NHL: Canucks acquire Michel Ouellet

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Lukas Krajicek and left wing Juraj Simek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Shane O’Brien and right wing Michel Ouellet (17 goals). The Nashville Predators also expressed an interest in Ouellet

Heatley’s two goals power Senators to 3-1 win

 

Ottawa 3 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa Senators RW Dany Heatley scored two power play goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goaltending was strong in this game as Senators G Alex Auld made 30 saves and was on the verge of a shutout until rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski scored his 1st career NHL goal with 1.1 seconds left in the third period. Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury played well enough for the Penguins to win but the Ottawa Senators won the special teams game scoring two power play goals. The Penguins power play continues to struggle without D Sergei Gonchar. The Penguins went 1-for-7 on the day and finished the weekend 1-14. Down 1-0 going into the third period, Penguins head coach Michel Therrien switched his lines up playing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together which has been a common theme whenRead More »

Rangers go 2-for-2 in Prague

 

Goals by Scott Gomez and Wade Redden was all the Rangers needed this afternoon as they beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 2-1, the identical score they beat the Lighting Saturday afternoon. The Rangers played a strong defensive game this weekend and were clearly the better team during the two game series. The Lighting couldn‚Äôt match the Rangers team speed and struggled on the power play As expected the Lighting were physical. The Lightning outhit the Rangers 31-10 but they were outshot 39-19. They Lighting made too many attempts to go out of their way to be physical. Ryan Malone seems more focused on stirring things up than trying to score. The Lightning have to be floured with the play of Steve Stamkos. He was making things happen all weekend. What I liked from the Rangers was their puck movement on the power play. Everyone was touching the puck and they‚ÄôreRead More »

Sydor, Taffe out: Goligoski and Thomas In

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0) vs Ottawa Senators (0-1) (2:38 ET) Lineup Fedotenko – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Thomas – Godard D-Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Eaton Starting Goalie: Marc Andre Fleury Quick Hits Jeff Taffe struggled yesterday which has opened up the door for Bill Thomas to enter the lineup. Thomas will play center. Daryl Sydor will be a healthy scratch. Petr Sykora will still be sidelined with a groin injury. Alex Auld will start in goal for the Senators

The Latest NHL Buzz

 

The central division is improving and the Red Wings may have to worry about a divisional rival who has targeted next year’s top free agent. Plus, are the Bruins keeping a close eye on the Florida Panthers? Will Henrik Zetterberg take a discount? Read more the latest

Kennedy’s OT winner leads Penguins to 4-3 win

 

Pittsburgh 4 ‚Äì Ottawa 3 Tyler Kennedy signed a two year extension eight days ago and he rewarded the Penguins front office this afternoon scoring two goals including the OT winner. Kennedy has been among the Penguins top performers in training camp and moved up to the 2nd line with Petr Sykora out of the lineup. Kennedy got the Penguins on the board 38 seconds into the game and the Penguins controlled the play for the first ten minutes of the game. Kennedy‚Äôs first goal of the season with his first in 29 games dating back to last season. Down 1-0 the Senators picked up the physical play and tied the game at 1-1 when Shean Donovan (1) scored with (Assists: Dean McAmmond, Filip Kuba). Pittsburgh had chances in the first period to get up early on the Senators but they struggled on the power play going 0-5 Head coachRead More »

Game 1: Pittsburgh (47-27-8) vs Ottawa (43-31-8)

 

Lineup Updated 1:40 p.m. – Senators center Mike Fisher did participate in the morning skate but has been ruled out of today’s game. The Senators second line will now be Chris Kelly -Antoine Vermette – Jesse Winchester. Updated 1:14 p.m. – A source told me Bissonnette not Thomas will play. At least that’s the way it looked in the morning skate. Ruslan Fedotenko-Sidney Crosby-Miroslav Satan Jordan Staal-Evgeni Malkin-Tyler Kennedy Matt Cooke-Max Talbot-Pascal Dupuis Paul Bissonnette-Jeff Taffe-Eric Godard D-Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Eaton – Sydor Scratches – Bill Thomas & D Alex Goligoski Starting Goalie: Marc Andre Fleury

NHL Preview: Atlantic Division

 

Atlantic Division Inside Report: The Atlantic division will likely represent four playoff teams again. The Devils, Rangers and Flyers all have the ability to overtake the Penguins in the Atlantic but despite the injuries, Pittsburgh is still a slight step ahead of their counter parts. Marc Andre Fleury has another year under his belt and Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are only getting better. 1. Pittsburgh Penguins (47-27-8) IN: RW Miroslav Satan (41pts), LW Ruslan Fedotenko (33pts), RW Matt Cooke (23pts), RW Bill Thomas, Eric Godard (2pts, 171PIM) OUT: RW Marian Hossa (66pts), LW Ryan Malone (51pts), LW Gary Roberts (15pts), LW Jarkko Ruutu (16pts, 138pim), C Adam Hall (6pts), RW Georges Laraque (13pts, 141 pim) G Ty Conklin (W18–L8 2.51 GAA)

NHL Preview: NorthEast Division

 

Inside report It will be a uphill battle for the Senators, Sabres and Bruins to overtake the Canadiens in the North East but that‚Äôs why they play the game. 1. Montreal Canadiens (47-25-10) The Montreal Canadiens are the fastest team in the league and among one of the most talented teams in the NHL. They made significant upgrades upfront adding Alex Tanguay (18 goals ‚Äì 40 assists ‚Äì 58 points) and Robert Lang (21 goals) who will center the third line. Tanguay joins talented forwards Alexei Kovalev (84 points), Tomas Plekanec (69points), Chris Higgins (52 points) and that is just naming a few. Offensively not too many teams can’t match up with the Canadiens. On defense Mike Komisarek is a force but the Habs could use some upgrades. How far the Canadiens go in the post-season will depend on young G Carey Price. Trading Cristobal Huet backfired on management asRead More »