NHL Three Stars of the Night for Friday 1. Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders | 4 Goals, +3, 6 SOG, 18:15 | – Okposo netted his first career hat trick with a four goal night in a 6-3 win over the Penguins. Okposo’s big night included scoring 3 goals in the third period. Okposo scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the third vs the Penguins and iced the game, jamming home his 4th goal of the night on the power play with 2:31 remaining to push the Islanders lead to 5-3. Okposo scored three straight goals in the third for the Islanders. Okposo has 13 goals and 41 points on the seaso 2.James Neal, Nashville Predators | 2 Goals, +2, 5 SOG, 19:02 TOI | – Neal scored twice, including the game winner with 1:40 remaining in regulation, leading the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the WashingtonRead More »
BLUES ACQUIRE RYAN MILLER The trade deadline frenzy is underway. The St. Louis Blues are going for it, acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016. It’s a very good deal for both teams. The intrigue is in Buffalo. It’s widely believed that the plan is to now move Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak for more future assets. Minnesota is a team to keep an eye on with Halak Speculation has been rampant on Stewart landing with Ottawa or the New York Rangers. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has hinted at a big deal possibly being in the works between the Senators and Sabres with Stewart and Matt Moulson going to Ottawa.
Sunday Janaury 17, 2010 Trade talks are heating up with the trade deadline 6 weeks away but with some many teams still in the playoff mix, it’s unlikely many deals will be struck before the Olympic trade freeze (February 12 – February 28th) as teams are leery to make a run at veterans who are participating in the Olympics. In the Eastern Conference the only team in sell mode at this point is the Carolina Hurricanes. Even the Toronto Maple Leafs are only 9 points out of the playoffs. In the Western Conference, Edmonton is clearly in sell mode while the Blues and Blue Jackets are expected to begin shopping a number of veterans in the next couple weeks. The Latest buzz on the rumor mill Ovechkin + Kovalchuk = Cup? It has been no secret that the Washington Capitals have some kind of interest in Thrashers star wing IlyaRead More »
Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves and was 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-1) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (21-10-3) 2-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win and 25th win of the season. Sabres goaltender Patrick Lalime did his best impression of Ryan Miller making 23 saves and holding the Penguins to one goal in regulation. Kris Letang scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh in the shootout. Sidney Crosby (5-for-6) was stopped by Lalime in the shootout for the first time this season. The big story of the night was Marc Andre Fleury who earned his 21st win of the season. At the young age of 25, Fleury has established himself as one of the top 5 goaltenders in the game. His development over the past two seasons has him right where the Penguins expected him to be when they drafted him 1st overall in 2003. TheRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-1) @ Buffalo Sabres (21-10-2) Just got word from a source that Max Talbot will return to the lineup tonight. Talbot has been a healthy scratch in the lineup for the past two games. Talbot will replace Eric Godard in the lineup and skate on the 4th line with Michael Rupp and Craig Adams. Penguins @ Sabres Preview
The Buffalo Sabres beat the New York Rangers Saturday night 4-2 to move into 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The loss was costly as starter goaltender Ryan Miller will be out indefinitely with an high ankle injury. The early prognosis has Miller sidelined for¬†5-6 weeks. Updated Eastern Conference Standings ( 5-10 ) 5. Montreal | 60GP | 69 PTS | 6. Florida | 59 GP | 68 PTS | 7. Buffalo | 60 GP | 68 PTS | 8. NY Rangers | 60 GP | 68 PTS | 9. Carolina | 60 GP | 65 PTS | 10. Pittsburgh | 60 GP | 64 PTS