The turkey is on the table, as Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange says. The Montreal Canadiens have lost two straight and the Carolina Hurricanes also lost, Friday night. The Penguins finally have a chance for separation. The Arizona Coyotes tried to make a post-deadline trade, and the time is nigh for Erik Karlsson.
We’ll start with a surprisingly good hockey parody song. A Sharks fan wants to see the teal-and-white ink Karlsson to a deal and has made a strong pitch (NBC Sports SF)
BTW–I’ve before never seen a hockey player walk up for a media scrum, not like the first question and walk away like that. That was Ken Campbell of The Hockey New which Karlsson burned.
I’m shocked. The Toronto media has not yet made an inferno of the Auston Matthews benching and potential friction with Mike Babcock. I sure would; morning, noon and night. However, there’s not yet one story on it. Kasperi Kapanen admitted their line is mediocre (Sportsnet)
The Arizona Coyotes checked into making a post-deadline trade after Derek Stepan was injured–ANOTHER injury in Arizona, yet they’re only three points out of the playoffs (Nichols on Hockey)
Ridiculous stat stumbled across during research: Since 2014, Jack Johnson is 3-for-5 in shootout attempts. I wouldn’t have guessed either.
Gabriel Landeskog is injured and with his absence may go the Colorado Avalanche playoff hopes (Mile High Hockey)
Mark Stone officially signed his eight-year, $76 million contract. However, the more interesting story in Vegas was the VGK reaction to the near-goalie fight between Marc-Andre Fleury and David Rittich. Fleury challenged the big Calgary netminder, who chose not to cross the red line. It was no laughing matter in Vegas, however– (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
I don’t think Nate Schmidt was joking when he said he would have tackled Fleury but man, that would have been awesome either way.
And in full disclosure, I have been impressed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Offensive hot streaks and goalie streaks, come and go but playing hard, honest hockey is legitimate. And the Penguins are finally legit, again (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And check out our latest Penguins Live Chat–TONS of questions came rolling in, Friday. Had a lot of fun (PHN)