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

No Datsyuk or Draper tonight for Red Wings

Craig Custance is reporting on Twitter (add IllegalCurve.com on Twitter here) that both Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper will not suit up for Detroit tonight. Not overly surprising considering the quick 24 hr turnaround here.  If these two players were not able to go last night, there probably wasn’t much chance they were going to […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Detroit Red Wings 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

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