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All Eyes On The New Guy

After a season full of some defensive woes and a couple of weeks’ worth of trade discussions, the Philadelphia Flyers (32-18-7) made a move to improve on the blue line and acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.

Grossman will make his Flyers debut on Saturday afternoon when the team faces off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-20-5) for the third time this season.

Based on Friday’s practice, Grossman will probably be paired with Andrej Meszaros on defense.

All eyes will be on him and on the Flyers’ defensive core as a whole, as their struggles have been greatly publicized so far this season.

Canadiens Win In Shootout

Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins (SO)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were visiting Montreal on Tuesday night for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens. While it took a while for the scoring to begin, the game was a tight battle all the way through. With the two teams battling right past overtime into a shootout, it really could have gone either way. However, on this night is was the lowly Canadiens who got the extra point after Tomas Plekanec netted the winner in the shootout.

 

The scoring opened midway through ...

Understanding the NHL’s real problem – Operating Income

In business, the sole purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value.  In other words, the goal and only goal is to make money.  Period. 

There are many financial figures that help us understand if a business is doing well, but the all-important one is operating income.  Operating income is not how much cash you make from sales.  Operating income is the difference of everything that goes into running the business minus everything from operating the business (costs, expenses).  If the business is operating at a loss, chances are they won’t be around for a long time.   A business can sell a hell of a product but they al...

Canadiens Fall to Penguins Heading Into Game Day: Montreal @ Toronto

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 - 4 Montreal Canadiens (SO)

 

The Montreal Canadiens paid a visit to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After finding themselves up 4-2 to start the third, the Canadiens had trouble holding the lead, and ended up with a 5-4 shootout loss.

 

The first period opened up with Lars Eller scoring his ninth of the season just 34 seconds into the first period, giving the Canadiens an early lead. The rough stuff started soon after as Max Paciorett...

Jagr, Flyers erase early deficit to beat Penguins

Though Pittsburgh fans treat every Flyer with a nice chorus of boos, none received a worse ovation than Jaromir Jagr did in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Penguins.

And if he didn't have many friends to begin with in the Steel City, he made sure to leave with fewer. It was Jagr's second period goal - and a salute to cap it off - that gave the Flyers their lead.

With the score knotted at one-apiece, Jagr found the back of the net for the 12th time this season, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead with under 14 minutes left in the second.

But the star of the night for the Flyers was in net. Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 4-0 in his career in Pittsburgh, making one huge save after another.

Flyers-Penguins Gameday: Flyers Look To End Year on Winning Note

Coming off back-to-back losses, the Flyers (21-10-4) will look to bounce back against the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4) on Wednesday night.

It will be no easy task, considering the hot streak that the Penguins are currently riding. They’ve won four games in a row and six of their last ten.

While the Flyers have also won six of their last ten games, they’ve gone 1-3-1 in their last five and have allowed 18 goals while only scoring 9. They were shut out once in those five games, by the Boston Bruins, and were held to two goals or less in three of the five.

Even though goaltending has been shaky as of late and can partially be to blame for the recent losses, the Flyers have got to find an offensive spark if they want to maintain their winning record.

Pens Control the Hurricanes

 

It was the first game back after the Christmas break. The Penguins were eager to play as their three game winning streak was on the line, the only problem was the team they played against.  The Carolina Hurricanes had won the night before in convincing manor.  With a big win against the Canadiens, the Hurricanes came to Pittsburgh a good note.

In the first period, the Penguins took control. They had a vast majority of the shots, but it was the Hurricanes who would score. Off of a great block and pass down low, Tim Brent scored a fantastic quick goal that left Fleury out of position.  The period would end at one to nothing, but the Penguins would have an e...

Isles Injuries Starting To Mount

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When you think of the New York Islanders and associate the word "injury" to their name, you automatically think of all the man-games lost by this team over the past few years and immediately think of the infamous Rick DiPietro. But right now, the injury bug is starting to bite in places other than the 15-year man's knees.

Brian Rolston was placed on the Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec 15th due to a concussion he sustained during the team's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars this passed Thursday. He left the game and did not return and has not played since.This has allowed Nino Niederreiter to return to the line-up without their having to be any major changes to the roster.

Other players, like Tim Wallace, have been getting extra playing time as well. Although Wallace has previous NHL experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he really hasn't been all that impressive.

Elite vs Elite - Blackhawks fall short to Penguins 3-2

 

Coming into this game the Pittsburgh Penguins IR list was probably longer than their active roster or so it seemed. It also isn’t the size of the list but who is on the IR list. Namely their top guns and scoring threats would be absent which should give the Blackhawks an advantage you would think.

The Penguins coming into the game also have a very good record against western opponents at 6-1-3. While the Penguins are down valuable players they proved you can’t dismiss them or think that any team has an advantage which makes them a very scary team. I can’t even imagine if they had their full roster playing.

As the game opened there was a feeling o...

Headliner showdown: Blackhawks vs Penguins

The Chicago Blackhawks (22-9-1) go into Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening to face the Penguins with a 7-0-1 record in December, and looking to collect their sixth straight road win. Not counting preseason match-ups, Chicago and Pittsburgh usually only face off once per year, so there's always anticipation around their games.

As the Blackhawks continue their hot streak of games, the team has gained a lot of confidence, and it is showing in their play. Solid, consistent effort across all three periods is becoming more frequent, and Sunday night's game saw the fourth line chipping in offensively as well. The team has consistently flirted with the top spot in the league and cur...