A little under a month in to the new NHL season and Detroit are among the front runners in the Eastern Conference.
The clubs first season in the East wasn’t easy, but the injury hit 2013/14 campaign still resulted in a play-off berth. Now, sporting a largely healthy roster, the Wings look like a force to be reckoned with once again.
Whilst there is no escaping father times shadow creeping across the organisation, does this group have one more shot at glory in them?
Buffalo’s horrendous performance against Toronto last night saw the clubs shocking start to the season placed squarely in the spotlight.
With just 11 goals in 10 games (4 of which came in a shoot out victory over Carolina), the Sabres have been shut out four times in their past six games and are 0 for 32 on the power play.
With the clubs not so secret pursuit of Connor McDavid, it’s no surprise to see them propping up the NHL again – but the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.
Nearly three weeks in to the new season, Nashville sit atop the Central Division.
Whilst seeing them ahead of teams like Chicago and St Louis may raise eyebrows, it shouldn’t come as a shock the Tennessee franchise is back in the play-off hunt – but for some, it is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season so far.
WFAN/CBS NY columnist Daniel Friedman joins me on this weeks podcast to talk about the Islanders red hot start to the new season.
We also discussed the organisation’s impending move to Brooklyn, Charles Wang’s tenure as Isles supremo and the what new owners Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin bring to the table.
Thanks to Daniel for joining me on this weeks show. You can follow him on Twitter @DFriedmanOnNYI .
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An apparently innocuous body check on Islanders Captain John Tavares took Boston superstar Zdeno Chara out of last night’s game, and out of the Bruin’s line up for at least a month.
The hulking blue line is slated to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury sustained on the play; leaving the Boston defence facing an elephant they hoped wouldn’t enter the room for at least another couple of seasons – how do they cope without him?
It’s fair to say things have not gone to plan for Colorado this season thus far.
After a remarkable turn around saw them go from basement dwellers to divisional winners last season, the Avs have slumped to the foot of the Western Conference again, with just 1 win from their opening 7 games.
So what’s knocked Patrick Roy’s upstart Avalanche on their ass this season?
Phil Kessel equalled his career best 37 goals last season. He has three other 30+ goal seasons under his belt and has 4 goals and 8 points in 7 games so far this year.
He is someone I, and many others, believe can break the 40 goal barrier.
And yet one of hockey’s most respected pundits described him as a ‘support player’ today.