The news Saturday was all good for some Pittsburgh Penguins fans. Daniel Sprong not only scored a pair of goals, one in the third period, one in overtime, but the Philadelphia Flyers also took another step towards implosion. Even the injury bug which bit defenseman Kris Letang doesn’t appear to have taken a big bite. The only bad news for Penguins fans may have been with the Team Canada selection for the World Juniors.
We’ll start with young Daniel Sprong. The pride of the disaffected, the looping, defensively confused and yet a bit stubborn Penguins prospect who scored four goals in over 40 NHL games with the Penguins but player fans insisted would blossom if only he had more icetime.
Anaheim is giving Sprong a chance. The rose has thorns (a turnover to shot ratio which was less than 2:1) but it also may blossom. Sprong is playing over 14 minutes per night on Anaheim’s third line. Saturday, he scored the tying goal against Columbus in regulation and the three-on-three OT winner (TSN)
We still haven’t found much in-depth Ducks coverage, so that will have to do.
Dave Hakstol may not be long for the Philadelphia Flyers bench. The heat is getting turned up and the Flyers are wilting (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out day-to-day. “It could have been much worse,” said Penguins boss Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh Hockey Now).
The Montreal Canadiens lead the Penguins by a handful of points in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race. The Habs are even ahead of the Boston Bruins now, too. There’s a scrappy underdog, nothing to lose attitude in Montreal and it’s resulting in points (Montreal Gazette)
Vlad Tarasenko on the trade block? The St. Louis Blues are open for business, but surely you can’t be serious? (Sportsnet).
I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.
Fight! It doesn’t matter how sad you are that your team is no longer a Stanley Cup contender. Doesn’t matter how sad you’ve become watching overpriced veterans on their last legs. For several reasons, you just don’t assault the mascot. One of those reasons is–in Chicago, he will kick your arse (NBC Sports Chicago).
Check out the suplex.
And 2018 Penguins second-round draft choice Calen Addison didn’t make the cut for Team Canada. The only Penguins prospect in the World Junior Championship will likely be Filip Hallander of Sweden. (Lethbridge News)