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The 2013-14 NHL Regular Season wraps up this Sunday.
Remaining games left for teams in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race...
Detroit- at Buffalo on Tuesday, at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Carolina at Detroit on Friday and at St. Louis on Sunday.
Columbus- Phoenix at Columbus on Tuesday, at Dallas on Wednesday, at Tampa Bay on Friday and at Florida on Saturday.
New Jersey- Calgary at New Jersey tonight, at Ottawa on Thursday, NYI at New Jersey on Friday and Boston at New Jersey on Sunday.
Toronto- at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, at Florida on Thursday and at Ottawa on Saturday.
Washington- at St. Louis on Tuesday, at Carolina on Thursday, Chicago at Washington on Friday and Tampa Bay at Washington on Sunday.
At this point int time, do you care to make a prediction? What teams take the two wild card spots and in what order?
Patrik Elias left the game after this hit from Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals.
Elias has not returned to the game.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Devils winger Damien Brunner said he was told he would be in the lineup Saturday night against the Rangers and was shocked to see differently when he arrived for the morning skate.
He said he was told after the team's loss to the Boston Bruins that he would sit out the next game against Minnesota and then go back into the lineup.
"We talked about it after the Boston game. Then they told me I'm in today, but now I'm not. So I don't know," Brunner said.
"I was surprised when I came in the dressing room this morning. I thought I was in. But we have to win every game and that's the lineup they want to try now. I'm going to be ready whenever they put me in again. It's not the time to get mad right now. Just focus on the extra skating and extra work in the gym."
Prosser received five for elbowing and a game misconduct.
via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger on the health of Sestito,
He’s coherent. He feels alright but wasn’t able to come back,” DeBoer said.
Scroll to the :20 second mark for the hit.
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Loud boos for Parise being announced in starting lineup.
Boos for Parise every time he touches the puck.
You can watch an example below...
“When you know you have an athlete that is going to be a game breaker and he’s going to be one of the top players (available) and the rules are free agency comes a lot younger than it used to, you have to make commitments. You see around the league some of the guys, the (Steven) Stamkos and etc., they don’t wait. They get them done. And we let him walk to free agency. That’s a decision of the organization, regardless of it was financial at the time with the ownership that we had, but he was our property for a long time and we lost him.”
-Martin Brodeur on the Devils not re-signing Zach Parise. More from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
As happy as Zach Parise has been playing for the Minnesota Wild since leaving the Devils two summers ago - and it appears he's loving life playing close to home - there's so much he misses about his first NHL stop.
His misses his old teammates.
His misses his old fans.
His misses being in a place where he grew up on and off the ice playing for a super strict Hall of Fame boss, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
"Lou runs a really tight ship there," Parise told reporters. "People have heard the stories — no facial hair, no taping over the stripes on your socks, no jerseys tucked. There's a lot of things.
"It's all about being a team and not one person sticking out in front of anybody else. They really teach you about being a good teammate and being a professional. Everything is first class. They do a good job, when you're a young player especially, [teaching you] what it takes to play in the league and how to be a pro."
via the NHL Situation Blog,
At 16:45 of the second period in the San Jose Sharks/New York Rangers game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine Carl Hagelin's wraparound attempt on the San Jose net. No camera angles provided to the Situation Room provided a clear image of the puck completely across the goal line. As a result, video review was inconclusive, therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal New York Rangers.
Watch the video below and start at the 1:12 mark when the review process begins...
added 7:44pm, Another video added below...
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The NHL disallowed a goal that it clearly could see went in in a different manner than the referee's perception because, well, rules are rules.
"The playoffs on the line and you make a call like that?" said Jakub Voracek, who made the pass into the crease. "It's a bleeping joke. When the buzzer went on, I was 100 percent sure it was going to be a goal. Because Hartsy was driving the net with [the Devils' Anton] Volchenkov and I don't think Hartsy went into Brodeur by himself. It was a battle for a loose puck and I cannot believe it was not a goal."
Here's what the replay showed: Hartnell and Volchenkov driving toward the net together in the game's final minute, banging each other off balance as the puck arrived in Brodeur's crease, each player banging into Brodeur as well, Volchenkov's legs giving a puck loose under Brodeur's pads the final push into the net.
"Volchenkov put all his weight on me and I had to step on him," Hartnell said. "I just tried to get it on net. You look at it 100 times and I'm pretty sure 100 times you're going to say it's a goal."
more and watch the play below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It is Gary’s World and the rest of us are just living in it. That’s the takeaway from the NHL’s announcement commissioner Gary Bettman had reconsidered the penalty he had imposed on the Devils regarding the Ilya Kovalchuk circumvention case, and would thus return a first-round draft pick to New Jersey.
This was a thank you from Sixth Avenue to owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, who swooped in at the last minute — perhaps responding to the commissioner’s plea — to once and for all provide the remedy to the migraine headache the franchise had become under the ownership of Jeff Vanderbeek.
This was Bettman engaging in the power politics that define his reign and explain his mastery in the Boardroom throughout three lockouts, the last two of which yielded smashing victories for owners of disparate interests with one common bond — the commissioner who either invited them into the league or into its inner circle.
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