Players to watch this week 1.Nicklas Backstrom is off to a slow start with only one assist in six games. Backstrom is now paired with Alexander Semin (6 goals this season). Expect Backstrom to breakout this week. I‚Äôm in five different fantasy hockey leagues and once Miroslav Satan was moved to the third line last week, Satan was dropped in three out of the five leagues. Satan leads the Penguins with 4 goals and he‚Äôs being used as a situational player getting power play minutes. Keep him Player to pick up 1. NYR Aaron Voros – Voros has five goals and nine points in eight games; his career best (last season) is 14 points in 55 games. Voros is now owned in 70% of the leagues on ESPN. If he is still on the waiver wire pick him up. He has value playing on the Rangers second line. Voros andRead More »
Red Wings C Henrik Zetterberg, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, was back on the ice Monday and is expected to play Wednesday against the first place St. Louis Blues. The Blues have claimed tough guy David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Koci is the player who hit Sergei Gonchar in the 1st period of the Penguins first preseason game which resulted in Gonchar being sidelined for 4-6 months The Tampa Bay Lighting are winless and Barry Melrose may be on the hot seat. The Lighting host the Thrashers tonight in what some believe may be a must win for Melrose.The Lightning can‚Äôt blame goaltender Mike Smith (1.91 GAA) for their 0-2-3 start. Newcomers such as Ryan Malone and Radim Vrbata have combined for 1 point. Vrbata was a healthy scratch in Saturday‚Äôs game. The Lightning did claim Matt Pettinger from Vancouver on waivers. PettingerRead More »
Pittsburgh 2 – Boston 1 The Penguins spoiled the Bruins home opener behind a strong performance from Dany Sabourin who made 35 saves. Bruins forward Phil Kessel netted his 5th goal of the season and is developing into a top 6 winger. Would the Penguins have been better off drafting Phil Kessel or Jonathan Toews over Jordan Staal? Read more for the latest inside buzz on how close the Penguins were to selecting Kessel or Toews; plus a update on the Penguins plans for Janne Pesonen.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin turned away 35 shots and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second extra round of the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win over Boston on Monday night. Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer in the early season assisted on Miroslav Satan‚Äôs first period goal. Pittsburgh led 1-0 mid way through the second period until Bruins forward Phil Kessel scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Tied at 1-1 after 65 minutes of play the game went to a shootout and Phil Kessel scored on Boston’s first shootout attempt and Petr Sykora tied it on the Penguins’ second shootout attempt. In the second extra round of the shootout it was Evgeni Malkin vs Marc Savard. Malkin scored with a quick shot inside the left post and Saboruin stopped Savard giving the Penguins a 2-1 win. Pittsburgh (4-2-1) hostRead More »
The GM meetings will be held in Chicago on Thursday. Marian Gaborik will be at the forefront with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, expressing significant interest. While the Canadiens have been mentioned as the early front runner in the Gaborik sweepstakes, the Rangers are a team to keep an eye on. The Rangers have been exploring the trade market for center Chris Drury and are currently in the market for a elite top line winger. Marian Gaborik fits the bill and expect Glen Sather and Doug Risebrough to discuss a deal centered around Drury/roster player/drafts picks for Gaborik. What else to look for The Chicago Blackhawks remain the market for a second line center and a defenseman. Talks between the Blackhawks and Sharks are expected to heat up. The Hawks have expressed an interest in Sharks D Kyle McLaren The Washington Capitals will continue to gauge tradeRead More »
10/20/08 @Boston Bruins (2-1-1) The Bruins have the started the season with four straight road games and host the Penguins on Monday for their home opener. Boston is coming off a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. Marc Savard is off to a solid start and leads the Bruins with 9 points in four games. RW Phil Kessel who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the summer is second on the team with four goals. Kessel scored two goals in the Bruins win Saturday night. The Bruins struggled to score goals last season but they are a much better offensive team this season with a healthy Patrice Bergeron. Forward Chuck Kobasew (22 goals last season) is currently on the shelf with a fractured right ankle. Player to Watch RW Michael Ryder (1goal ‚Äì 4 assists ‚Äì 5 points) With Kobasew out of the lineup the pressure is onRead More »
Pittsburgh is coming off of a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Penguins blew a three goal lead and were outshot, 21-6, in the third period. The Penguins have scored only five goals in 5-on-5 situations in as many games.The Maple Leafs lost to the New York Rangers Friday night 1-0 in a shootout. The Leafs are struggling to score goals and only have 8 goals in four games Penguins projected Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Malkin Fedotenko-Staal-Sykora Satan-Talbot-Kennedy Bissonnette-Zigomanis-Godard D-Pairings Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Eaton Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Matt Cooke did not practice yesterday and is expected to sit out for the second consecutive game. Michel Therrien has re-united Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
The Penguins went 3-0-1 against the Washington Capitals last season. Pittsburgh is coming off a 3-2 OT win against the Philadelphia Flyers Sidney Crosby has 7 goals and 12 assists in 11 career games against the Capitals and remains 1 goal away from 100 for his career. Penguins Lineup Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Staal ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Kennedy Bissonnette ‚Äì Zigomanis-Godard D-Pairings Orpik ‚Äì Letang Gill ‚Äì Scuderi Eaton ‚Äì Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Scratches: Matt Cooke injury, Daryl Sydor (healthy), Bill Thomas? With Capitals enforcer Donald Brashear out for tonight’s game, I’m hearing the Penguins may scratch Eric Godard and dress Bill Thomas. Will likely be a game-time decision but Godard did skate with the 4th line in the morning skate Capitals Lineup Ovechkin-Backstrom-Clark Laich-Nylander-Semin Fleischmann-Fedorov-Fehr Steckel-Gordon-Bradley D-Pairings Morrisonn-Green Poti-Schultz Jurcina-Erskine Jose Theodore will start in goal