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Seven Is Better Than Six, Pens Douse Flames

The Pittsburgh Penguins are making quite the habit of defending their home fortress in recent weeks. The Penguins held on for a 4-3 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames this afternoon for the Penguins seventh win in a row and tenth straight at CONSOL Energy Center.  

Sidney Crosby added three points now leading the league with 54 also having a league leading 34 assists.  

With the exception of the Crosby, Dupuis, and Kunitz line, the first period was not very solid for either team, despite the Penguins taking a 2-0 lead on only five shots.  Defense has been a noted sore spot for the Flames for the bulk of the season, but have been markedly improved recently ...

Under the Cap?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made some very interesting moves on deadline day and not all of them should be taken at face value.

Derrick Pouliot sent back to Portland Winterhawks – It is not a surprising move in the least, even I predicted this one to come to fruition. Pouliot was simply not ready for the NHL and needed to work on his game at a level in which he was comfortable. This is the best move for his growth as a player and should not spark any controversy about his future with the Penguins.

Beau Bennett sent to Wheeling Nailers – This is nothing more than a cap circumventing move for the Penguins and it likely means that Chuck Kobasew has successfully earne...

Short on time and hard road to make playoffs

The Griffins have 6 games remaining in their regular season and are sitting 4 points out from a playoff berth.  The team has been playing well the last few games.  With so little time left there are 2 major events that need to happen like in every hockey game for them to move on to the playoffs:

They will need to play hard and their team leaders will need to continue scoring goals like they have been doing the last few games.

The defense must play a smart game and protect their goaltender from those unfortunate shots that have plagued the team this year. Giveaway goals are not an option at this point.

There have been a few leaders this week that have jumped out...

Up and Down week for team and the players

The Griffins had an up and down week with a win and a loss to San Antonio and a loss then a win against the Oklahoma City Barons. Along with the team, players are up and down with the Wings due to numerous injuries. Ty Conklin and Jordan Pearce were called up to the Red Wings Due to Howard and MacDonald’s injuries, Doug Janik was back from the Wings and in the lineup for the loss on Thursday to San Antonio. Brendan Smith was reassigned Saturday night to the Griffins but he had flight problems and could not make the game for Sunday. With Howard still out and MacDonald possibly out for the season the Griffs will be relying on Thomas McCollum and rookie Ramis Sadikov in net to finish t...

They Shoot They Score

The Griffins have had a tough season this year catching a place into a playoff spot but they have not had a problem when it comes to scoring goals against their opponents. Their offense when clicking is a powerhouse.  The team has been strong in the offensive zone and has no problem hurling the puck at the net.

The team has tallied 194 goals in 60 games this season which is an average of 3 goals a game. They also average 34 shots per game. Not only are the forwards throwing shots at the net the D have had their fair share at putting a point on the board.

The top ten scorers for the Griffins are a talented group of young players. Out of the ten players 6 have been up in th...

Wings Continue Rolling, Franzen, Filppula Still Hot

The Detroit Red Wings won their seventh consecutive game tonight as they defeated the battered and bruised Buffalo Sabres. This is also the fourth straight win away from the Joe for the men who wear the winged wheel.

The Wings got off to a great start in the first, and had the Sabres on their heels early. Jakub Kindl netted his first of the year, as the defenceman get in on the scoring yet again. Johan Franzen continues his fantastic year, when he put one high blocker side past Enroth on the powerplay after a nice feed from Lidstrom. Just over a minute after the Franzen tally, Valtteri Filppula continued his hot streak with his 8th goal of the season.

Jimmy Howard continu...