NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): Marian Hossa versus Pittsburgh is getting closer, Blackhawks angry with officiating and Patrick Roy apparently offered coach and GM job in Colorado

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) “That would definitely be really interesting,” said former Penguins winger Marian Hossa about meeting the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final.  It is hard to believe Dan Bylsma could have imagined things would have come to him this fast.  While most think the […]

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 25, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Sunday Edition): Both sides still talking about Kronwall hit, Crosby/Malkin too much and a call for the Devils to let Brent Sutter free

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) The Penguins themselves are in awe of both Crosby and Malkin.  Pittsburgh has held its own it the face-off circle this series.  Good teams have that killer instinct, and that is exactly what the Penguins demonstrated last night.  Joe Starkey of the […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 24, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Patrick Sharp makes it a series, reaction on Mike Keenan firing, Jonas Gustavsson considering Colorado and Bobby Holik retiring

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) The Penguins should be ready for Cam Ward’s best tonight.  It works to the Penguins’ advantage that they continue to outshoot everyone.  Well, that and the fact Evgeni Malkin has been a dominating force lately.  Additionally, the Penguins should anticipate one of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 23, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Jeremy Roenick claims Mike Babcock doesn’t like Chris Chelios, the Malkin show and reaction to the Chuck Fletcher hire in Minnesota

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Evgeni Malkin was that dominant on Thursday, explains Dave Molinari.  The Penguins’ other supersatar tied a record last night.  Nice to see the Staal brothers bickering over face-offs.  What was Chris Kunitz’s play like before he finally scored last night?  For all the success […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 22, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Blackhawks draw huge ratings, Glen Hall chimes in about today’s game and Staal brothers even so far

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Evgeni Malkin has almost already surpassed his playoff point totals from last season.  Sidney Crosby affects the game in so many ways it is scary.  Just as their parents would want it, the Staal’s were 50% against each other on face-offs in […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 21, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Many people writing off the Blackhawks, Penguins need Kunitz to start scoring and Judge Baum orders mediation

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma was impressed with the Hurricanes’ performance in Game 1.  The Penguins need some offensive production from Chris Kunitz.  One of the keys for Kunitz breaking out of his struggles, is to put more shots on net.  Brooks Orpik comments on […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 20, 2009

On the Beat: Carolina injuries, Manny Fernandez may retire and Chris Pronger’s future

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Luke Decock of the News & Observer thinks Tuomo Ruutu will play on Thursday but Erik Cole will not.  His offensive numbers haven’t been strong this playoffs, but Cole’s loss is still very significant. Tim Sassone says the Hawks may very well learn more from losing their current […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Chicago Blackhawks,Detroit Red Wings,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Tampa Bay Lightning on May 19, 2009