Playoff races heating up

 

(4) Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) Games remaining: 13 (6 Home, 7 Away) Latest Buzz: Flyers have three games in hand on the #5 Pittsburgh Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). The Flyers are 1-4 against the Penguins this season. The two rivals meet on Sunday. (5) Pittsburgh (38-26-8, 84 pts) Games remaining: 10 (6 Home, 4 Away) Latest Buzz: Pittsburgh in the middle of a 8 game homestand are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. A team that no one wants to play down the stretch. Pittsburgh returns to action on Friday against LA. (6) NY Rangers (37-26-8, 82 pts) Games remaining: 11 (6 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, Rangers have the look of a playoff team. (7) Montreal (36-25-9, 81 pts) Games remaining: 12 (7 Home, 5 Away) Latest Buzz: Seven home games will be critical for the Habs who are 21-7-6 at home thisRead More »

Sunday’s Rumor Mill; 4 Days until the trade deadline

 

Malone on the Trade Block: Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe reports, The Lightning are rumored to be dangling Ryan Malone. Dupont reports If Malone and St. Louis aren’t moved, look for rumors once more to circulate prior to July 1 that the Bolts will entertain offers for Vincent Lecavalier. After July 1, the Big Vin’s contract (11 years/$85 million) converts to a no-trade. Source close to Malone indicate he is very frustrated in Tampa Bay and he doesn‚Äôt have anything to do with the losing. It‚Äôs the way the organization is ran. Bruins looking to make major splash: The Boston Bruins remain highly involved in talks with the Ducks about Chris Pronger and the Toronto Maple Leafs about Tomas Kaberle. If they miss out on both players it is being reported that they could move on defenseman Derek Morris.

NHL Trade Deadline Chart

 

Photo courtesy of Kaatiya 1. C Vincent Lecavalier Suitors: MTL, ATL, LAK, CHI, EDM, OTT % of trade (5%) Reportedly 6 teams have inquired about Lecavalier 2. D Jay Bouwmeester Suitors: WAS, PHI, TOR, VAN, NJD, BOS, EDM, ANA,¬† OTT, CAL % of trade: (55%) Top D-Man on the market 3. D Chris Pronger, Suitors: FLA, VAN, TOR,¬† PHI, NJD, BOS, SJ, STL % of trade (70%) One year left on his contract. 4. Scott Niedermayer Suitors: PHI, NJD, VAN, BOS % of trade (45%) 5. D Tomas Kaberle Suitors: PHI, VAN, LAK,¬†WAS, NJD, BOS, FLA % of trade (45%) 6. LW Martin St. Louis Suitors: PIT, MIN, NYR, VAN, EDM, SJ % of trade (10%): Asking price: Two top tier prospects/draft pick/roster player.¬†Rangers expressing significant interest. Sources indicate St. Louis nixed a trade to Pittsburgh 7. RW Milan Hejduk Suitors: ANA, PIT, VAN, NYR, EDM, BUF, MTL % ofRead More »

Crosby’s two goals lead Penguins to 5-4 win

 

Playing in Philadelphia brings out the best for Sidney Crosby who had two goals and two assists to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a¬†thrilling 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. The win was the Penguins first road win since January 13th and gets them within two points of the Buffalo Sabres who are holding onto the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. In a game that had a playoff atmosphere, the Penguins surrendered leads of 3-1 & 4-3, and they were given a gift from Fylers goaltender Marty Biron late in the third period. Biron who left his net to play a puck near the hashmarks, failed to cover the puck as Sidney Crosby poked the puck into a empty net to give the Penguins a 5-4¬†lead with 2:45 remaining in the game. Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 23 saves on 27 shots to record the win.Read More »

Around The NHL

 

Photo Courtesy of South Central The most glaring thing of the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss against the Islanders Monday afternoon is playing in front of their new coach for the first time they couldn‚Äôt come up with enough of a adrenaline rush to beat the worst team in the league. Personnel wise this team is flawed. There is no way around it. I am all about the Penguins moving to a more up-tempo system but all Dan Bylsma will be is a fresh face. Until the roster is upgraded where the Penguins can be effective playing a up-tempo system, were not going to see much improvement. Sidney Crosby is clearly frustrated and he is just doesn‚Äôt seem like himself lately. The losing seems to be getting to him and it appears he is frustrated with the lack of help on his wings. Shero has to bring in somebody to elevateRead More »

Report: Lecavalier on the block; Briere could return against Pens

 

TSN’s Hockey Insider Darren Dreger is reporting that the Lightning front office is debating whether or not to deal star forward Vincent Lecavalier. Tampa general manager Brian Lawton is said to be fielding interest in Lecavalier with the Montreal Canadiens appearing at the forefront. Players rumored to be involved in talks with Montreal GM Bob Gainey are Chris Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, and prospect PK Subban. Source: TSN.Ca Briere could return against Pens Daniel Briere who has been sidelined since December 2nd, practiced on Monday and could return Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL Insider Report

 

The Boston Bruins have received a lot of calls about the availability of center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Manny Fernandez. Bergeron is off to a relatively slow start — 17 points in 29 games but he missed most of the 2007-2008 campaign and his game is still rounding into shape. Despite the play of center David Krejci (29 points in 30 games), the Bruins are not that interested in moving Bergeron. Still, expect his name to pop up during the trade deadline as the Bruins are looking to acquire a #1 or #2 defenseman. The Bruins have inquired about Jay Bouwmeester Rumors continue to swirl that Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa will look to be a packaged deal next summer. There is some truth to that but don‚Äôt expect it to happen. MarKus Naslund and Pavel Demitra tried it this past summer and had no luck. Vancouver is getting mentionedRead More »

Crosby scores twice, leads Penguins to 5-4 win

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continued their dominance against the Flyers and Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first career shootout attempt as the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got out to a early 3-0 lead getting goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby but a 3-0 lead is never safe for the Penguins this year. The Penguins power play went 1-7 and Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3. Penguins head coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goalie Marc Andre Fleury following the second period. Fleury has given up 10 goals in his last 5 periods of regulation play. Dany Sabourin came on in relief and made 11 saves in the third period and Crosby tied it at 4-4 with 2:33 remaining in the third with his sixth goal of theRead More »

Scuderi to be a Game Time Decision

 

Lineup News: Rob Scuderi skated in the morning skate and will test his injured foot during the pregame skate before making a final decision as to whether he will play tonight. Scuderi wants to see how is foot reacts this afternoon. Scuderi did say following the morning skate that it is a definite that he will play Saturday night against the Sabres. If Scuderi unable to go tonight, Mark Eaton will return to the lineup. Max Talbot who started Tuesday night’s game on a line with Pascal Dupuis and Eric Godard will be back on Sidney Crosby’s line tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-4-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5-6-3) Talbot-Crosby-Satan Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora Cooke-Staal-Kennedy Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard D-pairs Orpik-Letang *GTD*Scuderi-Gill Sydor-Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal

NHL: Shanahan meeting with Flyers GM?

 

Bob McKenzie of TSN reported today that free agent forward Brendan Shanahan is meeting with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren today. The two sides are expected to discuss what kind of role Shanahan would play with the Flyers if he were to sign with them. The St. Louis Blues are the only team to publically acknowledge having interest in Shanahan. The Av’s, Bruins, Capitals, Predators have made inquiries in the past week. Shanahan remains very interested in playing in the Northeast. Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Penguins have minimal interest in Shanahan.