NHL Weekly (Week 20)
“Let the good times roll.”
Surely it’s the slogan for the Mardi Gras festivities that took place yesterday. But it could also have been the motto for the Red Wings of Detroit, as they’ve won an absurd 23 games in a row at home. Yes, they lost 1-2 last night in Chicago to the Blackhawks, their division rival. But no, the Red Wings’ successes don’t appear to be stopping.
Like Detroit in the West, the New York Rangers have continued to dominate the East: holding a solid 7-point lead on the next best team in the Eastern Conference, despite losing last night to Pittsburgh 0-2.
Anaheim, Phoenix, and Chicago in the West, and in the East, Ottawa, New Jersey, and Tampa Bay have all had small winning streaks of late. But none compare to the feats of success racked up by the Rangers and Wings.
What is more newsworthy this week, though, is the looming trade deadline : Monday, February 27.
The biggest question is where Columbus’s Rick Nash will go : San Jose? Philadelphia? New York?
Meantime, the Lightning’s GM Steve Yzerman has been wheeling and dealing – trading defenseman Pavel Kubina to Philadelphia for draft picks and moving defenseman Kyle Quincey to Detroit in a three-way deal with the Wings and the Avs. Earlier, Yzerman sent center Dominic Moore to San Jose for even more draft picks.
It remains to be seen if the Bruins, Capitals, or Coyotes will get in on the trading – in the hopes of making a competitive team Stanley-Cup-worthy.