WASHINGTON D.C. — The Pittsburgh Penguins players and coach answered for the trend of lost leads, although not everyone liked the question. The temperature is rising with the Ottawa Senators, who had to play short-handed in the first game of the season and without two of their top three centers. There are a lot of angry emojis being sent regarding Senators GM Pierre Dorion. The NHL trade market could be spinning, with a few teams needing goaltending and a few keeping three. And Rick Tocchet is keeping the boys in line after a resounding win.
Road trip No. 1. Once a year, I get to take the nighttime monument walk. It is my favorite part of any road trip. The monuments are simultaneously humbling and inspiring.
For those of you too young to have known them, let me tell you about the greatest generation.
They saved the world.
Under a hail of machine gun fire, they stormed the beaches of Europe. They stopped a madman who murdered 6 million Jews and captured an entire continent. They… pic.twitter.com/ewJ7dWEiII
— Dan Kingerski (@TheDanKingerski) October 13, 2023
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Blowing third period leads was why the Penguins missed the playoffs last season. So, I asked the several players and coach Mike Sullivan — how do you stop that from becoming a trend this season? It wasn’t an entirely popular question, but here’s the full story from the Penguins locker room.
The Penguins play the Washington Capitals tonight. You know what that means — Alex Ovechkin blasting away on the power play. So, how exactly will the Penguins’ penalty kill stop it?
If you enjoy Matt Canada criticism, here you go — Another day, another former NFL’er slamming Matt Canada’s offense.
The offense could use all the help it can get, and next weekend, they should get Diontae Johnson back.
The stat is telling. Seriously, check out how good Joey Porter Jr. has been.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now:
Danny Demelio hits this one out of the park. Yes, this offseason must look much different for Ben Cherrington and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Arizona Fall League is in full swing, and we’re following the Pirates’ prospects.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now
TSN Insiders: The NHL trade market is going in reverse for goalies as teams hang on to third goalies rather than waive them. Kent Johnson was benched in Columbus, and perhaps most directly affecting the Penguins, the water is starting to boil in Ottawa. The Senators wore down and lost their opener because they played with less than 18 players due to salary cap issues.
I’m pretty sure I cursed the Senators. In my dynasty league last summer, I traded Evgeni Malkin for Josh Norris and some goodies. Who would have thought Malkin would be the one still standing? However, you’re welcome, Penguins fans.
Boston Hockey Now: The Edmonton Oilers are a team with Stanley Cup dreams but potentially a glaring issue in net. Will they call the Bruins about Linus Ullmark? The Bruins trade chatter.
Washington Hockey Now: Bold predictions. T.J. Oshie. Darcy Kuemper. What will become of the Washington Capitals?
Philly Hockey Now: The orange and black began their season well. Sean Couturier is back and played over 20 minutes. Sam Carchidi has the important takeaways from the Philadelphia Flyers win.
New Jersey Hockey Now: New Jersey won their first game, and GM Tom Fitzgerald looks better by the day. How much will Luke Hughes play? What about Alexander Holtz’s demotion? And the season projections in the New Jersey Devils mailbag.
Detroit Hockey Now: Another team to keep an eye on–can the Detroit Red Wings take the next step?
Montreal Hockey Now: If Columbus is putting defensemen on the NHL trade block, then Marc Dumont says the Montreal Canadiens should be all in.