NHL 2016 News and Updates
Four NHL teams continue to battle it out in the post season, but they are getting closer and closer to the final round when two teams go home and two battle it out for the Stanley Cup. The Blues have much higher odds of winning than the Sharks. At the beginning of the series, experts predicted that the Penguins would win their series against the Lightning in 6 games. However, the Lightning are now ahead 3-2, giving them the better odds. With a few games left, fans will soon know which NHL teams will make it to the next round. You can still get tickets for all games, with prices depending on location.
The 2015-2016 NHL season is coming to a close, with the final games in Round 2 underway and the conference finals and Stanley Cup finals just around the corner. As the season winds down, many of the teams not playing in the finals are already preparing for the 2016-2017 season. For fans of the Canadiens and Bruins, they can be excited to know that the first exhibition game for the teams has been announced. The two teams will play on October 4 in Quebec City at the Centre Vediotron. Other teams are starting to consider what to do with their free agents and the NHL draft picks. You can still get tickets for the NHL playoff games.
There are only eight teams left to battle it out for the Stanley Cup in the next few weeks. In the second round of the playoffs, the Stars and Blues are currently tied 1-1, as are the Islanders and Lightning. The Sharks currently have a 2-0 lead over the Predators, who will need to find a victory soon if they want to stay in the mix. The Penguins lead the Capitals 2-1, surprising many experts who thought the Capitals had a chance to make it all the way. There is still time for an upset, with each team playing at least 2 more games to determine who advances. There are still tickets available for all games, with prices ranging depending on location and date.
The NHL season is nearly finished and all fans are excited to see if their team has what it takes to take the championship this year. After just a few games, the teams that will be in the Conference Semifinals have nearly been determined. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders advanced to meet the Tamp Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals are getting ready to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. On the west side, the San Jose Sharks advanced, but their opponents could either be the Nashville Predators or the Anaheim Ducks, as both teams have three wins. Be sure to catch your team in action as the playoffs continue.
The regular season has ended for the NHL, but fans can still enjoy the excitement of the playoffs as teams battle to win the coveted Stanley Cup. In a bit of an upset, no Canadian team will have a chance to win the cup. This is just the second time in 50 years that all Canadian teams failed to make the playoffs. One of the most exciting first round battles is expected to be the St. Louis Blues versus the Chicago Blackhawks. Experts believe both teams have the chance to make it all the way to the finals, but since they play each other, one is bound to get axed in the first round. You still have a chance to get tickets to all games.
The NHL season is nearly over. Before it goes, however, fans get to experience the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again. The teams that have made the cut have not all been determined yet, so your favorite still has a shot. So far, the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and St. Louis Blues are officially going to the postseason, but the wild cards are still coming as well as most of the regularly seeded Eastern Conference. Most teams still have a few home matchups in the regular season remaining, so take this opportunity to catch your favorite team in action before the wait for next year begins.
Some of the biggest buzz in the NHL this week is that of goalie Jean-Francois Berube’s amazing saves in Wednesday night’s matchup versus the Senators. First he impressively denied an attack from the front, then seconds later swung around in a dive to get the stop on Ottawa’s Mark Stone. Another save off a three-on-one has left the New York Islanders making Berube the man of the game. In other news, the Washington Capitals clinched the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 victory over the Sens Tuesday evening. With just ten games to go in their regular season, they can now truly begin to switch gears and begin preparing for the first round series.
It’s that time of year! The NHL playoffs are almost upon us. It has been a long, tough road to the postseason, but now your favorite teams will prepare to square off for the championship title. Most are still fighting for their chance to take the ice in the playoffs, but there are a few names that are already on lock. It should come as no surprise that the Washington Capitals will be there, as they have dominated the regular season. We can also expect to see the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Las Angeles King, New York Rangers, and of course the St. Louis Blues. It all kicks off on April 14!
2/26/16 - If you are on the hunt for something to do to make the winter months pass by more quickly, search no more. Purchase tickets to see any upcoming NHL game near you. Watching professional hockey live is an experience of a lifetime. The crowd is full of adrenaline, the atmosphere is incredibly fun, and there is nothing better than cheering on your state’s team. The NHL playoffs are right around the corner starting in April, but this gives you plenty of time to see your favorite team hit the ice during regular season play in the next couple of months. Get your tickets today to fill the next few weekends with laughs and pure entertainment.
2/11/16 - The end of the regular season is almost in sight for the NHL, but not before two weekends of fun. You’ll have your chance to see all or your favorite professional hockey players when they hit the ice for the Alumni Showdown. This year’s installment will take place over the course of two weekends. The first will go down on Saturday, February 20 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $3 and up. Next, the esteemed alumni will square off on Friday, February 26 at Coors Field in Denver, CO. Tickets to the second matchup are currently available for prices starting at $29 and up. Don’t miss a second of the action!
2/4/16 - The Washington Capitals are sure happy to have Alex Ovechkin back. As the hottest team in the NHL right now, the skid of two this week was unwelcome territory for the Caps. Luckily, they prevented a three-game losing streak when the winger returned for a 3-2 victory over the Islanders Thursday night. In other league news, forward Jaromir Jagr became the sixth player to reach the milestone of 1,100 career assists after earning two in the first period of a Thursday night toppling of the Red Wings. Jagr’s teammate, goalie Roberto Luongo, also had an achievement of his own; with 35 saves in the same game, he moved up to seventh on the NHL’s all-time win list.
1/28/16 - With the NHL All-Star Game just on the horizon, there’s plenty of chatter in the news stream. Some of it is disappointing, such as revelations that Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews won’t be active due to injury and illness, respectively. Meanwhile, it does appear that contentious fan-voted captain John Scott will take part in the three-on-three contest, even despite being traded and sent down to the AHL by his new team. The decision is sure to stir up plenty of conversation among NHL fans and analysts alike, but it’ll definitely make for intriguing hockey when it’s all said and done. Tickets for NHL regular season games are on sale now—order yours today!
1/21/16 - It’s been a busy week in the NHL as teams duke it out in the latter half of the season for a spot in the playoff race for the 2016 Stanley Cup. Despite the intense focus on the ultimate prize, the NHL All-Star game is fast approaching, and with that comes a little fun. The league has announced its celebrity coaches for the on Jan. 31 match, which will be held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Country music stars got the honors this year (it is Music City after all), so plan on seeing Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley and Vince Gill as they endeavor to lead their teams to victory.
1/14/16 - Much has been said about the NHL and their decision to allow fans to vote in All Star Game starters for 2016, particularly since one of the four captains is slated to be Arizona’s John Scott. The 270-pound left wing is known as a true enforcer—he has just one assist to his name this season compared against 25 minutes in the penalty box. This creates an odd sort of appearance alongside fellow captains Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and Jaromir Jagr, each of whom are known for versatile, game-changing talent on the ice. The All Star Game is still weeks away but there’s plenty of NHL action to keep you busy in the meantime. Order your tickets today!
1/7/16 - The NHL is in full swing in 2016, and with several months left to go in the season, each team is putting forth their best efforts on the ice. Every year around this time, however, the mood lightens a little bit as hockey fans anticipate the NHL All-Star game. The league recently announced its roster for the 2016 game, which is scheduled for Jan. 30-31 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Although the 40 players were selected by league officials, the division captains were selected by fan voting and include Jaromir Jaqur (Florida Panthers) in the Atlantic, John Scott (Arizona Coyotes) from the Pacific, Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) of the Metropolitan division, Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) from Central.
12/31/15 - Football may be getting all the attention right now, as NFL playoffs begin next week, but there’s still plenty of excitement going down in the NHL as well. There were a few surprising wins this week, including New Jersey’s shut out win over the powerful Ottawa Senators. It was an embarrassing game for the Senators, who didn’t score a single goal at the home game. One team that didn’t get embarrassed this week was the Washington Capitals. They went to a commanding 28 wins after defeating the Buffalo Sabres at home 5 – 2. The playoffs are getting closer for hockey fans, so be sure to support your team through to the finals!
12/22/15 - No team is playing hotter in the NHL right now than the Washington Capitals, who’ve won eight of their last 10 to take control of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference 30 games into the season. The New York teams have faltered in the meantime, with the Rangers in particular going just 3-5-2 over the last few weeks to drop to second place. Montreal continues to head up the Atlantic, however back-to-back losses have them in danger of being overtaken by the Boston Bruins if their play does not improve quickly. If you’re looking for the right holiday gift for the hockey fan in your life, look no further—NHL tickets are on sale now!
12/17/15 - One of the lowest-ranked teams in the NHL currently owns the league’s longest win streak. The Calgary Flames made it five in a row on Saturday, knocking off the New York Rangers 5-4 in overtime thanks to TJ Brodie’s timely goal. Meanwhile, the Sharks have slid with six straight losses and now sit just one spot above the Flames in the Pacific. The L.A. Kings head up an otherwise questionable division, as they seek to return to the postseason after missing the chance to defend their crown last year. They’ve got a tough test coming up against fellow division-leader Montreal this week—grab your NHL tickets today and follow all the action, up-close and personal!
12/10/15 - After facing an offseason full of uncertainty, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane has shown that his mind is squarely where it belongs: on hockey. Kane put in an empty-net goal in the closing moments of Chicago’s matchup with Nashville on Tuesday, extending his active points streak to 23 games. Even sweeter was the Hawks’ 4-1 victory over the Predators, keeping them in the hunt for Dallas and the top spot in the Central Division. The L.A. Kings look strong in the Pacific, as they seek to make it back to the postseason after missing out in 2015. In the East, it’s a horserace between Montreal and Washington for NHL dominance. Get your tickets today and be a part of the midseason excitement!
12/3/15 - Roughly 25 games into the regular season, the NHL ranks are starting to truly take shape. The Montreal Canadiens have returned strong this year and stand as the class of the Atlantic Division, scoring their 18th win and 39th point in a shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. In the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars have started strong and lead the Central Division, getting their 19th victory in overtime against Minnesota this past weekend. The season’s still young and the playoff races still wide open, so it’s a great time for fans around the league to be a part of live NHL action! Pick up your tickets today and be there live for every hit and every goal!
11/26/15 - John Collins, Chief Operating Officer for the NHL has just announced that he is to resign, stating that he will be pursuing another professional opportunity. “John leaves a lasting mark,” remarked Commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement about the change. While the resignation won’t affect any team directly, there are other changes to one team’s roster that definitely will. The Jets are working on filling the shoes of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, whose recent injury has left him on the reserve list for an indefinite period of time. In order to find depth at the position, the team has called up Connor Hellebuyck, who was recently ranked as the world’s top prospect for goaltending by InGoal magazine.
11/19/15 - Things are continuing to heat up in the NHL as teams make the final dash to the Stanley Cup. While Montreal, New York (Rangers), Dallas, and Los Angeles are all starting to look like solid playoff contenders, other teams seem to have frozen over altogether. The Colorado Avalanche, for example, are last in the central division of the Western Conference, with just 15 points on the season. They added another loss to their record last night, falling to the Penguins 4 – 3 on the road. Find out which teams will make it to the championship and which ones will turn to ice as the race to the Stanley Cup continues.
11/12/15 - It’s been a big week for NHL news! No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid got off to a solid start in his pro career, but unfortunately suffered a broken collarbone and is expected to miss significant time for Edmonton. The loss puts the Oilers in a bind, as last year’s last-place team had surely been counting on the young superstar’s production to help bounce back in 2015. In lighter news, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made history on two fronts, becoming the first franchise netminder to score wins against all 29 other NHL teams and likely the first to defend against flying pies on Jimmy Fallon’s show. NHL tickets are on sale for the 2015 season—don’t miss the action!
11/5/15 - Hockey season is well underway and there have already been a few surprises within the NHL. Last night’s matchups were no exception. The Jets beat the Maple Leafs 4 – 2 while the Penguins managed to overtake the Canucks 3 – 2. It was a high scoring night for hockey, with the St. Louis Blues defeating rivals the Chicago Blackhawks a walloping 6 – 5. The Ducks were also able to bring home a win, beating the Panthers 3 – 2. If you couldn’t make it to a game last night, there are still plenty of exciting matchups scheduled for today and tomorrow. Be sure to grab your tickets to the game right here!
10/29/15 - The 2015-2016 regular NHL season is well underway. However, with three weeks of the season already in the record books, there are still several notable players who have yet to score. In fact, there are close to 80 forwards who have played in games without scoring a single goal. While many of these players are far from household names, there are at least eight who are. Jordan Staal of Carolina, Brooks Laich of Washington, Marcus Kruger of Chicago, Anton Lander of Edmonton, and Matt Stajan of Calgary are five of those players, and each is usually a force to be reckoned with. Come find out if your favorite players can get the ball rolling this weekend!
10/22/15 - The Columbus Blue Jackets have had better starts to the NHL season, which is probably why they’re making big moves this week. The Blue Jackets fired coach Todd Richards after losing to the New York Islanders four times in a row at home. Columbus has the worst record in the league with an embarrassing 0-7-0. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced that the team would hire John Tortorella as their new coach. He brings a winning record and Stanley Cup championship to the team, giving many fans in Columbus fresh hope. Be sure to see how it all plays out and get your tickets to all the Blue Jackets’ games right here.
10/16/15 - The folks in Edmonton have had to wait a long time to see their No. 1 NHL draft pick in action on their own ice. Connor McDavid and the rest of the Oilers haven’t had much luck in their first three games on the road. They are 0-3-0 and are looking to capture their first win at the Rexall Palace on Thursday evening (Oct. 15) against the St. Louis Blues. “I think there are always a little bit of nerves for the home opener,” said McDavid. As one of the most anticipated players to take the ice since Sidney Crosby was recruited in 2005, we can only hope he performs well under pressure!
10/8/15 - Many NHL officials, players and coaches were on hand at the New York Stock Exchange this Thursday. They were there to support Commissioner Gary Bettman as he rang the opening bell in celebration of the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. The first games took place on Wednesday, and the road teams prevailed. San Jose, New York, Vancouver and Montreal all boasted wins away from home. Last season’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, were upset by the Rangers at home. Even more exciting games are scheduled to happen this Friday (Oct. 9), including Chicago Blackhawks against the New York Islanders, Arizona at Los Angeles, Toronto against Detroit and Winnipeg vs. New Jersey.
10/1/15 - The Canada Post is honoring six of the greatest NHL goalies to ever play the game by releasing stamps featuring some of their faces. Players such as Lorne “Gump” Worsley, Martin Brodeur, Bernie Parent, Johnny Bower, Ken Dryden and Tony Esposito each led their teams to the ultimate prize—the Stanley Cup. The timing of the release of the stamps perfectly coincides with the start of the 2015 season and is a fun way to help you get excited for the first games! Be there when the puck hits the ice and your favorite players look to leave marks of their own in the hockey world. The 2015-2016 regular season begins on Oct. 7.
9/24/15 - It is nearly time for the NHL season to kick off again. Roughly two more preseason matches remain for each team, then they will have one final rest before things really heat up. Hopefully, they will take this opportunity to get their final practices in and coordinate as a team better. It all starts on October 7th, which means just about two weeks remain. On the first day of the season, four games will be played, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers, the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks, and finally between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. If you are a fan of any of those teams, be sure to get your tickets early and come out for the very first night of hockey of the season.
9/16/15 - Big moves are shaping the NHL this week, including a significant trade by the New York Islanders. The Islanders traded forward Michael Grabner to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for five new players. These players include goaltender Christopher Gibson, defensive player Tom Nilsson, as well as two forwards in Carter Verhaeghe and Taylor Beck. Grabner was plagued by injuries last season, playing in just 34 games. He also missed the first two months of the season to recover from surgery. The forward left the team amicably, thanking the Islanders for five great years and embracing the opportunity to start a new chapter in his career. Come see how all of the excitement shakes out as your favorite professional hockey teams head into the upcoming regular season.
9/10/15 - The NHL is changing things up ahead of the upcoming hockey season, and not without a good reason. The league, which is usually known for its squeaky clean image, has had several incidents and arrests that have prompted officials to address the matter before next season starts. Although the league routinely gives presentations on behavior and consequences each year, they may be adding to that schedule this year. The league now plans to instate an educational program that would focus specifically on domestic violence and sexual abuse, according to commissioner Bill Daly. If the program passes, it could be rolled out as early as this year. Here’s hoping that this gives the NHL and its fans a fresh start when teams return to the rink later this fall.
9/2/15 - The offseason wait seems like it will never end for NHL fans, but there is just about one month remaining before the 2015-2016 season kicks off. Starting on October 7th, there will be plenty to be excited about. This is the perfect time, however, to secure your spot in the stands. The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings have the privilege of kicking the season off by playing in the very first four matches. Tickets are available for each and every team's season opener, so get your tickets and finalize your plans to be there on the first day to cheer them to victory and start the season off right.
8/27/15 - Your favorite NHL teams are back to work for pre-season training in anticipation for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. One team that definitely has some exciting things in the work is the defending champions the Chicago Blackhawks. In fact, their opener against the New York Rangers at United Center on October 7 is listed as one of the highest-priced tickets for the entire 2015-2016 season. Tickets are currently averaging a staggering $632. To get in, you’ll have to pay at least $212. The Blackhawks, who have won three Stanley Cup championships in just the last six years, could be trying to position themselves as a modern day hockey dynasty. This year, they’ll also be looking to become the first team to win back to back titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
6/8/15 - The NHL finals are underway, with the Tampa Bay Lightning leading the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals 2-1. The big news out of the league does not come from the game on the ice; instead, it is a reaction to NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus’ belief that the players should not grow beards during the playoffs. It is tradition, and superstition, for players to grow beards as their teams head into the playoffs, especially the finals. However, Lazarus believes this hurts the branding of the sport, making it more difficult for fans to recognize the players, and for marketers to utilize the good looks of the players to sell the sport. Naturally, there is extensive backlash to his statement. Tickets to see these bearded men in action are still available, with prices starting at $118.
6/4/15 - Another wild NHL season is in the books, one which went down to the wire in both conferences. In the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins captured the two Wild Card spots, narrowly edging out the Boston Bruins in a tight race which extended through the final weeks of the regular season. In the West, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings narrowly missed the opportunity to defend their title, finishing with 95 points—four too few to make the playoff cut. An equally-lively 2015 playoffs has finally pitted the Chicago Blackhawks up against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matchup of two- and three-seeded teams that finished the season separated by just six points. Tickets for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Amalie Arena are on sale now starting at $367!
5/28/15 - As the final round of the NHL playoffs approach, something a little absurd has happened. Both matchups in the semifinals, between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers and between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks, has come down to the final game. All four teams have managed to win three of the first six games, so we still do not know who will be moving on to the finals. The Ducks and the Rangers seem to have the advantages, but their opponents are not letting up. Additionally, both of the Conference leaders will have their final game with the home rink advantage. Whichever of the four teams are your favorite, there are sure to be some intense and exciting games coming up.
5/20/15 - As the NHL heads into the final rounds of the playoffs, players have learned something new. Andrew Shaw from the Blackhawks attempted an overtime game winning goal against the Ducks by using his head in a manner similar to soccer. This attempt left many wondering the legality of the shot. Players and fans alike soon learned that deliberately using your head to score a goal is illegal, similar to using a kicking motion or using gloves or arms. Several current NHL players hit social media to declare they were completely unaware of the rule. Other news in the league is that Andrew Hammond has signed a three year contract worth over 4 million dollars with the Senators. Tickets for the final games of the Stanley Cup playoffs remain on sale.
5/12/15 - The NHL Playoffs are still taking place and are currently in the second round of eliminations. During these aggressive games, many players leave the ice banged up and injured, including the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival. Rozsival was carried off of the ice during game four, and it was later announced that he had fractured his ankle. This week Rozsival underwent ankle surgery to repair his broken left ankle and he left the hospital with a 12-16 week recovery window. Unfortunately, he won’t be joining the Blackhawks for any more hockey time this season. Also, Minnesota Wild’s goalie, Josh Harding, is planning to retire after this season due to difficulties with his multiple sclerosis. His contract is set to wrap up June 30, 2015, allowing him the perfect time to retire from the ice.
5/8/15 - Defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks, Michal Rozsival, had to leave game 4 of the NHL Western Conference second round due to a leg injury after a fall. After being helped off the ice, it was clear he wouldn’t be returning for the rest of the game and it remains unclear whether he will return to the ice in the postseason. The Blackhawks have a 3-0 lead on their rivals, the Minnesota Wild. The Montreal Canadiens were also facing a 3-0 deficit before Thursday’s matchup, but avoided elimination thanks to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Goaltender Ben Bishop was pulled from the net in the game after letting the Canadiens go up 3-0. Replacing him was Andrei Vasilevskiy, who hit the ice for the first time in the postseason.
4/28/15 - The NHL's playoff season is underway, but some of the biggest news for the league is not about the playoffs; instead, it is the recent suspension of the Red Wing's Niklas Kronwall for one game. The ruling came from the NHL department of Player Safety and was a consequence of Kronwall hitting the Tampa Bay Lightning's forward Nikita Kucherov. The Red Wings will have to continue their round of playoff games against the Lightning without one of their major players. The Red Wings have released a statement from general manager Ken Holland that they disagree with the Player Safety's decision. The second round of playoffs begins on Thursday, April 30, with several of the teams still vying to see who will make it to the next round. Tickets for almost all the remaining games are available for purchase.
4/23/15 - The NHL season is coming to a close as the playoffs are well underway. The most exciting news in the NHL currently is the Anaheim Ducks. They are still in the first round series of seven games against the Winnipeg Jets, but it hasn’t been an easy journey. Even though they have been the victors in the last three games, they have been playing from behind during each game. It has always come down to the third period where the Ducks eventually pulled it off. The Ducks are hoping to not always have to rely on a comeback and instead play well throughout the entire game. Tickets for the NHL playoffs are still available so don’t miss your chance to see all of the action live.
4/14/15 - This is the most exciting time of year for NHL teams and fans alike. Playoff games are full of electrifying plays, aggressive shots and do or die moments. One team that is going to be highly scrutinized is the Calgary Flames. The Flames haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2009 and have very little experience in post season play because they are such a young, raw team. However, they are prepared to take on the best of the best and show others what they can do. There are also the wild cards teams that are very capable of destroying highly ranked teams in the first round of the playoffs. Now is the time to get your tickets for any upcoming playoff games near you. Most games will be a night on the ice to remember.
4/8/15 - Down to the final three games of the season, the NHL wild card races could not be much closer. The Western Conference picture features three teams separated by three points: Minnesota, Winnipeg, and defending champion Los Angeles. The Kings remain on the outside looking in, but the Wild have lost three straight to loosen their hold on the top wild card. Things are even tighter in the East, where the Penguins and Red Wings are locked up at 95 points apiece—and the Senators are just two points behind both. Saturday night, the Kings will host the San Jose Sharks in a rivalry game which made decide if the champs make it back to the playoffs. Tickets are still available from $56 to be a part of the live experience!
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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