If you follow hockey blogs, you know that James Mirtle's FROM THE RINK is one the few standards out there. Every year, as the playoffs approach, Mirtle gives us his chart of what teams will need to finish with to get into the playoffs.
Here is Dr. Mirtle's explanation of the chart:
It's all based on the premise that, if you get 90 to 95 points in the standings, you'll make the playoffs. There's a chance you can sneak in with less, especially in the Eastern Conference, but under the NHL's kooky everybody-gets-a-point system, this is what teams generally need to get in.
As he states, it is not a predictor; just a mere alternative theory. Based on Dr. Mirtle's diagnosis, the Penguins need to finish at least 16-8 to get to 92 points. Time to arbitrarily break down the rest of the Pens' schedule.
All things considered, getting a point isn't bad.
All things considered, the hole is even bigger.
We don't know where everyone else stands on this, but today was actually the first time we bothered to see what the other teams in the playoff race did. When we start making posts just to say Carolina lost, there's no turning back.
Anyway, you have to give credit to IHCDB.
In less than a day, he went from coaching Wilkes Barre in the AHL to coaching on Long Island in the NHL.
Lost in all the madness the last 24 hours is the fact that the last time these two teams played, the Pens destroyed the Islanders 9-2, showing no mercy.
So based on that fact alone, the Islanders were going to play hard.
And they did.
You almost have to wonder if it were a more talented team, the Pens might have gotten smashed out of the building. The odd-man breaks, the rebounds, the mental breakdowns. They didn't go out the door with Michel Therrien. The elephant is still in the room. And it has huge balls. And hasn't showered in a month.
We have a big-time post coming Monday noontime, breaking down the Pens schedule week-by-week. Every week is crucial. The Pens needed these two points bad.
C-Blog wingblog at Tupa's Wing Shack in mid April.
Farewell, Michel Therrien.
December 15, 2005 - February 15, 2009.
His first lineup, December 16, 2005. against the Buffalo Sabres:
His last lineup, February 14, 2009
Regardless of how you feel about Therrien, we battled with him for the last 3+ years.
You have to respect that. He took us close to the mountaintop.
But that was then, and this is now.
That's just the way things work in professional sports.
Therrien lost his team somewhere around December, and it has been painful ever since.
Is he a scapegoat? Yes. He had to be.
Is he a victim of bad luck, bad personnel moves, and superstar players?
Ask us in April. Unlike right now, we'll know what happened.
And it won't be when he writes his tell-all book "It's Up To The Readers Now."
For a long time now, Therrien has dodged the rumors of impending doom.
But time has finally caught up with him.
We firmly believe that Therrien avoided being fired at least twice this season.
The most recent is when the Pens stormed backed from a 3-0 deficit against the Lightning.
His rumored belittling of Marc-Andre Fleury and his reported feuds with Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, and The Bing sealed his fate.
His refusal to roll four lines, play Petr Sykora, and keep lines together for more than four shifts was just icing on the cake.
Like we said, whatever happened at this point is pure speculation.
But you could feel something was amiss.
So much for that SCF loser curse not being legit.
Oh, and the Pens have to play in like 20 minutes.
Jump city for that.
Introducing interim head coach Dan Blysma. PENS
Andre Savard was also relocated within the organization.
Why Shero is up this late on a Sunday night is beyond us.
Let's hope IHCDB wears that headset all the time.
“We believe we need a change in direction and, with 25 games remaining in the regular season, our goal remains to finish strong and qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Shero said. “Dan Bylsma is one of the bright young coaches in the game and has done an exceptional job as the head coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season."
So, is this Shero throwing in the towel, bringing in a no-name coach while he goes out and gets his own coach? Or is Dan Blysma the real deal?
Since half of the NHL team consists of Baby Pens, it may not be too bad.
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"NHL After Hours," is part of the Hockey Night In Canada package that comes along on the NHL network every Saturday night.
Early this year, we got to watch Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau [on the show.]
Moreau has been lauded as one of the best Captains in the league. And by watching what happened last night against the Kings, you'll know why.
[PUCK DADDY] has the whole story.
The short version?
Dustin Brown jobbed one of Moreau's teammates.
Moreau enacts revenge:
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The Pens have lost 7-3 and 6-2 to the Leafs this season.
On Saturday night. On Hockey Night in Canada.
The only thing worse?
Us trying to recap a game we didn't see.
A perfect storm of, well, a storm and Valentine's Day has resulted in both of us writers here missing two games straight; something that hasn't happened.
Whatever the case, we are glad we did.
Things seemed to be going well, and then, from what we gather the wheels fell off.
Even worse, Jason Blake caused it all.
Two goals in 19 seconds?
"It's up to the players," coach Michel Therrien said. "There's a price to pay to win games on the road and right now we're having a hard time staying focused and executing."
God help us all.