The New NHL Realignment and Playoffs

My goal in publishing this article is to get you to understand the NHLs new realignments and playoff rules.  There are 4 divisions and 2 conferences.  A better way to think of it is that a division represents a specific region of America such as the Northeast, etc.  The actual divisions are named:  Atlantic, Metropolitan,…

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The Penguins Clinch Playoff Berth

With yesterday’s 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched a playoff berth.  In the mediocre Metropolitan Division, The Penguins are 47-22-5 with 99 points, and the New York Rangers are in 2nd place at 41-30-4 with 86 points.  That is a 13 point difference.  The St. Louis Blues, who recently…

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Capture the King and Checkmate

Tomorrow night, the Penguins (37-14-2, 1st Metropolitan) square off against the Los Angeles Kings (30-19-6, 3rd Pacific Division).  Los Angeles is clearly in a more competitive division than the Penguins as they trail the Sharks and the Ducks in the standings.  The Penguins are coming off a 3-0 shutout victory  over the Buffalo Sabres, while the Kings…

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Winning Feels Like a Big Buffalo; Losing Big Cuts Like a Sabre

It seems like when the Penguins win, they win big; however, when they lose, they lose big too.  They are coming off of a 3 goal shutout against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.  The Buffalo Sabres are coming off of 4 losses in a row where they scored 3 goals and still lost.  The Penguins…

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Long Star Livin’

Anyone who knows anything about Texas knows that Texas is the Lone Star state.  It flies its flag everywhere like it is still a separate country.  The Pittsburgh Penguins will travel to Texas tomorrow night to face the Dallas Stars.  Both teams have bounced back with 2 major wins after suffering an annihilating loss.  See…

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Long, Long Island

The Penguins will travel tonight to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.  Tonight will be the final, regular season meeting between the Penguins and the Islanders.  In all the previous three match-ups, each of the games came down to the wire, and were decided by one goal. October 25: Islanders 4 Penguins 3 November…

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Canadiens de Montréal

Can you speak French?  Well, you don’t have to know French to realize that the Penguins got blown off the ice last night.  While Marc-Andre Fleury is still our best goaltender, he is often criticized for giving up soft goals.  Will this spark the Penguins to put Zatkoff in goal like they did with Tomas…

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The Blackened Panthers

The Penguins are back home at the CONSOL Energy Center tonight ready to leave the Panthers, not just black and old gold, but black and blue.  The Penguins have been idle for 5 days after defeating the Capitals 4-3.  In addition to celebrating the late, great Martin Luther King’s dream, we will also get the…

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Put a Lid on DC

The District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, also has a hockey team by the same name.   The Washington Capitals, members of the Metropolitan Conference, are in second place behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Actually, they trail the Penguins by 17 points, so it is not even close.  Losses are never good, but a loss tomorrow…

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The Canadian Connection

The Pittsburgh Penguins have two back-to-back away games in Canada.  Tonight at 10: 00 PM, the Penguins face the slumping Edmonton Oilers.  The Oilers are (1-2) in their last three games: St. Louis Blues (L 5-2) Tampa Bay Lightning (W 5-3) Anaheim Ducks (L 5-2) The Calgary Flames, the Penguins’ Saturday night opponent, are also…

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