The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the all-time consecutive win streak at 17, but the record is in jeopardy of falling to the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver Canucks coach Rick Tocchet, a member of the 1992-93 Penguins team that set the record, candidly hoped the Oilers lose. Shelly Anderson critically examined Evgeni Malkin’s value to the Penguins. The NHL All-Star Game had its little draft to select teams, and I’m not sure anyone cared, but we’ve got the NHL trade rumor roundup.
I guess I struck a chord when I mentioned I’ve been holed up this week (working) but also addicted to the Unsolved Mysteries Channel on Fubo. I know the Comcast gods have upped the price to watch Penguins and Pirates games, but Pittsburgh Sportsnet is on the base packages in Fubo. I’m quite pleased with it, and you can check out the packages here: Fubo TV.
The Fubo app is much easier to use, too.
When will the major sports leagues realize the world has dramatically changed and All-Star games are just not interesting? We get 24/7 hockey coverage with games on every day and interviews with star players trying not to say anything. We don’t really need a four-day weekend of it.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What is Evgeni Malkin’s value to the Pittsburgh Penguins? Is it reduced to mere sentimentality, or is it still good business? Before you comment, I’d check out this good piece of Penguins analysis.
Kings of the mushy middle. The new PHN Eastern Conference power rankings are out, and the Penguins are where they should be. Check out who’s No. 1 and where the Penguins rank.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now
Calgary Hockey Now: The buzzards are circling. The fallout from the Elias Lindholm trade is that others are headed out the door, and the NHL trade rumors are spinning.
If you follow hockey writers on Twitter, follow Trevor Neufeld. He’s doing a bang-up job there in Calgary, but he previously worked in near anonymity for a smaller outlet. He deserves some follows.
Philly Hockey Now: He’s not on the NHL trade block, but … he could be. With the playoffs a possibility but a rebuild underway, what will Philadelphia Flyers GM Daniel Briere do? He is taking calls on center Scott Laughton.
Sam Carchidi writes that the next five weeks will be critical for the Philadelphia Flyers‘ future.
Want to know why the Flyers can give up the playoffs this season to get stronger in the future but the Penguins really can’t? Three Stanley Cups and Hall of Famers. If Philly had those assets and the trophy case, they’d be thinking differently, too.
Buffalo Hockey Now: Should the Buffalo Sabres opt to go after disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets prospect David Jiricek? Our Jason Moser was on WGR 550 in Buffalo to discuss. Interesting…very interesting NHL trade target.
Sportsnet: Rick Tocchet was a member of one of the greatest teams of all time, the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. They were so good it was scary. But they didn’t bring their best in the playoffs. However, leading up to the postseason, that team went on an amazing 17-game winning streak. The Oilers are at 16. Tocchet says no. He doesn’t want the Oilers to break the record.
TSN: The 2018 Team Canada World Juniors players will face one count of sexual assault on Monday. New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod will also face a second charge. It will be in court on Monday.