The 27-5-4 Boston Bruins were in town today as they prepare for a home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins practiced at SouthPointe this afternoon and I had a chance to see about an hour of their 75 minute practice. The Bruins winners of a eight straight went through a pretty hard workout. A lot of skating and it was a very intense practice. Head coach Claude Julien has not been happy with the Bruins play the past couple¬†games but just like good teams do, they have found ways to win. The Penguins will likely see this lineup from the Bruins tomorrow night. P.J. Axelsson – Marc Savard – Phil Kessel Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Michael Ryder Milan Lucic – Stephane Yelle – Chuck Kobasew Vladimir Sobotka – Martin St. Pierre – Shawn Thornton Zdeno Chara – Aaron Ward Matt Hunwick – Dennis Wideman MarkRead More »
Alexei Kovalev‚Äôs numbers (8goals ‚Äì 19 assists ‚Äì 27 pts) are down a bit this season but he leads the Canadiens in scoring and indications are Kovalev believes he still has three more good years left in him. Kovalev 35, a unrestricted free agent at season‚Äôs end has an interest in resigning with the Canadiens but in all likely hood Kovalev will hit the open market. Sources tell me Kovalev would welcome a return to Pittsburgh with the chance to play with Evgeni Malkin. It remains to be seen how interested the Penguins front office will be in pursuing Kovalev this summer. Petr Sykora may have to settle for a two year deal if he wants to resign with Pittsburgh. There is talk that Sykora seeks a three year deal but does have a strong interest in staying with the Penguins. The Penguins have been involved in talks with aRead More »
The Phoenix Coyotes are not the only NHL team in financial trouble. It has been widely speculated that the Tampa Bay Lightning‚Äôs current ownership group of Oren Koules and Len Barrie could lose their team. The Ottawa Sun reports, the belief is there’s a $10- million US payment due to Palace Sports and Entertainment in January as part of the sale. Former owner Bill Davidson could take the team back, and the paper suggests Jay Feaster would be back as GM. As reported on here following the BOG Meetings, the Lightning are exploring the trade market for Marty St.Louis and Mark Recchi. It is expected that the Lightning will ask Marty St. Louis to waive his no trade clause but if Feaster comes back on board, St. Louis could stay. The New York Rangers sit atop the standings in the Atlantic Division but there is concern that this team won‚ÄôtRead More »
1. MIN RW Marian Gaborik Interested: VAN, LA, ATL, OTT, NYR, NJD, MTL ¬†Vancouver has shown the most interest but the Wild would like to move him out East. LA¬†may be¬†waiting until free agency to make a move for Gaborik. Atlanta remains a possibility. Wild GM Doug Risenbrough has been scouting Colby Armstrong and Slava Kozlov
Many fans looking forward to a Eric Godard – Georges Laraque bout tonight will have to wait. Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque has been placed on injured reserve and will not play against his former team tonight. Laraque appeared in 71 games for the Penguins last season but has only appeared in 17 games for the Canadiens this season. Laraque has been bothered by a groin injury since training camp and the injury has hindered his ability to play back to back games. Laraque made the trip to Pittsburgh yesterday but has been sent back to Montreal. Laraque signed a three year deal worth $1.5 million this past summer. Laraque had an interest in returning to Pittsburgh but the Penguins asked him to take a pay cut so they could save money to make a strong effort to sign Marian Hossa.
Marc Andre Fleury made 37 saves to record his 12th shutout (1st this season) of his career and Ruslan Fedotenko scored his ninth goal of the season at 12:51 of the second period as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 Friday night. Fleury was brilliant from the drop of the of puck until the end of the game as the Penguins were outshot 37 ‚Äì 18 by the Devils. The Penguins recorded their 19th win of the season and moved one point ahead of the Devils in the standings. Evgeni Malkin the NHL‚Äôs points leader had one assist, upping his points total to 59. The Penguins (19-12-4) host the Montreal Canadiens (18-9-6)Saturday night. The Penguins will be holding a morning skate tomorrow that will be optional. Scratches: F Mike Zigomanis (Shoulder), Kris Letang (leg) Stats Shots: New Jersey 38 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 18 PIM: Pittsburgh 20 ‚Äì NewRead More »
According to a source, the Penguins are expected to recall Dustin Jeffrey and Paul Bissonnette for tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Bissonnette 23, made the Penguins roster out of training camp and appeared in 6 games for the Penguins. In 16 games with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, Bissonnette recorded 6 points and 82 penalty minutes.
Post Game Thoughts The 7-16-9 Tampa Bay Lightning came into Pittsburgh Tuesday night, outshooting the Penguins 29-15 and beating them 2-0 on the scoreboard as the Penguins loss for the sixth time in nine games. The Penguins had (11) giveaways compared to the Lightning‚Äôs (4) and defensive breakdowns in front of the net continued as Paul Szczechura and Matt Pettinger each scored for the Lightning. Mark Recchi recorded two assists to give him 1,401 points for his career. The Lightning won for only the second time in their past 14 games. Could changes be on the horizon for the Penguins?
Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski each recorded three points and Sidney Crosby snapped a 9 game scoreless streak, netting the OT winner 43 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 Monday night at HSBC arena. Crosby‚Äôs OT winner was under review for over a minute, whether Crosby‚Äôs stick was over the goal post when he deflected Evgeni Malkin‚Äôs fluttering slap shot. The Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit and it appeared that the Penguins may have been on their way to a 6th loss in eight games until Alex Goligoski scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Penguins, recording his 7th goal of the season at 6:18 of the second period. Marc Andre Fleury made 32 saves to record his 10th win of the season. The Penguins hostRead More »