NHL on NBCSN: Will Blackhawks stop rising Stars?

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ET.. The Detroit Red Wings won last night .. Now the Stars have to respond.. Dallas had the slimmest lead on the eighth seed prior to Detroit’s win and the Stars can reclaim it again with a victory against Chicago tonight.. Beating the Blackhawks this season is a tall order, but the odds haven’t stopped Dallas lately.. How often do you see a team fully embrace the seller role in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline and still somehow make the playoffs?. The Stars dealt Brenden Morrow , Derek Roy , and Jaromir Jagr for picks and prospects and those that were left seemed to haven taken it as a challenge.. They’ve won five straight games, three on the road and four against teams that currently hold a playoff spot, to force their way back into the competition.. With three of their top forwards now playing for other teams, 22-year-old rookie Alex Chiasson has stepped up with six goals and seven points in six career games.. All the same, a five-game winning streak isn’t exactly the type of thing that’s likely to intimidate the Chicago Blackhawks. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/15/nhl-on-nbcsn-will-blackhawks-stop-rising-stars/

Red Wings showing confidence in Danny DeKeyser, rookie who’s been steady, unfazed by pressure

The Red Wings beat out many teams for his services, signing him to a two-year entry-level contract on March 29 .. Teammates heard a lot about him, but didn’t know what to expect right away.. They like what they see so far from the 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Macomb, Mich.. “He’s a great skater, he’s smart out there,” goaltender Jimmy Howard said.. “The one thing that has impressed a lot of us is he’s not getting nervous and just coughing it up out there.. He’s under the bright lights of the NHL and he’s holding his own.” A former college player himself, Howard is aware of the difficult transition from the NCAA to the professional ranks.. “It says how great of a talent he is,” Howard said.. “If he keeps working hard he’ll be a mainstay here for a long time.” Defense leader Niklas Kronwall said DeKeyser is making good progress.. “I thought he was great the first game and he’s just been improving every game,” Kronwall said.. “It’s pretty impressive what he’s been able to do, coming in from college and playing the way he does, using his size, making a really good first pass, strong in his own end, using his long reach.” One of the reasons DeKeyser chose Detroit was he knew he would have an opportunity to play right away.. “I knew there would be a chance to play if I worked hard, so that’s what I was looking for,” DeKeyser said.. “Every game I feel more comfortable with every shift. source: http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2013/04/red_wings_showing_confidence_i.html

NHL Playoff Primer for April 15

In fact, the regular season ends Saturday, April 27, a mere 13 days away.. Although the finish line is clearly in sight, the Stanley Cup playoffs qualification picture is far less clear.. To help make sense of the numerous permutations that exist for the playoffs, NHL.com’s Playoff Push Primer looks at some of the biggest movers and shakers among the postseason hopefuls.. Teams that clinched Sunday: None Teams that can clinch Monday: The Boston Bruins will clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the sixth straight season if they claim at least one point against the Ottawa Senators Playoff positions to be claimed: 12 Days remaining in regular-season: 13 Total games remaining in regular season: 98 Monday’s schedule: Ottawa at Boston: The Ottawa Senators have responded nicely to their recent five-game skid by notching back-to-back victories against the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils, allowing just one goal along the way.. But with the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets all within striking distance, it is imperative the Sens continue to collect points.. The Boston Bruins, meanwhile, have dropped back-to-back games but still remain one point behind the Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead adn can clinch a playoff spot with a single point from this game.. New Jersey at Toronto: The New Jersey Devils’ postseason hopes are on life support, as they’ll attempt to avoid a 10-game winless skid Monday at Air Canada Centre.. The Devils haven’t won since Ilya Kovalchuk suffered a shoulder injury.. Or, ironically, since Martin Brodeur earned his 666th career victory.. The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are well on their way back to the big dance for the first time since 2004 as they’ve earned points in nine of their past 10 games. source: http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=665815&cmpid=rss-News


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