In an early Sunday matinee the Blackhawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last of their two meetings in the regular season this year. The Hawks won the first tilt in a shoot out 3-2 just prior to the all star break. The Hawks took an early two goal lead but the Penguins came back to tie the game and push it to a shoot out.
NBCSN and the NHL have dubbed Wednesday night's games "Rivalry Night". While the Blackhawks and Penguins don't have much of an in-season rivalry, their respective Captains - Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby - are frequently pitted against one another in discussions.
As two of the best teams in the league, albeit for different conferences, it should be expected that games between these two powerhouses are entertaining. And Wednesday night's game was certainly that.
Defenseman David Rundblad opened the scoring 6:56 into the first with an even-strength goal. After scoring just 2 goals in his first 80 NHL games, he doubled his career goals in the pa...
It was only a few short weeks ago that the Montreal Canadiens and their contingent of rowdy fans stormed into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and halted an Islanders 4 game-winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Fast-forward to tonight and the Islanders (30-13-1) are on another 4 game winning streak, and once again are set to square off against the Canadiens (27-13-3). Only difference is, the Isles and their raucous supporters are traveling north of the border looking to extend the streak to 5.
It is official. The Pittsburgh Penguins have found a new gear under head coach Mike Johnston.
Nothing is a greater proof of this than their last four games, of which, they have won by a combined score of 19-3. They shut out the Predators, Kings, and Sabres; while scoring 8 goals against the Devils in the process.
It took just one month but the Pittsburgh Penguins are the most dominant team in the league.
They have a plus 19 goal differential on the season, leading the league in goals for with 4.10 goals per game. Their power play has a success rate of 41.9% with 18 goals on 43 chances.
Defensively the Penguins are again one of the best in the league. Their 2.20 goa...
This morning was the Pens open to the public trianing camp practices for the Penguins. A duly dull affair that serves as a reminder of those whose credo is "If it's free, it's for me." Color me as one of them.
While attending such a practice provides little more than a fix for hockey crazed junkies such as myself. The lack of discernable assesments of players and coaches alike won't stop me from taking a jovial look at the three hours I spent freezing in the middle of section 110 trying to understand just what was going in with the "controlled scrimmage"
7. My Wardrobe: Why oh why did I wear a t-shirt when I knew I was stepping into the heart of...
The Pittsburgh Penguins went into the free agent frenzy with glaring needs in their bottom six, an opening at wing in the top six, and an opening on the blueline for a veteran presence.
For just 6.9 million Pittsburgh was able to fill the void left in the bottom six, acquire a top four veteran defenseman, and sign a backup goaltender, although the backup goaltender position was not a glaring need.
What made this day so successful for the Penguins was that they were able to acquire all these additions at maximum value.
Their first signing of the day was perhaps their best signing. The Pens signed recently bought out defender Christian Ehrhoff for just 4 million AAV over o...
Pittsburgh has finally hired their new head coach in Mike Johnston, formerly of the Portland Winterhawks. The 57 year old Johnston is a first time head coach in the NHL, but ran a successful program in Portland as a GM/Head Coach combination.
Johnston employs a very fast style of play, predicated on puck possession and quick breakouts. While this sounds like a Dan Bylsma system, Johnston says that the stretch pass can’t be used as a major part of a breakout. He emphasizes the use of the middle of the ice for his breakout plans, having defensemen outlet the puck up to the center, then break through the neutral zone with your best player carrying the puck.
The Penguins head coaching position has been unofficially passed on by three prospective coaches. Many outside of the organization are wondering why this might be.
Well, after years of regular season success and playoff disappointment, the Penguins fired one of the most well respected General Managers in the league. They then botched the firing of then head coach Dan Bylsma by keeping him for three weeks after the club already made their decision on him being fired.
All of this has culminated in a rather turbulent and uncertain time period. The repercussions of this have finally been felt.
Coaches looking to make their first debut in the league are turning away from the ...
Around 11:00 am this morning, the Penguins summoned the local media to bring all their 2009 Stanley Cup DVDs to the press room of CONSOL Energy Center to blow up the tenure of Dan Bylsma as Penguins head coach and the addition of former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford as the new GM.
In addition to the GM spot filled and the Head Coach vacancy, it was also announced that Assistant GM Jason Botterill was promoted to Associate GM and Tom Fitzgerald and Billy Guerin are now Assistant GMs in what appears to be a transition period to groom a future GM of the Penguins.
Truthfully, I was not enamored at the early talk this morning of Rutherford being the General Manager. I admit th...