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PHT’s top five NHL games for the weekend

Apr 12, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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Friday (8:30 p.m. ET) — Detroit at Chicago

A possible first-round playoff preview. Detroit has just two wins in its last seven games and has Phoenix and Dallas nipping at its heels for the final playoff spot in the West. Among the Red Wings’ recent losses: they got absolutely smoked on home ice, 7-1, by the ‘Hawks on March 31.

Saturday (7 p.m. ET) — NY Rangers at NY Islanders

The hottest Islanders ticket in ages. At last glance, the cheapest single on StubHub was $175. The Isles have won eight of their last 10 and have an 86.3 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to Sports Club Stats. With the Rangers in town, the atmosphere in the rink should be awesome.

Saturday (7 p.m. ET) — Montreal at Toronto

Another potential first-round match-up. And what a story that would be. The last time the Habs and Leafs met in the playoffs was 1979, when a powerhouse Montreal side swept Toronto on the way to a fourth consecutive Stanley Cup title.

Saturday (7 p.m. ET) — Tampa Bay at Washington

Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos go head-to-head in pursuit of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Both players have 26 goals, tied for the most in the NHL. Ovechkin is the hottest of the two though, with 17 goals in his last 16 games. Plus, he’s got his team headed towards the playoffs.

Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET) — Chicago at St. Louis

A battle between two of the top sides in the Western Conference. Blues goalie Brian Elliott hasn’t allowed a goal in 189:29.  He’s getting Friday night off, leaving him fresh to start versus the ‘Hawks (on NBC!).

  1. 19to77 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Isles-Rangers is going to be absolutely great. This is pretty much the definition of “statement game” for both teams.

    • islesjb - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      I’ll be there

      Isles-Rangers games at the Nassau Colosseum creates what I think is the absolute best atmosphere in all sports. It’s one of the times that the fact that the NVMC is a tiny dilapidated shoe box comes in handy. The place gets LOUD.

      The game will be a 50/50 split between Isles and Rangers fans. The warring “Let’s go Islanders” and “Let’s go Rangers” chants throughout the game really make for a surreal event. I’m sure some Rags fans will start the”Potvin Sucks” chants as well (get over it).

      Hopefully once the game is over, we’ll be hearing, “WE WANT PLAYOFFS.”

      Ps- Hope I didn’t offend any Isles fans by insulting the NVMC. I personally love the place, have a ton of great memories there and will be sad to see it go but I think I was just calling a spade a spade.

      • bcedge68 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        yes. i think the whole world thinks rangers-islanders creates the best atmosphere in sports. except that no one cares.

      • islesjb - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        bcedge you’re the man!

  2. jr507 - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    JB – No harm in calling the Mausoleum what it is. Living in Jersey I don’t get out to the old barn enough these days, but you’re right – it can still rock. Hopefully you guys have good reason to make it shake like the old days

  3. jaredo10 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Ranger/isles. gunna feel like a game 7 cofernce final ” Can’t Waitttt” – Bart Scott

  4. jdrew506 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    JB it’s alright you can call the NVMC what it is and that is a dump and most Islander fans know this very well. I, for one, am glad they will be out of there after next year hopefully.

    As for the Potvin sucks chant, the real funny thing is probably 80-90 percent of the Ranger fans who chant it don’t even know who Denis is or why they chant he sucks. They just go with the Ranger mob because it the cool thing to do.

  5. godsmacked1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    for those too young to remember, one of the greatest Islander/Ranger games ever played:

    Glory days.

    • jdrew506 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Damn that brought back some great childhood memories, thanks for posting hat video. Also reminds me of that triple overtime game against the capitals(if my memory is correct). The one where Lafontaine scored( again if my memory is correct) while flying through the air. I woke the whole family up cheering loudly at around 2am. Great times.

      • godsmacked1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Was at a bar until 2 in the morning watching that game! Yep, it was Lafontaine.

    • jdrew506 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Lol i was still a little too young to be in a bar for the game. Had to wait for that 94 series against the penguins to enjoy it that way.

  6. steeltownpride87 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    No Penguins at Panthers on this list ? lol . Oh well im sure it will be the game of the week on wednesday night .

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