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 »
Inside Report: what everyone will be watching this season is whether the Capitals can play at the level they did near the end of the regular season. The Lightning and Hurricanes will have something to say about that while the Panthers and Thrashers begin the season on the outside. Both teams lack the offense to compete this season. The Panthers will look to win with defense. Expectations will be high for the Capitals. 1. Washington Capitals (43-31-9) The Capitals went 11-1 last year to clinch a playoff berth and won the South East division title on the final day of the regular season. Head coach Bruce Boudreau changed the whole complexion of the Capitals. He made hockey fun for the players and they excelled under his leadership. Alexander Ovechkin (65 goals ‚Äì 47 assists ‚Äì 112 points) flourished under Boudreau and was named the league‚Äôs most valuable player. Ovechkin isRead More »
Inside Report The Detroit Red Wings are clearly the class of the Central Division. Times won‚Äôt be as easy for the Wings as the Chicago Blackhawks are on the rise and the Nashville Predators are always a tough out for the Wings but they will run away with the division by at least 15 points 1. Detroit Red Wings (54-21-7) 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Champions In the salary cap era it is difficult for a Stanley Cup winner to field the same team the following season. The Detroit Red Wings have not only found a way to bring everyone back but they have a found a way to get even better with the addition of prize acquisition Marian Hossa. Hossa who spurned offers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers had his sights set on Detroit from the beginning of free agency. Hossa joins a team that ranked first in theRead More »
Inside Report While every team in this division took a step backward, the Oilers got much better. 1. Edmonton Oilers (41-35-6) The Oilers head into the 08-09 campaign with a better squad than they had in 2005-2006 when they made the Stanley Cup finals. Kevin Lowe stayed away from RFA sheets this summer and focused on the trade market. Lowe first brought in winger Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes. Cole a potential 30-35 goal scorer will play on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Lowe also bolstered his blue line trading for Kings defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and added depth with the addition of Gilbert Brule. Visnovsky will team with D Sheldon Souray who missed the majority of last season with a shoulder injury. A healthy Souray with the addition of Cole gives the Oilers the potential to boast one of the league‚Äôs top power play units. TheRead More »
Pacific Division Inside Report: The Pacific division fields three Stanley cup contenders in the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks. The Stars are the most complete team, while the Sharks are the most talented team and the Ducks have the Stanley Cup experience. The Coyotes are going to be better and will push for a playoff spot while the Kings are going to be playing for a top 4 pick 1. Dallas Stars (45-30-7) The Stars are a team that doesn‚Äôt have many weaknesses. They are strong down the middle, strong on the blue line and strong between the pipes. They have the perfect makeup to knock off the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars made a key addition during the off-season signing forward Sean Avery. Avery gives them a nasty edge and will play well with forward Steve Ott who is one of the league‚Äôs most underrated agitators.Read More »
Forward Janne Pesonen has been assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 24-man roster includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. The roster includes forwards, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotekno, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Jeff Taffe, Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette; defensemen Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Darryl Sydor, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski; and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury, Dany Sabourin and John Curry.
Cal U vs. Washington & Jefferson College Friday, October 3rd at 9:00 pm BladeRunners Ice Complex‚ÄîBethel Park, PA Mario Lemieux Foundation has donated autographed memorabilia to be sold at the game. The Cal U Men‚Äôs Ice Hockey-Cal I Team will be donating 50% of their admissions proceeds on Friday, October 3 to the Mario Lemieux Foundation in the memory of former University of Pittsburgh Hockey staff member Lauren Ruud who lost her battle with lymphoma.
Team‚Äôs looking to unload defenseman have placed calls to the Penguins to gauge trade interest. The Penguins have their eye on one particular player. Who could that be? Plus three teams have shown “mild” interest in Ryan Stone. Could a minor trade be in the works? Read more for the latest Updated: 11:25 a.m.
Contest: Predict how many rushing yards the Steelers will have this Sunday against Jacksonville Contest Winner: Wins two tickets in Section C20 Row D Game: Tuesday January 6th Pittsburgh Penguins vs Atlanta Thrashers Rules Inside Access Members only All entries must be received by Sunday, October 5th, 2008 (12:00 p.m.) Email Predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org Tiebreaker: How many sacks the Jacksonville Jaguars will have? Tiebreaker 2: How many passing yards will Ben Roethlisberger have? All entries should have the following 1. Name ‚Äì 2. Inside Access User Name ‚Äì 3. Rushing yards prediction (54) 4. Tiebreaker Sacks ‚Äì (3) 5. Tiebreaker passing yards (189) If no one predicts the exact number of rushing yards, the winner of the tickets will go to the member who comes closest. Members cannot go over the total amount of rushing yards. The same rules apply for the tiebreakers Example: If the Steelers rush for 85Read More »
The Penguins had their final preseason game today in Finland. Sidney Crosby led the way with 3 assists. Crosby set up first period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko. Tyler Kennedy scored the Penguins third goal to put the Penguins up 3-1. Crosby assisted on Pascal Dupuis first goal of the preseason that put the Penguins up 4-1. Max Talbot, Paul Bissonnette, Bill Thomas, and Petr Sykora did not dress. Sykora and Talbot have minor injuries. Is Janne Pesonen finding his comfort zone? Also which defenseman sits this weekend and which teams looking to unload defensemen have called the Penguins? Read more for the inside scoop