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Penguins Game Day (Game 4: Jets) Random Notes

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Sorry for not having a post for Game 3 against the Leafs, and sorry for the late post today, been under the weather for a few days.

After two difficult loses the Jets finally were able to come out on top against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday for their first win of the season, so expect the Jets to come out flying high tonight. On the flip side the Penguins lost their first game of the season on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a very disappointing Home Opener in Pittsburgh.Game Time 8:00pm est

Winnipeg 1-1-1

Pittsburgh 2-1-0

The Jets are a young team who are working their way up in the ranks, unfortunately for them they have one of the toughest schedules because even though they are in Winnipeg they are still in the South East Division of the NHL causing them to have more travel than many teams in the league. After two unfortunate and close loses to start off the season, Winnipeg was able to take down the Capitals Tuesday night winning 4-2.

It appears that Pittsburgh is still trying to find itself, even after two BIG wins against Philadelphia and New York to start off the season, the Penguins had their hands full with the Toronto Maple Leafs two nights ago in the burgh falling 5-2. Tomas Vokoun will be getting the start in net tonight and Simone Despres will be a healthy scratch with Ben Love-joy filling his spot. Can the Penguins bounce back and get back on the winning path?

What To Look For

This is Crosby’s first game in Winnipeg since the Jets (Previously the Thrashers) moved there last season. Look for Sid to make an impression and show Canada once again why he is the Best in the World.

Enjoy the environment. The Hockey Fans in Winnipeg are great and passionate and are always loud.

Evander Kane is a very underrated player. last season he led the team in points with 30 goals and 57 points.

Vokoun gets the start tonight, I expect to see Tomas to build off of his success from his last start against the Rangers this past Sunday, look for him to play one of his best games tonight.

Tyler Kennedy is replacing Tangradi on the second line. I do not like this move as Kennedy has not showed much potential besides being an above average third liner. Tangradi moves down to the fourth line and Tanner Glass moves to the third. Will the line shifts affect what little chemistry the team had?

Penalties. If you wanted one word to explain why the Pens lost on Wednesday that is the word. Penalties. Not that they let up a ton of goals while on the PK, but they were never able to get to there game from the second period on because they were shorthanded more times than not.

Prediction

I like the Jets I look forward to seeing them succeed one day, but tonight will be all Penguins. After the debacle on Wednesday the Pens will come out looking to redeem themselves, with Kennedy now on the second line with Malkin and Neal maybe they can get on the board again.

Penguins win  6 – 2

Penguins Side Note

The team made some minor league trades over the past couple days, my take on this is they are out there talking to teams to see whats available and what we have that teams would want. Rumblings around the team are Shero is looking for a winger and Despres could be the key piece in a deal if it were to happen. Is that why he is a healthy scratch tonight?

Around the League

Two of the biggest stories in the NHL right now are P.K. Subban and Roberto Luongo, over the last few days I have been seeing A LOT about the Flyers looking to acquire one or both players. Could get interesting in the Atlantic Division very quickly.

Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars Agree to a 5 yr $5.24 million contract. Great Deal for both sides, now Hopefully ownership builds around him.

- Robert

 

 

 

 

Robert Slavinsky

Pittsburgh Penguins writer for hockeytracker.net. Since my childhood I have followed hockey, from the years of The Great One up to The Next One I have followed the fastest sport on ice. Growing up in Pittsburgh PA, I have had the privilege to witness some of Hockey's Greats. Since the days of Le Magnifique no other team in Pittsburgh has mattered to me but the Penguins.