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Standings update: Kings rattle off eighth consecutive win

Mar 11, 2014, 2:26 AM EDT

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A busy Monday is over, with a scary moment and stunning meltdown (understandably) dominating the headlines. Here’s a quick look at some of the other interesting developments from today’s games in convenient conference-by-conference formats.

(A potentially important game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars was postponed.)

Western Conference

  • If you’re putting together a list of the hottest teams in the NHL, it shouldn’t begin and end with the St. Louis Blues alone. The Los Angeles Kings are now on an eight-game winning streak even though Marian Gaborik remains pointless on his new team. Markus Granlund was injured.
  • The Phoenix Coyotes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 via a shootout. It was a big win, but in case you’re wondering why Mike Smith was so pumped up, remember that he’s a former member of the Bolts.
  • The Colorado Avalanche shook off injuries to beat the Winnipeg Jets in OT, leaving them one point behind Chicago for second in the Central Division. They face the Blackhawks in a big game on Wednesday.
  • The Vancouver Canucks, well … you probably know.

Here’s a look at the West from a wild card and divisional standpoint, via NHL.com:

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Eastern Conference

  • Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle got some revenge against his former team in Anaheim with a 3-1 win, keeping the Ducks from going to the top of the NHL and West (as you can see above). The Buds jump above Montreal for second in the Atlantic Division in the process.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins thwarted the Washington Capitals’ attempt to jump into the wild card ranks (Columbus remains in that duo despite its game being postponed) by a score of 3-2. Pittsburgh topped Boston for first in the East. Could these two teams trade that lead for the remainder of the season?
  • The Ottawa Senators erase a 3-0 deficit against Nashville to at least get a point via a 4-3 OT loss to the Predators. As mentioned before, Tampa Bay gets a “charity point” too.

Here’s the East picture via NHL.com:

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  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Scary moment in Dallas. I hope that Peverly makes a full recovery and is able, if he wants, to return to the game.

    Way to go, Carlyle! Kings’ fan here, and I’m happy to see Anaheim lose.

    I kept watching Kopi try to feed Gaborik for a shot and goal. Still waiting for that magic first goal from Gaborik so he can get the monkey off his back.

    Re: Pens vs. Caps – I think it’s amusing that people criticize Ovechkin for being selfish and only taking shots on goal. He’s mentoring the new guy, Kuznetsov (which was a story in and of itself). In the Caps’ game recap last night, one announcer more or less criticized Kuznetsov for constantly passing and not taking a shot on goal. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t.

    Go, Kings!!!

    • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      “Go Kings” indeed … however don’t forget that this winning streak was prefaced by a horrendous losing streak where we couldn’t score a goal to save our lives … over the past 20 x games, we Kings are essentially nothing more than a ’500′ hockey club …

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Weren’t you the one, blom, who wrote that nobody cares about what happened before the Olympics?

      • blomfeld - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Pat … most of my writings here are offered in jest … so while I like what our team is doing lately, I’m still not convinced yet that we’re back in 2012 ‘Mayan’ mode ? … I could be wrong and I hope I am … nonetheless, that’s what I feel …

    • slysipops - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      PAT…thumbs up…………..except for the GO KNGS part !….LOL! ….the SLY

      • blomfeld - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        *** earlier today at a bar in Chicago ***

        Slysipops: gimme a drink waiter !

        Blomfeld: what would you care for sir ?

        Slysipops: anything ! … just gimme a drink right now !

        Blomfeld: there you go friend, a ‘nice’ tasty screwdriver for you !

        Slysipops: what the hell is this ? … an orange and an actual screwdriver ? … are you nuts ?

        Blomfeld: yes, Pecan to be exact ! … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAAM !!

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    too bad the penguins dont play boston again

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