Penguins – Panthers What We Learned The Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night escaped with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Best way to put it is that it was a fortunate two points for the Penguins. No player came up bigger than Tristan Jarry in goal. Jarry was sensational with 33 saves, making a number a number of side to side athletic saves. His quickness on side to side puck movement is prime Fleury-esque. Pittsburgh was atrocious for several long stretches in giving the Panthers the middle of the ice. From just a couple minutes into the game to the waning, Jarry was bailing his teammates out. The Penguins did little well in all three zones, including struggles in the faceoff circle, winning just 38% of their draws. For the Penguins what stood out again in a negative way was how the opposition controlled the play 5 vs 5.Read More »
Trade Deadline Buzz Position: LW/RW | Age 28 Cap Hit: $5.5MM | Signed Thru: 2022-2023 44 GP – 14 Goals – 15 Assists – 29 Assists | The Penguins interest in Jason Zucker has been no secret. He was obviously part of the blocked Phil Kessel trade and Wild GM Bill Guerin has known since he took the job that it was only going to be a matter of time before Rutherford would take another crack at acquiring Zucker. — Call it multiple tries to acquire Zucker as of now — As the Wild pulled within two points of a wildcard spot with Friday night’s win vs the Dallas Stars, Guerin has been weighing whether to the Zucker situation to the summer where the opportunity for more teams involved will be there and as mentioned here this week, there’s been pause about doing business with a team you just cameRead More »
Latest Pens Buzz A trend worth monitoring moving forward. Pittsburgh’s 5 vs 5 numbers against teams currently in the playoff picture and or top Stanley Cup contenders in the Eastern Conference. Six of the Penguins last seven games, they have played Boston (2), Philadelphia (2), Washington and Tampa Bay, going 3-3 against that group of teams, with four of the six games against the top three Stanley Cup contenders in the East, excluding the Penguins of course. vs BOS 47 CF% | 48 SCF% vs BOS 36 CF% | 45 SCF% vs PHI 47 CF% | 41 SCF% vs PHI 37 CF% | 33 SCF% vs WSH 30 CF% | 28 SCF% vs TBL 42 CF% | 42 SCF% The Penguins have been outscored 9-13 in 5 vs 5 play over this stretch, which isn’t disastrous by any means, but Pittsburgh’s unique ability to always hang around might be maskingRead More »
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 »
Latest Trade Deadline Buzz The best way to continue to maximize the window around Sidney Crosby for another 3-4 years? Implement an infusion of young players is something the Penguins have become believers in and it can be seen with how they’re being viewed in trade talks around the league. The messaging to other clubs is that
Rumors: Steelers all-in on Mason Rudolph? In a flooded QB market where there’s going to be more QB’s available than No. 1 jobs available, someone looks primed to fall through the cracks of being a great bargain as a No. 2. With Ben Roethlisberger coming back from a major injury at age 38, will the Steelers really turn their back to QB market in March? The messaging that continues to come out of Steelers’ headquarters is to bank the same QB room coming back. Team owner Art Rooney II being the latest to double down that the organization is comfortable with the current group of QB’s.
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 »