Weekly NHL Recap: March 31st – April 6th

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April 7, 2013 11:03 AM by Smash

Gaborik Blue JacketsThe trade deadline has come and gone and we’re in the middle of a tight playoff push in the Eastern Conference. It’s gonna be a fun finish, kids.

On Wednesday, the trade deadline made for some interesting last minute moves. Lets take a look at some of them, shall we?

– Jerome Iginla threw a curveball at the Boston Bruins and the Twittersphere, signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

– The Columbus Blue Jackets made what was probably the best move across the League by acquiring Marian Gaborik (along with two prospects) from the Rangers for Derick Bressard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore, and a 6th round draft pick in 2014.

– Ryane Clowe went from the Sharks to the Rangers. After playing 28 games without scoring a goal, Clowe scored 2 in his Rangers debut against the Penguins. Looking like it was a good deal for the Rangers.

– The Senators dealt goaltender Ben Bishop to the Lightning for Cory Conacher, who immediately became the Senators leading scorer…with 9 goals.

-The Canucks proved to the League why big contracts aren’t always a great idea. Roberto Luongo didn’t move and is still a Canuck…even if he’s just a backup.

-The Islanders, even in the middle of a playoff push (something they haven’t seen since 2007) sat back and didn’t make a single move. GM Garth Snow was quoted as saying: “We had lots of contact with clubs, but I’m confident in group we have. Didn’t want to disrupt chemistry we’ve built.” Which for Islanders fans, may not be a bad move for this young team.

Now, onto this playoff picture that’s going on. In the West, it’s looking more and more clear as to who will continue their seasons into the playoffs. The Blues are currently holding onto the #8 seed with 42 points and have games in hand on all but the Flames (who are out of the picture) in regards to the 9-15 place teams.

Western Conference Standings

Eastern Conference StandingsIn the East, it’s a different story. As you can see above, the #5 seed and the #8 seed are only separated by 4 points. The #9 and #10 seeds, Winnipeg and New Jersey, are right in the mix as well. The weak Southeast division has made for some interesting play being that the Jets and Capitals continue to flip-flop first place and #3 seeds with only 40 points. It will be a tight race in the East and the last few spots will be a toss up.

For a breakdown of each teams statistical chances of making the playoffs, see the image below, courtesy of Sportsclubstats.com:

National Hockey League Playoff Chances 4.7.13(click to enlarge)

Three Stars of the Week:

3. Justin Williams: 4 GP, 4G, 0A, 4PTS

2. Derek Stepan: 4 GP, 3G, 3A, 6PTS

1. Alex Ovechkin: 4 GP, 6G, 2A, 8PTS

Highlights of the Week:

Ryan Callahan’s short handed trickery:

Ryan-Callahan-Short-Handed-GoalJames van Riemsdyk top shelves it after some quick thinking:

James-van-Riemsdyk-GoalHenrik Lundqvist stops two in a row with some quick reflexes:

Henrik-Lundqvist-Save-Against-Winnipeg

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