The Pittsburgh Penguins squashed the Seattle Kraken, who were never really in the game despite a close score for most of the game. We’ve got a full analysis from both Dave Molinari and me. We’ve also got the mid-season report card. On the national scene, the Penguins are in the conversation about buying or selling at the NHL trade deadline. Also, in the Daily, Marc-Andre Fleury finally got his historic win. Will Leon Draisaitl stick around in Edmonton? And we have a wild story involving a Shoresy actor/former NHL player who played in an ECHL game and decided to drop the gloves.
If you haven’t seen Letterkenny or Shoresy, I highly recommend them on Hulu, but only if you like wildly inappropriate humor, clever gags, and puns. I, of course, love it. The hockey slang is pretty thick. You may need subtitles for a while, no joke.
I’d like to welcome all of the Steelers fans who will begin showing up today. Pittsburgh has this odd thing in which many Steelers fans can’t be distracted from the team in season, but fortunately show up in January to remind me of all the ways in which I’m completely wrong. God Bless you, kind citizens.
We’ll do a Penguins live chat today at 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins had control from the beginning. Even if they didn’t put away Seattle until the end, control was never in doubt. Sidney Crosby and Tristan Jarry starred. Get the Penguins recap.
PHN+: The full and in-depth dive. From Seattle’s big tactical mistake to how the Penguins took advantage and the player grades. Get the Penguins report card.
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Cutting out the dumb: Watch the video version of the Penguins postgame.
Dave Molinari does the six-pack after games. His angles on the game and team. What’s prodding Tristan Jarry, and Sidney Crosby goes to one knee. Get Dave’s Penguins takeaways.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now
NHL.com: The story, the highlights, and the teammates mob Marc-Andre Fleury for the historic win.
32 Thoughts podcast: Friedman rehashed the Jake Guentzel trade talk but got deeper into Calgary, Ottawa, and Drew Doughty’s replies to trade proposals on Twitter.
Montreal Hockey Now: GM Kent Hughes discussed the NHL trade market and the Canadiens’ lack of elite forwards. Stiff questions for the Montreal Canadiens GM.
What happens with Leon Draisaitl this summer? He’ll have one year left on his contract and can start negotiating on July 1. Will he choose to stick around in Edmonton? Mark Spector tackled the biggest superstar contract uncertainty since William Nylander peered into the free agency abyss.
Boston Hockey Now: Goalie Jeremy Swayman had to go through an arbitration hearing last summer and hear all of the reasons that he wasn’t good enough for the money he wanted. Now he’s in the All-Star game, and he sent a little message to the Boston Bruins.
Metro Division/Eastern Conference Playoffs
Philly Hockey Now: No help for the Penguins. The St. Louis Blues were no match for the Flyers, who swept a three-game road trip. It turns out Jamie Drysdale has been pretty good for the orange and black, and the Philadelphia Flyers keep winning.
NYI Hockey Now: Mathew Barzal and Noah Dobson are at the head of the class when Andrew Fantucchio dished his mid-season grades for the New York Islanders.
Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings aren’t going away. After a dip, they’ve kept pace and even lept into a playoff spot briefly on Sunday. However, bad news in Motown as Patrick Kane is injured.
TSN: Former NHL player Terry Ryan, who is now part of the cast of the gritty hockey comedy Shoresy on Hulu, still skates several times per week. On his 47th birthday, the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL were a bit shorthanded and signed him for a game. He not only played, but the dude dropped the mitts!