Penguins faceoff against the Capitals


Tonight‚Äôs matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-19-4) and Washington Capitals ( 27-14-3) has no shortage of story lines. Story Line 1: Malkin vs Ovechkin Feud It has become clear over the past year that the former Russian roommates do not get along. Alexander Ovechkin goes out of his way time and time again to hit Malkin. Malkin addressed the issue saying “Ovechkin is a great player, but every time he hits me – I don’t know why,.‚Äù While Malkin and Ovechkin remain mostly quiet on the issue, it is believed it all stems back to Russian reports that Ovechkin took a swing at Malkin’s Russian agent, Gennady Ushakov, in a Moscow night club. Ovechkin denies the story but Evgeni Malkin confirmed to the Tribune ‚Äì Review in November that it happened calling it a “bad situation.” Story Line 2: ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs so special about Crosby‚Äù Capitals forward Alexander Semin sounded offRead More »

Morning Buzz


Down 3-1 the Penguins played like a desperate team in the third period but it wasn‚Äôt enough as the Boston Bruins won their 10th straight game beating the Penguins 4-2 Thursday night at Banknorth arena. The Bruins may not be the most talented team in the league but they have bought into Claude Julien’s system and they know how to win games. They win games by driving to net, winning battles in the corners and clearing the front of the net. All things the Penguins are struggling at and maybe the Penguins don‚Äôt have the personnel to improve in those areas. The Bruins 29-5-4 lead the NHL in points and also lead the NHL in goals with 141. While the Penguins have been struck with injuries this season, the Bruins have had their fair share of top contributors being sidelined. Among them currently injured are forwards Patrice Bergeron, Marco SturmRead More »

TIOPS NHL ALL – Star Selections


There are a few more weeks before the NHL selects the Eastern Conference All-Star team but here are my selections to this point. Starting Lineup WAS Alexander Ovechkin ‚Äì PIT Sidney Crosby ‚Äì PIT Evgeni Malkin MON Andrei Markov ‚Äì BOS Zdeno Chara BOS Tim Thomas Forward Lineup WAS Ovechkin ( 40pts) ‚Äì PIT Crosby (44pts) ‚Äì PIT Malkin (49pts) Insiders Take:Doesn‚Äôt get any better than this dream line. Crosby gets the two best players in the league as his wingers. Hopefully Ovechkin wouldn‚Äôt try to take out Malkin at every opportunity. BUF Vanek (24 goals) ‚Äì BOS Savard (26 assists) ‚Äì PHI Carter (21 goals) Insiders Take: Marc Savard is one the game‚Äôs best playmakers and Carter/Vanek are two of the games most prolific goal scorers. A perfect match. PHI Gagne (34 pts) ‚Äì PHI Richards (34 pts) ‚Äì NJD Parise (34pts) Insiders Take: Richards is one of theRead More »