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Dan’s Daily: The Shocking Rangers, Offseason Penguins Needs

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Pittsburgh Penguins sellout over

Well, color me shocked. The New York Rangers, who were down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins (and should have been bounced), and 2-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes (but owned the rest of the series), are now galloping toward the Stanley Cup Final after winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final. The Hurricanes will try to re-sign Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter, Carey Price will try to play next season, and Dave Molinari looked at one of the Penguins’ offseason needs.

I must admit, I was surprised Dave omitted one name that I would have included, but he also unearthed one name I never thought of that makes great sense. It’s interesting to have a colleague who can do the same things I’ve been doing for several years. New perspectives!

The name I would have included was Zach Aston-Reese.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: One of the main reasons the Rangers got past the Penguins was special teams. The Penguins PK was lost at sea. There are some free agents who could help, from Tyler Bozak to Nate Thompson–take a look. Offseason needs, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 3 of the WCF is tonight, and DraftKings offers a $150 payout for a $5 bet. If you can’t enjoy watching that series, hockey isn’t for you! Get the latest DraftKings promo.

NHL Playoffs, News & National Hockey Now:

NHL.com: The city of Tempe voted to allow the Arizona Coyotes and a developer to negotiate. Yipee! Crack open the Diet Shasta. It’s a party up in here! The sides can negotiate!

Sarcasm too much? The NHL needs to end that debacle posthaste. Imagine any NFL or NBA team playing in a small college spot? At least MLB tried to grow the game by putting the Expos in Puerto Rico, but that lasted only one season, not several. It’s yet another reminder to hockey fans that we’re small potatoes.

Carolina hopes to re-sign Trocheck and Niederreiter. Hopes, anyway

Sportsnet: The New York Rangers won Game 2 at MSG and lead the series, 2-0. The Rangers’ best players are outdueling the Tampa Bay Lightning’s best players.

Montreal: Carey Price wants to play next season, but IF he can is a big question. Lots going on here–he won the Masterton Trophy on Friday, and the Canadiens are still up in the air. Montreal Canadiens news.

Boston: Oh boy, the Bruins’ blue line is decimated. A third defenseman will miss a chunk of next season due to offseason surgery. Charlie McAvoy is the latest and is out six months. Boston Bruins issues.

Colorado: The Avs are also up 2-0 in the WCF. Hockey Now has a pair of reporters in Edmonton as the Avalanche can all but end the series with a win. The Colorado Avalanche are ready.

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Vince Gori
Vince Gori
2 months ago

Yeah ZAR was a great observation. We gave up a good PK and Simon for a player that Trouba knocked out of the playoffs. The penalty killing went from bad to worse when Boyle got hurt checking Trouba in Game 6 (go figure). Trouba is the common denominator. The inability to kill penalties resulted in the Rangers resurgence. The problem with accepting this is so many “Pens” fans hated ZAR and Simon to Jack Johnson levels. By the way, he is still trending towards the Cup Finals with the Avs. He was another player who had value if used correctly.

Bachinga
Bachinga
2 months ago
Reply to  Vince Gori

You have offered facts where none are wanted…

Katherine Verbeke
Katherine Verbeke
2 months ago

One play that should have not happened and the Rangers would not have gotten past Pittsburgh. We all know what I am saying.

Zibby
Zibby
2 months ago

“ The New York Rangers, who were down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins (and should have been bounced”

Good lord. I have never seen someone so salty about being outplayed by a superior team.

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Zibby

The rangers, DID NOT OUT PLAY THE PENS. You must be a fool down to your core to think that new York is a superior team. Salty? Please.

Zibby
Zibby
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Yes, you are salty. It is the end of an era. The Penguins are no longer a competitive team for the cup (as evidenced by their round 1 elimination) and the Rangers are. Cry.

Bachinga
Bachinga
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Shesterkin makes any of the half dozen saves he should have made over the first two games then you’d be nodding in agreement…

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Zibby

Lets put some pepper out here. Pens scored 29 goals against New York. One more than the ‘superior’ rangers. Isn’t that a daisy?

Zibby
Zibby
2 months ago
Reply to  James

The NHL has this crazy system where the team who plays better and wins 4/7 games gets to advance. Yes, the Pens were outplayed. You may continue to cope.

Also, the Rangers scored 20 goals in round two of the playoffs. The Penguins scored zero. The Rangers have scored 9 goals in round 3 of the playoffs so far, while the Penguins have scored zero. Isn’t that a daisy?

Oh yes, and don’t forget the Pens blowing a 3-1 series lead, twice, not to mention blowing numerous games with goal leads. Maybe the AHL is more their speed these days.

Last edited 2 months ago by Zibby
NickY
NickY
2 months ago
Reply to  Zibby

Rangers won’t win the cup Zibby so it doesn’t matter. Statistically the pens outplayed the rangers. Have you seen the analytics. Also the Pens have 3 cups with Crosby. You will have none with the current group in New York. There is absolutely no way they beat the Avs IF they beat Tampa.

Zibby
Zibby
2 months ago
Reply to  NickY

If the Rangers didn’t outplay the Penguins, why did the Penguins lose 4 games?

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