The Red Wings’ playoff streak is in serious danger. At 24 consecutive seasons and counting, the Wings’ stretch of post-season appearances is the longest active streak in the big four North American pro sports leagues. But for the third year in a row, the Red Wings will have to go down to the wire to keep it alive, fending off a late challenge by the Philadelphia Flyers that threatens to finally snap the streak.
There’s an argument to be made that the Wings’ streak is the most impressive in NHL history, given the size of the league and the relentless push toward parity. But it’s not the only such streak the league has seen, or even the longest. Five other NHL teams have had playoff streaks longer than 20 consecutive seasons.
Let’s take a look back at those five teams, and how their streaks eventually ended.
The 2016 NHL trade deadline is history and the start of unrestricted free agency is months away, but questions persist over contract talks between the Tampa Bay Lightning and captain Steven Stamkos. Eligible for UFA status on July 1, the future of the 26-year-old sniper remains a subject of interest in the rumor mill.
The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch believes the longer Stamkos remains unsigned, the more speculation will grow over his future. If the Bolts captain hits the open market, Garrioch believes the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres could be among the suitors.
Things got all testy last night between Montreal and Buffalo, with the Sabres defending their crease with furious anger. At the height of the animosity, Buffalo goalie Robin Lehner yanked Montreal’s Michael McCarron through the air and the two then exchanged gloved punches. Lehner’s netminding counterpart, Ben Scrivens, skated up to the blueline but never crossed the Rubicon:
After the tilt, which Montreal won 3-2, Lehner had some fightin’ words:
This season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Montreal Canadiens, but according to a report the blame within the organization won’t be falling on the shoulders of coach Michel Therrien.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the Canadiens are set to bring Therrien back next season, even after the club suffered through an epic collapse that has seen them go from one of the early season’s most lauded contenders to a bottom-10 team wondering where their luck will fall in the draft lottery. Since Dec. 1, the Canadiens have been the worst team in the league, and it’s honestly not even that close. Over their past 44 games, the Canadiens are 14-27-3, have scored only 95 goals and have a league-worst minus-41 goal differential over that period.
With Therrien reportedly set to come back next season, it appears as though the Canadiens are willing to chalk up this season as an aberration caused in part by the loss of all-world goaltender Carey Price. Read more
The Montreal Canadiens’ plummet down the Eastern Conference standings has seen them end up on the wrong side of the highlight reel a number of times, and goaltender Mike Condon is the latest Canadien to post an unfortunate lowlight.
Condon’s error came in the first frame after the Canadiens and Minnesota Wild had both been held off the board through nearly 11 minutes of play. A blocked shot caused the puck to head back into the Montreal zone, and Condon spotted Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter attempting to chase the puck down on the forecheck.
In an attempt to turn the play back up ice quickly, Condon left his crease and skated to the top of the circles to play the puck, but his attempted pass landed right on the tape of Niederreiter. With only Alexei Emelin to beat, Niederreiter made a quick move before depositing the puck into the wide-open net: Read more
Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL/NHLPA performance enhancing substance policy, but according to Arizona coach Dave Tippett, the suspended blueliner’s infraction didn’t happen under the Coyotes’ watch.
Arizona traded for Tinordi, 24, on Jan. 15 in a three-way deal that involved the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. The Coyotes received Tinordi and Stefan Fournier from Montreal in exchange for John Scott, while Stefan Elliott was sent to Nashville. Tinordi’s 20-game ban wasn’t handed down until nearly two months after the trade, and Tippett said no one on the Coyotes knew about the pending suspension.
“I think our training staff does an excellent job of making sure our players are aware of that,” Tippett told The Province’s Steve Ewen. “Nobody in our organization knew anything about it, but it was an ongoing situation from before we acquired the player…I think the league does a fantastic job of monitoring guys and holding guys accountable when there’s something that’s not right.” Read more
Montreal Canadiens all-star defenseman P.K. Subban had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher on Thursday night after a scary, freak accident in which he collided with teammate Alexei Emelin.
Late in the third period of the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Sabres, Subban went into his own corner in pursuit of Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. Subban fell and went down to his knees, then ran into the backside of Emelin. It looked innocent enough but Subban went down immediately in obvious, serious pain. Here’s the play:
You can see Subban’s neck snap back as he makes contact with Emelin’s leg. Subban, who has never missed a game in his career due to injury, stayed down for eight minutes while trainers attended to him before being taken off on a stretcher. He could be seen giving a thumbs up as he left the ice.
The Canadiens said after the game that Subban has a neck injury and was taken to the hospital as a precaution and is moving his extremities.
The NHL is a much better place with Subban. Here’s hoping he’s okay, and back in the Canadiens’ lineup soon.