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Bruins lead 3-1)

Simon Gagne had quite a return. What started as a painful shift with 14:10 elapsed in the first OT ended only 30 seconds later with pure jubilation. His goal - and chance to play hero - was the exact reason why he decided to push the envelope and return to his teammates at their most desperate hour. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Brian Boucher wasn't at his best, but he'll take the victory. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Stuart hits the ice for the first time since April 1. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks (Blackhawks lead 3-1)

• Vancouver continued to take cheap shots and penalites, which was fine by the Blackhawks. They took the power play chances, the goals and not a 3-1 lead in the series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Blackhawks' Dave Bolland and his line are getting in the head of the Sedin twins. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

Roberto Luongo gets pounded again, putting Canucks in deep trouble. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Posted on: May 7, 2010 9:34 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 3-0)

• Facing the disgrace of a series sweep on their home ice, it would be surprising if the Flyers didn't find a way to win at least one game. The sweep-avoiding win seems like a fairly common phenomenon. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Simon Gagne practices for Flyers, might play Game 4. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• With David Krejci hurt, Bruins have a hole at the center position. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Blackhawks lead 2-1)

• As the heroes seemingly change every night for the Blackhawks during the playoffs, goalie Antti Niemi has emerged as the indispensable constant. Not bad for an inexperienced goalie who has been thrust into playoff spotlight. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Several Blackhawks have fond memories of Vancouver Olympics. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Changes coming to Canucks roster as team is looking for a win. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks at No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-1)

• Red Wings respond to challenge by scoring ... and scoring ... and scoring. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' Ryane Clowe says easy to forget loss with series lead. [ Detroit Free Press ]

• Sharks' lack of focus brings memories of 2006 when they lost to Edmonton. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins at No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 2-2)

• Penguins' Stars, who didn't play like much, are the ones to blame. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Tomas Plekanec says its time for the Canadiens to use fan advantage. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Posted on: May 5, 2010 8:30 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 2-0)

• Even though the Bruins are missing Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg from their defense, the bench has stepped up. It's more a reflection on the teamwide depth advantage the Bruins carry over the Flyers and into tonight's Game 3. [ Boston Globe ]

• Flyers must do a better job on faceoffs against Bruins. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers forward Simon Gagne hopes to return before series is over. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 9:30 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• Blackhawks look to build on Game 2 momentum as the series heads to Vancouver. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks power-play team struggling, but doesn't have time to panic. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 2-0)

Marc-Andre Fleury made his presence felt in a big way and stole the show from Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak in Game 3. But nobody is surprised. "He's a gamer," Penguins goaltending coach Gilles Meloche marveled afterward. "He wins games." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Evgeni Malkin has feeding frenzy for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Melee at the end of the second period ends up hurting Canadiens. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 3-0)

• The third period continues to be a sort spot for the Red Wings. Over the past three games, Detroit has been outscored 5-1 and outshot 42-25. "That's not our game plan," insisted Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, "But I think we've been able to get better as the games go on." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings dig themsleves a deep hole after losing Game 3. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 22, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Series Recap: Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 1

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Series MVP: Brian Boucher, G, Philadelphia Flyers

At no point during the regular season did the Flyers consider Boucher their No. 1 netminder. That is likely to change after his superb effort Philadelphia's defeat of the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. In five games, Boucher posted a .940 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. Aside from a 5-3 loss in Game 2, in which he allowed four goals, Boucher held the Devils to two or fewer goals. And in Game 5, when the Flyers were without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne , the netminder stepped up his game with a 28-save shutout.

Expert Picks

On Target

Wes Goldstein: Philadelphia in 7: Flyers match up well against the Devils and they get stoked by this rivalry.
Erin Brown: Philadelphia in 7: Coming through in the clutch has eluded Martin Brodeur lately.

Off the Mark

Mike Hurcomb: New Jersey in 6: Brodeur will erase Philadelphia's high of sneaking into playoffs.
Dennis Dodd: New Jersey in 5: Never bet against Brodeur, and with Ilya Kovalchuk , the Devils should coast.

 

No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia
Date Location Time/Score
Apr. 14 at New Jersey PHI, 2-1 Recap
Apr. 16 at New Jersey NJ, 5-3 Recap
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia PHI, 3-2 (OT) Recap
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia PHI, 4-1 Recap
Apr. 22 at New Jersey PHI, 3-0 Recap
Philadelphia wins series, 4-1


Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:57 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Devils will win if: They take advantage of the big advantage they have in goal. Martin Brodeur is arguably the best netminder of his generation and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher , well, is not. The key here is that New Jersey isn't all about defense any more, even with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench, especially since the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk . The dynamic Russian forward hasn't put up eye-popping numbers since his mid-season arrival, but his presence means that teams can no longer shut down the Devils by shutting down Zach Parise 's line. And yes, the Devils can still play defense, too, an area of their game that will be helped by a healthy Paul Martin back on the blue line. New Jersey has to be disciplined, though, because the Flyers power play is one of the best in the league.

The Flyers will win if: They keep playing the way they did to end the season. Philadelphia has essentially been playing for its playoff life for a couple of weeks now. The Flyers battled back from a five-game losing streak to end March by winning three of their last four, including an emotional do-or-die finale against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side for the Flyers is that they head into this series as healthy as they have been all year and with the knowledge they have effectively controlled New Jersey in all meetings between the bitter rivals this season. Several Philadelphia players had disappointing seasons, but with Jeff Carter , Mike Richards , Danny Briere and Simon Gagne , there is a lot of fire power up front. And the blueline group led by Chris Pronger compares favorably to any other in the league.

Regular Season Recap

New Jersey: 48-27-7, 103 points (1st, Atlantic Division)

Philadelphia: 41-35-6, 88 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)

 

Schedules
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 at New Jersey * 7 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Philadelphia * TBD
Apr. 27 at New Jersey * 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Philadelphia wins, 5-1
Date Result
Oct. 3 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2 Recap
Nov. 16 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Dec. 12 New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1 Recap
Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) Recap
Mar. 28 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic NJ PHI
Goals For (Avg.) 2.63 2.83
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.27 2.71
Power Play 18.7% 21.4%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 83.0%


 
 
 
 
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