Being a bit of a nerd, I’ve always had a fascination with numbers. And the myriad of today’s ever-evolving hockey statistics truly boggle my mind.
Heck, you can track everything from a player’s zone starts to how their teammates perform with or without them (WOWY). Corsi, Fenwick…the list is endless.
Lately, I’m enamored of a relatively [...]
I’ve never seen one up close. But I’d imagine the injury bug is a mean-lookin’ critter. Kind of a cross between an army ant, a dragonfly and a wasp. With large, layered wings, compound eyes and huge, pincer-like mandibles. Perfect for putting the bite on unsuspecting hockey teams.
It’s sure done a number on our Penguins of late. To the tune [...]
As our Penguins prepare to square off with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in the latest installment of “The Battle of Pennsylvania,” it occurred to me that many younger fans may not understand or fully appreciate the deeply rooted hatred between the two clubs. Especially considering that it’s a kinder, gentler Flyers team we face these days. [...]
The Penguins fell just short of a clean sweep of their swing through Western Canada last night, dropping a taut 4-3 decision to Calgary in a shootout.
“I felt like we had our chances,” said Sidney Crosby, who snapped a seven-game goal drought with his league-best 35th tally of the season. “But it was a pretty good hockey game both ways.”
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Not according to my admittedly flawed crystal ball.
Starting with a physical clash with the revenge-minded Winnipeg Jets, the Penguins by all rights should be struggling on this road trip. Not thriving.
Road weary, rather than road warriors.
Instead, they’ve won five in a row to pull within a point of t [...]
From opposite sides of the ice, the two players glided toward the faceoff circle. Knees flexed, bent over at the waist, sticks resting across their legs. One clad in Pittsburgh gold, black and white. The other in blue, orange and white.
Eighty-seven vs. ninety-seven. The Old Kid vs. the New Kid. Sidney Crosby vs. Connor McDavid.
The much ant [...]