Monday, November 30, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens top Rangers 5-2. GOALS: S.CROSBY(16,17), M.RUPP(6,7,8). STARS: 3)S.CROSBY 2)M.GABORIK 1)M.RUPP. Next game Thursday vs Colorado.

Again, the rough and tumble Rangers

In Saturday's 8-3 rout between the New York Rangers and the Pens, if you didn't get the least bit excited during this contest, you probably had no blood pressure... oh heck, even a pulse.

Of course it does a heart good on the odd occasion to witness one of these classic kind of blow out games, reaffirms your love for your team in a sense, that they can go out and take down one of the mighty teams in the league. Not to say that the NYR's are almighty, maybe just tiny mighty? I dunno... I digress.

With fights, game misconducts, and even the rat in a hockey uniform (that's Sean Avery in case you wondered), that game had just about everything. Even a hat trick by Captain Sid.

Crosby's hate trick helped make him the number one star of the week in the NHL, congrats!

An interesting article over at Puck Daddy today discussing the leagues suspensions that have gone down lately, most importantly to the Pens Matt Cooke. CLICK HERE to read. Good reading.

Typically I agree with most of the NHL's punishment to these players, but I'll still never figure out how Mike Richards got away with that foul hit to the player from the Florida Panthers almost a month ago. Booth is still not playing!

Anyways, the Penguins play the second half of their back to back with the Rangers tonight, and let me tell you, things will probably be a little snarky. Even with Marian Gaborick, the Rangers still are not playing up to their own expectations. Is it the result of some bad off season trades? Anyone's guess, and I'll not think too deeply on it, but instead hope the Pens further capitalize on the blue shirts bad misfortunes.

Speaking of misfortunes, how did Sean Avery ever think that take down move on Ruslan Fedotenko wasn't gonna get him some time in the locker room? And Donald Brashear, did his team thank him for helping to add to their misery? Well if they didn't, Don... let me be the first to do so, THANKS!

So, 7pm tonight, Madison Square Garden, bring your drinks, your munchies and probably some boxing gloves, things are gonna get nasty!

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

PENS top NYR 8-3. GOALS: E.MALKIN(8), S.CROSBY(13,14,15), M.TALBOT(1), M.EATON(3), P.DUPUIS(7), T.KENNEDY(6). STARS: 3)ORPIK 2)MALKIN 1)CROSBY.

Friday, November 27, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Isles 3-2. GOALS: E.MALKIN(7), M.COOKE(5). STARS: 3)B.JOHNSON 2)D.ROLOSON 1)J.TAVARES. Next game tomorrow vs NYR.

Penguins afternoon delight

The day after Thanksgiving has some redeeming features, and no I'm not talking about the throng of people fighting over bargains at the local mall. Today there are several matinee hockey games around the NHL, primarily the one that interests me is the Pens and the New York Islanders.

Hockey on a Friday afternoon, w00t! Serve up some leftovers and enjoy a 2pm start!

To make the atmosphere all the better, there's a cold wind in the air outside and even some snow flakes flying around... you just have to love it, hockey season! Oh yeah, there is that little thing called Christmas too.

Anyhow, the Pens sit atop the Eastern conference, and the Atlantic division in first place with 34 points, where as the Islanders are in 12th place over all and last in the division with 25 points.

After another great game against the Habs on Wednesday that saw the Pens snag a 3-1 win, they go into this game hopeful of keeping up a small win streak. However the Isles are no longer to be considered an easy win despite what their record may show.

Rookie John Tavares is shaping up well and showing lots of promise in his first year in the NHL, and despite the long term absence of Rick Dipietro, Dwayne Roloson has been a good fill in and will start today against the Pens Brent Johnson.

From pittsburghpenguins.com :

He isn’t one of the league’s premier goal scorers, but you can forgive Penguins fans if they thought Trent Hunter was. In 35 career games against the Penguins Hunter has 22 points (11G-11A), his highs in all three categories against any one team. Hunter had two points (1G-1A) in the season-opener against Pittsburgh. Not only does he score points in bunches against the Penguins, he always scores goals at critical points in hockey games, similar to the way his third-period tally on Oct. 3 momentarily gave New York a 3-2 lead.

It should be a fun game today and a great midday diversion.

Yesterday was also a treat, FSN rebroadcast some of the more interesting games during last seasons Stanley Cup finals, including game 7 of the finals. Gee, you can watch that again and again and it still is thrilling each time. Especially since you know the results!

Game time is coming up soon, so let's win another one!!

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens top MTL 3-1. GOALS: S.CROSBY(12), B.GUERIN(6), S.GONCHAR(3). STARS: 3)J.STAAL 2)B.GUERIN 1)S.CROSBY. Next game FRI 2:00pm @NYI.

Monday, November 23, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens top FLA 3-2(SO). GOALS: P.DUPUIS(6), M.RUPP(5), S.CROSBY(11-SOW). STARS: 3)N.HORTON 2)K.BALLARD 1)S.CROSBY. Next game WED vsMTL.

Penguins in Florida

As of Monday afternoon, the Pens sit atop the Eastern conference one point behind the Capitals in second place. Not too shabby for a team still in the vise of injuries. Granted the Penguins have gotten Orpik, Gonchar, and Malkin back, but still miss Letang, McKee, Kunitz, and Kennedy.

Kinda makes you wonder how they'd do with a full, healthy squad?

Tonight the Penguins go into Florida to take on the Panthers. Remember the last time, on October 23rd?



The win on Saturday night against Atlanta was a showcase for some excellent hockey from the Pens. Clean passes from red line to blue line, side to side, rarely a dropped pass, it was very impressive to watch. They clearly looked like the Stanley Cup champions.

Alot can also be said for Marc Andre Fluery. He's like a butterfly that his phased from the ugly awkward worm into the beautiful butterfly. The confidence he has grown is clearly obvious, and I still think we have not seen the best hockey yet from this goalie.

Currently Florida is in a bit of a spurt of, shall we call it "not sucking so bad"? So, here is to hoping the Penguins don't take them for granted.

Tonight's projected lines...

Forwards
Talbot-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Malkin-Fedotenko
Cooke-Staal-Bourque
Rupp-Adams-Godard

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Eaton-Engelland
Skoula-Lovejoy


Goalie

Fleury


Time to get things ready, find your comfy chair, grab your adult beverage of choice if that's your thing, and get ready for some hot hockey action in the sunshine state. Hey, I'm sure there will still be some good seats available, this is Florida we're talking about yanno!


LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens top ATL 3-2. GOALS: M.SKOULA(2,3), E.MALKIN(6). STARS: 3)S.CROSBY 2)M.SKOULA 1)M.FLEURY. Next game Monday at Florida.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Sens 6-2. GOALS: J.STAAL(6), E.MALKIN(5). STARS: 3)C.KELLY 2)M.FISHER 1)C.PHILLIPS. Next game Saturday @Atlanta.

Making a slow comeback

Now just who would I be talking about? Me or the Penguins? heh...

Seriously, I dislike when things do not work properly, and furthermore I have little patience when they don't. Such is how things are when upgrading operating systems. New computer and all be damned, I may not have it done the way it's 'supposed' to be, but darn it, it's working for me this way... no worries, I won't go into details.

I just hate getting derailed from posting here, that's all.

Anyhooo....

The Pens losing skid has taken a break as of Saturday's win against Boston at the Mellon, then again Monday when the Ducks came to town. Was nice to see them rise up despite the severe lack of top defensemen.

Speaking of players that are injured. Surprise, surprise... two smiling face return to our humble lineup tonight. Max Talbot will make his season debut, and Sergi Gonchar will return from his wrist injury. Safe to say the blue line and power play have really needed Gonch.

It's not sure if Mark Eaton will play or not, he missed the teams morning skate with back spasms and will be a game time decision. Just in case they have defensemen Chris Lee from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton waiting in the wings to play.

Tonight sees the Penguins in Ottawa taking on the Sens for the second time this season, after beating them 4-1 back on October 12th. The Senators currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern conference while the Pens are fourth.

Sorry for the abbreviated posting... but at this point, it's better than what I have been coming up with. Gah... talk about room for improvement. I suck... thankfully, the Pens don't, despite all the injuries.

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

PENS top ANA 5-2. GOALS: M.COOKE(3,4) B.GUERIN(5) J.STAAL(5) M.SKOULA(1). STARS: 3)ENGELLAND 2)COOKE 1)STAAL

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens top BOS 6-5(OT). GOALS: J.MCKEE(1), P.DUPUIS(4,5-OTW), S.CROSBY(10), M.EATON(2), B.GUERIN(4). STARS: 3)MALKIN 2)CROSBY 1)DUPUIS

Friday, November 13, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Devils 4-1. GOAL: R.FEDOTENKO(4). STARS: 3)Z.PARISE 2)T.ZAJAC 1)N.BERGFORS. Next game Saturday vs Boston.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

can November just end already?

Sure, it is only day 12 out of 3o in the month of November, but what started in October has totally gotten blown out of proportion this month.

I'm talking injuiries here. The Pens have had yet another major set back, losing defenseman Brooks Orpik to the ever dreaded "upper body injury". Which could entail anything from a hangnail to a broken rib, nobody knows what it is.

Do I really need to go down the list? Humor me... there is Orpik, Letang, Gonchar, Malkin, Kennedy, Talbot... egad, that's just painful to look at. Bringing up a couple AHL fill ins will have to suffice, we have no choice. Sidney Crosby may be all that, but he cannot do everything on this team. And with each defensive line missing it's key player, poor Sid will be at the mercy of any teams defense.

Perfect example was Charra the other night in that humilating 3-0 loss. He was all over Sidney, and as such Sid didn't have a chance of scoring or anything else for that matter.

Due to the Penguins poor performance over the last three games, the New Jersey Devils have taken over first place in the Atlantic division. Boo...

This is also important because the aforementioned Devils come into Mellon Arena tonight. Yes, boring, trap hockey will be at it's finest tonight.

Deryk Engelland and Ben Lovejoy have come up from the baby Pens to try to help heal the gaping holes in the defense.

So, put on your helmets folks this game is gonna be questionable at best. Anything could and probably will happen...

LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!
LET'S GO PENS!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Bruins 3-0. STARS 3)M.HUNWICK 2)Z.CHARA 1)T.THOMAS. Pens return home Thurs vs NJD

California hangover

So things did not end to well for the Pens on the left coast. I was a bit absent from blogging last week, partially because said games were not till 10pm and later. But alas, I have returned, back to a more normal time of day for a good hockey game.

But just how well are the Penguins set to perform?

The California nightmare started somewhat on a good note. Sure they won against the Ducks, but it wasn't the most solid game they ever played either. With the Kings things slid down hill, and by Saturday nights blowout at the hands of the Sharks, my beloved team was hoping to roll off into the ocean unnoticed.

Thankfully that's the last trip out to California this year, a repeat performance of all that would be unbearable. If you had to find one good thing to all that it was that we were playing western conference teams and that the New York Rangers didn't do any better than we did on their trip to the north west.

Now where does all this bring us to? Penguins in Beantown tonight.

Injuries? We have them... bad. So do they. Quite a few at that, and it's too depressing to go on about, Letang being the latest in that long list.

Also... it's really difficult to get to worked up for this game. Why? IT'S ON VERSUS, FFS!!! The last game that was on there I saw all of about 10 minutes of online before the feed died. So, we'll give it another try tonight.

Until then... GO PENS!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

NHL FINAL Penguins 2, Kings 5. GOALS: J.Staal (4), A.Kopitar (13). SH/SV: M.Fleury (32/27), J.Quick (23/21). (AP)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NHL FINAL Penguins 4, Ducks 3. GOALS: A.Goligoski (6), C.Perry (10). SH/SV: M.Fleury (29/26), J.Hiller (27/23). (AP)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Wild, 2-1. GOAL: P.DUPUIS. STARS: 3)P.DUPUIS 2)E.BELANGER 1)N.BACKSTROM. Next game TUE @ANA.