Penguins – Rangers What We Learned


Penguins – Rangers What We Learned Winning Games you shouldn’t will get you to the playoffs, especially in a shortened season. And here are the Penguins sitting at a very fortunate 3-2-0, 6 pts, after five games, earning six out of a 10 possible points thus far. Like the Washington game on Tuesday night, the Penguins played a more structured game in the third period against the Rangers, but the Penguins have to be careful not to let these rallies overlook the atrocious defensive lapses they continue to have that are eventually going to sink them. Showing resolve, resiliency is great as they’ve shown, but these comebacks continue to be driven by fluke goals. Jared McCann’s power play goal to cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 in the second period saw McCann record his first goal since January 14, 2020, and officially not be awarded a shot on goal asRead More »

TIOPS Breakaway Buzz: Thinking Ahead on a Successor to Jim Rutherford


Inside the East Division Rumblings, Musings, & Opinions PHI 3-1-1, 7 pts: Coaches around the league feel Kevin Hayes is one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL. 6 even strength points through 5 games, Hayes has been one of the most dominant two-way players to open the season. If the Rangers could go back, there might be a different decision made on whether to sign Chris Kreider long-term over Hayes ……..Intrigue with the Flyers is the upside with the forward group as the season grows, in particular getting full seasons from Nolan Patrick (1 Goal, 3 Assists) and Oskar Lindblom (2 Goals, 1 Assist)…… The Flyers chased Zdeno Chara in free agency. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher remains in the market for a solidifying piece on the backend…… NYI 3-1-0, 6 pts: Goal Prevention? The Islanders are elite again in that critical area, allowing six goals through four games.Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Whispers in org of the GM being in a ‘sending the message’ mood?


Fears inside the room of a coaches favorite being moved? — Mike Sullivan starting Casey DeSmith in consecutive starts was nothing more than Sullivan just believing DeSmith gave them the best chance to win. After the 0-2 start, whispers in the Penguins organization is the coaching staff has feared a knee jerk trade of a prominent . Just a few games into the season and there’s certainly some rumblings in that room already that Rutherford could soon be in the First impressions matter? The decision to scratch Ceci after one game, caught some in the organization by surprise because he was such a favorable signing by Jim Rutherford, but the healthy scratch was building from the poor camp Ceci had. There’s going to be pressure on Ceci to change some opinion’s with the coaches when he gets in. I’ve had more than one individual tell me he’s not a ToddRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: On the Penguins Wild Win & More Buzz


Big Picture Takeaways on Pens wild win Penguins – Capitals will almost always have twist and turns on a game-by-game basis when they meet and Tuesday night was no different. Pittsburgh rallied for a 5-4 overtime win on a Sidney Crosby game winner just 1:11 into OT. Yes, the Capitals escaped their demons in 2018, but over the last 10-12 years we just continue to see games like this one where the Penguins find a way to defy the odds and get a ‘W’ against Washington in a game they had no business winning. How improbable was this win? Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 during 5-on-5 play, received .846 save percentage goaltending in the win, and the Penguins were just bullied 5-on-5 for the first 30-35 minutes of play. *Here’s how the Penguins did it: *Scored a 5-on-3 Power Play Goal *Scored a 5-on-5 Goal from a 4th line forward *ScoredRead More »

Trade Fallout: Pirates get a haul for Musgrove?


Several years away from being at least competitive and fielding a respectable team, the Pirates are in a complete tear down of the roster and any veteran with a pulse on that roster and a rising salary is going to get shipped out of town. The trade of Joe Musgrove Monday night was some luck coming on the Pirates side in that they were able to take advantage of Musgrove’s trade value being much higher than it really should have been. The local media will greatly overrate the Pirates return. Call it a haul or whatever, the Pirates, though, at least got a promising return for a low level No. 3 caliber pitcher if you buy into his 2020 campaign being a sign of things to come. You have to start somewhere for this franchise and they did well for who they traded. CF Hudson Head, Age 19 C EndyRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: League chatter on Penguins botching Hornqvist trade talks back in August


Pens/Caps Fallout The Pittsburgh Penguins got a much needed win with Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory. The team got some puck luck with Iyla Samsonov handing them a goal, an Alex Ovechkin blast late in the third period hitting post to post. Nonetheless, the Penguins battled really well and got contributions throughout the lineup. Marcus Pettersson had a fantastic game at both ends of the ice, one of the best players on the ice, Evan Rodrigues scored 20 seconds in and the Crosby line as a whole was Pittsburgh’s best line on the night. Then you had the Penguins getting a goal from Colton Sceviour, despite the 4th line being pretty much unplayable and seeing just three minutes of ice time. There’s also the decision to start Casey DeSmith who looks so beatable at times, but did his job for the second game in a row, and shined in the shootoutRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Is Pittsburgh headed to a panic level start?


What an 0-2 Start Means for the Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins off to an 0-2 start, were outscored 11-5 in the two game series vs the Flyers. It’s not panic time just yet, but in a 56 game season, a big two game series with the Washington Capitals (2-0-0, 4 pts) awaits. If Pittsburgh starts the season 0-4, you could really see the wheels start to the fall off. The good thing is maybe this could be the perfect year to get a lottery pick. Oh wait……….. Improvements in key areas in Friday’s Loss But are we seeing the same story? Some players like Brandon Tanev for instance said the team played a great game in the season opener, I surely wasn’t see the same game, but the Penguins were indeed much improved in some key areas in Friday’s 5-2 loss. They can pat themselves on the back after thatRead More »

Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: Same old defensive woes?


Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: — Pittsburgh opened the season Wednesday evening with a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a game that got away from them in the third period. Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 in the final 22 minutes of play and just couldn’t get a big save from Tristan Jarry in the final frame to stop the seismic shift in momentum that went the Flyers way — SAME CONCERNS POP UP IN LOSS Just one game but…………… —Goal Prevention? Pittsburgh’s struggles to clear the front of the net is no secret and you look at the personnel on the backend, it’s hard not to see it being a constant issue this season. Philadelphia’s two power play goals highlighted that area to a great extent as the Flyers were able to park themselves in front and remain in Tristan Jarry’s sightlines with ease. Same old Pens?Read More »