Last season, neither the Tampa Bay Lightning nor the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the Lightning (5-1-0), it is a quick trip back atop the standings, while for the Devils (4-1-0), this is rarified air for a club that finished last in the Eastern Conference a year ago and failed to reach the playoffs the past five years. A 3-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday extended the Lightning's winning streak to four games as they became the first team in the league to reach 10 points.
The City of Charlottetown is inviting all residents to take part in the Rogers Hometown Hockey event this weekend. The city is encouraging residents to decorate their homes and businesses with streamers, posters, Canada flags, hockey jerseys, signs, red lights and anything else they can come up with to welcome the Hometown Hockey tour. The tour's stop in Charlottetown will be celebrated with a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, featuring live entertainment, prize giveaways, free family activities, and an outdoor viewing party of the Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit Red Wings hockey game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are quickly proving they can win any style of game. The Detroit Red Wings, who did not play Tuesday as they awaited their game against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre, are impressed by a team that is being driven by a nucleus of good, young players. "These guys have taken their game to the next level," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told The Detroit News.
The Toronto Maple Leafs mourned Canadian rock icon Gord Downie with a moment of silence before the puck dropped at Wednesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.