POST-GAME BUZZ *Reactions from Bylsma, Laviolette, Jagr, Crosby, Fleury, Adams* (Photo Credit: RDS) You won’t find Dan Bylsma believing the Danny Briere breakaway second period goal that was clearly off-side, is the reason the Penguins lost game 1, suffering a 4-3 overtime defeat. “That’s not why we lost the game, ” Bylsma said. Why the Penguins lost the game was because they once again got away from their game and the same defensive issues that have plagued them for weeks showed up tonight. “The second half of the game we didn’t get to our game as much as we needed to, Bylsma said. “Last two periods was too much back and forth and us not really managing the puck in the neutral zone the way we need to, ” he said. Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t come off as surprised that his hockey club appeared to be a bit rattledRead More »
Round 1: PENS – FLYERS The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers kick off their first round series Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, the league officially announced this afternoon. Game 1 is Wednesday night with Game 2 Friday night, before the series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and Game 4 on Wednesday April 18th. There is a two day break between games 3 and 4. Games 1, 2, 4, and 5 are 7:30 p.m. start times. Game 1 (7:30 p.m.) – Wednesday, April 11 Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh Game 2 (7:30 p.m.) – Friday, April 13 Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh Game 3 (3:00 p.m.) – Sunday, April 15 Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia Game 4 (7:30 p.m.) – Wednesday April 18 Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia Game 5 (7:30 p.m.) – Friday, April 20 Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh (If necessary) Game 6 (TBD) – Sunday, April 22 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (if necessary)Read More »
Pittsburgh Penguins (44-21-5, 93 pts) @ Philadelphia Flyers (41-22-8, 90 pts) PRE-GAME BUZZ The Philadelphia Flyers ended Pittsburgh’s 12 winning streak last December and they will look to put a halt to the Penguins 11 game winning streak today in a pivotal division matchup this afternoon in Philadelphia. In a game featuring the two highest scoring teams in the NHL, a win by Pittsburgh will move them into a tie with the New York Rangers for first place and five points ahead of the Flyers for the No. 4 seed with a game in hand. A Flyers win will pull them just one point behind the Penguins and three points behind the Rangers for first place.
CBJ deal Carter to Kings The Los Angeles Kings have acquired center Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in-exchange for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first round pick, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus-Dispatch reports. Both players must pass physicals. The first round pick is conditional and the Blue Jackets receive a 2012 first round pick if the Kings make the playoffs, or a 2013 first round pick if the Kings miss the playoffs. Carter, 27, has 15 goals and 25 points in 39 games this season. He is signed through the 2021-2022 season with a cap hit of $5,272,727 million. Johnson, 25, has six years left on a seven year, $30.5 million deal that carries a $4,357,143 million cap hit. Kings Analysis
FLYERS ACQUIRE KUBINA Just two days after acquiring defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars, the Philadelphia Flyers this evening finalized a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, acquiring defenseman Pavel KubinaÂ in-exchangeÂ for a 2012 second round pick and 2013 4th round pick. Kubina a 14 year NHL veteran, has 3 goals – 8 assists for 11 points and a +1 rating on the season.Â Averaging 19:54 of ice time per game, Kubina has 95 hits on the season and 100 blocked shots. The Flyers have targeted size and toughness on the backend and accomplished that goal in the past two days adding the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossman and the 6-foot-4, 258-pound Kubina.
The Philadelphia Flyers have addressed their biggest need, acquiring defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2012 second round pick (MIN)Â and 2013 3rd round pick (. Grossman, 27, was one of the most underrated stay-at-home defenseman on the trade market. At 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, Grossman has excellent size and fits the profile to a “T” of what the Flyers lack on the blueline. Grossman a strong shot blocker, led the Stars with 100 blocked shots and has 96 hits on the season. Grossman has averaged 18:59 of ice time per game and 2:17 of ice time on the penalty kill. A left handed shot, Grossman has 5 assists and an even rating on the season in 52 games played. The addition of Grossman doesn’t impact the Flyers cap situation much. The impending unrestricted free agent carries a cap hit of $1.625 million and will only approximately countRead More »
Atlantic Division 1. Pittsburgh Penguins Storyline:All eyes are on the return of Sidney Crosby that should come in November as long as things continue on the upswing. The top storyline right now is Evgeni Malkin’s who’s presence makes the Penguins a top contender in the Eastern Conference even without Crosby. Notable Additions: Steve Sullivan, Richard Park, Steve MacIntyre Sullivan at age 37 still has the skill to be a factor on a nightly basis but injury concerns will follow him all season. The Penguins are banking on a top-6 role and top power play time for Sullivan. The 35 year old Park will provide depth as an extra forward and gives the Penguins speed up front and excellent penalty killing capabilities. MacIntyre takes over the enforcer role for the departed Eric Godard. He enters the season as the No. 14 forward and won’t see much action this season. Key Departures:Read More »
Here’s my final take on the Jagr situation for this summer because I’m sick of talking about it: He didn’t owe Pittsburgh anything. The Jagr situation got blown out of proportion from the Pittsburgh fan base for two reasons: 1. Jagr’s agent saying “Jagr’s heart is in Pittsburgh.” We never heard Jagr say that and Svoboda said a lot of things during the process that had no merit. 2. The Media, most notably a local report Thursday morning saying that there was a handshake deal in place with the Penguins, something the Penguins and Jagr have denied. Those two factors have made Jagr look worse in this situation than maybe he should have. Jagr today in a conference call, denied to reporters that there was ever the so-called “reported” handshake deal in place and he said that he only spoke to Mario Lemieux once during the process, which was believedRead More »