We here at PHT have given you all the information you need to get ready for the season by previewing all 30 teams. Now it’s time to show off just how we think the divisions will play out, standings-wise.
James previewed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southeast Divisions while I took care of the Northeast, Northwest, and Central Divisions. When it’s time to send hate mail our way, feel free to remember who you need to address it to.You’ll find links to our previews on the team names.
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
New York Islanders
Poll: Who will win the Atlantic Division?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Poll: Who will win the Northeast Division?
Tampa Bay Lightning
Poll: Who will win the Southeast Division?
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
Poll: Who will win the Central Division?
Poll: Who will win the Northwest Division?
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
Poll: Who will win the Pacific Division?
We can hear your cries right now. “What do you mean my team won’t win the division?!” Don’t worry, you can vote on that and make the call for your team. Check out the links to our divisional polls and cast your vote. We’ll be summing everything up on Tuesday afternoon, so be sure to make it as if the polls are in Chicago and vote early and vote often.
You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.
It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.
You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:
Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled tough guys Tom Sestito and Steve Oleksy from the AHL on Tuesday.
This move makes a sense for a couple of reasons.
Most clearly, things are getting nasty between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, so Pittsburgh is bringing in a couple of brutes. Each player isn’t shy about piling up penalty minutes, whether that be in the NHL or AHL.
The other reason: with injuries and Kris Letang‘s suspension, Oleksy could provide some depth. Justin Schultz is motivated to prove himself, yet Oleksy provides a little insurance.
Is it the ideal scenario in a big playoff game? Nope, but if brute force ends up being a factor, the Penguins added some muscle.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take the series lead for the first time against the New York Islanders, who are trying to regain the advantage on home ice at the Barclays Center after a split in Tampa Bay. You can catch Game 3 between these teams on NBCSN (7 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
Strome saga continues, will be a healthy scratch for Game 3
Halak practices fully, hoping to be back soon
Artem Anisimov on Tuesday underwent successful surgery on his injured right wrist, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.
“We anticipate his return to full hockey activities in approximately six to eight weeks,” said team physician Dr. Michael Terry in a statement.
The news comes eight days after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round, eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues.
Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in last summer’s blockbuster deal for Brandon Saad, the 27-year-old Anisimov enjoyed the second 20-goal season of his career and fell just two points shy of his previous career best of 44 when he was with the New York Rangers.
He played the bulk of this season on a line with two highly skilled players in Patrick Kane, the league-leader in points with 106, and Artemi Panarin, named as a Calder Trophy finalist on Monday.
In March, Anisimov was named to Russia’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, although the recovery schedule outlined above should allow plenty of time for Anisimov to be physically ready for the tournament when it begins in September.
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