On the Beat: Antoine Vermette promoted to top line, new lines in St. Louis and Tavares the third best prospect?

I’ve been away the past few days, but I’m back with the regular On the Beat and the Morning Papers tomorrow. For now, here’s what beat writers are saying this afternoon: Here is the lineup the Bruins expect to roll out for tonight’s game in Montreal.  Bitz, while not the player Lucic is, brings many […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,New York Rangers,On the Beat,San Jose Sharks,St.Louis Blues,Washington Capitals on April 20, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Rangers/Capitals, Blue Jackets/Red Wings, Canadiens/Bruins, Flames/Blackhawks

Game Notes: Lundqvist with his 3rd career shutout.  Osgood picks up his 14th career shutout. Good news for the Wings, Hawks, Canucks, Bruins and Rangers as teams that take a 2-0 series lead end up winning 87% of the time.     FINAL T         FINAL T   NY Rangers 1     […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,Montreal Canadiens,New York Rangers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 18, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Penalties the difference in Pittsburgh, Langenbrunner injured and Pothier in for the Caps today

Here are the morning papers for Saturday the 18th of April: Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) Matt Hunwick got quite the welcoming to the NHL playoffs on Thursday.  Milan Lucic continues to prove he is made for prime time, writes Fluto Shinzawa.  Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton appears to have grown tired of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Eastern Conference,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Washington Capitals on April 18, 2009

Matt Gilroy signs with Rangers

From TSN: Boston University free agent defenceman Matt Gilroy has signed a two-year deal worth $3.5 million with the New York Rangers. It is a one-way contract however, he is not eligible to play for the Rangers in this year’s playoffs. He will be eligible for free agency in three years. Last week, Gilroy was […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in New York Rangers on April 17, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Friday Playoff Edition): Flyers need to be disciplined, the resurgence of Wade Redden and uncertainty in Capitals net

Here are the other half of the morning papers for Friday the 17th of April: Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Montreal Canadiens (8) The Bruins blew a two-goal lead, but got a huge third period goal from Zdeno Chara and are off to a 1-0 series lead.  Now is the perfect time for the Bruins […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Washington Capitals on April 17, 2009

Conference Quarterfinal Scores: Rangers/Capitals, Flyers/Penguins, Hurricanes/Devils, Blues/Canucks

 Game Notes: Drury has been scratched from the Rangers lineup for Game 1. Sidney Crosby scores the 1st goal of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Alex Ovechkin with 6 shots and 6 hits in the 1st period.  Scores 1st goal of series in 2nd.     FINAL T         FINAL T   […]

Posted by David Minuk in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Eastern Conference,Game Report,General NHL,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,Northwest Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Western Conference on April 15, 2009

Illegal Curve 2009 1st Round Playoff Predictions

This handy little chart (below) , beautifully (cough cough) formatted by yours truly, lists all of the Illegal Curve contributors predictions for the upcoming playoff run. A few interesting things to note about the predictions: 1) The New York Rangers might as well not bother to show up. Eight predictors, eight Washington victories predicted. 2) […]

Posted by Drew Mindell in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Features,Montreal Canadiens,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,Philadelphia Flyers,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Season Previews,St.Louis Blues,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals on April 14, 2009

NHL Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): NHL Draft Lottery tonight on TSN, EA Sports says Bruins will capture the Stanley Cup, Cam Ward has waited three years to return to this stage, The Chris Osgood factor, Rene Bourque skated with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen on the top line

Here are the morning papers for Tuesday the 14th of April: Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8) According to an EA Sports simulation, the Bruins will beat Chicago in six games to capture the Stanley Cup. The Canadiens have been more than just a playoff nemesis to the Bruins, they have flat-out […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Buffalo Sabres,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,General NHL,Minnesota Wild,Montreal Canadiens,Nashville Predators,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Ottawa Senators,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,St.Louis Blues,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 14, 2009