NHL 2014-2015 News and Updates
3/31/15 - Only about a half-dozen games remain on each team’s schedule, and the NHL playoff race appears to be going down to the wire. The Boston Bruins have vaulted back into the playoffs, as the Ottawa Senators have dropped three straight to slide out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers, 6-3-1 over their last 10 games, continue to vie for the wild card as well, currently just four points out in the standings. In the West, the Los Angeles Kings continue to battle the Winnipeg Jets for the rights to their conference’s final playoff position, sitting just two points back with neither team displaying a strong sense of momentum entering the final 12 days of regular season play. Who will prevail for a shot at the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
3/26/15 - With just over two weeks remaining on the regular season schedule, the playoff races are as tight as can be. Montreal and Tampa Bay continue to battle for tops in the Atlantic, also fighting the NY Rangers for the top seed in the Eastern Conference overall. Riding a seven-game win streak, the Senators have leapfrogged Boston for the final wild card spot in the East—although the slimmest of margins in the standings means the Bruins are still in the hunt. The Blues, Predators, and Ducks are vying for supremacy in the West, where defending champion Los Angeles continues to battle to earn their own wild card spot and an opportunity to bring the Stanley Cup home once again. The postseason is right around the corner, and the excitement is reaching a fever pitch in NHL hockey!
3/20/15 - In NHL news this week, Jaromir Jaqr scored his 718th goal against Detroit and that has put him in fifth place on the career list, surpassing Phil Esposito. Jaqr’s goal helped the Panthers secure a win against the Red Wings, who have lost five of the last seven games. The Niagara Ice Dogs are on a hot streak, having won the last three matches, including a 4-3 win over the Barrie Colts in overtime. In news of a different kind, Bryan Murray of the Ottawa Senators spoke recently about his legacy. He stated that while he has devoted his career to hockey, he wants to be remembered for increasing cancer awareness and early detection. The general manager announced his diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer late last year, and is striving to encourage others to get a colonoscopy.
3/11/15 - The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t be happier about their big win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, March 4. The Red Wings were happy to be home after being away from their arena since February 16. Regular game time ended with both teams scoring just one goal a piece, leading them into overtime. Thanks to the newcomer Marek Zidlicky, Detroit left the victors after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime. The Columbus Blue Jackets hit the ice on Friday with determination to stop their seven game losing streak. Brandon Dubinsky’s return to the ice helped the team out as he provided them with one goal and a huge assist. Even though the New Jersey Devils kept up, scoring two goals, the Blue Jackets left with the win ending the game with a 3-2 score.
3/4/15 - The New Jersey Devils have shown a lot of promise this season, and they are coming off a huge upset win against the Nashville Predators. In their win, New Jersey played with a lot of energy. Things started to click once Adam Larsson scored the first goal in the first period. Eric Gelinas also played well throughout the game, threatening the Predators’ goalie on numerous occasions. It was a collaborative effort, and the Devils have a lot to take away from this game. Another great game recently in the NHL was when the Capitals took on the Blue Jackets. For three straight periods, both teams battled it out, but it was the Capitals who proved to have the better offense. They ended up winning 5-3, and Alex Ovechkin scored twice on the night.
2/26/15 - With months of regular season games remaining, teams can still alter their fates, as exemplified by the Philadelphia Flyers. They are still surging up the rankings, now only four points from making their way into the playoffs, when only a few weeks ago they were 13 points out of a spot. Currently, rumors cite that the NHL may propose expanding the playoffs to a 20-team bracket that would include four wild card teams for each of the conferences. This idea has been around before, but it seems as though time may be ripe for implementation. However, it will not affect this year's drive to the Stanley Cup. Nashville and Montreal are currently leading the conferences, although the Islanders are not far behind Montreal. Tickets are available for almost all games.
2/18/15 - Yesterday, February 17, 20015, the NHL put on some great games for the fans. In terms of scoring, one of the better games was between the Blue Jackets and the Flyers. They battled it out for three straight periods, but the Blue Jackets proved to be too much, winning 5-2. It was a dominant performance by them, and a huge star on the night for them was Matt Calvert. He scored twice and passed the puck around nicely. The blue Jackets goalie, McElhinney, did amazing for much of the game, getting 42 saves to really limit the Flyers from doing much on the night. Next up for the Blue Jackets is a competitive game against Pittsburgh, who are one of the better teams in the NHL right now.
2/13/15 - Things are beginning to heat up in the Western Conference, as the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have come on strong in the past week with three straight victories following their visit with President Obama at the White House. The Nashville Predators remain the class of the league, remaining atop the standings as they have won four straight contests. The West is full of contenders who are poised to make a playoff push, with teams like Los Angeles and the St. Louis Blues poised to make a move up the standings. In the East, the NY Islanders are coming on strong, having won three straight contests. The previously hot Tampa Bay Lightning have been struggling as of late, having lost four of their last six contests. Make sure to keep checking Razorgator for tickets and all the latest news in the NHL.
2/4/15 - As we check in on the NHL, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the lowly Buffalo Sabres, who last night ended a franchise-record 14 game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Goalkeeper Jonas Enroth made 32 saves in the thrilling victory, Buffalo’s first since a Dec. 27th shootout win over the New York Islanders. Elsewhere in the league, the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday. Perhaps the presidential visit will help change the fortunes of the Kings, who have lost 9 of their last 11 games. The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference remain the class of the league, leading the standings with 72 points apiece.
1/30/15 - Coming out of the All-Star weekend, there are a few teams that are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. Of the Stanley Cup contenders, none are playing better hockey right now than the Anaheim Ducks. Fresh off of a 7-0-1 January, the Ducks are looking like the class of the Western Conference. Led by impenetrable goalie Frederik Anderson and a balanced scoring attack, the Ducks are a force to be reckoned with. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings are beginning to round in to form, having won six straight. Stephen Weiss and Luke Glendening both enjoyed standout performances in Tuesday’s thrilling victory over the Florida Panthers. Stay posted to Razorgator for the latest news and tickets for your favorite NHL teams.
1/28/15 - On the positive side, the Columbus blue Jackets were well represented at the NHL All Star Game, starting with the city itself in a sold-out Nationwide Arena; to fan favorites Ryan Johansen (winner of the SuperSkills Competition and game MVP) and Nick Foligno, one of the two team captains. However, going forward, the Jackets will be without the services of star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who will be out 4-6 weeks with a groin injury.
1/21/15 - The NHL has been showcasing some competitive games as of late. One of the more exciting games was between the Senators and the Rangers. It was a fun, competitive game today for three straight periods, but the Rangers ended up winning 3-2. In their much-needed win, Chris Kreider ended up scoring a goal. Marc Steal also had a great game, and ended up recording one assist. He passed the puck around nicely tonight, and if he can keep up this stellar play, the Rangers are going to do some great things this year. Up next for them is a game against the New York Islanders. It should be a great game for the fans, and if Steal and Kreider can stay on the same page, they have a great shot at winning.
1/13/15 - With the NHL All-Stars Game just around the corner, the Captains of the teams were finally named. Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackers and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks took the honors when it was announced. Team Foligno will be the home team on the January 25 game and will be coached by Los Angeles KingS head coach Darryl Sutter. Team Toews, the visiting team, receives bench boss of the Nashville Predators Peter Laviolette. Don’t forget to catch the action on Saturday with the Super Skills Competition. There is a lot more competition, from the fastest skater to accuracy shooting, for you to enjoy and see the fine sportsmen on the ice. Get your tickets from Razorgator to catch your favorite teams on the ice.
1/6/15 - NHL fans have had some excitement this week, as there have been so many competitive games televised. One of the more memorable games was between the Capitals and the Maple Leafs. The Capitals ran away with the win, scoring 6 goals and dominating the Maple Leafs for three straight periods. For the Capitals, Eric Fehr had a sensational game. He scored 2 goals and had one assist. He found his rhythm early, and this bodes well for the Capitals going forward. Marcus Johansson also had a stellar game, scoring 2 goals and he made it look easy. Currently, they are the 3rd team in the Metropolitan Division, and are looking to make a push within the upcoming weeks. Their next game is against the Philadelphia Flyers, which should make for an even more entertaining game.
1/1/15 - NHL fans have seen some exciting games as of late, making their holidays even more special. One of the better games last week was between the Canadiens and the Panthers. The Canadiens ended up claiming victory, with a final score of 2-1. Their goalie, Dustin Tokarski played a huge part in their victory, as he had 36 saves. Brendan Gallagher was sharp on the puck, and ended up scoring a goal in the second period. Another fun game for the fans was between the Blues and the Predators. Coming into the game, the Predators had the better record, and proved to be superior on the night. They ended up winning 3-2. Shea Weber looked great and aggressive for all 3 periods, and he ended up scoring twice. It’s this type of effort that makes Weber a threat against any team.
12/22/14 - The NHL has been showing some fantastic games as of late, and one of the more thrilling was a game between the Senators and the Capitals. It was a hard-hitting game for three periods, but the Capitals ended up winning 2-1. A huge reason for the Capitals’ success was because of their goalie, Braden Holtby. He ended up getting 38 saves, preventing the Senators from really getting anything going on the offensive front. Another fun game was the Predators vs. the Blue Jackets. The Predators dominated the game, scoring 5 times. The Jackets were held to one goal, which was because of the stellar play from Pekka Rinne. Craig Smith was on fire for much of the game, getting two of the five goals for the Predators.
12/18/14 - The NHL season is in full swing. Current division leaders are the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Tampa Bay and Montreal are tied for first in the Atlantic conference. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in hot pursuit of their longest winning streak in over ten years. A win against the Carolina Hurricanes on December 18 will make it seven wins in a row for the Leafs, which would be their longest winning streak since 2003. The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to extend their seven game winning streak to eight on December 18 when they play the Washington Capitals. Other key match-ups before Christmas include Florida at Pittsburgh and Ottawa at Montreal on December 20. There are many exciting games coming up. Don’t miss any of the excitement and get your NHL tickets today.
12/11/14 - The Chicago Blackhawks maintained their Central Division lead with a 3-2 shootout win over the New Jesey Devils, the Rangers knocked off the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, and Anaheim Ducks remained atop the Pacific with a 4-3 overtime victory versus the Winnipeg Jets this week in NHL hockey action. Kyle Palmieri scored the winning OT goal for the Ducks, extending his point streak to five straight games, and Kevin Klein did the same for his Rangers—even after having part of his ear ripped off by a high stick! Thursday night brings more great match-ups, with the Blackhawks facing off with the Boston Bruins, and the NY Islanders battling the St. Louis Blues. Razorgator is your source for great prices on tickets to live NHL action!
12/4/14 - Week 8 of the NHL team rankings have been all over the place, but on top of their game is the New York Islanders, with a current record of 17-7-0, and 11 wins in their past 13 games. This season marks a transformation for the team who had a rocky season last year, and they seem to be doing it by improving on the basic fundamentals of the game—practice, skills, and talent. Loyal Islanders fans are sure to be glad they’re stuck it out this long. The Tampa Bay Lightning is also climbing up the power charts as they easily topped the New York Rangers 6-3 on Monday night. This was the fourth win in a row for the Lightning, who currently rank 1st in the Atlantic Division. Don’t miss your chance to see these and other amazing hockey teams in person; grab your tickets right here on Razorgator.
11/26/14 - It’s week 7 of the NHL, and some unpredicted teams are rising in the ranks. The New York Islanders have surprised everyone, and are coming in hot, having won nine of their last ten games. The Islanders are 4-0 in shootouts, and their record of 15-6-0 speaks for itself. The Tampa Bay Lightning, with star goaltender Ben Bishop and team captain Steven Stamkos, are thriving on the ice. Their record of 14-6-2 is second only in the Atlantic Division to the Montreal Canadiens. Speaking of Montreal, with a record of 16-6-1, the Canadiens seem to be the ones to watch. Two upcoming games against the Buffalo Sabres will give the Canadiens a chance to further prove their power on the ice. Don’t miss your chance to see the action in person—grab your tickets here on Razorgator today.
11/18/14 - After a quarter of the NHL season has already passed, on Saturday the NHL standings came out illustrating the parity within the league. Nearly a third of the league’s thirty teams have a record of ten to twelve wins. With twelve wins the Canucks now lead the league. Six Canadian teams (out of seven total teams qualifying) would qualify for the NHL playoffs if the regular season was already complete. Not everyone is having such a great season so far. The Red Wings have five losses in overtime and have a record of 8-8. A perfectly respectable record for sure, but still woefully short of Montreal’s conference leading record of 12-5. The NHL season is just kicking into gear, and tickets are still available for almost all Eastern and Western Conference teams.
11/13/2014 – Pittsburgh’s seven-game win streak came to a screeching halt at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, as the Rangers routed the Penguins 5-0. Next up for Pittsburgh is a trip to Toronto to take on the 8-5 Maple Leafs. Tickets for that game are available starting at $85, and Toronto will be without forward Carter Ashton, who is currently serving a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. In other streak-snapping news, the Dallas Stars ended their seven-game skid with a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes in Arizona. This coming week has some big matchups, starting with Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay hosting the New York Islanders with tickets starting at just $20. Also on tap for this week are two big rivalry games as Detroit hosts Chicago (tickets from $85), and the defending NHL champion Los Angeles Kings travel to Anaheim to face the Ducks (tickets from $59).
11/7/14 - Pacific Division rivals Anaheim and Vancouver are the only teams in the NHL with 20 or mores points this season. Close behind them though are a number of surging teams, like Tampa Bay (won 4 in a row), Boston (won 4 in a row), Pittsburgh (won 6 in a row) and St. Louis (won 7 in a row). The Chicago Blackhawks, who NHL experts predict to win the Cup again, are 7-5-1. That puts them 9th in the Western Conference, but only one point behind San Jose and Winnipeg. Two big games on Sunday are San Jose at Chicago and Vancouver at Anaheim.
10/16/14 - Top upcoming NHL games this weekend, include: 10/18 Sharks vs Devils (tickets from $100), 10/18 Preds vs Blackhawks (tickets from $25), 10/17 Red Wings vs Maple Leafs (tickets from $94); 10/18 Avalanche vs Canadiens (tickets from $100), and 10/18 Lightning vs Canucks (tickets from $69). New Jersey leads the Eastern Conference through the first 3 games, with 6 points. San Jose is on top out West, also with 6 points.
10/6/14 - The 2014 NHL regular season starts Wednesday night, with Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles and Toronto hosting the first four games. Flyers vs Bruins tickets start at $77; Canadiens vs Maple Leafs tickets $192; Canucks vs Flames tickets; and Sharks vs Kings tickets $115. On Wednesday night, the LA Kings will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner at Staples Center. According to CBS Sports, the Chicago Blackhawks are favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year, followed by the Kings, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins.
6/30/14 - NHL Draft Day has come and gone, with 210 of the future’s brightest hockey stars dispersed among the 30 teams. It will be years until fans really get a taste of what these promising prospects have in store for the league, but the draft can easily be identified as heavy on the forwards in Round 1. In fact, 11 of the first 13 players, and 25 of the 30-pick first round, were skilled forwards. A chief exception was the No. 1 overall pick, Aaron Ekblad, a 6’3”, 213 lb defenseman that went to the Florida Panthers. The trade market was also bustling over the weekend, with two big names in the mix: Ryan Kesler went to Anaheim while James Neal was traded to Nashville.
Hockey fans are now holding their breath as the free agency period officially starts on July 1. There are numerous rumors flying around the league—namely concerning Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek and Martin Brodeur, all of whom are scheduled to hit the market. Can’t wait to see all the players in their new homes and witness the league changes for yourself? Well, there’s good news for you eager ice hockey lovers, as all 30 NHL teams have released their upcoming regular season schedule. One highlight from the 2014-2015 season is the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals Bridgestone Winter Classic game. The season will kick off with four games on October 8, highlighted by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings playing host to bitter adversaries, the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. Don’t miss out on another top rivalry: the Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens on Oct 16 at Bell Centre. The season is slated to end on April 11 with 15 matchups. Lock in your NHL tickets early and ensure yourself the best seats in the house!
6/2/14 - While the start of summer breathes new life into the NFL, what with OTAs and full-team practices getting underway, there's also a darker side to the turn of the season. June 1st marks the first date that franchises are allowed to release two players early in the offseason, which gives them the option to re-sign with a better opportunity, and also allows the organization cash in on their signing bonus money remaining. This means a burgeoning salary cap is lying in wait for your favorite team. It is also the first day signing free agents does not affect compensatory picks (draft), so expect your team to be making roster moves shortly! Today is also the start of the NFL's locker-room-culture initiative in Atlanta. Each of the 32 teams will sit in on one-hour sessions looking to improve the workplace environment. Who said June wasn't a busy time for football? Get NFL tickets now and see if your team maximizes on summer deals!
5/12/14- Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs may have been exciting, but the league certainly hasn't kept the momentum going in Round 2! Get in on the 2014 NHL Playoffs for all the postseason excitement any sports fanatic needs! The NHL has revved up the action in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Eastern Conference has gifted hockey fans Game 7 heaven again, with both series (Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins) squaring off to settle who will play the conference final. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit, the Rangers stunned the Pens by taking two games back and now have the upper hand; able to eliminate Pittsburgh on the road Tuesday night. The Bruins proved to be their own worst enemy, and were shut out by the Canadiens Monday night (4-0); they'll return home to play Game 7 in Boston. The West showcases elimination scenarios as well, with pivotal Game 6 matchups slated for both the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings series. The Blackhawks visit Minnesota tonight looking for an elimination win, while the Ducks—on their third straight win—will look to crush the Kings at home on Wednesday. You have to get in on this epic postseason, score NHL Playoffs tickets today!
4/15/14 - The 2013-2014 season is in the books and the NHL awards have been dealt: the Boston Bruins were awarded the Presidents' Trophy for finishing with the most points and best record in the league, Patrick Roy was given the Jack Adams Award in his first year as head coach, Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar beat out Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Towes for the Selke Trophy, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon led all rookies with 63 points to take the Calder Trophy, Jonathan Quick won the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the NHL, while Tuukka Rask led the league in GAA for the Vezina Trophy. Finally, though it wasn't much of a surprise, Sidney Crosby won the Hart Trophy with a distance of 17 points between him and runner up Ryan Getzlaf. Now, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set: there is no reseeding of the 16 teams (the postseason is now a set bracket), and divisional matchups take place in the first two rounds with an interspersal of wild card contenders (Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Dallas). The hottest match of the first round pits San Jose against Los Angeles in what is sure to be a knock-down-drag-out fight starting Thursday. The Boston Bruins are favored to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years, and begin their journey against Detroit. Get NHL playoffs tickets and see the best teams duke it out on the road to the Stanley Cup!
4/8/14 - Even though we're coming to the end of regular season play (final day 4/13), the NHL is still chock-full of action, so let's see if we can hone in on the playoff picture! Boston, St Louis, Chicago, San Jose, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Montreal and Pittsburgh and the Rangers are in, but what about the wild card spots? In the West, Minnesota's win last night clinched a playoff spot, effectively pitting the Coyotes and Stars (Dallas leads by one point with an equal amount of games left) in competition for the final spot. The Blue Jackets and Devils are in contention for the Eastern Conference's wild cards, especially if the Flyers don't clean up. Add to the mix the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals (with both coaches in the hot seat) and things are as up-in-the-air as ever in the East. Disappointingly enough, only one Canadian team (Montreal) is locked for the postseason, with Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver out (first time in 6 years). Get your NHL tickets to see your favorite teams duke it out in the league's last few days before postseason!
3/31/14 - With March at its end, the playoff picture is starting to look clearer than ever this season. A number of teams in the West have clinched playoff berths, most recently the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche, though they are both falling victim to wear and tear. The Avs just lost center Matt Duchene for four weeks due to a knee injury; while Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have taken their fair share of beatings given the Blackhawks dropped four of their last five games. In the East, the Bruins finished their March schedule in stride, taking the Atlantic Division title and making 17 games in 30 days look like easy money. Boston and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the only Eastern Conference teams to have clinched a 2014 berth thus far. While there are no clinching scenarios for Monday night's games, there will be in the next couple days! Get NHL tickets now to see who gets in and who gets the boot!
3/25/14 - If there's one thing that's certain in the NHL, it's that March is no time for a meltdown. No team knows that better than the Maple Leafs, who were comfortable with their seemingly secure playoff position until a ghastly 5 game losing streak has them holding onto the final wild card spot by a rapidly fraying rope. Washington is one point and Columbus is two points behind Toronto, each with enough games in hand to send the Leafs reeling. On the other hand, a great March, like the 7 wins out of 10 the Philadelphia Flyers have posted (over very worthy opponents), have made them serious postseason contenders in the East. In the West, the Wild have pulled away from teams on their heels for the wild card spot. There are just a handful of games left in the regular season, score your NHL tickets now!
3/17/14 - We're in the homestretch of the season, with about a dozen games remaining before playoffs. The Western Conference is all but locked up, with the outstanding St. Louis Blues and the three California teams (Ducks, Kings, Sharks) dishing out some of the toughest hockey we've seen all year. Defending Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, have slipped off the pedestal in the last couple weeks (now behind the Colorado Avalanche), and have less than a month of action to get back into playoff form. The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins can be assured of their playoff status, and the Maple Leafs and Canadiens are also in favorable position, but outside of these teams, things in the East are far from certain. Every other team must be looked at with the wild card in mind and numerous teams on the bubble will be fighting to the death over the next couple games: out of the bunch, the Rangers, Flyers and Blue Jackets are the more promising hopefuls. This is the last month of regular season NHL play—get your NHL tickets now and see your favorite teams in-person before prices shoot-up for the postseason!
3/4/14 - If you're not happy with the way your NHL team is looking, patiently wait until tomorrow. With just one day before the March 5 trade deadline ensues, many teams will have a new-look to them and one of them could be yours! Ryan Miller was just moved from the Sabres to the St Louis net, and many more trades are expected to follow suit. From prized NY Islanders captain Thomas Vanek being eyed by the Kings and Penguins, to Martin Brodeur's uncertain situation (though he will start in the Devils' next game), Ryan Callahan's struggles with contract demands and Ryan Kesler perhaps shuffling to the Pens from Vancouver, expect some big names to be making some big moves soon. The trade deadline can make or break a team stuck in the middle of the playoff race: the Ducks, Blackhawks and Blues are lining the top three, followed by the Avalanche, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins and Kings as top contenders. Get NHL tickets now as the season kicks into high gear with just about 20 games left for each team!
2/28/14 - The Olympic break is over and NHL teams are back at it. The division leaders are Boston in the Atlantic, Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan, St Louis in the Central and Anaheim in the Pacific and the race for all the playoff spots is on. Highlighted games this week include the Coors Light Stadium Series game between Pittsburgh and Chicago on March 1st (featuring live music performances from Plain White T’s and Blues Brothers tribute band Blooze Brothers), NHL Heritage Classic between Ottawa and Vancouver on March 2nd (will feature live performances from Sarah McLachlan and Tegan & Sara), Colorado vs Chicago March 4th, Toronto vs NY Rangers March 5th, Pittsburgh vs San Jose March 6th and Pittsburgh at Anaheim on March 7th.
2/18/14 - The USA Hockey Team is busy setting Sochi ablaze with perhaps the most exciting athletic competition the Olympics have seen thus far, with shootout king T.J. Oshie and goalie Jonathan Quick being crowned American heroes after an exciting game against Russia. While players overseas are gearing up for the Quarterfinals, the NHL is getting ready to resume the regular season: teams are holding practice for players not participating in Sochi starting Wednesday. Score NHL tickets for the final eight weeks of play and witness the exciting race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Get ready for the wild card race to heat up, with the Red Wings' previous berth in contention by the Blue Jackets, Senators, and Capitals who all trail by just one point in the Eastern Conference. In the West, the Stars are looking to end their Cup drought, but they're spot is in jeopardy, tied with Phoenix (who holds the tie breaker) and a single point ahead of Vancouver.
There are just over 50 days left before the regular season ends (4/13), so things will move fast next week, as NHL players come home to face grueling schedules and the impending March 5 Trade Deadline (rosters are frozen during Olympic break). As typical every year, many teams are looking to add depth at the center position, while Thomas Vanek & Andrew MacDonald (Islanders), Ryan Miller (Sabres), Ryan Callahan (Rangers) Martin Brodeur (Devils) and Mike Cammalleri (Flames) are prospective players to move. The biggest upcoming NHL events are the Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins game at Soldier Field on March 1 (the final installment of 2014's Stadium Series), and the Vancouver Canucks-Ottawa Senators game a day later for the Heritage Classic. NHL play will officially recommence on Feb 25, with a Carolina Hurricanes-Buffalo Sabres game in New York to break the 16-day hiatus (tickets are offered at a $26 minimum). The most notable injury to an NHL player during the Olympics has been to Sweden's and Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disk), which has caused team owners to vocalize disdain for the League's participation in the Games.
The 2013-14 NHL regular season started October 1, 2013. The new season brought a realignment of the league’s 30 teams with the creation of the Metropolitan Division and elimination of the Northwest, Southeast, and Northeast Divisions. The purpose of the NHL realignment was to reduce team’s travel and geographically map divisions so that they were in the same time zones. The Eastern Conference is comprised of 16 teams while the Western Conference has two fewer. Most notably, the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets moved from the West to the East, Winnipeg jetted over to the West, and with four divisions (instead of six) a new playoff berth format.
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin April 16 after the 1,230-game regular season concludes. The top three teams in each division will earn an automatic bid to the postseason with the next two highest-placed teams (based on regular-season points and regardless of division) in each conference earning a wild card spot. A total of sixteen teams will compete in the elimination tournament that consists of four rounds (First, Divisional Championship, Conf. Championship, Stanley Cup Final), all a best-of-seven series. The team with home-ice advantage, hosts Games 1, 2, 5 and 7.
Additional changes to the 2013-14 season include more outdoor hockey games and elimination of the NHL All-Star Game due to the 2014 Winter Olympics and two-and-half week break. Back in the same division, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play in the sixth annual 2014 Winter Classic (originally scheduled for 2013) on New Year’s Day in front of a record crowd at Michigan Stadium. The NHL Stadium Series is made up of four outdoor games in 2014 – one at Dodgers Stadium, two at Yankee Stadium, and one at Soldier Field. The final outdoor game will played March 2; the Heritage Classic at BC Place will feature the Canucks and Senators.
2014 NHL tickets averaged $158 entering the season. The reigning Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks boasted the most expensive ticket in the league at $393 and the Anaheim Ducks owned the cheapest, averaging a mere $71 at the Honda Center. Midway through the season, the average price of NHL tickets for remaining games was $130, and the most expensive teams in the NHL were: Toronto Maple Leafs (avg. $379), New York Rangers (avg. $320), and Chicago Blackhawks (avg. $317).
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