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Posted On Wednesday, 04.01.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Flyers, Penguins

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The battle of Pennsylvania is a great rivalry.

Every time the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Philadelphia Flyers, it seems Philadelphia has their number for some reason. Quite often, the Flyers' physical play gets the Penguins off their game, so it's key for the Penguins to stay disciplined and play within their game when the two teams play Wednesday at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA, SN1).

Do they get suckered into it? Do the Penguins stay disciplined and play within their game, or do they get sucked into playing the Flyers' style of game, and become a bit unraveled and take some penalties?

These are teams in different places right now. The Penguins are competing in the Eastern Conference despite some key injuries, and the Flyers have been eliminated from playoff contention. But these games are always intense, no matter what.

Here is my breakdown:


Posted On Friday, 03.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Defensemen making impact out West

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

This week's Friday Four is dedicated to four improving, underrated defensemen who are must watch players in the middle of the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Western Conference.

Go…

Posted On Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Flyers

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

When you really sit down and analyze it, it's quite amazing the direction the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers have gone in since they played in the Stanley Cup Final five years ago.

Salary cap constraints for the Blackhawks under general manager Stan Bowman forced them to rebuild their team around a championship core; the result was another Stanley Cup championship in 2013 after back-to-back first-round exits. They are still a premier team in the NHL and arguably the favorite to win the Cup again this season.

The Flyers didn't make the playoffs in 2013, barely got in last season after changing coaches, and won't make it this season, which potentially could prompt even greater changes this offseason.

Posted On Friday, 03.20.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: 'Hamburglar' has Senators in playoff hunt

Each Friday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

That guy in Ottawa, you know who I mean, plus the banged-up Jets, the newly dynamic Bruins and a goalie who simply needs more pub and more credit in New Jersey. It's all in my Friday Four this week.


Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Kings, Ducks

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The late game on NBCSN's Rivalry Night is a rivalry that could be on display in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Seriously, would anyone be shocked if the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play in the Western Conference First Round? I can't say that anybody would be. I'd be shocked if anybody says they would be.

Of course, I wouldn't be shocked if the Kings finish second in the Pacific Division either, which would set up a potential second-round series between the SoCal rivals.

It obviously is a great matchup, made better by the fact Anaheim has won two in a row against the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, and the King have won three of their past four games to stay in the playoff race in the Western Conference.

Posted On Friday, 03.13.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Young power forwards to keep an eye on

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

Young players big and small, an off-the-grid ace and a pair of unsung forwards in Hollywood have caught my eye and deserve some pub. It's all in my Friday Four this week.

Go…

1. Big, young forwards

Nick Bjugstad (from Minnesota), Anders Lee (from Minnesota), Kevin Hayes (from Massachusetts).

Those three young forwards have been impressing me. I mean seriously impressing me.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 11:27 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Capitals

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Surprise, surprise, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals might be on a collision course for a matchup in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so what we'll see in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry game could be a preview.

The Rangers and Capitals have met in the playoffs four out of the past six years, including three in a row from 2011-13.

As it stands right now the Rangers would actually play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round while the Capitals would face the New York Islanders. The Eastern Conference standings, particularly in the Metropolitan Division, are so fluid that what we see now might be completely different from what we see at the end of the season.

I have to go off of what we're seeing now, so here is my breakdown of what could be a thriller at Verizon Center:

Posted On Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 10:40 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Hammond has Senators in playoff race

1. 'Hamburglar'

Andrew Hammond, what a nickname. It makes perfect sense too. It's way better than “Hamster” or “Hammy.” Those would be normal hockey nicknames. “Hamburglar” is great, and I hope the McDonald's in Ottawa takes notice and does something with him. They are a League partner, too. Just saying.

Nonetheless, Hammond has been amazing. He has really transformed this team. That's the reality. The Senators were pretty much, you could say it, dead in the playoff race. He's got them back into some contention here. There's a sense of hope and belief. He's been awesome.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Red Wings

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

We could be watching a preview of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings play at home against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). This might be a tone-setter for what could develop into a good rivalry in the East.

So let's break it down the way we do every week:

Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Rangers' Hayes coming into his own

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

A rookie in New York, the Los Angeles Kings coming on, and two defensemen that are on my radar and better be on yours too. It's all in my Friday Four:

1. It's happening for Hayes

New York Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes has 12 points in his past 13 games. That's impressive for him.

One thing you have to give the Rangers credit for is their scouting and drafting and development. They've done a really good job, an excellent job for the most part, in developing talent. Sometimes it is about guys they trade for or acquire, whether it's an off-the-grid guy like Mats Zuccarello or a guy like Hayes, who has a big body and can skate and play.

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