Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 2 Despite a strong performance from Luca Caputi who opened the scoring 2:30 into the game, the Penguins gave up three unanswered goals and lost for the third straight game Tuesday night against the Monteal Canadiens. Caputi appearing in his first NHL game scored in his first NHL shift. Caputi started the game on the fourth line with Bill Thomas and Eric Godard but was rewarded with minutes on the first power play unit and saw some ice time with the 2nd line. Roman Hamrlik scored a 1st period goal for the Canadiens. Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre scored second-period goals and Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 4:15 left to seal the Canadiens 4-2 win. Goaltender Carey Price made 23 saves. Evgeni Malkin (23) also scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves. The Penguins 24-23-5 remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. TheRead More »
Penguins (24-22-5-53) at Canadiens (28-16-6-62) updated: 4:34 p.m. – A source tells me defensemen Hal Gill and Philippe Boucher will be healthy scratches in tonight’s game. Boucher will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Brooks Orpik – Ryan Whitney, Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang, Mark Eaton – Alex Goligoski will be the Penguins D-Pairs. 2:08 p.m. – Luca Caputi the organization’s top prospect will appear in his first NHL game tonight. In today’s morning skate Caputi skated with Bill Thomas and Eric Godard. It appears he will begin the game on the fourth line and as planned the Penguins will use him in a structured role Max Talbot who has been a disappointment this season centered Pascal Dupuis and Chris Minard in today’s morning skate. Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will remain on the same line. Forward Tyler Kennedy will serve his one game suspension tonight. MarcRead More »
Many fans looking forward to a Eric Godard – Georges Laraque bout tonight will have to wait. Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque has been placed on injured reserve and will not play against his former team tonight. Laraque appeared in 71 games for the Penguins last season but has only appeared in 17 games for the Canadiens this season. Laraque has been bothered by a groin injury since training camp and the injury has hindered his ability to play back to back games. Laraque made the trip to Pittsburgh yesterday but has been sent back to Montreal. Laraque signed a three year deal worth $1.5 million this past summer. Laraque had an interest in returning to Pittsburgh but the Penguins asked him to take a pay cut so they could save money to make a strong effort to sign Marian Hossa.
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 »
The economy has halted any talk about expansion in the United States. That is a good thing because the NHL needs to downsize or relocate some cities. This talk of expanding into Europe would not be a good thing. The cap will remain in the $55 – $57 million range for the upcoming season but after that it could go down to the $49 – $50 million range. Las Vegas continues to be the most talked about city that could get a team via relocation. Mats Sundin was a popular subject at the meetings. Glen Sather has been telling rival GM‚Äôs that Sundin is only considering the Rangers, Canucks and a mystery team. Dave Tallon has been aggressive in his pursuit of Sundin. Still unclear if they are the third team still being considered. Tallon talked to a lot of teams about Martin Havlat. The Canadiens and Senators remain veryRead More »
The Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks continue to work on finalizing a potential deal that would send Capitals center Michael Nylander to Chicago. The Capitals and Hawks are looking for a third team to finalize the deal. Shanahan to Washington? Sources tell me the Capitals eye the chance to clear enough cap space to sign forward Brendan Shanahan to Washington. Sergei Fedorov has played an vital role in trying to get Shanahan to Washington according to sources. Shanahan appears willing to wait to see if the Caps can clear enough cap space but for how long remains a question mark. Shanahan is also believed to have offers on the table from the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils. A late team to join the Shanahan sweepstakes has been the Montreal Canadiens but there has been no confirmation that they have made a offer. A few rumors goingRead More »
Inside report It will be a uphill battle for the Senators, Sabres and Bruins to overtake the Canadiens in the North East but that‚Äôs why they play the game. 1. Montreal Canadiens (47-25-10) The Montreal Canadiens are the fastest team in the league and among one of the most talented teams in the NHL. They made significant upgrades upfront adding Alex Tanguay (18 goals ‚Äì 40 assists ‚Äì 58 points) and Robert Lang (21 goals) who will center the third line. Tanguay joins talented forwards Alexei Kovalev (84 points), Tomas Plekanec (69points), Chris Higgins (52 points) and that is just naming a few. Offensively not too many teams can’t match up with the Canadiens. On defense Mike Komisarek is a force but the Habs could use some upgrades. How far the Canadiens go in the post-season will depend on young G Carey Price. Trading Cristobal Huet backfired on management asRead More »