CWHL Weekend Preview: Race for Playoffs heating up! Boston vs Montreal, Brampton v Toronto
With only two weekends of games left before the end of the regular season, and a close race for playoff spots, this weekend is SURE to be exciting!
This weekend, the defending Clarkson Cup champions in Boston take on three-time champions, the Montreal Stars, twice. Very excitingly, at least some of the Olympians these teams lost appear to be planning to be back for this weekend! According to Julie Chu’s twitter, both she and Hilary Knight will be back for Saturday’s game at 4:30 PM CST, which is a fundraiser for Breast Cancer research. Chu, a member of the Montreal Stars, brings a veteran, two-way presence– she’s played both forward and defense for Montreal, although her points production has fallen off in recent years with the Stars. Knight was Boston’s leading scorer by a wide margin last season, and isn’t afraid to use her size on the ice either. Boston fans can hope that Gigi Marvin, who historically quarterbacked their defense, also returns soon– that team has been hurting for that kind of veteran presence on their defensive end. Saturday’s game is also this week’s CWHL Streaming Game, so make sure to watch it! The Blades and the Stars face off again on Sunday at 12:30 PM CST.
The other series this weekend is Brampton vs Toronto, kicking off on Saturday at 6:30 PM CST. Brampton, with only 10 points to Toronto’s 20, is currently not in the playoff bracket and would take quite a flukey set of circumstances to make it in, but could very much impact the tight race for seeding in the top four teams. Boston and Toronto are tied for second with 20 points, and Calgary trails closely at 19 points. Special teams could make quite an impact in this game, too, as Toronto has the second highest power play, while Brampton has the worst penalty kill. They’ll meet again on Sunday at 2:30 PM CST.
Enjoy the hockey this weekend, and keep an eye out for those returning Olympians– going to be real interesting to see how they get fitted back into CWHL lineups, and see how it impacts playoff hopes.
CWHL Weekend Update: No Games This Weekend!
Just a heads up, in case you don’t check the schedule until the last-minute, there are no CWHL games this weekend! Annnnd I haven’t got much for info related to the CWHL; everyone’s been focused on the Olympics and the Continuing State of Women’s Hockey.
Speaking of the Olympics, expect a break down of the medal games in the next couple days; we’re working on it, but we’re also working through some epic feelings hangovers. Enjoy the rest of the Olympics, the CWHL will return February 28th.
CWHL Weekend Preview: Montreal goes to Toronto, twice!
So this weekend, the Montreal Stars are going on the road to visit the Toronto Furies! They’re playing back to back, Saturday and Sunday, at Toronto’s home arena, Mastercard Center. Because of this, there’s no streaming game this weekend. 🙁 Very sad, but with the women’s Olympic quarterfinals on Saturday, we’re pretty sure you’ll find some hockey to watch anyway.
Montreal and Toronto are currently first and second in the league, and first and second in both the power play and the penalty kill. It should be interesting to see if Montreal stays on top, or if Toronto can start to pull ahead.
Weekend Link Round Up!
Most of this week’s links are Olympic-related as well, sorry guys.
Whoooft. Hopefully, we can be done with the “controversy” over the gap in women’s hockey, at least for a while now.
CWHL Weekend Preview: No Olympic break here! Toronto v. Boston (x2), and Brampton v. Montreal (x2)!
This weekend, if you’re looking for less insanely early game to watch live, the CWHL’s Streaming Game this weekend is on Saturday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM CST, Brampton playing Montreal. Much better than getting up at 2 AM to watch the US play Finland, right? Montreal and Brampton are currently only separated by one point in the league table, but Montreal has the best power play in the league right now at a 22.8% success rate. With Brampton taking some of the most penalties in the league, their penalty kill, currently one of the worst in the league, is going to have to step up big time. The other game on Saturday is Toronto v Boston, at 11:40 AM CST.
On Sunday, February 9th, Toronto and Boston match up again, playing at 11:05 AM CST. Brampton will also be playing Montreal again, at 11:30 AM CST.
Weekend Link Round Up:
We did a bigger link post on Wednesday, so you can check that out for some more Olympic-themed weekend reading, but here are some others:
CWHL Weekend Preview:
This weekend starts off with a bang, with the Montreal Stars playing the Calgary Inferno on Friday, January 31st at 7:00pm CST. Remember, Calgary has an audio stream of all their home games, including all of their games this weekend! You can check that out here.
On Saturday, February 1st, Montreal visits Calgary again, this time at 12:45pm CST. Saturday’s streaming game is the 6:30pm CST match-up between the Boston Blades and the Toronto Furies.
On Sunday, February 2nd, Montreal plays Calgary for the final time this weekend, this time at 11:00am CST. Boston again meets Toronto at 11:45am CST.
So, remember: All the Calgary games this weekend are home games, and thus they all have audio streaming! Tune in to listen to some radio, or pull up Saturday’s Boston/Toronto game to watch some. 🙂 And if you miss any, look for our game recaps on Monday.
Weekend Link Round Up:
- Gophers Sports Update, a University of Minnesota radio show focusing on (obviously) Gophers sports, did an interview with Team USA defenseman Lee Stecklein about her time so far on the Gophers and her hopes for Sochi. Her section starts in Part Two. definitely worth a listen; her section is pretty short, about seven minutes long.
- On the topic of Gopher Olympians, Big Ten Network did a brief article on Amanda Kessel that includes some quotes from her head coach from the Gophers, Brad Frost, on her style of play and character.
- The National Journal did an article about Caitlin Cahow, former US Olympian and former captain of the Boston Blades, and how she made the somewhat unexpected transition to concussion awareness and gay rights advocate. It’s pretty interesting, go and take a look!
Sorry, links are kind of light this week. If you saw something worth reading that we missed, please drop us a comment here, or on twitter @WatchThisHockey!
CWHL Weekend Preview:
There are only two games to look forward to this weekend, a back to back between the Boston Blades and the Brampton Thunder. Brampton is currently leading the league in penalty minutes, with 232 over 15 games, while Boston has the least, with 92 over 11 games. I’m looking forward to watching this game, as I have a vague feeling it might be a bit rough. Should be fun to watch. 🙂
Brampton hosts the Blades for the Saturday streaming game, starting at 5:45 pm CST. Brampton hosts them again on Sunday, playing at 1:00 pm CST.
Weekend Link Round Up: