The Ducks clinched the Pacific Division and locked themselves into the second seed in the Western Conference with a 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. Anaheim finishes the season at home against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
“You can look at it both ways, it’s a fine line,” coach Bruce Boudreau said of resting players. “I think some guys do need a rest. … But I don’t think those two guys are going to lose anything. They are by far the oldest line in the NHL, I gotta believe."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes are all but mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the most important number that led to their fate is zero.
Zero goals. Zero offense. Zero chance.
The Coyotes were shut out for the ninth time this season -- and the seventh time in 23 road games -- in a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday that slammed the door on their last realistic path to the playoffs. That game looked an awful lot like the game that reduced their postseason chances to long-shot status, a 4-0 home loss to the San Jose Sharks nine days ago.San Jose and Phoenix meet again Wednesday at Jobing.com Arena, but with a lot less on the line.
It was a super Tuesday for the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, as they were among the teams to clinch spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cisco NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday on NHL Network with Steve Mears and Ken Daneyko, will talk to Isles superstar John Tavares and Washington coach Adam Oates.
Hockey was also the hot topic Wednesday on Capitol Hill during the Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing. Illinois congressman Mike Quigley joins us as his Chicago Blackhawks look to lock up the Presidents' Trophy.
It's also Rivalry Night in the NHL as the Detroit Red Wings continue their push for a 22nd consecutive postseason berth. We'll catch up with Wings forward Cory Emmerton and NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire, who will be Inside the Glass, when the defending champion Los Angeles Kings visit Detroit.
Don't forget to submit your #AskDaneyko questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork, and stick around for the shootout as Ken picks all four games being played on Wednesday.
TAMPA -- A rested and relaxed group of Toronto Maple Leafs, fresh from clinching their first berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004, visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
After nailing down the postseason spot Saturday night in Ottawa, the Maple Leafs had a chance to soak in what they had accomplished with three off days in Tampa.
"We've had a little bit of rest," Toronto defenseman John-Michael Liles said. "Sunday some of the guys played golf and some went out on a boat. Nothing too crazy, just trying to relax. It's nice to have the playoffs in your back pocket, but I think the main focus here is to move up in the standings and finish out the season strong. All year we've just been focusing on the next game and that's what we will continue to do, even with the playoffs clinched. It was nice to have these few days to kind of rest and get some sun, but now it's back to work."
Instead, Bertuzzi will sit out for at least one more game and hopes to return for Thursday's home game against the Nashville Predators. Bertuzzi hasn't played since Feb. 7 against the St. Louis Blues because of a painful pinched nerve in his back.
He's been skating for a while, but hasn't been able to do much conditioning work on the ice until lately. That, according to Bertuzzi, is why he isn't ready to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings on Wednesday night.
"I'll be ready to play [Thursday]," Bertuzzi said after working extra following Wednesday's morning skate. "I needed another hard skate. Like I said before, a week ago, I can't come in and not be ready to play a full 60 [minutes] and help out, contribute, be big down low, finish my checks. I needed another hard skate and that's what we just finished."
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sounded both surprised and disappointed upon learning Bertuzzi's status for the game against the Kings.
"I thought he was going today," Babcock said. "Nothing made me hesitate. It wasn't my decision."
At 15:10 of the third period in the Flames/Predators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that Calgary forward Roman Cervenka's stick was below the height of the cross bar when he deflected Chris Butler's shot into the net. According to Rule 60.5 "The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick. If the puck makes contact with the stick below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed." Good Goal Calgary.
At 17:26 of the third period in the Sabres/Penguins game, the referee on the ice ruled that Steve Ott batted the puck into the net with his stick below the cross bar. The Toronto Situation Room reviewed the play but was inconclusive so the referee's call on the ice stands. Good Goal Buffalo.
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It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.