NHL Heats Up: Hot Hockey Girls, Rangers Hopeful, Playoffs Preview

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NEW YORK, NY – We’re getting down to it. Its the penultimate weekend of the NHL regular season and there are still a few things to play for. Locally, the New York Hockey Rangers clinched their playoff berth earlier this week. It was a rough West Coast swing for the Blueshirts. After missing eight games through injury, Henrik Lundqvist came back and gave up five goals two games in a row. Hopefully he sorts it out by next weekend. The Rangers play the Penguins tonight at MSG. The Rangers haven’t been great on home ice this season. They’ll have to sort out their home form in the playoffs. It may be a good thing that they won’t have home ice advantage in any round of the playoffs.

It’s looking like the Broadway Blues are going to play the Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs, but the Senators still have a shot at catching Les Habitants. At the time of writing, the Sens trail Les Habs by four points and have a game in hand. It should be an interesting ten days in the Atlantic Division.

The Metropolitan division should be just as fun. The Capitals are back to winning ways after rattling off six in a row. But the Blue Jackets are lurking and trail the Caps by just five points with a game in hand. The teams face off Sunday afternoon in what should be a peach of a game that could swing the race for the President’s Trophy in the favor of the Caps, Jackets or even the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Hawks have played some stellar hockey these last two months to pull away from Angry Ward’s Minnesota Wild at the top of the Central Division. The Blues and Predators are in a battle for the third spot in the Central. They’re also jockeying for position with the Calgary Flames for the Wild Card spots in the Western Conference. The Flames have a tough road ahead. They play the Pacific-leading Ducks twice and the second-place Sharks once. The Blues and Preds play each other Sunday. After that both teams have easy-ish run-ins to the end of the season.

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The Pacific Division is still wide open. The Ducks, Sharks, and Oilers are all within two points of each other. With six games to go over ten days, the division crown could go anywhere. The one thing we know for sure is that the Kings will not be wearing that crown. Los Angeles will be watching this year’s playoffs along with the Detroit Red Wings. The two perennial playoff teams and Stanley Cup contenders will not be at the dance this year.

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It’s the end of an era for the Red Wings, who have made the playoffs every season since George HW Bush was in office. They won four Stanley Cups during that stretch and have been a thorn in the side for a lot of teams. But all good things must come to an end. The playoff streak and the Joe Louis Arena will go the way of disco next weekend.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
  • AngryWard

    Minnesota full-on crapped the bed down the stretch after looking dominant for most of the season. CheesyBruin was right, Stanley Cups are not won in January. They managed to shellac the Sens last night, so hopefully that gets them back on the winning track. I would love to see a first round series between the Rangers and Canadiens.

    • Big Blue 56

      I am worried about Lundquist. Shaky. Let the other guy play.

    • Different Matt

      The Wild ran out of gas. They should get through the first round but they may get pasted by the Blackhawks.

  • jgclancy

    Cheesybruin is just waiting for his Bruins to collapse and be the bubble team……that is al

    • bosoxbruin04

      NOOOOO! haha

      • Junoir Blaber

        Problem is that the Bruins crap out so late they never get a good pick.

  • Dude

    the rangers will either have a deep run or crap out in the first round… it all depends on which hank shows up

  • butch gorings nostrils

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are my pick to hoist the Cup!

    • Different Matt

      They’ve played really well this season. Playing the Penguins and Caps in the first two rounds is as tough a road to the finals as there is.

      • Dude

        yeah but torts is bound to f it up. at least thats what i’m hoping for

        • Ever been to Columbus? Not a lot of distractions. They may do it.

          • AngryWard

            This made me laugh… yep, lil’ bit.

  • GrindingAx

    The Rangers need to play the goalie who is hot . period. No time for worrying about egos.

    • Different Matt

      The good thing for the rangers is that they aren’t playing for much down the stretch so they can let Lundqvist sort it out on the ice. But come playoff time, you’re right. Go with the hot hand.

      • Give him these games to do that but keep the kid sharp too.

    • Junoir Blaber

      I think I discussed this a couple weeks back and was dismissed

      • GrindingAx

        Junoir, check my comments over the last two plus years regarding King without a Crown. I called for a trade. It’s too late for that. He’s like the Tony Romo of hockey.

        • Junoir Blaber

          Great minds think alike/fools never argue.

  • benwhit

    Montreal is looking like a tough draw.

  • Junoir Blaber

    As broke as Detroit is, it is ridiculous that the city paid for a new hockey arena.

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