Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Coyle’

Top Line: Martin St. Louis flopping on Broadway, Blues take a hit, more links

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

The Rangers had 41 shots n a 1-0 loss to San Jose, but Martin St. Louis (26) didn’t take any of them. (Gerry Broome/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Wasn’t Martin St. Louis supposed to spark the Rangers’ offense? The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner hasn’t scored in seven games since joining the team, but then again he’s not the only Blueshirt who is struggling to light the lamp.

• You can’t blame New York for feeling like the NHL war room bungled this goal review.

• The Flyers got more than four points out of a home-and-home sweep of the struggling Penguins.

• Pittsburgh will get two key players back for practice today, but does it mean that either is close to returning to game action?

• Three games in three days would be a nightmare for most players, but for Nathan Lieuwen it was a dream come true.

• The Blues will have to go deep into the playoffs if they hope to see Vladimir Tarasenko again this season. The 21-goal scorer needs surgery on his right hand and will miss at least six weeks.

• Jim Matheson talks about a potential front-office retirement, a potential buy-out candidate and a first-line talent on Long Island in his this ‘n’ that column.

Read More…

  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Top Line: Capitals clinch Southeast, Isles return to playoffs, more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    The Washington Capitals celebrate clinching the Southeast Division

    Given up for dead a month into the season, Adam Oates’ Capitals are plenty alive. (Chuck Myers/MCT via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Congrats to the Capitals, who won a thriller over the Jets to clinch the Southeast title for the fifth time in six seasons.

    • While the rest of the league was content to write Washington off early on, coach Adam Oates never stopped believing in the team. He still looks like a dark horse for the Adams, but he fully deserves to be in the mix.

    • The Jets aren’t quite good enough yet, but the future looks bright in Winnipeg.

    • So they backed in. Big deal. The Islanders are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007!

    • Two players who shouldn’t expect a postseason call-up to Long Island: Rick DiPietro and Nino Niederreiter.

    • This season hasn’t provided Buffalo with much to brag about, but at least the Sabres can say they snapped a pair of lengthy Penguins winning streaks in Pittsburgh.

    • The Pens could have Paul Martin and James Neal back in the lineup before the regular season ends. But Sidney Crosby…?

    Read More…

  • Published On Apr 24, 2013