Category Archives: Eastern Conference

Hawks Ink Finnish Goaltender!

Today the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they have signed Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta (AHN-tee RAHN-tah) to a one year contract. Raanta became eligible to sign with an NHL team on June 1st, and according to committedindians.com Raanta tweeted that he had made a decision, and that team was Chicago, Edmonton was also in the mix for the Finnish goalies.

1305676590141Antti led his team Assat Pori to the SM-liiga title with a 1.45 GAA and a .955 save percentage, as well ad being named the MVP of the regular season and the playoffs. The 6-0 182 pound goalie was a member of the 2013 IIHF World Championship recording a 4-3 record with a 2.09 GAA and a 93 save precentage. In five seasons with Lukko Rauma and Assat Pori of SM-liiga he is 48-27-16.

According to Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED in Edmonton tweeted  “If Raanta ends up in Chicago would mirror the Ducks signing a 25 year-old Jonas Hiller out of Davos during ’07 Stanley Cup run.” With Emery a free agent at the end of this year and Crawford at the end of next year, Raanta could be the next number one in Chicago.

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Must Win For Hawks In Game 6!

The Hawks are in a must win situation going into game six tonight in Detroit down 3-2 in the best of seven series. The Hawks have clawed their way back into this series after winning game five on Corey CrawfordSaturday night at the United Center 4-1. In the victory the Hawks got a big boost from center Andrew Shaw who scored a PPG and an even strength tally to lead the Hawks, while Corey Crawford made 25 of 26 saves, and has allowed one or fewer goals in six of his 10 starts this postseason.

“It’s way harder on your psyche when you play well and you get thrashed,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We weren’t very good, period [in Game 5]. We skated better than in Game 1, but it was a lot like Game 1. They were good and we were watching.” courtesy of Brian Hedger of NHL.com. The Wings would much rather end this series tonight in Detroit than have to fly back to Chicago for game seven on Wednesday night. The Wings in order to close the Hawks out tonight are going to need another big game out of Jimmy Howard, as well as talented young forwards Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist.

The Hawks need to just take this game one shift at a time, one period at a time to be successful and to force a game seven. The hawks in game five were very physical, they won board battles and moved the puck on the PP. Tonight the faceoffs are going to be key,joel-quenneville the Blackhawks in 10 games are 48% on faceoffs and haven’t won the faceoff battle yet in this series. Look for the Hawks to dump the puck in the zone and use the dump and retrieve method, instead of skating into the zone. The Hawks have the momentum, and will win game six 3-0, and force a game seven Wednesday night.

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Who Are the Top 10 NHL Agitators of All Time

With the Blackhawks and Red Wings playing in Round 2 and it being a very physical series, here is the top 10 NHL agitators of all time.

Rangers vs. Washington Game 2

New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals: 11:30 am on NBC

In game one the Capitals scored three goals in the second period by Alexander Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera, to give the Caps a 3-1 win and a 1-0 series lead going into today’s game.

161817670Special Teams are going to be the key for the Rangers. In game one the Rangers took four penalties in the first 27 minutes of the game, giving up a power play goal to Ovechkin on the fourth penalty. Their PP wasn’t any better, the Rangers failed to convert on a 56-second 5-3 opportunity, as well as going 0-4 on the man advantage.

The Capitals don’t need to change much for game two. In game one Washington won all the territory battles, got great goaltending from Braden Holtby, and the special teams were outstanding. alex-ovechkin-getty-tThe Special teams was the biggest boost for the Capitals with Ovechkin scoring a PP goal in the second, and the PK killing of a 5-3, and four penalties.

Injury report: or the Rangers, Clowe, Staal, Dorsett and Boyle are game-time decisions. … The Capitals are missing Brooks Laich (sports hernia)

What Was Happening In 1991?

With the New York Islanders making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years, it got me thinking what was going on in the United States in 1991.

  • Cost of a gallon of gas was $1.12
  • Popular Films
    • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    • The Silence of the Lambs
    • Hook
    • The Addams Family
    • Sleeping with the Enemy
    • Father of the Bride
    • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Backdraft
    • Beethoven
    • Thelma & Louise
  • The President of the United States was George H.W. Bush
  • Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested after the remains of 11 men and boys are found in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin  apartment.
  • Operation Desert Storm United Nations Coalition Force led by the United States and including many Arab and European countries Bombs Iraq Forces in Kuwait and after 1 month of bombing Land invasion forces Iraq Forces out of Kuwait and back to Iraq.
  • pic493484Vanilla Ice Electronic Rap Game ($14.99) Create new raps by playing rhyming cards to fill in the blanks on the game board. Then rap them out to the rhythm of the electronic beat box mike.

Crosby Skates, And Neal Is Out

With their 5-0 win last night against the Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to be heading for a sweep. They did this with out star Sydney Crosby who is still out with a broken jaw.

pittsburgh-penguinsToday the star forward skated on the first line with line mates Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, as well as practicing with the first power play unit. Cosby is still listed as day to day, but according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, said that Crosby is skating like a man who wants to play in game two.

In the blowout win the Pens did lose James Neal to an lower body injury, possibly an ankle, Neal did not participate in practice. Pittsburgh and Islanders play game two on Friday in Pittsburgh on  NBCSN at 7 pm.

Can The Islanders Overcome Powerful Pens?

The Pittsburgh Penguins took the Islanders and whipped them like a government mule, defeating New York 5-0 in game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

imagesThe question now is can the Islanders come back and beat the number one team in the East, after missing the post season the last 22 years? I think they can! The Islanders are a team that has so much young talent that, its hard to count them out. John Taveras, Matt Moulson, Mark Streit, and Evgeni Nabakov are the core of the team, and have the skill and talent to take down the mighty Penguins. However, it is going to be an uphill battle.

New York Islanders v Pittsburgh PenguinsTonight we saw how much talent and veteran leadership the Penguins have, which will make the Islanders road to round two a tough one. Even without Sydney Crosby, the Pens have Malkin, Neil, Dupuis, Iginla, Cooke and many more who can and will contribute on a nightly basis.

Here is what the Islanders have to do to come back in the series. New York needs to play a solid hockey game. Now this doesn’t mean that they have to lay big hits, they don’t need to be cute with the puck, all they have to do is play in side their system and get solid goaltending from Nabakov.