Game 1 Special Teams Analysis: The use of Jarome Iginla on the power play remains an enigma

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PLAYOFF ANALYSIS SPECIAL TEAMS ROUND 3, GAME 1 By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com It was a night full of paradoxes for the Penguins, who were blanked, 3-0, by the Boston Bruins in Game 1. Sure, an eight-day layoff could take the blame, but at the same time, the team actually got off to a good start and conversely faded from there. The Penguins also looked lost in its own zone several times, but yet they looked very strong on their penalty kill. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz had unusually subpar performances, while an energized Evgeni Malkin matched his team-high five shots with five minutes in the box for fighting. The goal posts did not do Pittsburgh any favors, but the team also missed the net seven times in the first period and 12 times in the game. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, most of those negatives are rare, andRead More »

Analysis on the acquisition of Douglas Murray, Bylsma on Bennett’s role & Morrow talks joining a Cup contender

 

BYLSMA ON THE ADDITION OF DOUGLAS MURRAY & MORE With three straight early playoff exits, a knock on the Penguins is that they are not tough enough to play against. The Penguins feel they addressed some of that upfront yesterday with the addition of Brenden Morrow to the top-9, but the biggest addition might end up being the 6-foot-3, 245-pound defenseman Douglas Murray. One thing scouts have constantly contended dating back to the Tampa Bay playoff series in 2011, is that you can drive to net easily against the Penguins and cause havoc. Some of those issues have been personnel issues, which Murray should address, and system wise the Penguins have made improvements of late, keeping teams to the outside and boxing out much more effectively. Bylsma during his tenure as coach has not had a big bodied defenseman like Murray since Hal Gill and the sense is that MurrayRead More »

On Clarkson, Gonchar, Alfredsson, Visnovsky & Murray

 

NHL RUMOR TUESDAY *One of the most coveted free agents were he to hit the free agent market in July will be New Jersey Devils winger David Clarkson, who some scouts feel has evolved into one of the best power forwards in the National Hockey League. At 28 years old, Clarkson is set to cash in. An NHL insider predicted to me that Clarkson lands a 5 year, $30 million contract this summer. The Devils don’t plan to open contract talks until after the season. *Senators GM Bryan Murray feels obligated to do what he can to keep the Senators competitive despite losing Erik Karlsson for the season and Jason Spezza out until April. There will be no fire sale and that has Murray looking to hold onto veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar for the time being, despite the Rangers, Kings and Red Wings being rumored as having early interest. IfRead More »