Despite being the favorites, Red Wings are being overlooked


There is a strong sense throughout NHL circles that the Pittsburgh Penguins are more equipped to upend the Detroit Red Wings this time around as the two teams will meet for a rematch in the Stanley Cup Finals, Satuday night. Even though the Penguins may be primed to hoist their first Stanley Cup since 1992, the Red Wings should not be overlooked by no means. Why the Red Wings should not be overlooked The Red Wings are the deepest team in the National Hockey. Not only do you have to deal with star forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, & Johan Franzen, you also have to deal with role players Dan Cleary (14pts), Valtteri Filppula (14 pts), Mikael Samuelsson (9pts) who have the offensive ability to be difference makers. Pittsburgh will benefit from Pavel Datsyuk being limited and are the stronger team down the middle but they can’t combatRead More »

Afternoon Buzz: Fedotenko returns to practice


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko returned to practice on Friday after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness. Fedotenko skated with Evgeni Malkin and Max Talbot while Pascal Dupuis was moved back to the 4th line. The rest of the lines were Kunitz – Crosby – Guerin Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Adams – Satan Sykora – Zigomanis – Godard *** Winning 6 of seven games when dressing seven defensemen, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is being

Game 4 victory underscores the extent of the Red Wings depth


CHICAGO – The Penguins players and coaches may want to set aside the film of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals for further review, because it contains an important message for Stanley Cup hopefuls such as theirs. Much like they did against the Penguins one year ago, the Detroit Red Wings taught the young Chicago Blackhawks another painful lesson in postseason hockey at the United Center on Sunday afternoon. Namely, focus plus discipline plus composure equal success. The result was a 6-1 embarrassment in front of a national television audience, one that left the Red Wings within one victory of a probable rematch against the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals. The Blackhawks seemed to be more intent on payback for the monster hit that dazed forward Martin Havlat in Game 3 than the actual score. “We want to play the game as physical was we can between theRead More »

Malkin, Ovechkin, Datsyuk Named Hart Trophy Finalists


NEW YORK (April 29, 2009) – Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin are the three finalists for the 2008-09 Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who is adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The M.V.P. Debate Poll


The M.V.P. Debate Poll We recently polled¬†six NHL writers on¬†the M.V.P.¬†debate and who¬†they would¬†vote for on other major awards. First up are three writers from the Western Conference we polled this week Questions 1. Who would receive your M.V.P. vote if you had to vote today? 2. In order of 1-3, who are your top three Hart Trophy finalists 3. Norris Trophy Winner 4. Vezina Trophy Winner 5. Calder Trophy Winner 6. If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be? The Writers David Staples – Edmonton Journal M.V.P Vote 1. Pavel Datsyuk Top Three Hart Trophy Finalists 2. Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Zach Parise Norris Trophy 3. Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Mike Green Vezina Trophy 4. Tim Thomas, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Mason Calder Trophy 5. Bobby Ryan If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would thatRead More »