The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rest day last Sunday, though we analyzed when the flightless birds proved and what they did not prove last week. There are almost a dozen coaches on the hot seat, or who could change bench this summer. And good news for the Penguins, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers lost Sunday night.
The WBS Penguins broke a franchise record with a nine-goal outburst against the Bridgeport Islanders. Alex Nylander scored and Sam Poulin hit a pair. The WBS victory brought them into a playoff spot. WBS Penguins summary.
Go baby pen. GM Ron Hextall and Erik Heasley put together a pretty solid team. Alex Nylander looks like a great addition, and the defense with Matt Bartkowski and PO Joseph has some NHL chops.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins showed well against two very good teams on the road. They beat the Minnesota Wild and played the Colorado Avalanche before losing 3-2. So what did the penguins prove, and what did they not show? Pittsburgh Penguins debate.
I also dived into Trevor Zegra’s “Michigan” move and the latest kerfuffle. Yes, I’m usually an old-fashioned soul.
Late Sunday night, Jason Zucker posted his own injury update. That seems like good news.
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Sports Network: Jeff Marek reviewed the 11 coaches whose contracts expire or on the hot seat. 11 ?! Sportsnet video.
Montreal Hockey Now: Jordan Harris made his NHL debut. Sources told us that the Penguins scouts really liked him, and if he came on the open market … Harris signed with Montreal and looked like a stud in his first game. Montreal Canadiens News.
TSN: Leon Draisaitl hit the 50-goal mark. He’s Malkin for McDavid’s Crosby, and he gets quite a pub for 50.
Washington: Caps were outclassed and hammered on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild did it with malice. Washington Capitals takeaways.
The Capitals follow the Pittsburgh Penguins by eight points with one game in hand.
Philly: Down go Rangers. In a flurry of surprises, the Flyers wasted a late lead (it was not surprising), but gathered for a win over the New York Rangers (that part was surprising). Philadelphia Flyers takeaways.
NYI: The story will soon be written about the Islanders season. Most of Lou Lamoriello’s decisions backfired. Injuries derailed them. And they limped into goal. BUT – Cory Schneider came back triumphantly to the NHL. In his first NHL start in two years, Schneider won in his old stable, and JG Pageau had the natural hatty. New York Islanders winner.
Florida: The Florida Panthers beat their playoff ticket to the delight of dozens and dozens. That barn should be SRO, not “anyone who wants to go?” They won and they are in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2022. Florida Panthers, hey rats!
Detroit: From top to bottom. The Red Wings are a sinking rock, and no amount of Crazy Bread press box can make our scribe feel more comfortable. Tons of young talents. Tons of potential. Terrible results. Bob Duff unvarnished: The Detroit Red Wings need to do five things to fix the ship.
Vegas: The Golden Knights put a dagger in the Vancouver Canucks playoff hopes, though Vegas clings to life. It does not look good for our former favorite desert dogs that made Fleury dirty. But they won Sunday. Vegas Golden Knights on a playoff spot.
Vancouver: The Canucks were flat against Vegas. One of the players associated with the Penguins via speculation was Conor Garland. Rob Simpson made a shift diary on the Vancouver Canucks winger.
San Jose: There will be no playoffs in San Jose. They ran a small race in the middle of the season, but that was all. Sheng Peng helped NBC break it down – novice Sasha Chmelevski and serious injuries to Kevin Labanc and Jonathan Dahlen. San Jose Sharks updates.
Colorado: It’s scary to think about what might come out of a healthy Avs lineup. Add Gabe Landeskog and Bo Byram to the lineup we saw last Saturday – just, wow. I think only Calgary or Minnesota can stop them, and only by hammering them. Head coach Jared Bednar gets excited – his team is getting healthy. Colorado Avalanche Updates.
Pray a prayer, if you have a moment, for the great Mike Bossy, perhaps the most gifted goal scorer in hockey history, battling lung cancer.
– steve simmons (@simmonssteve)