On the Beat: Wings more injured than past teams and Carolina brings back same coaching staff

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Compared to their other championship teams, this Wings squad has faced the most significant injuries.  Good point by Wilkinson.  This is obviously a testament to the Wings’ depth.  Consider that they can insert Ville Leino or Justin Abdelkader into the lineup and get solid production, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat on June 8, 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

Are Joel Quenneville teams undisciplined?

After watching the Blackhawks’ complete lack of focus in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, I wondered if teams coached by Joel Quenneville were undisciplined?  I remembered his talented Blues teams always running into penalty problems at important times in the game and asked myself if this was a running trend with Quenneville teams.  So, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Chicago Blackhawks on May 28, 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

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins touch the Prince of Wales Trophy, reaction on the Pat Quinn/Tom Renney hiring and remembering Peter Zezel

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Pittsburgh is the first team to return to the Finals with two different coaches since the Pittsburgh teams of 1991 and 1992.  Getting close to the Cup and losing is not a pleasant experience, so the Penguins don’t want to repeat that […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 27, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Evgeni Malkin proves critics wrong, don’t expect to see Khabibulin in Game 5 and wishing Peter Zezel our best

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar is feeling better every game he plays.  Probably not coincidentally, the Penguins’ power play has been dominant as of late.  Meanwhile, Maxime Talbot is not getting down on himself for missing a couple golden scoring chances while playing […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 26, 2009

On the Beat: Looking into your Cristobal

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: All three of Erik Cole, Scott Walker and Tuomo Ruutu missed practice today.  Don’t worry Caniacs, all three are expected to play tomorrow. Tim Sassone has some concerns about Cristobal Huet being the Hawks’ starting netminder next season.  Huet certainly didn’t inspire confidence with yesterday’s […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Montreal Canadiens,New York Islanders,On the Beat on May 25, 2009