Monday, November 24, 2014

Penguins Game 20 Preview - @ Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

7:00 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Last Penguins Game
November 22, 2014 - New York 4, Pittsburgh 1


Probables

Pittsburgh (13-4-2) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Blake Comeau
Nick Spaling - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Zach Sill - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Christian Ehrhoff
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury

Boston (13-9-0) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Milan Lucic - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Jordan Caron - Alexander Khokhlachev - David Pastrnak
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Defense
Dennis Seidenberg - Torey Krug
Joe Morrow - Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski - Kevan Miller

Goaltender
Tuukka Rask


Stats

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Penguins Game 19 Preview - @ New York Islanders

New York Islanders

7:00 p.m., Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

The Penguins Last Game
November 21, 2014 - New York 5, Pittsburgh 4 (SO)


Probables

Pittsburgh (13-3-2) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Blake Comeau
Nick Spaling - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Zach Sill - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Christian Ehrhoff
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres

Goaltender
Thomas Greiss

New York (13-6-0) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Nikolay Kulemin
Mikhail Grabovski - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee - Ryan Strome - Josh Bailey
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Defense
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltender
Jaroslav Halak


Season Series (Pittsburgh leads 1-0-1)

October 18, 2014 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 1



November 21, 2014 - New York 5, Pittsburgh 4 (SO)




Stats

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Penguins Game 17 Preview - @ Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens

7:30 p.m., Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

The Last Penguins Game
November 15, 2014 - Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 2 (SO)


Probables

Pittsburgh (12-3-1) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Patric Hornqvist - Evgeni Malkin - Nick Spaling
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Blake Comeau - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres
Christian Ehrhoff - Olli Maatta

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury

Montreal (14-4-1) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - P.A. Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust - Lars Eller - Jiri Sekac
Nathan Beaulieu - Manny Malhotra - Dale Weise

Defense
Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Sergei Gonchar
Tom Gilbert - Mike Weaver

Goaltender
Carey Price


Stats

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Penguins Game 16 Preview - vs. New York Rangers

New York Rangers

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Last Penguins Game
November 14, 2014 - Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1


Probables

Pittsburgh (11-3-1) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Patric Hornqvist - Evgeni Malkin - Nick Spaling
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Blake Comeau - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres
Christian Ehrhoff - Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury

New York (7-6-3) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Jesper Fast

Defense
Marc Staal - Dan Boyle
John Moore - Dan Girardi
Matt Hunwick - Kevin Klein

Goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist


Season Series (New York leads 1-0)

November 11, 2014 - New York 5, Pittsburgh 0




Stats

Friday, November 14, 2014

Steelers Game 11 Preview - @ Tennessee Titans

Last week I talked about how the Steelers were coming off a really big win over the Ravens. They were in a stretch of winning their last three games and beating some good teams like the Colts and Ravens. Things seemed to be turning a corner for the Steelers and we were getting to the point where you could maybe talk about them as one of the best teams in the AFC. They were going up against a bad Jets team and in the back of my mind I thought about how awful they have been against bad teams and it was always a possibility that they lost that game. I didn't think they would, but they proved me wrong.

This week it is another bad team. Tennessee might not be as bad as the Jets, in my opinion, but they are still a pretty bad team that has only won two games on the season and one of those wins was against a pretty bad Jaguars team. Other than that win against Jacksonville you have to go back to week one to see their last win. Again, this is a game the Steelers should win by double-digits. If they want to make a serious push at winning the AFC North and being a serious contender in the AFC they have to win this game. They have to beat bad teams. They haven't been able to do that in the recent past but that needs to stop now.

Lets look at the Titans.

Here are the numbers for the Titans offense:

The Titans offense ranks 23rd in the league with an overall DVOA of -8.0% that includes a passing game that is ranked 21st in the league (3.7% DVOA) while the rushing game ranks 18th (-7.2% DVOA)

Passing

Zach Mettenberger
Completions: 45
Attempts: 73
Completion %: 61.6%
Yards: 495
YPA: 6.8
TD: 3
INT: 3
DVOA: -30.3%
DYAR: -94
QBR: 24.8

Rushing

Bishop Sankey
Attempts: 91
Yards: 357
Average: 3.9
Touchdowns: 1
DVOA: 3.4% (16th)
DYAR: 42 (18th)
Success Rate: 48% (17th)

Shonn Greene
Attempts: 49
Yards: 199
Average: 4.1
Touchdowns: 1
DVOA: -15.8%
DYAR: -14

Receiving

Delanie Walker
Receptions: 38
Targets: 64
Yards: 512
Average: 13.5
Touchdowns: 4
DVOA: 4.2% (18th among TE)
DYAR: 46 (15th among TE)
Catch Rate: 60%

Kendall Wright
Receptions: 39
Targets: 60
Yards: 403
Average: 10.3
Touchdowns: 4
DVOA: 10.3% (55th)
DYAR: 11 (55th)
Catch Rate: 65%

Justin Hunter
Receptions: 21
Targets: 51
Yards: 368
Average: 17.5
Touchdowns: 2
DVOA: -6.9% (52nd)
DYAR: 23 (54th)
Catch Rate: 42%

Offensive Line
Adjusted Line Yards: 3.90 (20th)
Power Success: 69% (12th)
Stuffed %: 14% (3rd)

Rushing Frequency:
Left End: 11% (3.85 ALY, 17th)
Left Tackle: 14% (4.33 ALY, 9th)
Middle/Guard: 62% (3.98 ALY, 17th)
Right Tackle: 8% (3.89 ALY, 20th)
Right End: 5% (1.80 ALY, 29th)

Here is a look at the Titans Defense. They rank 27th overall in terms of DVOA at 8.5% while they rank 21st in pass defense (12.8%) and 31st in rushing defense (4.1%).

Here are some of the statistical leaders for the defense:

Michael Griffin
Total Tackles: 63
Solo Tackles: 47
Sacks: 3.0
Passes Defended: 2
Interceptions: 2

Wesley Woodyard
Total Tackles: 58
Solo Tackles: 34
Sacks: 1.0
Passes Defended: 3
Interceptions: 2

Jason McCourty
Total Tackles: 47
Solo Tackles: 42
Sacks: 0.0
Passes Defended: 8
Interceptions: 2

Jurrell Casey
Total Tackles: 37
Solo Tackles: 24
Sacks: 4.0
Passes Defended: 0
Interceptions: 0

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Total Tackles: 47
Solo Tackles: 41
Sacks: 0.0
Passes Defended: 8
Interceptions: 1

Here is a look at the Jets special teams

Kicking

Ryan Succop
Field Goals Attempted: 13
Field Goals Made: 11
Long: 47
1-19: 0-0
20-29: 2-2
30-39: 5-5
40-49: 4-6
50+: 0-0
Extra Points: 15-15

Punting

Brett Kern
Punts: 49
Yards: 2,292
Average: 46.8
Long: 69
Inside 20: 14
Touchback: 5
Fair Catch: 13
Average Return Against: 6.5

Returns

Leon Washington
Kick Return Attempts: 17
Kick Return Yards: 376
Kick Return Average: 22.1
Kick Return Long: 50
Kick Return TD: 0

Dexter McCluster
Punt Return Attempts: 13
Punt Return Yards: 95
Punt Return Average: 7.3
Punt Return Long: 48
Punt Return TD: 0

Prediction: Steelers 27, Titans 16

Penguins Game 15 Preview - @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs

7:30 p.m., Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Last Penguins Game
November 11, 2014 - New York Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 0


Probables

Pittsburgh (10-3-1) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Patric Hornqvist - Evgeni Malkin - Nick Spaling
Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Blake Comeau - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres
Christian Ehrhoff - Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltender
Thomas Greiss

Toronto (9-5-2) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Daniel Winnik - Nazem Kadri - David Clarkson
Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - Mike Santorelli
Richard Panik - Trevor Smith - Josh Leivo

Defense
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak
Morgan Rielly - Stephane Robidas

Goaltender
Jonathan Bernier


Season Series (Pittsburgh leads 1-0)

October 11, 2014 - Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 2




Stats

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Penguins Game 14 Preview - @ New York Rangers

New York Rangers

7:00 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The Last Penguins Game
November 8, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, Buffalo 1


Probables

Pittsburgh (8-2-1) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
Pascal Dupuis - Evgeni Malkin - Blake Comeau
Nick Spaling - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie
Zach Sill - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defense
Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres
Christian Ehrhoff - Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury

New York (6-6-2) [via Dailyfaceoff]

Forwards
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - Lee Stempniak
Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Jesper Fast

Defense
Marc Staal - Kevin Klein
Matt Hunwick - Dan Girardi
John Moore - Mike Kostka

Goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist


Stats