Penguins look to make Pitkanen play defense

 

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been viewed as a scapegoat in Washington after being booed the home crowd in Wednesday’s 6-2 loss against the Penguins. Green who is the most dynamic offensive defenseman in the game, scored 31 goals ( 73 points in 69 games) during the regular season but was a non-factor against Pittsburgh, finishing the series with four assists and a plus/minus rating of -5. What the Penguins did against Washington was make Mike Green play defense. Pittsburgh won the puck possession game and they were attacking offensively at every opportunity they could get. Green is like a extra forward on the ice and he was taking out of his comfort zone against Pittsburgh. The Penguins were able to neutralize Green, and they will look to do the same against Hurricanes puck moving defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Pitkanen is not the same kind of elite player offensively thatRead More »

Ovechkin getting little help to combat Crosby, Malkin

 

Alexander Ovechkin has been sensational in the Capitals second round series against Pittsburgh. Ovechkin has 7 goals in five games and has answered all the hype. Ovechkin’s rival Sidney Crosby has been just as good if not better. While Crosby and Ovechkin have cancelled each other out, a reason the Penguins are up 3-2 in the series is because of Evgeni Malkin. After being held pointless in games 1 and 2, Malkin has been phenomenal since, putting on a dominant performance in game 3 and scoring the OT winner in game 5.

NHL Mid Season Awards; Parise earns 1st half M.V.P

 

1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »