I love hockey. It is easily the most watchable sport on television due to the continuous action and high definition now allowing the viewer to more easily see the puck. However, after the disappointment of last week for the Penguins, I could not be happier that the All Star break is up on us. Watching hockey last week just wasn't fun. It did remind me though how fortunate we are as Penguins fans that we have a successful franchise to root for. While it was a bad week, it was only a week. There are teams out there that do what the Pens did last week on a regular basis (looking at you Edmonton and Buffalo).
Metro Games to Watch This Week
Sunday, January 25 - All Star Game
Tuesday, January 27 - New York Rangers @ New York Islanders
Wednesday, January 28 - Pittsburgh Penguins @ Washington Capitals
Last Week: 2-1
Tuesday, January 27 vs. New York Rangers
Swagger. This team has it (and boy will their fans let you know about it). The top team in the Metro at the break may have lost to Montreal last Saturday night, but they beat the snot out of the Penguins and put up a touchdown on the Flyers in their other two contests. The Isles have scored at least 4 goals in their last 5 games, with the fifth being a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. I'm really starting to not like this team.
Last Week: 0-2-2Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 20 vs. Winnipeg Jets
Wednesday, January 21 vs. Washington Capitals
Friday, January 16 - Scott Wilson sent down to AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Friday, January 16 - Scott Harrington called up from AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Tuesday, January 20 - Bobby Farnham called up from AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Wednesday, January 21 - Bobby Farnham sent down to AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Wednesday, January 14 - Derrick Pouliot called up from AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton
Simon Despres - illness
Evgeni Malkin - undisclosed
Kris Letang - undisclosed
Well that didn't go well, to say the least. To add insult to injury (pun intended), Evgeni Malkin will skip the All Star game with an undisclosed injury and Kris Letang is out indefinitely with also an undisclosed injury. Nothing will bring out the tin foil hats like the words "indefinitely" and "undisclosed". I hope yinz brought some Tums because it looks like twitter is gonna get spicy from the hot takes.
Last Week: 3-1-0Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 27 @ New York Islanders
Transactions: Marc Staal - contract extended, 6 year contract extension
Tanner Glass - Upper Body
The Rangers continue to play excellent hockey and have moved above the Capitals to take over third place in the Metro division. The only team that they can't seem to figure out are the Islanders with whom they have a showdown the first game back from the break.
Last Week: 0-2-1Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 27 @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Wednesday, January 28 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (woot)
Sunday, January 18 - Steve Oleksy sent down to AHL Hershey
One thing that Penguins fans can feel ok about is that the Caps had just as bad of a week as the Pens. Even with 3 losses over the past week, Washington is still 6-2-2 during the month of January. Maybe last week was Washington cooling off just a bit, or maybe it was just a bump in the road. We'll see on January 28.
Last Week: 2-2-0Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 27 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Saturday, January 17 - Jason Akeson called up from AHL Lehigh Valley
Monday, January 19 - Oliver Lauridsen called up from AHL Lehigh Valley
Monday, January 19 - Brandon Manning called up from AHL Lehigh Valley
Monday, January 19 - Oliver Lauridsen sent down to AHL Lehigh Valley
Monday, January 19 - Brandon Manning sent down to AHL Lehigh Valley
Scott Laughton - Upper Body
Nick Schultz - Upper Body
Braydon Coburn - Lower Body
The Flyers remain at the top of the bottom feeders while playing .500 hockey. This team (unlike the Philadelphia 76ers) won't give up on the season, but the front office has to be realistic and make some decisions about this team coming up to the trading deadline.
Last Week: 2-2-0Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 27 vs. Washington Capitals
Thursday, January 15 - Josh Anderson called up from AHL Springfield
Sunday, January 18 - Sean Collins sent down to AHL Springfield
Jeremy Morin - Upper Body
Sergei Bobrovsky - Leg
Columbus is beginning to move up the standings a bit, but the hole that they dug themselves is too deep to make it to the playoffs. If Columbus is as good of a hockey town as they claim to be, lets see if anyone cares about this team after the All Star festivities this weekend.
Last Week: 1-1-0Upcoming Games:
Wednesday, January 28 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Tuesday, January 20 - Joe Whitney sent down to AHL Albany
Yawn. #JagrWatch with the Penguins is most likely dead on arrival, but he is going to be moved at some point and that is the only thing to talk about with this team.
Last Week: 2-1-0Upcoming Games:
Tuesday, January 27 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tuesday, January 20 - Ryan Murphy - sent down to AHL Charlotte
The Hurricanes have been playing solid hockey over the past two weeks. It looks as if they have found a good coach for this squad in Bill Peters as they are playing hard despite their woeful position in the standings. The team will sell off some pieces, but if they continue to play well, they shouldn't break up their core players.
Malakai's Musing for the Week
What is the NHL's obsession with Fall Out Boy? It was announced earlier this week that Fall Out Boy would be "highlighting" the musical acts at the All Star Game. I know literally no person that actually enjoys Fall Out Boy. And yes I know the definition of literally. Where are all of these people? Did I get old in the past six days or so and not know what is hip anymore? (flat brimmed hats... seriously?!?!?!?) If there is anyone out there that actually is excited to see Fall Out Boy during the All Star Game, I want to hear from you and have you explain why you like this band, because I just don't get it. Enjoy the lighting of the mups I guess.