What We Learned: Odd-Man Breaks resurface in 4-2 loss to TB

 

Odd-Man Breaks resurface in 4-2 loss Pittsburgh’s 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning had a lot of ebbs and flows. The first period was all Tampa Bay. They controlled possession and zone time, putting up 16 shots in period one and led 2-0 after twenty. From there, it turned into more of a back and forth game. Matt Murray kept the Penguins hanging around and what they’ve done so well all season, Pittsburgh had some really good stretches in the final 40 minutes with their push back, especially below the dots in the offensive zone. Matt Murray 25 Saves, .897 SV%  Andre Vasilevskiy 29 Saves, .935 SV% But, the story of this game was the breakdowns at inopportune times. Some of the bad habits Pittsburgh has been very good at avoiding this season popped up against an opponent that will make you pay. What’s going to dictate a deepRead More »

Inside the Metro: Ovechkin’s dominance, heavy Western Conference interest in Chris Kreider

 

INSIDE THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* Washington Capitals, 77 pts, 1st in Metro | A hat trick for Alex Ovechkin Tuesday night gives him 40 goals in 53 games as he now sits at 698 career goals…….. Some will make a huge deal of the $9.2 million cap hit, (it’s just 11% of the cap), but Capital fans should love the Nicklas Backstrom extension signed last month because of the term. Washington will be paying for ages 33-37. Backstrom is such a cerebral player, Washington should get at least three good to very good seasons out of Backstrom……. The most significant development for the Capitals this season is the emergence of Ilya Samsonov. On a rookie deal for one more season, it’s a huge turn of events in extending their window as there’s every reason at seasons end to say thanks to Braden Holtby for all your contributions toRead More »

Inside Buzz: On what led to Ray Shero’s ouster & where the Devils go next

 

TIOPS NHL INSIDE BUZZ *Shero Sought to Slow Play Things *Will Fitzgerald get a legit shot? *Marty Brodeur Factor Despite being in the midst of missing the playoffs in four of five seasons, the New Jersey Devils firing Sunday night of General Manager Ray Shero was shocking to many and caught the league by surprise. When the Devils fired John Hynes, the message Devils ownership was sending around the league was that they were all-in on Shero for the present and future. Signed through the 2022-2023 season, that was all the more reason of a belief Shero was going to have a long enough leash to try to turn things around where he would get through at least next season. So what changed in the weeks leading up to the firing? For one, voices from those under Shero started carrying a lot of weight with ownership that a change wasRead More »

Rumors: Will Penguins, Wild move forward on a Bjugstad – Zucker swap?

 

Latest Pens Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins have all intentions of adding another forward by the deadline, possibly even two. They’re keeping close ties to the Jean Pageau-Gabriel market, a top rental on their board, along with Chris Kreider, but there’s some other situations to keep an eye on, including situations that are much farther along.

Latest Pens Buzz: Pittsburgh’s Goaltending Situation Becomes Complicated in the Summer & More Buzz

 

Latest Pens Buzz There’s a new No. 1 in town. It’s without question that as of January 3, 2020, Tristan Jarry is the Penguins’ No. 1 netminder as Pittsburgh enters the New Year. Appearing in 14 of the Penguins last 18 games, the Penguins’ coaching staff has let Jarry run with the No. 1 job. Since Matt Murray was pulled from the net against the Canucks on the day before Thanksgiving, there’s been no effort from the coaching staff to try to give Murray a run of games and get back to his form of the past. In the four games Murray has appeared in over the Penguins last 18, they have all been in the second night of back-to-backs. He’s had zero consecutive starts over the last 42 days. Beyond Tristan Jarry just out-playing him by a wide margin this season, there continues to be whispers in the organizationRead More »