Penguins – The Penguins are the more talented team in this match up and it isn’t all that close. Pittsburgh is a very lucky team in terms of talent.
They will have a healthy Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, something questioned last season with Crosby coming off a broken jaw. Pittsburgh has a legitimate top six on the back end this season. It currently looks like the only player that will miss significant time in the playoffs is Marcel Goc and his return can be as early as next week.
(Disclaimer, this is not including Pascal Dupuis who is out from ACL surgery in February, there is no possible way he can return this season)
You really could not have written it up any better for Kyle Okposo's game-winning goal last night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Just a day after the management personnel of Team USA announced their roster for the Olympic games, choosing to omit Okposo from the competition, KO would come in and score the decisive goal in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup Champions at Nassau Coliseum
A strong defensive core is quite possibly the best asset any team can have going into the Olympics. It promotes continuity, kick starts the transition game, regulates the flow of play, and most importantly it protects the goaltender. For team USA’s defensive pairings the following must be considered.
- Complementary styles of play: The ability to mesh with one’s partner quickly will lead to early success in Sochi.
- Breadth of play: Despite some talented rookies and sophomores in the NHL today, it is important to have more veteran members taking the ice in bi...
When news broke that Pavel Datsyuk was out for 2-3 weeks from a minor knee surgery, everyone in Hockeytown panicked. After a few minutes, a few tweets, and a few deep breaths later, we were assured that Pav was going to be okay and in fact it was just a minor surgery. It was taken as a precaution so the Wings’ best player would be 100% come playoff time.
I’m not one to generally panic, since the Red Wings have been in stretches without their best players before. However, the Winged Wheel has had a great season going so far, and we are entering into a portion of the season where points are at a premium. We all saw what happened last year in Game 7 of the Western Conferenc...
Kyle Clifford earned second star of the game honors with his fine performance. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
Maybe the Kings were just looking so forward to the upcoming All-Star break. It could be the desire this team felt to send lone All-Star Jonathan Quick off to this weekend’s festivities on a high note. Or perhaps it was a disappointing performance from a surging Ottawa club that helped the home team bust out of their scoreless ways and in a rather resounding fashion. But whichever theory you subscribe to, it won’t change the end result as the Kings trounced the Senators 4-1 earli...
Jack Johnson after scoring his second period goal and shortly before "Tebowing" in celebration. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
There is no doubt that Jonathan Quick is the MVP of the Kings’ season at the halfway mark. His numbers have been terrific and his play has consistently been unparalleled. Thus, it only makes sense that his team would break out of their prolonged offensive slump and erupt for five goals (not to mention one of which was scored on the power play)…all with their starting goaltender riding the pine.
Back-up Jonathan Bernier was given the spot-start and also an atypical amount...
Jarrett Stoll and Jonathan Quick celebrate the win with the only way they know how. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For a game that looked so lackluster one minute and then so well-played the next, Drew Doughty’s controversial overtime winner may be the most fitting way for it to end.
Thirty-eight seconds into the extra frame, Doughty drove towards the left side of the net and switched back to the forehand inches in front of Phoenix’s Mike Smith to slide the puck past his leg. He jarred the net loose with his large frame upon falling, but after review, the net never came completely out of its moorings. Jack...
I read this article the other night and began thinking about the Dion Phaneuf trade. The fact that Brian Burke was able to acquire his cornerstone player and eventual Leaf captain for basically nothing still boggles my mind. Burke unloaded an underachieving pending UFA in Matt Stajan; a small, tweener defender having a career year (who was also a pending RFA looking to cash in) in Ian White; a streaky, run of the mill winger in Niklas Hagman; and a journeyman fourth line winger in Jamal Mayers. In addition to Phaneuf the Leafs also obtained well thought of at the time Flames prospect Keith Aulie and veteran winger Fredrick Sjostrom.