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Penguins and the Metropolitan Division

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As the 2013-2014 NHL season draws near, it’s time to look at the Penguins new Division and the teams within.

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Penguins Game Day (Game 21: Hurricanes)

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The Penguins continue their road trip as they make their way to Carolina to face Eric Staal and the Hurricanes. This is the first of three meetings between the two clubs. Carolina currently sits atop their division with 19 points. They have gone 1-4-0 in their last five games and look to end February with a win tonight.

Coming off of a loss to the Panthers on Tuesday, the Penguins need to get back to basics and play better in their zone. The Penguins are in first place in the division and second in the Conference.

Game Time: 7:00 pm est

Penguins(13-7-0) @ Carolina(9-8-1)

What to Watch For

For the first time since being traded last summer, Jordan Staal will face his old team in the Pittsburgh Penguins. As Penguin fans we all know what to expect from Staal, so he is absolutely a player to watch tonight

Just as Jordan Staal is the player to watch for the Canes, Brandon Sutter is the man to watch on the Pens. Sutter came over from the Jordan Staal trade.

Avoid bad Penalties. What appears to be the story of the season, the Penguins found themselves in Penalty trouble during the game against the Panthers which led to 4 power play goals against in their 6-4 loss.

Starting Goaltenders

Penguins-Mar Andre Fleury (10-4-0)

Carolina-Cam Ward (6-6-1)

Penguins Buzz

Keep an eye on Calgary, it is believed if Calgary opts to move Iginla, the Penguins could make a move to acquire him.

Around the League

There is a possibility that the Flyers could be looking for defensive help and one forward they may part ways with is Danny Brier.

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AHL: Checkers continue to lead the South Division

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The Charlotte Checkers continue to find ways to win games and stay atop the South Division and second overall in the Western Conference with a 10-3-0-2 record (22 points). The Charlotte Checkers’ success has stemmed from their success scoring the puck both even-strength and on the power play, where they currently rank first in the American Hockey League, while also playing strong defense to limit the number of opportunities opponents have. (more…)

Alexander Semin shows class with lockout plans

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by Dennis Kane

Denis Brel in St. Petersburg has written a fine piece about what Alexander Semin is up to in Russia. So I’m just going to put my feet up and let my terrific stepson take it away. Many thanks to Denis in “The City that Peter Built.”

By Denis Brel

Alexander Semin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, but of course has yet to skate with them. So he went overseas like others are doing.  Almost every day we hear in the news, and I heard again today, that another NHL star has signed a temporary contract with a KHL team. I think the main thing for most players is to maintain their form, although it’s also good money in the KHL, and many players have decided to return to the club where they played before because it’s a comfortable situation for them (i.e. Ovechkin is playing for his native “Dynamo” Moscow, and Evgeni Malkin of Magnitogorsk Metallurg) (more…)

Big Year or Bust

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Every year there are a small handful of players who need to have a tremendous year or risk losing every last remnant of public respect. Some guys stay in the same place their whole career, which indicates a focus on consistency. Others move on, and after a year or two the glitter is scoured away by the cold light of day. And for a few, their current stop could be their last NHL stop.  Here are four players who must have a big year or possibly risk a number of losing options: face the wrath of the hometown fans, miss the playoffs or risk getting traded. (more…)

NHL Off-season: Winners and Losers

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Every offseason teams lose players. That much is inevitable. Many of these teams just hope that they don’t lose their key players, stars or leaders of their team to the free agent market. Of course, it isn’t always possible to keep these guys because of salary cap considerations and the money they often demand. Alas, if you do lose one of these players, it’s bound to hurt. Not to mention, it’s even worse when you lose a player to free agency, rather than retirement, personal leave or injury. This essentially means that one teams loss becomes another teams gain. With free agency now winding down to a snails pace I’m going to give you my 3 winners and losers of the free agency period. (more…)

AHL signings will push Carolina Hurricanes offense next season

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While most of the focus this offseason has been on the Carolina Hurricanes acquiring forwards Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin to add some much needed top-line offensive support, the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, have also bolstered their offense by resigning many key players for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

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