After beginning the 2010-11 season with one of the worst starts in franchise history, Jacques Lemaire and the New Jersey Devils are taking “late to the party” to an almost comical extreme.
Going into the new year, even the most optimistic observer probably would have agreed that this team’s playoff hopes were as good as dead. Yet with a ridiculous 12-1-2 run in their last 15 games, the Devils are a semi-reasonable 12 points behind the Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes for the East’s final playoff spot. That’s still a pretty big gap to close with 26 games remaining on New Jersey’s schedule, but if they stay hot, it’s at least plausible. Maybe.
Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury discussed the key components of this improbable run to playoff relevance (including Ilya Kovalchuk’s awakening), along with setting the odds on Lemaire coaching the team next season.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.