Most teams are about 36 games into the season now, which means that there are only about 12 more games left into this shortened 48-game season. A whole lot has happened over the last week with injuries, surprises and even one team with a 15-game hot streak.
Although this team is only at a 6-4-0 record within their last 10 games, this team still deserves a shout out and to be on the top of most NHL teams team-to-beat lists. These Blackhawks did have a shutout within their last 6 wins, and most notably hammered home a victory against one of their favorite rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, winning by a commanding 7-1. The most amazing part, is that this team accomplished all this without the aide of Hossa and Sharp, who are expected to return to the lineup at any time. The Chicago Blackhawks still maintain the best record in the league at 27-5-3 with 57 points, and an amazing +43 goal differential.
What can we say about this team other than the fact, they were on one amazing hot streak! Their amazing streaking ended against the Buffalo Sabres at 15 games. This has greatly helped out the Pens in the rankings, as they currently sit at a 28-9-0 record, and are 5 points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, arguably one of the best players in the league, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is now out indefinitely. Crosby was hit in the mouth with a puck, by his own teammate, in a game against the Islanders breaking his jaw. Sid the kid has already undergone surgery and will be out for some time. How will this effect the rest of the team, and the rest of the Pens year? Be sure to keep an eye on this team.
Detroit Red Wings
As mentioned previously, this Detroit Red Wings team hasn’t exactly had the best of luck over the last week. The Red Wings won their first game this week after losing two in a row. Being shutout against the San Jose Sharks and a crippling defeat via the Chicago Blackhawks, this win was necessary both for morale and points in the standings. These Detroit Red Wings currently sit at 18-13-5 record with 41 points, which is just a few above the two way tied St Louis Blues and Nashville Predators at 38. These next few games will be telling on whether or not the Red Wings can pull it together to stay at the 7th spot, and make it into the playoffs this year.
As well, with the trade deadline looming, it makes sense to make some honorable mentions and maybe update you on a few standings:
âˆ™ Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2013 1st Round Pick and rights to Kenneth Agostino (F) and Ben Hanowski (F)
âˆ™ Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars to the Boston Bruins for Lane MacDermid (F), Cody Payne (F) and 2013 2nd Round Pick
âˆ™ Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks to New York Rangers for 2013 2nd and 3rd Round Pick, and a 2014 2nd Round Pick
âˆ™ Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames to the St Louis Blues for Mark Cundari (D), Reto Berra (G), 2013 or 14 1st Round Pick and 2013 4th Round Pick
With today being the trade deadline, a few more may sneak on through. With just about two weeks left in the season, whether or not to make a trade is more important than ever. Any new additions to the team could help or hinder a performance and streak to the coveted Stanley Cup Finals.