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NHL News: Evgeni Malkin accessed game misconduct after “hit” on TJ Oshie

Well, here we are again. Another suspend him or not article. This may be a weekly edition to be honest. Every hit in the NHL may be a suspension at this point. Right when I saw the Malkin “hit” on Oshie, I knew it was going to be a huge deal and probably a suspension just looking at the track record of the NHL this season. For those that did not see the play here you go.

The header photo makes it look bad right? Well watch the play and then judge. Also if you have never played a sport(especially hockey) in your life please get the f*ck out of here, leave your opinion to yourself because you do not know anything about the game or sports.

Malkin was coming into the zone, clearly saw Oshie was coming to hit him, moved the puck to his supporting winger and as Oshie was going to hit Malkin, Malkin braced for the hit and hit Oshie before Oshie could do anything to Malkin. Now, does he make contact with his head, yes. But Oshie was the one going after Malkin in Malkin’s eyes. Malkin did not hit with his elbow, it was clear bracing for the hit, tensed his shoulder up and made contact with Oshie. Also if you look at Oshie’s eyes he is not even going after Malkin it looks like, ok now what? You think Malkin is thinking that when he sees a guy skating towards him? No, he is thinking “this guy going to blow me up. Protect self.” (Malkin’s Russian btw) therefore he did what his NORMAL HUMAN instinct told him to do, protect myself. I do see the validation for a five-minute major, maybe not a suspension. The only reason this is major worthy is because Oshie did get hit in the head and the point of contact was the head, but Malkin was protecting himself, he had no idea Oshie was trying to get the puck and not hit him. If anything leave it as it is, game misconduct and ejection. Please let’s not modernize this game any more.

The reason this should be left as is because the referees stepped up and made the call they did what they were suppose to do and stopped it from escalating any further. We saw Michael Matheson hit Elias Pettersson and get no call and then suspended later on, say they called it and ejected him right there and then it may have gone a different way. I think this is a dangerous play but he was protecting himself, don’t have your head down no matter what and the referees did a good job calling it in the moment, not three days later.

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Rangers look to play spoiler hockey vs Pittsburgh

It is clear as day that the Rangers are in fact out of the playoff hunt. Yes many of us knew that when it was the trade deadline and they traded nearly half their team. Some do not want to come to grips with the fact the Rangers may be a borderline playoff team for the next three years but that is ok. The Rangers since facing the reality that they will not be in the playoffs for the first time in 12-years have certainly been playing better. They are 4-4-2 in their last ten games and since their skid, they have won 5 of their last 7 games.

Rangers top guys, Hayes, Spooner clicking.

As a whole the Rangers are playing much better, possibly due to no pressure anymore, guys playing to make a statement next year or just wanting to be a spoiler hockey team the Rangers have been on the right road to close things out for the regular season. The production of Kevin Hayes has been amazing, Hayes has really surged into a top goal scorer for this team and cracked 20-goals on the year, the first time in his four-year career thus far. Also to mention, Ryan Spooner and Vladislav Namestnikov have been great additions to this Rangers team, in the last two weeks of play these have combined for 13 points, Spooner tallying 10 and Nanmestnikov tallying 3 points.

The future of the Rangers backend. It’s pretty bright. 

The Rangers also are showing some bright spots out of young defenseman like Neal Pionk and John Gilmour who since coming to the team have played a major role, as well stepping into top four defenseman minutes. Gilmour has slotted around 19 minutes per game, and has added 2 goals, 2 assists. While Pionk has been the brightest spot on the blue line aside from Brady Skjei, Pionk has slotted upwards of almost 20 minutes since coming to the team as well has tallied, 6 assists on the year. Cannot forget about the future of the Rangers crease, Alexander Georgiev who since coming to the team has started in five games and in those five games he has allowed 3 or fewer goals four out of the five. On the season he is posting 2 wins, 2.73 goals against and .930 save percentage. The future seems to be looking bright here for the Big Apple.

Little about the Penguins top guns. They’re good. 

Onto, the juggernaut and Stanley Cup favorites yet again, the Penguins. The Penguins have done the opposite of what the Rangers have done since the All-Star break they have been on fire and have shot all the way up in the rankings to now second in the Metro by one point. The Penguins play of Evgeni Malkin has certainly been the reason why they are this good lately, Malkin has won player of the month, player of the week twice and has tallied 9 goals and 15 assists in the last month of play. Now, throw in the best player in hockey Sidney Crosby, who has 14 points in the last month of play, on top of one of the best shooters in hockey, Phil Kessel with 4 goals, 9 assists in the last month of play. Yeah, it is pretty impossible to beat this team.

No Murray, No Problem.

The Penguins come into this game with Matt Murray still sidelined, although that won’t matter due to Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith holding down the fort quite well, plus having guys like I mentioned above in front of you, whoever is in this crease gets some solid support. The Penguins are 6-4-0 in their last ten games, coming off a win Sunday night vs Dallas, the Penguins are well rested and will be ready to come out flying tonight. They are 14-18-3 this season and in the last month of play, they’ve played five home games winning three of them. Even during a stretch of only four games in a month out of the 17 games they have played they have won 12 of those games. The Penguins have certainly pushed themselves into the conversation of possibly being three-peat Stanley Cup winners.

Penguins vs Rangers…

The Penguins and Rangers have faced off three times already this year and this will mark their final meeting. The Penguins currently hold the season series 2-1, winning in overtime once at the beginning of the year, dropping their second meeting at home and then beating the Rangers 5-2 two months ago. The history is rich between these two teams but with the Rangers being non-contenders this game is not so interesting to many. The Penguins are certainly the favorites here tonight but who knows with how the Rangers have been playing as of late, maybe they come out flying from the start, wanting to play some spoiler hockey vs the Penguins.

And….. The Penguins are back

I was for sure hoping for a Vegas win Tuesday night, but the Penguins came out and buried five goals on a team that has allowed four-plus goals, only ten times this season. The Penguins are fully and 100 percent back and ready to take the first round of the playoffs by storm, then beat Washington in the second round, then make the Conference finals. And, I’m ready to die.

The Penguins have picked up their play over the last month, winning 11 of 15 games, and four of their last five, which has landed them in second place in the Metropolitan division. I’m fully ready to flip my laptop in the middle of the class(yeah I’m writing in class, whatever), my head is ready to explode thinking about the Penguins being back.

God, why did I, matter of fact, any of us think the Penguins were actually at some point not going to be this good at some point or another? (don’t even lie you thought the Pens were done). The fact we all may have legitimately thought the Penguins were going to be a wildcard or borderline wild card team all season, wow way to go, everyone, we are all more idiotic then we thought.

Even when starting three different goalies over the last month, the Penguins have managed to cause this uprising in the standings, push themselves four points away from the Capitals for first place and now the Capitals start to hold their breath, knowing their one kryptonite are back and breathing down their throats for the division lead.

It all starts with the big three, not the big-three you’re thinking, none of that phony, boring basketball stuff, I’m talking the BIG-THREE. Malkin, Crosby, Kessel. Malkin has won the player of the month(January), tallying 12 goals, and 7 assists. Won player of the week, last week tallying 6 goals and 2 assists in three games. Phil Kessel is now one point behind Kucherov for the league lead in points(65) and over the last month has 6 goals 12 assists, over the last week has 3 goals and 3 assists and now has a six-game point streak. Crosby has 2 goals 15 assists over the last month and four assists over the last week, also coming off a 7-game point streak.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin led fun bus and Penguins to second place in Metro division.

This is unreal, I hate myself for actually thinking the Penguins could actually not make the playoffs, sure Matt Murray with two wins, a 4.00 goals against (GAA) and 50 saves of 58 shots against over the last week and a 3.33 GAA, three wins and 90 saves on 100 shots over the last month, sure why not let’s win 11 of our last 15 games. Rank ninth for most goals allowed per game(3.00) and sixth in the league for most goals against(165) this season, yeah no big deal Malkin, Crosby, Kessel will just score a million goals and bring this team back to a near top ten team in the NHL.

God, the Penguins are back and I never want to watch hockey again. See you tomorrow, or later. I am distraught.

NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins 2017-18 Preview, Healthy Letang, What’s in Store..

Pittsburgh Penguins(2nd Metropolitan Division, 50-21-11): After back-to-back Stanley Cup seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins are arguably one of the more successful teams in the NHL. With three Stanley Cup victories in eight seasons, the Penguins continue to become one of the more “disliked” teams in the NHL as well. With a roster filled with star power and depth, the Penguins have edged their way into NHL history. Led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the best forwards in the NHL the Penguins have plenty years of success left in them. Although after losing Ron Hainsey and four time Stanley Cup winner Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonino and fan favorite Marc Andre Fleury, the Penguins roster ranks up a bit different next season.

With a few key pieces departing this off-season, the Penguins still have Malkin, Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Justin Schultz, Conor Sheary and Matt Murray. Much of their past success was centered around these seven guys among a few other key pieces the Penguins have the core players they need to remain atop the Metropolitan division. But is a down year in store for Pittsburgh? A less prominent regular season, could the Penguins be a middle of the pack team? Well with these five guys still rostered, they’ll be relied upon heavily by head coach Mike Sullivan.

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  • Sidney Crosby: That one was obvious and let’s get that out of the way. Crosby is the best player in the NHL and after a 44 goal and 89 point season at age 29-years-old, Crosby will be the Penguins forefront for many years. A prominent career filled with trophies, accomplishments, and record breaking numbers, Crosby has no plan on slowing down at age 30. With Sheary re-signed, the two will reunite for another successful season on the Penguins front end.  
  • Evgeni Malkin: Another obvious one, the Penguins roster is difficult to pinpoint and say five guys will make or break this team, especially with Kessel, Guentzel, Sheary, Hornqvist still on the front end the Penguins front end is deep. But Malkin is still expected to lead this on the power play and offensively every season. After 72 points through 62 games and 33 goals last season Malkin will yet again perform with that same efficiency. A full 82 games under his belt the 31-year-old Russian superstar will push this Penguins team deep into the playoffs yet again.
  • Justin Schultz: After “failing” in Edmonton Schultz got claimed by Pittsburgh two years ago, after missing much of the 2015-16 season the right handed slick skating defenseman bounced back last season, producing 51 points in 78 games, with 39 assists and 20 powerplay points. Schultz was re-signed to a hefty extension and is now locked in Pittsburgh for 3 more years. Schultz’s success last season put him on the board among many great NHL defenseman. Schultz’s will be expected to lead this power play once again and be the backbone of Pittsburgh defense especially with an injury ridden Kris Letang.
  • Kris Letang: HOPEFULLY, Letang can remain healthy and if healthy Letang is a top defenseman in the NHL. Letang’s numbers when healthy are among the best in the league, during 2015-16, Letang posted 67 points in 71 games and in 2014-15 posted, 54 points in 69 games. Letang has been injury ridden for much of his career, but expecting to recover fully and be ready for the Penguins start of the season, the Penguins will rely heavily on the 30-year-old defenseman on both the defensive side and offensive side of the puck.
  • Matt Murray: The biggest story of the 2015-16 season was Matt Murray’s playoff performance after stealing the job from Fleury last season during the Conference finals and going onto to win his second cup in two seasons, the Penguins 23-year-old 3rd round pick has emerged as a top goalie in the NHL. With Fleury gone, it’s rightfully so just Murray this season handling all duties in the crease. Murray’s career numbers through 62 games, is a 41-12 record, 2.32 GAA and .925 save percentage. Much of the Penguins success will be mirrored off of how Murray performs in the crease.