Break out the Board

by Ryan

We’ve officially gone past the trading deadline, and you know what that means:

The standings are on the sidebar, and once again Carolina doesn’t exist. We’ll try to keep these posted and have a quick recap of the games that matter each morning. I can’t promise there will be games that matter each night, but it gives us an excuse to watch more hockey if we have to talk about them.

The Sabres still have games in hand thanks to a ton of action last night, so let’s recap the night that was:

– The Rangers beat the Islanders 4-2 in Sean Avery’s first game back. Am I the only one who doesn’t think Avery playing in the league is an awful thing? I mean, it’s not like he somehow lost the skills that made him a good player in the first place, right? Either way, I’m pretty sure this win had everything to do with getting Dmitri Kalinin off the roster.

– Calgary did us a favor and beat Philly, who may already be out of reach anyway. This game saw Oli Jokinen do the “first game with a new team” thing and score twice. There’s a lot of talk about Jokinen’s value in the playoffs, but I think Calgary is a pretty scary team these days. The Western Conference playoffs are going to be fun to watch this year, that’s for sure.

– The Penguins beat Florida 4-1 in last night’s “game where we’d rather see the arena blow up.” We can be thankful it wasn’t an overtime of shootout final here, but that’s about it. Crosby played for the Pens and scored, and Bill Guerin had an assist and is 85 years old. Crosby played with Guerin and Kunitz, players that weren’t even on the team a week ago. Think there’s a chemistry problem in Pittsburgh?

– There’s no way the Maple Leafs are making the playoffs, but I thought it was worth mentioning that Martin Gerber stood on his head in Washington last night, stopping 37 shots and beating the Caps 2-1. That’s too shabby. We’ll be back in a bit with some Coyotes stuff and hopefully who is starting in net tonight.