The road has been doing both the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers quite a bit of good lately. Calgary moved to the first wild card spot on Friday after beating the Panthers in Florida by a score of 4-2. So far, they’ve grabbed at least a point in every game during a road trip that ends in Carolina on Sunday: Feb. 18: 2-1 OT loss at Vancouver Feb. 21: 6-5 OT win at Nashville Feb. 23: 3-2 win at Tampa Bay Tonight: 4-2 win at Florida You can’t totally blame the Panthers if they almost miss their road trip. They rattled off five straight wins through what seemed like a brutal road haul on paper, but now they’ve lost back-to-back home games in regulation. With five of six and six of seven slated
Justin Schultz‘s career has done a virtual 180 since joining Pittsburgh at last year’s trade deadline, and the Pens have made it clear they’d like to keep him around beyond this season. “We have not [discussed an extension with Schultz],” GM Jim Rutherford said, per the Post-Gazette. “But he will definitely be a priority for us in the offseason.” Acquired for a third-round pick last February, Schultz proved to be one of Rutherford’s best moves (part of the reason why Rutherford captured NHL GM of the Year). The former Oilers rearguard had seven points through 18 regular-season games and then thrived once getting into the playoff mix, helping Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup. He was signed to a
The New York Islanders will look to continue their newfound winning ways on the road Saturday afternoon. For the first time all season, the Islanders won consecutive road games, and it could not have come at a better time for the surging team. New York, which currently finds itself ahold of the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, started a season-long nine-game stretch away from Brooklyn with wins at Detroit on Tuesday and Montreal on Thursday.