Penguins Vs Lightning Recap

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lighting 4-2 on a Monday night showdown.

Tampa Bay entered the match having won only two of their last six games while the captain Steven Stamkos enters fourth in the league for scoring with 34 points in only 32 games (17G 17A).
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Penguins Vs Blue Jackets Recap

The Penguins faced the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night in the first rematch game since the 2014 playoffs where Pittsburgh won the series in game 6, 4-3 thanks to an Evgeni Malkin hat-trick.

The playoffs series was the first ever between the two teams, and based on the physicality Saturday night, sparked a new rivalry. The Jackets were entering the game on a five game winning streak and were seeking revenge. An early C-B-J chant by the crowd was sure to help, too.
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Breaking Down the Bruins Statistically

Goal tending: There’s no doubt that the Boston Bruins have struggled mightily this season, and a lot of that has to do with the two men in the back of the net, and here’s a few reasons why. Lets start with the always debatable aspect of hockey, the shootout. Rask, this season (including the preseason) is 1-2 in the infamous breakaway point decider. He has a career save percentage of .699%, which ranks 20th among goaltenders both starting and backups since 2010. Niklas Svedberg on the other hand has stopped all seven of his career attempts, all of which came in the Bruins 4-3 win over Columbus this season. Based on their performances in the shootout, putting Svedberg in during this situation couldn’t hurt the team. Another interesting note about these two, their home and away records. At home (9-4-2), Rask has a .929 save percentage, and a 2.03 GAA, both lower than his season average. The road this season is a much different story for Rask however. In eight road starts this season (3-5), Rask’s numbers are pretty much terrible, as his GAA rises to 3.61, and his save percentage drops to .879, which is far off from his season totals. So the solution? It’s simple, let Rask carry the work load at home, as he seems to feed off of the energy of the home crowd, and let Svedberg carry a healthy number of road starts, because his 2.20 GAA, and .920 save percentage (on the road) are far better than Rask’s.
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Big BAD Bruins

If the playoffs were to start today, the Boston Bruins would be the 8th seed, the last team in, in the Eastern Conference, with the Florida Panthers only two points behind with two games in hand. Yes, the Florida Panthers, you read the correctly. There’s no doubt that this is an unfamiliar place for the Bruins, at least since the 2006-2007 season. The Bruins 72 goals for, and 72 goals against are far from their average pace, which is making Bruins fans everywhere wonder: What’s wrong with this team? Well here’s a few things:
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Evander Kane and the Devils?

It’s no secret the Devils need a lot of things, but getting another good goal scorer is a must do for the team at this point. They are relying on 42 year old ironman Jaromir Jagr to lead the team in points, with 15 in 26 games. Mike Cammalleri also has 15 points, but faces injury issues, much like the rest of the team. Only 7 players have 10 or more points, and 2 of those players are defensemen. Jagr’s team leading 15 points is tied with Eric Staal for lowest for any team leader in the league.
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Penguins Improve Forward Group with Klinkhammer

Earlier this week the Pittsburgh Penguins announced a trade that brings Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional 2016 draft pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for defenseman Philip Samuelsson.

This is another trade in the hockey world that isn’t necessarily defined as one team getting the better ‘deal’, but a trade that both sides get what they are looking for.

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Top Coaches to be Fired Before the ASG

As the season winds closer and closer to it’s midpoint, teams need to start making important decisions about their team and more importantly their front office. With it being so hard to trade at certain points, it’s easy to put the burden on the coaches for the team’s success, and worse, their struggles. For example, Peter Laviolette was fired last year in Philadelphia, only to see Craig Berube steer the team to the playoffs. This year, fans have started to get fed up with him and the Flyers slow start and things are turning bad. Coaches are by far the most instrumental part of any locker room, and they need to have the players backs 100%, and the players have to be behind the coach as well, and sadly, that’s not always the case.

Here are my top choices for coaches to be fired before the all-star break:
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Montreal Sheds More Long Term Salary, Sends Bourque to Anaheim for Allen

Just nine days after acquiring veteran Sergei Gonchar from Dallas to enhance their blueline, the Canadiens made another move to increase that depth even further. The Habs traded Rene Bourque, who was currently in the AHL, to Anaheim for Bryan Allen. Bourque had two assists in 13 games this year and posted a -9 rating. He cleared waivers, and played 4 games in Hamilton and got 4 points before being traded to Anaheim today. Allen had 1 points in 6 games this year and averaged 18 minutes of ice tome per night.
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Bad Blood Up North – Bruins Struggling Against Montreal

The dreadful 1-3 start for the Boston Bruins is slowly drifting behind them, as they climb the Eastern Conference standings. Bruins fans are no longer questioning if they will make they playoffs, but now, how far? It’s been three years since the Bruins hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup, and tension is rising as to if they will be able to do it again in the Claude Julien era. The Bruins thought they had another one in the lockout shortened 2013 season, however, four heart wrenching losses later to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins found themselves scratching their heads and looking for answers yet again. Last year was no different. The presidents trophy team was flying high, sailing into the postseason, and after beating the Detroit Red Wings in five games in the opening round, excitement was drawing. But in came historic, cold-blooded rival, Montreal, and they were ready to put up a fight. Led by star defenseman PK Subban, the Habs marched into Boston, and silenced the big bad Bruins, and ending their season in seven.
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Things are Looking Good in Calgary

Last season, the Calgary Flames started off good. They ended October at 5-5-2, good for 12 points in 12 games. But after that, the young Flames fell off, and ended up with the 4th pick in the draft where they took Sam Bennett out of Kingston. This year, they did the same thing, but even better. Through November, a week before Thanksgiving, the Flames are 11-6-2, with 24 points in 19 games. They sit 3rd in goals for, and 17th in goals against. Mark Giordano has emerged as one of the top defensemen in the league, a title which few gave him last season, and is sixth in the league in points with 21. His partner, TJ Brodie, also has 15 points. The addition of Jonas Hiller has undoubtedly helped this team, as has Johnny Gaudreau’s first full year, but will they be able to keep it up?

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Should Columbus Waive the White Flag?

This NHL season is almost 1/5th old, which is hard to believe. The dreaded Thanksgiving mark is approaching, a time in which GMs have stated that if you are not on the bubble for the playoff race, you don’t have a great shot at making it in April. For teams like Buffalo, Carolina and Florida this could be expected, but one team in particular sits at the bottom of the league, only ahead of the aforementioned Buffalo Sabres, and it is not what they were expecting. The Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The Worst Post-2000 NHL Trades

Every year, teams make trades, primarily at the draft and trade deadline, that will decide the future of their teams. Sometimes, those moves could be costly, whether you are buyers, or you sellers. Most of the time they work out for both teams, or are at least near even, but other times, it becomes anything but that. This list just scratches the surface. It does not include (spoiler), the Luongo trade, the Giguere trade, or the Jagr trade among others.

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