That’s the story of the latest NHL Power Rankings, which arrive just weeks ahead of the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and feature yet another significant shuffling of the top five — er, the top four behind this season’s longstanding front-runner, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
No one is catching Tampa (and no one’s been able to for a long, long time), but that doesn’t mean the contenders right behind the Lightning are done climbing the standings. As we sit in mid-March, in fact, you might be able to make the case for at least a half-dozen teams as the No. 2 to Tampa. No joke
The 32-year-old center has 391 goals and 609 assists in 848 games with the Penguins, who selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He is the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points, the first since Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin on Nov. 30, 2017
“Like, finally. Last couple weeks I’m a little bit nervous,” Malkin said. “It’s like a little bit slow, but it’s finally over, 1,000. I breathe normally. Thanking my teammates. Special day for my family, my friends.”
Malkin assisted on a power-play goal by Sidney Crosby in the second period and on a power-play goal by Phil Kessel in the third.
TAMPA — Finally, after practice after practice, and interview after interview talking about it, F Mathieu Joseph made his NHL debut Saturday.
It was no surprise that he made the Lightning roster, not after the preseason and camp he put together. Joseph scored four goals in the preseason and finished with eight points. It seemed more likely than not that he would make the opening-day roster the further training camp progressed.
But from the time GM Julien BriseBois told Joseph, 21, he made the team out of camp until Saturday’s season opener against the Panthers at Amalie Arena, he had a full week to think about it.
A week filled with anticipation, nerves, excitement and … waiting.
Sitting in his locker-room stall hours before his debut, Joseph had to pause for several seconds to try to put into words what Saturday meant to him. CLICK PIC FOR ARTICLE
The gambling site Bodog released it’s over/under point projections for the NHL’s 31 teams in 2018-19, with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Winnipeg and Nashville expected to battle for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The bookies are betting on big things for Tampa Bay, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Nashville this season, not so much for Detroit, Ottawa, and Vancouver. The gambling site Bodog has released it’s over/under point projections for the NHL’s 31 teams in 2018-19, with the Lightning, Leafs, Jets, and Preds expected to battle for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The over/under point projections have been broken down by conference, with my best guess on whether each team will be OVER or UNDER their anticipated total….
Who will be the leading scorer in 2015? Alex or Sid?
LAS VEGAS — Four minutes to 2 a.m., down a few buttons on his pink button-down and high on a cocktail of athletic glory, Stella Artois, life itself and God-knows-what-other-liquids, Alex Ovechkin danced on the Hakkasan stage as confetti rained and lasers flashed, a few feet from both his friend Tiesto and the Stanley Cup, singing along to a pulsing, EDM version of The Outfield’s “Your Love.”
Well, what would you do in his shoes?
First, the Washington Capitals won the NHL championship Thursday night. And then, as their red-rocking fans were passing out in a fit of euphoria back East, they took full advantage of the location in which they claimed the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. They hit the club, prize in hand, and they partied.
The Nashville Predators have one of the best new traditions in sports, chucking catfish on the ice during games, and the story behind this is what makes rivalries so great.
The Predators begin their march toward the Stanley Cup Final for a second straight year where they hope to finish what they started last year. The former expansion team has come a long way in two decades and enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the winners of the President’s Trophy, as owners of the best record in the regular season.
Playoff hockey is as familiar a South Bay sight as a corporate bus full of people coding at 80 miles an hour.
But this April, the playoff hockey has a different look.
On Monday, the Sharks roared into SAP Center, with a series lead and a full head of steam, but without two stalwarts.
No Patrick Marleau, who was busy scoring goals in a playoff game in Toronto. No Joe Thornton, who is injured and unavailable. For the first time in 23 seasons, neither player was available for the playoffs.
Jan 31, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) celebrates with center Joe Thornton (19) after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports