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Dan’s Daily: Non-COVID Illness Hits Penguins, Mike Bossy Gravely Ill

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Jason Zucker is in good spirits. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan seemed optimistic about his winger. Yet the hockey gods had to balance any good news with a bit of a poke as several Penguins were out of commission on Monday. Zach Aston-Reese is getting increased ice and opportunity in Anaheim, Carey Price practiced with the team, Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk keeps filling the net, and New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy is in palliative care as it seems there is nothing more doctors can do in his battle against cancer.

Saying goodbye is never easy.

NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders family has said goodbye to a couple of stalwarts this season, Clark Gillies and Jean Potvin. Perhaps the all-time greatest goal scorer in NHL history, Mike Bossy could use a few prayers as he prepares to shuffle off this mortal coil. New York Islanders news.

My favorite games as a wee lad were the Penguins vs. Islanders. I liked the Islanders jerseys, and I knew they were good. However, the lowly Penguins seemed to have the Islanders’ number, or at least that’s how six-year-old me remembers it (Quick research shows the Islanders were 5-2 and 6-1 against the Pens in the two years before Lemieux). Bossy. Trottier. Potvin. John Tonelli. Billy Smith. What a crew.

Godspeed, sir.

Montreal: Carey Price may yet return this season. The future Hall of Fame netminder has been working to recover from injury and personal issues. He took a big step forward by practicing with the team. Montreal Canadiens news.

To the Penguins…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Non-COVID illness hit the Penguins Monday as several players, including Kasperi Kapanen, were absent. At practice, they rolled only three lines. Emergency callups are on the way. Pittsburgh Penguins news.

First, Jason Zucker sounded an optimistic tone on Instagram. Sullivan sounded a similar tone on Monday, and it sure sounds like things could turn out to be the best-case scenario after that scary injury last Thursday. Penguins injury news.

Colorado: The Penguins Tuesday Night Music Club foe is the Avalanche. Bo Byram was recalled and is on the trip. Will he play?? Colorado Avalanche ponderance.

NHL News & National Hockey Now:

Detroit: Is Sergei Federov pro-putin? The potential future coach of the Red Wings, and the current head coach of CSKA Moscow, was photographed in front of a pro-putin sign behind the bench. A picture is worth a thousand words, writes Bob Duff. Detroit Red Wings news.

I suppose if I give Evgeni Malkin a pass on Russian politics, the same courtesy should apply to others. It must be a tough spot for Federov coaching vlad the impaler’s team. Criticize, and you or your family becomes mulch. Support and you violate the basic terms of human decency and forever lose credibility in most of the world. Option #3: Keep silent and hope this goes away.

Washington: For all of the Pittsburgh Penguins fans pontificating with great certainty (pessimism) that the Penguins will be done after the first round (contrary facts be damned), it’s the Capitals who are almost assured of a quick first-round ba-bye. They have no goalie. The crease is again up for grabs. Washington Capitals news.

Philly: Without Claude Giroux around, Kevin Hayes is stepping into the leadership role. Philadelphia Flyers wrap.

Boston: ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here’ contestant (not really) Jake DeBrusk wasn’t traded. Instead, he’s piling up the points for the Boston Bruins, who won again.

DeBrusk has a five-game point streak (6-2-8).

Vegas: OK, for Owen Krepps’s sake, I’m rooting for VGK to make the playoffs. The young man deserves a shot to cover the greatest tournament in the world. Things ain’t so peachy for Vegas, and here are the Vegas Golden Knights updated playoff odds.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Natan
Natan
8 months ago

The playoff teams in the East have been set for some time, although the opening round matchups are far from decided. It is certain that low wildcard Washington will play Florida in the 1st round. We can probably assume that Carolina is not going to collapse and lose their division lead — meaning that they will play the high wildcard — which could be any one of the other 5 teams — all of the other teams are within 2 points of each other. All of a sudden, the Penguins have the least points of those other 5 teams, with… Read more »

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
8 months ago

“Contrary facts be damned”?
There is not one fact that points to anything other than another first round exit. Only opinion. I hope they go all the way to the cup but I dont like their chances against the NYR.
Hopefully tomorrow night’s game will change my mind.
Lets Go PENS!

Sean
Sean
8 months ago

I was 14 when the Penguins took the Islanders to 5 games in 1982, one of the few times that dynasty even faced an elimination game.
Pens lost in OT after blowing a late 3-1 lead. Goalie Michel Dion stood on his head for Pens. That was the last playoff series for Pens until Lemieux era.
I met Butch Goring years later. As a fan, I couldn’t stand the player. Nicest guy in the world.
Prayers to Bossy.