Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know the Enemy:
From their gameday:
"It's one of those 4 point swingers. While the offense was certainly firing on all cylinders the other night, the defense had noticable lags. Pittsburgh is a much more potent team offensively than the Rangers and the Devils will need to concentrate and those defensive lags tonight. The Penguins are 4-0-1 since returning from the Olympic Break so to say that this is a hot team would pretty much be spot on."
A huge divisional game for the Pens.
The Devils sit four points behind the Penguins, but they have played two fewer games.
The Pens have played Snooki to the Devils' angry gym teacher in a bar this entire season.
New Jersey is 4-0 against Pittsburgh this year.
The Devils have outscored the Penguins 14-2.
The last two games have been shutouts for Brodeur.
This is the first time the Penguins will play against the Devils with Kovachoo in the New Jersey line-up.
He has three goals and five assists in ten games with the Devils.
It's also Martin Skoula's first game against the Pens since he was traded:
"I was part of the organization for a couple months and I just want to show them that they made a mistake trading me."
-- Martin Skoula
We've been alive for a while now.
And these kind of losses still sting.
Thankfully, we only have like 8 minutes to cry about it.
As for the game, just think -- Next year when Jason Peters is parking your car outside of Mallorca for you, you won't have to tip him. He has stolen enough.
To be fair, the Canes have been actually a much better team of late.
They're as hot as it gets, winning 9 of their last 11.
But honestly they weren't even in the same building as the Pens last night.
The Pens outshot them, 40-21, and hit about nine posts.
But the Pens got a point. Never discount points in the NHL.
But oh baby. Friday night is a big one.
First playoff game of the year.
It is hard to take things seriously, though, when this YouTube is in your vicinity:
South Park parodied this in a teaser for their upcoming season. HERE.
Then, as with any YouTube video of significance, someone parodied it themselves. HERE.
And of course there's a remix music video of it.
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
The Penguins and one-and-one against the Hurricanes this season.
In Octobert the Pens won 3-2 in a shootout in Carolina and the Canes came away with a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh in December.
It's the beginning of a five game road trip for the Penguins.
Bill Guerin will be back for the Penguins.
Brent Johnson will be in net.
Justin Peters will play for the Canes.
The Staals are brothers.
The Kate Smith Photoshop Expo.
All entries due Thursday, March 25 at midnight. Expo will run On March 26, the Day before the Pens play the Flyers.
Had to be done.
Couple of things:
- Stoosh has been hired as a new writer. We're working on getting Rage under contract for the offseason.
- The rules for the Rinkotology playoff version have been released. [Rinko Blog]
- Big Ben is in a bad episode of Law & Order. [Mondesi's]
- Crosby at the Skates and Plates:
- All the pics from the Skates and plates are online. [PENS.COM]
- And lastly from Pens.com, some shootout fun if you have nothing better to do. Orpik with a nasty move.
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It looks like regularly paying off Gary Bettman has once again helped the Penguins.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been informed by the NHL that forward Matt Cooke will not be suspended for his hit on Boston's Marc Savard.
Savard suffered a grade-two concussion when Cooke levelled him with a shoulder to the head in open ice during a game on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
In explaining his decision, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said that the ruling was based on consistency involving similar incidents. Philadelphia's Mike Richards was not suspended for a similar hit on Florida's David Booth last October, so using that as precedent, Cooke was not suspended either.
Clearly, this is just another example in the long list of ways that the NHL favors the Penguins.
We figured we'd get that all out of the way before everyone else says the same thing.
The Penguins and Bruins meet in Boston on March 18th.
A bunch of stuff coming later today sometime.
One thing we like more than anything is hate mail.
We haven't got anything worth posting in a while.
Until over the weekend. An old friend came calling.
The Hindenburg you see above is the the beloved former national anthem singer of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Back in the '70s, Smith would sing "God Bless America" and then salute the crowd by eating a hamburger in one bite. She was like 82-0 or something as an anthem singer.
To sum it up, she was the equivalent of the way we feel about Jeff Jimmerson.
So, of course we've taken many shots at Kate Smith over the years.
And one guy in particular continues to be really upset about it.
His name is Fred Benson, and he went as far as to e-mail the head of Bloguin to complain about it last year. He has laid low, until all of a sudden:
Good times. WOW.