NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins start getting some bounces, Jim Balsillie files some more papers and is Vincent Lecavalier readily available?

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Detroit played extremely well at five-on-five last night.  However, the team needs to solve its penalty killing problems, writes David Shoalts.  Mitch Albom believes last night’s game turned when Pittsburgh scored its second goal.  Bob Wojnowski thinks the Wings let a great chance slip away.  Marian Hossa […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 3, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Marian Hossa knows what to expect tonight, reaction on Jacques Martin and Brent Sutter knows he has to make decision soon

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Even though they are up 2-0 in the series, the Wings are confident they can still play better.  Marian Hossa knows what kind of reception he will be receiving tonight.  Dave Dye discusses the fact that Chris Osgood is probably the odds-on favorite to […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 2, 2009

On the Beat: Pens down 2-0 but not same as last year and Jacques Martin reaction

Stanley Cup Final Deadline deals from the past two seasons have helped the two Cup finalists, writes Dan Wood.  Good points by Wood.  These deals weren’t “major” but added the necessary ingredients to already established teams. The Wings may be up 2-0, but the stats have not been tilted in Detroit’s favor as much as […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlanta Thrashers,Dallas Stars,Detroit Red Wings,Florida Panthers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on June 1, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): Marc-Andre Fleury says he needs to be better, Evgeni Malkin not suspended for Game 3 and television ratings in the U.S. are down from last year

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) If they get a little luck, Mitch Albom wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Pittsburgh tied up this series back home.  Albom also wonders where Sidney Crosby has been?  Detroit fans know where Evgeni Malkin has been, as he went after Henrik Zetterberg […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 1, 2009

Hard to compare Phoenix to Pittsburgh

From Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail: Bettman cited the Pittsburgh Penguins as an example of a team that was once in dire financial shape, but was eventually turned around in its own market. “We didn’t walk out on Pittsburgh,” said Bettman. “We fought to fix their problems – and we’re fighting with everything […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Sunday Edition): Bad bounces cost Penguins, some public support for Hamilton and an exciting Game 1 of the Calder Cup

Stanley Cup Final Luck played a factor in yesterday’s result, writes Mitch Albom.  With Game 2 tonight, Albom believes the Penguins saw many signs that gave them confidence heading into Sunday night.  Last night had to be frustrating for Pittsburgh, explains Bob Wojnowski.  Dave Dye says Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t as sharp as Chris Osgood.  Jonathan Ericsson probably wouldn’t have played […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Washington Capitals on May 31, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Spotlight on Hossa, Red Wings not very happy with schedule and Coyotes expected to lose $17 million over next few weeks

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) The Red Wings are not exactly happy that television scheduling needs have given them less time off than usual this year.  Mitch Albom chimes in with his take on this odd scheduling.  With so little time between games, the Wings are just trying to […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins on May 29, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): The rematch is on, steroids reaction and Ken Hitchcock loves Edmonton’s hires

Stanley Cup Finals Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Chris Osgood was tremendous last night for the Wings, writes Mitch Albom.  Darren Helm is becoming a cult hero in Detroit.  Marian Hossa is going to try to limit the distraction that is going to be his return to Pittsburgh.  In good news, the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins on May 28, 2009