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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...

Pittsburgh Throttles Buffalo

 

Struggling was not the proper word for what the Penguins had been going through. They were flat out terrible in their last 5 games, that is until Ryan Miller came to town.  There are always teams that you can count on for a boost. Beating teams like the Islanders or Hurricanes have been a great way this season to get back on track, but for the Pens, Ryan Miller is almost equal.

Against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller is terrible, and that is being nice. His save percentage is under .9 and his goals against is now 3+.  Crosby used to be the biggest part of that, but last night, Malkin and the boys took it to him.  Scoring three goals in the first ten ...

Nabby Returns, But For How Long?

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The Islanders announced on their home page yesterday that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was close to making his return to the Islanders line-up.

Per the Isles official web-site:

“Nabby is close,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said after practice at Iceworks. “He’s been practicing. Yesterday and today, he had good days.”

Isles Link Checks 12/12/11

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Detroit Visits Sid-Less Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings due to a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby, who missed nearly ten months because of a concussion, returned a few weeks ago and was playing excellent hockey, until a couple of collisions made the Penguins take him out of the line-up as a precaution for two games, but now that has changed to an indefinite time frame.

Jordan Staal might also sit for the Pens as well.

Detroit will have Jimmy Howard in net tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center. Detroit has lost its past two games against the Penguins, with the last win coming two years ago in Hockeytown, a 3-1 win which saw ...

Atlantic Division Holiday Wishes: Pittsburgh Penguins

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In this 5 part series, Brian Bock informs you about the Holiday Wishes of the teams in the Atlantic Division. Next team up, the Pittsburgh Penguins.