Category: Metropolitan Division

Vancouver Canucks: John Tortorella to face disciplinary hearing with NHL

John Tortorella, Vancouver Canucks

At the drop of the first puck in Hockey Night In Canada’s battle between Western Conference rivals the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, gloves were dropped, punches were thrown, and coaches were distraught. When the first period bell rang to…

Washington Capitals cling to playoff spot despite average results

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals.

Perhaps the most grateful of all teams in the NHL’s easy going Eastern Conference is the Washington Capitals. Despite going 3-3-4 in their last ten games, including a 2-1 Sunday shootout loss to the lowly Buffalo Sabres, the Caps continue…

Pittsburgh Penguins: Team Canada says “yes” to Chris Kunitz and “no” to James Neal

Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

OK. We’ve had a few days to relax and think things over. Team Canada though. They picked Sidney Crosby’s right-hand man – the beneficiary of his superb talents – yet, superstar James Neal was not chosen. Most Penguins fans I’ve…

Pittsburgh Penguins: Pascal Dupuis suffers knee injury

Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that first-line winger Pascal Dupuis will miss significant time with a knee injury. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , the veteran will undergo ACL surgery in two weeks time. Dupuis was having another strong season before…

Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson obliterates Brayden Schenn

Recent history between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers is laden with violence and heartbreak. In a game earlier this season, amidst a severely lopsided Caps victory, a brawl materialized in the third period after Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds went…

New York Rangers: Marc Staal concussion woes return

Marc Staal, New York Rangers

Of the three Staal brothers who’ve played significant time in the NHL, Marc is the least acclaimed, and the only one who doesn’t have his name on the Stanley Cup. Another distinguishing article of Marc Staal’s career is his ongoing…

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal hit with 5 game suspension for knee to head of Bruins’ Brad Marchand

James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been suspended 5-games by the National Hockey League for his knee to the head of Boston Bruin forward Brad Marchand. The incident occurred in a violent first period Saturday night between the two Eastern…

Pittsburgh Penguins: James Neal faces hearing for knee today

James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins.

In a wildly violent game Saturday night between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins, James Neal kneed a vulnerable Brad Marchand in the head. Today Neal will face discipline from the league for his actions. Neal hearing Monday…Phaneuf Tuesday…Thornton…

New Jersey Devils: Ryane Clowe practices with team for first time since suffering concussion

New Jersey Devils.

Forward Ryane Clowe took part in the New Jersey Devils morning skate today after missing a lengthy period of time with a concussion. The power-forward signed a five-year deal worth $24.25 million with the Devils last offseason. Since signing, Clowe…

Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby plays in 500th career game

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby played in his 500th career NHL game last night against the San Jose Sharks, and in typical dramatic fashion, he played hero with a great performance. The Sharks entered the game as arguably the best…