Should be a fun matchup tonight against the Kings. Here is a review of production from lines of both teams the last 10 games at even strength:
Yikes, to think we complain about Crosby and Kunitz not producing like they were before. The Pens top two scoring lines are out scoring the Kings top two 22-8. It will be nice to see Mike Richards and Jeff Carter again.
-- Important date: February 7th. That is when the NHL rosters lock. The trade winds have been blowing, and Pierre LeBrun only added to it. He digs in on some Letang stuff [ ESPN ].
Now, I am not saying the Pens are thinking of shopping him, in fact I have heard zero evidence of that being the case. But what I can see happening is another team making an offer thinking the Pens are so loaded on defense organizationally and need to find money to re-sign Niskanen and/or Orpik, plus make room for the likes of Despres next season. ...
Find money for Orpik. LOL.
-- Bit of a shock here, but Crossing Broad has some sick USA shirts for sale. [ CBStore ]
The Crossing Broad logo doesn't come with it. Crossing Broad even gave us a code. Just enter PENSBLOG for 10% off. Store link is here.
-- Speaking of the Olympics, Rinkotology, jack. Sign up. [ Rinko ]
-- Hockey did really well this weekend. [ AA ]... but not that well. [ AA ]
-- This is amazing. A story of a Kings and Sharks fan. [ Reddit ]
-- Eye black gone wrong for the Isle's Cal Clutterbuck. [ PDL ] By the way, sign up for our newsletter at PDL. Link city in your e-mail every Monday and Thursday. Sign up here.
If you had to name one player who has shown up the last two games, it would be Tanner Glass. Glass was the only Penguin to make the trip to Dallas, and he tried to wake up the team with his 12 hits.
In this one, he picked up right where he left off. He had six hits, an assist, and an empty-net goal in 14 minutes of ice time. In the grand scheme of things, this game will never be thought of ever again. But Glass' solid play is a good sign. Third- and fourth-liners pay the toll on the road in the playoffs. They can set the tone. These last few games have shown Glass can contribute on an NHL level.
Other than that, the best part of this game was trying to figure out where the Sabres will trade off all their assets.
We like to make fun of Ryan Miller, but he was sneaky good in this game. And his .926 save percentage on the season shows he is getting little to no help.
He is probably going to get dealt from Buffalo. Then again, if he brings Gold home for Team USA, it’s hard to imagine him bringing the medal back to the arena to show it off, and then the GM says, “Sweet. Hey, you’ve been traded to the Islanders.”
But keep an eye out for Steve Ott. He may be a guy that can be had for the right price. He'd add a much-needed troll factor to the Pens’ lineup. Sabres writer Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News was on Penguins intermission report on the radio and told Bob Grove that Ott really likes Buffalo and has settled in with his family. Even so, he said that Ott could still be traded.
Moving on, the Pens head to the West Coast to play the Kings Thursday night and then the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Just realized the Pens are in a stretch of probably facing 4 Olympic goalies in a row (Lehtonen, Miller, Quick, Smith)