Saturday, February 26, 2011

Penguins Game Day 64 - @ Toronto Maple Leafs

 Toronto Maple Leafs

7:00 p.m., Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Really tough game in Carolina last night. There were a few guys back and it was AK72's first game with the team. I wasn't able to watch much of the game due to work but I did see a couple of the Penguins power plays and he is going to make a different. Having him at the point is going to be a huge asset, but expecting him to fly in the day before and put up three points was pretty unrealistic.

What it interesting about the road trip is that the Penguins are going to be in Toronto tonight, and then play in Toronto again on Wednesday. Back-to-back games in the same city and not a home-and-home. I don't recall seeing this very often at all so this had to have been a slip in the schedule making or just that once in a blue moon type of thing. I could be wrong, but whatever.

Brett Sterling was sent down today. Kind of interesting, but not a real shock. I would rather him get some ice time than being a healthy scratch. Not really deserving to get sent down, but where is he going to play? Not a third or fourth line guy and the way TK is playing you can't sit him.

The Leafs are pushing to be a playoff team this season and are currently tenth in the East. It will be interesting to see how this team makes the push for the playoffs. That should also give these next two games against the Penguins more of a playoff feel to them than a typical Pens/Leafs game over the last couple of years.


Previous matchups:

October 13: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3


December 8: Pittsburgh 5, Toronto 2



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
James Neal - Jordan Staal - Alex Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Chris Conner - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Kris Letang - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
Brian Strait - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc Andre Fleury


The Leafs probables:

Forwards
Clake MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Mike Brown - Darryl Boyce - Colby Armstrong
Fredrik Sjostrom - Tim Brent - Joey Crabb/Jay Rosehill

Defense
Keith Aulie - Dion Phaneuf
Luke Schenn - Carl Gunnarsson
Mike Komisarek - Brett Lebda

Goaltender
James Reimer


The Stats:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Penguins Game Day 63 - @ Carolina Hurricanes

 Carolina Hurricanes

7:00 p.m., RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

Welcome back Alexei Kovalev. Sure, it has been a while since you have been riding with the big boys in a winning program but we are happy to have you back here in Pittsburgh. Score a few goals and you will be treated like a king. I know you already picked the number 72, but if you could switch it to 27 or 47 that would make a lot of people happy.

Dustin Jeffery is back in action. Mark Letestu is rumored to be back so also as he was doing some skating with the fourth line according to Seth and Dave Molinari.

Disco was on the the mic today and said that AK72 will be going with Staal and Neal tonight against the Hurricanes. That should be pretty interesting to watch. AK is also going to be the ponit on the power play since the Penguins are only going to employ one defenseman on the power play. The main power play unit tonight will consist of AK72, Staal, Neal, Letang and Kennedy.

Brian Strait was called up and will take the place of Brooks Orpik. Letang and Big Z will be paired up together tonight. From what I saw yesterday Tang and Z were supposed to be paired together but they will go with Lovejoy with Tanger and Z with Niskanen. No idea. Paul Martin should be back soon from what is buzzing.

If you missed it last night I had a great convo with Joe Depto of The Fourth Period mag. Take a listen to it here for some good Pens stuff.

Previous matchups:
October 30 - Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 0


November 19 - Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 4 (SO)


January 2 - Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
James Neal - Jordan Staal - Alex Kovalev
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Chris Conner - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Ben Lovejoy - Kris Letang
Zbynek Michalek - Matt Niskanen
Brian Strait - Derek Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Hurricanes:

Forwards
Cory Stillman - Eric Staal - Erik Cole
Jeff Skinner - Tuomo Ruutu - Chad LaRose
Jussi Jokinen - Brandon Sutter - Jiri Tlusty
Sergei Samsonov - Patrick Dwyer - Troy Bodie

Defense
Joni Pitkanen - Joe Corvo
Tim Gleason - Andrew McBain
Derek Joslin - Jay Harrison

Goaltender
Cam Ward




The Stats:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TRBB Podcast 5 - Penguins Talk With @PensDeptoTFP

Well, the Steelers Super Bowl loss is kind of in the rear view mirror (not really) and the Penguins are in full swing so it is time to kick the dust off the tires and get back to the podcast. Joe Depto of The Fourth Period/Pens Website/Everything was kind enough to come on and join me.

Over the course of the podcast we discussed pretty much everything about the Penguins including the comeback of Alexei Kovalev, the trade for James Neal and Matt Niskanen, the injury situation, what Ray Shero's next move is and Marc Andre Fleury plus much more.

I would like to thank Joe for taking the time to come on the podcast. Make sure you check him out on twitter, one of the best follows on the internet.

You can listen to the podcast below and you can hear all the podcast's on iTunes. Just go to the podcast section and type in "Three Rivers Burgh Blog" and you will get hooked up.

Enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comments.


TRBB Podcast 5 - Penguins Talk 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Penguins Game Day 62 - vs. San Jose Sharks

 San Jose Sharks

7:30 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Welcome to the club James Neal and Matt Niskanen. Gonna be a treat to watch you play and hopefully stay healthy for longer than six seconds.

It will be fun to watch the Sharks tonight. I know I talk about it every time we play a Western Confernece team but I do enjoy watching this team play, even though they are typically one and two and done in the playoffs. They have some players that can play hockey and they are currently in fourth place in the West with 74 points.

MAF is going to get another start. Beej will probably get the play on Saturday which is the back end of the back-to-back games against the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs, both on the road.

Tough loss against the Caps. Can't really hate too much, I mean in a 1-0 game your defense plays pretty well and MAF is still toked out on whatever it is he has been taking. I guess there is a small outside chance he is really good. Some might not admit that, but he could get 100 straight shutouts and some people would still hate. Whatever.

Gotta get some points in the next three games. Should be fun.
The Penguins probables:

Forwards
James Neal-Jordan Staal-Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp-Max Talbot-Chris Conner
Matt Cooke-Craig Adams-Tyler Kennedy
Brett Sterling-Joe Vitale-Tim Wallace

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc Andre Fleury


For the Sharks

Forwards
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Devin Setoguchi
Dany Heatley - Joe Pavelski - Torrey Mitchell
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Kyle Wellwood
Ben Eager - Jamal Mayers - John McCarthy

Defense
Douglas Murray - Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Jason Demers
Niclas Wallin - Ian White

Goaltender
Antti Niemi


Monday, February 21, 2011

Penguins Deal Goligoski To Stars For Neal, Niskanen

With the injury situation in Pittsburgh a lot of people were unsure of what Ray Shero might do at the deadline. There was some talk about Kovy coming back to the Penguins but in the grand scheme of things there was very little talk about the Penguins making the splash play. A lot of that had to do with the uncertainty of Sidney Crosby coming back this season. Ray Shero cares not for speculation.

When I was at the United Center yesterday I was able to talk to a lot of Penguins fans and even some Chicago fans about the state of the Penguins and what was going to go on for the rest of the season. For a vast majority of Penguins fans they were more than content with sitting Bing down for the season and staying pat at the deadline and seeing where this team was going to go. I was a part of that. I talked about this before in my post on Saturday, but getting Bing healthy for the long run is more important to me than trying to get first in the Atlantic and rush to get him back and risk further injury.

Today was kind of weird. Early in the day Darren Dreger talked about a deal that the Penguins and Stars were talking about swapping Alex Goligoski for James Neal. If you remember last year the Penguins were being tied into talks about James Neal but the Stars organization saw him as a key piece to their future and Ray Shero was not going to sell the farm for Neal. This year it came up again, and to be honest I really didn't see much happening this this. Stuff like this gets tweeted out (about teams talking) but a lot of it never really comes to fruition.

A little later in the day it was kinda being thrown around that a straight swap, Neal for GoGo, wasn't going to be enough for the Stars. Some Pens names were thrown out there but nothing too serious. Then it just happened.


Not that this was a huge surprise since we saw some things about this earlier, but it was just stunning as there wasn't much said in the half hour leading up. Bob McKenzie is probably the best in the business at this stuff. Nobody even thought twice when they saw this you knew it was done.

What I thought most most revealing about this was that there were reports of Dallas wanting more and maybe this being a four player deal total (two each way) but when it comes down that the Penguins got a two for one you really have to wonder what went on. Neal is the prize piece but Shero was able to get another d-man in return in Niskanen. What a job by Ray Shero.

Lets take a look at the guys the Penguins got:

Neal is a 23 year old winger that was a second round draft pick (33rd overall) by the Dallas Stars three years ago.


In three seasons with the Stars Neal has 72 goals and has 20+ goals in all three seasons. I believe I heard he is on track for about 29 goals this season, and he is only 23.

Matt Niskanen is only 24 years old and was a first round pick (28th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft. While the Penguins traded an offensive player, that is not Niskanen's game. He is more of a defensive player and that is more than ok with me. The Penguins have a plethora of offensive blue liners so it was good they at least got a d-man in the deal.



I am not going to lie, when this was being talked about I was really on the fence about it. GoGo has been a whipping boy for Penguins fans for a long time, but he has been having a pretty good season. He has 31 points and was starting to come into it. He seems to be developing slowly, but it is not like GoGo is an old player. He is young, just like the players the Penguins got in return so it will be interesting to watch him evolve in Dallas where he will be asked to carry more of a top-4 load on the blue line. I think when push came to shove this was just too good of a deal to pass up for the Penguins.

I am pretty excited about getting Neal as he is something the Penguins have been talking about needing for a long time now. He has been talked about as a Chris Kunitz type of player with a much better shot and much better hands. He can score goals and he isn't afraid to get in front of the net. He instantly makes this offense better.

What is maybe the best part of the deal for the Penguins is that this just isn't a move for this year. Neal is locked up for one more year at $2.875 million and then he is a restricted free agent. Niskanen has another year on his deal after this year and he is sitting at $1.5 million and is also a restricted free agent after his contract is up so these are far from just rental player deals. With the youth of both of these players and the retricted player free agency they are going to be a part of the future (for at least another year) and possibly further down the line. That is an underrated part of the deal today.

I will miss GoGo. I wish him all the best in Dallas and I will defiantly be watching more Stars games on my Center Ice package to see how he is playing.

Let's take a look at some video of the new Penguins.

James Neal:







Niskanen:





Yes, he did fight Bing earlier this year:

Penguins Game Day 61 - vs. Washington Capitals

 Washington Capitals

 7:30 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA

First off, HUGE day for the Penguins. GoGo is gone, which is going to suck, but Ray Shero absolutely stole James Neal from Dallas along with defensive teammate Matt Niskanen. Pretty exciting.

Ouside of that the Penguins will be playing with a still depleted line up against the Caps at the CONSOL. Should be a great match up and hopefully they can score a goal this time.

I was in Chicago yesterday for the game and must say that it was a highly entertaining game and the Penguins did a great job to grab a point. MAF was rock solid early on when the Hawks could have made the game a run away.

MAF back in net tonight and he is going to have to be huge again, and for the rest of the season for that matter.

Whatev. Lets get this done.


The previous match ups this season:

December 23: Penguins 3, Capitals 2


January 1: Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1


February 6: Washington 3, Pittsburgh 0



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Brett Sterling - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Craig Adams - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Ryan Craig - Joe Vitale - Tim Wallace

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Caps:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Mike Knuble
Brooks Laich - Marcus Johansson - Alexander Semin
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Matt Hendricks
David Steckel - Boyd Gordon - Matt Bradley

Defense
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Nick Schultz - Scott Hannan
John Erskine - Tyler Sloan

Goaltender
Michal Neuvirth


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Penguins Game Day 60 - @ Chicago Blackhawks

 Chicago Blackhawks

3:30 p.m., United Center, Chicago, IL
Not going to have much on here. Actually heading to the United Center early in the morning.

Make sure you follow me on twitter (as if you aren't already) for some pictures and discussion during the game.

If you missed it, check out my thoughts on the Penguins that I threw put up yesterday.


The Stats:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The State of the Penguins

It’s a great day for hockey. Now that football is over and baseball is still over a month away from playing their season it is the grandest stage for hockey. I have been kind of out of it since the Super Bowl with sporadic posts here and there, but it turns out that my actual job require me to do things sometimes so that pulls me away from the blog, which does not pay me with cash.

I figured I would get on here and talk a little Penguins. For much of the season I have basically touched base with the Penguins in my game previews with notes here and there and thoughts but I haven’t really got to go into any great detail with what they are going through now, and what we can expect from the future. This is a dicey situation with a team that is now mostly AHL call-ups and missing a lot of the firepower that they had during the early part of the regular season. Here are a few notes that I have noticed through the past couple of weeks:

-How good is that 12 game winning streak in the beginning of the season looking now? Without that the Penguins would be in a lot of trouble and probably fight just to get in to the playoffs. With the 12 game win streak they are sitting in the fourth spot in the East and are only five points behind the red hot Flyers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Despite the horrid start by Marc-Andre Fleury and the defense taking time to gel and the mountains of injuries this team has been able to play good hockey and put themselves in a position to have another strong playoff run and home ice advantage, at least in the first round.

-Not sure there are many more teams that could go through this adversity that this team has. Look at this roster as currently composed. Most nights the 12 forwards are at least half AHL call ups that wouldn’t be on the team if this team was even close to being healthy. Don’t believe me? Check out the top power play unit in Chicago tomorrow. When Tyler Kennedy and Max Talbot are your go-to guys on the top power play units you know you are pretty banged up. When Disco had this team early in the season he didn’t he’d be trying to set up Zbynek Michalek for one timers from the point. Not that Michalek is a bad offensive player, but not your top choice on the power play for one-timers.

-Despite being out-manned by NHL players on most nights we are getting a great look at the depth this team has. Most teams can’t lose their two best players and still survive at the top of the standings like the Penguins have done. When people talk about Ray Shero they will talk about the deadline deals he makes for NHL players, but the way he has stockpiled AHL talent that can be called on any given night to come up and produce cannot be looked over. Having guys like Sterling, Johnson, Vitale and Craig come up and play at a high level shows what he has done with this team and why he is a top GM in the NHL.

-What is kind of weird about the injury situation is that it is all forwards that are going down for the Penguins. Of the seven defensemen that the Penguins employ on the NHL roster none of them has had to miss extended time due to injury. That has been a huge key to this team. During the off season it was a huge point of emphasis to upgrade the defense, which was the downfall of the team last year. Shero did that and they are starting to really gel together. Michalek has been about as shut down as you would want and Paul Martin has made huge contributions to the lineup both even strength and on the power play. Kris Letang has grown before our eyes and become a top flight defensive hockey player. You want to know what the best part about Kris Letang? The Penguins have him locked up through the 2013-14 season at $3.5 million a year. What a steal.

-It hasn’t been all the defense, however. As good as the defense has been, and they have been good, Marc-Andre Fleury has been even better. After a terrible start to the season MAF has been better than any other goaltender in the NHL. Since November 1st MAF has gone 26-9-2. Not too shabby huh? Stats are never the way you want to evaluate MAF because throughout his career he hasn’t been a stats guy, but this year his stats are some of the best in the NHL. He was awarded for his stellar play with a vote into the NHL All-Star game and has stole games during the absence of Bing and Geno. If the Penguins somehow win the Atlantic then not only do I think that MAF should be the top candidate for the Vezina, but I think he should get strong consideration for the MVP of the entire league. He has been that good this year and has carried this team and more importantly during stretches where he can’t give up more than two goals if the Penguins have a realistic chance of winning.

-On the subject of Bing, this is a tough situation to be in. He was hurt some time ago and diagnosed with a “mild concussion”. Well that was the first week of January and we are now into the third week in February. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the NHL and after watching AO play this year I think there is an even bigger gap in that discussion. To rush Bing back would be both stupid and a snap judgment. The Penguins can’t win the Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, that is just fact, but brining back Bing early to play and risk another injury is foolish. He is the cornerstone of this team and I would rather him sit as long as he needs to and be 100% ready and have him for eight more years than risk him getting dinged up again and turn into Marc Savard. It is getting to that dangerous point in my mind to just sit him for the rest of the season. If he is still having symptoms over the next week or so then tell him to sit down the rest of the season and get ready for next year. It just isn’t worth it at this point. This team has a core of players that is going to be around for some time. This is still a young team that is just getting into their prime and wasting one of those players, at Bing’s caliber, for one season isn’t worth it. Don’t throw away the future for a fling. Just my thought.

-That being said, it wouldn’t totally shock me to see King Shero stay pat at the deadline. A lot of the players on the current roster are playing well, despite the lack of scoring depth. If Bing is actually done for the year this is a big opportunity to see what the AHL guys have to offer. Next year the roster is going to be healthy and there are a fair amount of players that are in contract years. Here is what next year looks like free agent wise:



Going into this season you might say that you have to keep guys like Dupuis and Talbot because you didn’t have anyone that was sure to break in and perform. With all the injuries we are getting an extended look at guys that could take their spots from within the system. Are guys like Dupuis and Talbot great guys to have on the team? Hell yea. Did they help us win a cup and do what we need to do in certain aspects of the game? Hell yea. Sometimes business moves need to be made and if Chris Conner and Nick Johnson are ready to fill those rolls then it only makes sense. This might be a blessing in disguise for the Penguins that these injuries happen to make some later decision easier in the off season.

-I will be in Chicago tomorrow for the game. If you would like to see some sweet picture and follow my experience then your best bet is to follow me on Twitter here. I will be posting a lot of pictures and game commentary so it will be cool. I mean if you aren’t following me on Twitter already then you are missing out.

As always, leave it in the comments with your thoughts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Penguins Game Day 59 - @ Colorado Avalanche

 Colorado Avalanche

9:00 p.m., Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

The Penguins go into Colorado looking to snap a two game skid against a team that is, how do we say it, not as good of a hockey team.

Bing said that he is still having some problems with lingering effects from the concussion. Pretty soon you have to shut him down and call it a season. I would rather not win a cup this year and have Bing around for the next 10 years than have a Marc Savard situation.

Matt Duchene is out for the Avalanche which is a HUGE help for the Penguins. After the way they have played over the last week any help is good help and while I do not like to see players get hurt, it will help the Penguins hopefully get the two points tonight.

It will be interesting to see how this little bit of rest will help the team. After tonight they will not play until Sunday when they take on the Blackhawks and then on Monday against the Capitals. Starting on Sunday the Penguins will play five games in seven days. Hopefully they can get a few players back because the Penguins need to get back on track.

Should be interesting to see Shero at the deadline. If Bing doesn't look like he will be back for a while, or at all, then I don't see Shero doing anything. Even with a loco amount of cap space. When Chris Kelly is getting traded for a second round pick. Who in the world would give up a second round pick for Kelly? His own family wouldn't give up a second round pick for him.

In Shero We Trust.



The Penguins probable lineup:

Forwards
Brett Sterling - Jordan Staal - Ryan Craig
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Pascal Dupuis - Craig Adams - Tyler Kennedy
Tim Wallace - Joe Vitale - Nick Johnson

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Avalanche

Forward
David Jones - Matt Duchene - Milan Hejduk
Kevin Porter - Paul Stastny - Chris Stewart
Daniel Winnik - Ryan O'Reilly - Brandon Yip
Cody McLeod - Philippe Dupuis - David Koci

Defense
Ryan O'Byrne - John-Michael Liles
Kevin Shattenkirk - Ryan Wilson
Matt Hunwick - Cameron Gaunce

Goaltender
Craig Anderson


The Stats

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Penguins Game Day 58 - @ New York Rangers

 New York Rangers

3:00 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

What a game on the Island on Friday, huh? Well the hammer dropped down from the NHL and what they did was, again, underwhelming so don't be shocked if we see something like this again this year with other teams, or even the Penguins and Islanders. What a joke.

Godard got 10 games, in case you were born under a rock, and the Penguins suffered no other supplimentory discipline. The reason for Godard's 10 games was that is is mandatory for leaving the bench for the fight. I don't see much of a problem with it since he was sticking up for Beej and his teammates.

The Penguins will go accross the street to take on the Rangers today for the second game in a pretty tough road stretch. The Penguins are pretty far from healthy as you might imagine. Eric Tangradi will be out with concussion like syptoms after getting a deliberate elbow to the head in the Islanders game.

I hate the Rangers and I hate MSG.

$10 Dubinsky tries to slew foot someone. Joke.

Previous games this season:

November 15 - New York 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)


November 29 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 1


December 15 - New York 4, Pittsburgh 1


February 1 - Pittsburgh 4, New York 3 (SO)


The Penguins probables:
I actually have no idea what this will look like. These were the primary lines against the Islanders but with what transpired, and with the poor offensive showing, I am sure they will be mixed and matched a lot.

Forwards
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Brett Sterling - Joe Vitale - Nick Johnson
Ryan Craig - Craig Adams - Tim Wallace
Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Rangers:

Forwards
Brandon Dubinsky - Vaclav Prospal - Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski - Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery - Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan
Mats Zuccarello - Erik Christensen - Brandon Prust

Defense
Marc Staal - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Mike Sauer
Steve Eminger - Matt Gilroy

Goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist


The Stats:

Friday, February 11, 2011

10 Years To The Day: Three Rivers Stadium

February 11, 2001. A day that many people might not bat an eye over, but a day that when you know what happened on it you can get your ass you knew where you were.

That was the day that Three Rivers Stadium was imploded and no longer housed the Pittsburgh Pirates or Steelers. That was the day that there were new homes officially called PNC Park and Heinz Field.

Some people might think of this as not a big deal, and in the grand scheme of things it might not be a big deal, but this is a place that stored a lot of memories. The playoff runs, the wins, the losses, the tears that are on those concrete slabs from crushing losses and huge wins.

I was not around Three Rivers for very long since I wasn't born until 1985 but I will never forget what it was like to be there for games. I remember a game way back against the Colts and that place just shaking like no other. It got really loud and it just seemed like a Pittsburgh place. It wasn't anything special but it belonged in the city.

Playing on that old AstroTurf wasn't any fun for the athletes. I mean I never got to play on the old astro stuff but my knees are sure thankful for that. Going to games there with my dad was awesome. Truly fun.

I remember exactly where I was when it was blown up. I was standing in my kitchen with my mom just staring at the TV. I knew we needed a new building, just like I knew the Mellon Arena had to go, but that didn't make it any easier. Watching it fall down and coming to the realization that I was never going to go to another game there was a different feeling.

I figured since it was the 10th anniversary that the old building deserved some love. We miss you Three Rivers, and we always will.



Thanks for the memories Three Rivers. You might have been old and players may have hated playing on your carpet but you gave us great memories.

Penguins Game Day 57 - @ New York Islanders

New York Islanders 

7:00 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY

What a win last night. DJ was hurt and so was half of the other team. After DJ went out there were 11 forwards on the ice at any given time for the Penguins and six of them were AHL call-ups. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't flashy, but it got the job done and got a huge two points. What a win.

Marc-Andre Fleury has just been unreal. Might be the best goaltender in the league. If he isn't in the top three in your mind then you haven't watched hockey this season.



hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Tangradi got the call up. Hopefully nobody else gets hurt tonight.

This is the start of a huge four game road swing which the Penguins will face the Islanders, Rangers, Avalanche and Blackhawks. Hopefully the team starts to get healthy, but with the way things are going that seems to be a lot to ask for.



Previous games against the Islanders:

October 15 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 2 (OT)



December 29 - New York 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)



January 25 - Pittsburgh 1, New York 0



February 2 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 0



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Brett Sterling - Joe Vitale - Nick Johnson
Ryan Craig - Craig Adams - Eric Godard/Eric Tangradi

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Brent Johnson


For the Islanders

Forwards
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Rob Schremp - Josh Bailey - Jesse Joensuu
Matt Martin - Zenon Konopka - Trevor Gillies

Defense
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Jack Hillen - Milan Jurcina
Bruno Gervais - Radek Martinek

Goaltender
Al Montoya



The Stats:



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Penguins Game Day 56 - vs. Los Angeles Kings

 Los Angeles Kings

7:00 p.m., CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Well, tonight should be interesting shouldn't it? With Matt Cooke now suspended and Chris Kunitz out the next few games you will be seeing a lot of the opening day roster of WBS Penguins. Pretty unreal. Some teams have injury problems and then there are what the Penguins are going through.

Go ahead, take a look at the line pairings down below. Six NHL'ers and six AHL'ers for the forwards tonight for the Penguins. Now, I am not saying that these WBS guys are bad, because they definatly are good hockey players, but when your six NHL players are Staal, Talbox, Dupuis, Adams, Rupp and Kennedy then you know you are missing a good bit of players.

Don't get to play the Kings too often so it will be nice to see some Western Conference opponents.

The Kings were supposed to be a Cup contender but they have kinda struggled this season and are out of the playoff picture with a 29-22-2 record. They are a good team and it is going to be really tough for the Penguins, especially since they are so banged up. It doesn't get better since they have to turn around tomorrow and play a division game. Ugh.

Keep the faith. GMRS is sitting back and waiting to lay the smackdown.

Scuds better get a standing ovation. That would be nice. One of my favorite Pens while he was here.

The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Pascal Dupuis- Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Brett Sterling - Dustin Jeffrey - Nick Johnson
Ryan Craig - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

Goaltender
Marc Andre Fleury


For the Kings

Forwards
Andrei Loktionov - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Ryan Smyth - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Michal Handzus - Wayne Simmonds
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Brad Richardson

Defense
Willie Mitchell - Drew Doughty
Jack Johnson - Rob Scuderi
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Goaltender
Jonathan Quick


The Stats

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Super Bowl Letdown: Packers 31, Steelers 25

It is really hard to put into words what it feels like to lose a big game. Not only lose the big game, but come out flat and turn the ball over and get down 21-3 before you can even blink your eyes. It hurts worse when you battle back and are on a drive to win the football game and the floor falls out from under you. Just a sickening feeling that comes over you.

When you sit back and really think about what happened this season could have been much worse. With the franchise quarterback on the shelf for the first four games, almost every offensive lineman missing significant portions of the season, the fines and penalties, this team could have easily packed it in and called it a season. They were picked for finish third in the AFC North by most pundits and were not thought to have been good enough to make the playoffs. They were, and they did.

When you turn the ball over three times and the opposing team turns those into 21 points you aren’t going to have a great chance to win. Couple that with the fact that your defense didn’t secure a single turnover and the odds are really against you. Despite all of that the Steelers were still in the ballgame. They had the ball with two minutes left down by six points and could win another Super Bowl with an unbelievable comeback. It wasn’t meant to be. When a fourth and five pass from Ben Roethlisberger fell incomplete it was finally over.

This was really a tale of two halves for the Steelers. In the first half the Steelers really got behind the eight ball early. Ben threw two interceptions, the second of which went back for six by Nick Collins and then the Packers offense just went to work on the next drive to give most people the impression that this game was going to be a route. Even as the game went to 21-3 I remember sitting on the couch and telling the people I was with that as long as we got some points we were going to be ok. This team has too much fight to get blown out in the Super Bowl, and that is exactly what happened.

With a little over two minutes left in the half the Steelers started going to work. Ben Roethlisberger led the charge with a seven play, 77 yard drive that ended with a Hines Ward touchdown grab to cut the lead to only 11 with a full half to play. As bad as the Steelers were in the first half you had to feel great only being down 11 in the half.

The second half started out just as hot for the Steelers as they forced the Packers to punt on their first possession, a three and out, and the offense went to work again. They went five plays and 50 yards where Rashard Mendenhall took it home. New ballgame. The Steelers defense was on point the third quarter, frustrating Aaron Rodgers and forcing the Packers to punt on all four of their possessions.

The Steelers had their chance but a few things did not go their way. Following the touchdown to open the half the Steelers were in a good spot to put there more points on the board. They were set up with roughly a 43 yard field goal but Ben got sacked on third down and Mike Tomlin opted for the 52 yard field goal which was missed, badly. Then after a Green Bay punt Rashard Mendenhall put the ball on the turf after it looked as if the Steelers were going to be able to take the lead. Game changer.

The Packers bounced back and scored again. Tough blow after the Mendenhall fumble. The Steelers bounce back and scored on a four minute plus drive with a pass to Mike Wallace and the subsequent two-point conversion (which was beautiful) by Antwann Randle El the Steelers had a chance.

7:30 left in the game and the Steelers were down three. All they needed was to make a few big plays on defense and it would be all gravy. The Packers stepped up when they needed to. After the Steelers defense was huge the entire second half Aaron Rodgers stepped up and converted big third down plays and set up the Packers with a 23 yard field goal.

Down by six, a little over two minutes left in the game and Ben Roethlisberger under center. I will take that every day of the week. Ben hit Heath then Hines and things looked good. Then, for some reason, the Steelers try to hit the homerun a few times. No dice. Mike Wallace on the fourth and five is no go. Ballgame.


Thoughts:

-There really isn’t much to say. I guess I can start by saying that there really isn’t a reason we should be disappointed. Like I said earlier this team had little to no expectation coming into the season. Winning the AFC North and the AFC Championship game really was a ton more than anyone could have predicted this season. This team faced a ton of injuries to an already depleted offensive line but as the season went on they used no excuses and kept pushing and kept winning. There is nothing to be ashamed about in the Steelers season, but when you lose the Super Bowl you feel that there is an empty slot and that the season was a failure. In some respect the season was a failure. Not because the Steelers didn’t play well or exceed the expectations, but unless your team wins the Super Bowl it isn’t a success. I must say that I am proud as hell to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I can’t imagine rooting for everyone else.

-I know the fumble by Rashard Mendenhall was wildly terrible because of the timing, but I find it really hard to bash Rashard. He was a monster all season and especially in the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. He only got 14 carries, but churned that out for a 4.5 yard per carry average and a touchdown. He took over and gave the Steelers a running game when most people said that was their weakness. The fumble sucks. Real bad, but that is actually something Rashard has cleaned up this season. No complaints for me about Rashard’s game.

-The decision to go for the 52-yard field goal was really a bad decision. Mike Tomlin noted as much in the post game presser, but with the way the Steelers offense was going and the way the defense was finally turning it around you had to try and pin the Packers inside the 20. I realize that Kapinos wasn’t the best punter in the world, but tell him to kick it high and try to get it on the 10 yard line. The limit I would give Suisham was probably 45 yards. Can’t do 50+, just can’t.

-Ben had a rough first half, but as was true in the regular season, no matter how bad he can be for stretched he always keeps this team in the game. He showed up at the end of the second quarter and tossed two touchdown passes after throwing the two early picks. The first pick was on Ben, but the second one was really tough to blame Ben. His arm was hit as he threw and he was going deep for Mike Wallace. Easy pick for Collins. Actually if his arm wasn’t hit he had Mike Wallace, in my opinion. It happens. He picked his play up in the second half but just came up short. It was an average game by Ben. You know what, everyone plays average games. It just shows up more because it was in the Super Bowl.

-The defense wasn’t bad, but it could have been better. They did get to Rodgers and make him feel uncomfortable and forced him into some really bad throws. They sacked him three times and hit him eight more times. I will take that. You can’t really put all the blame secondary because Aaron Rodgers was throwing dimes when he needed to. Rodgers wasn’t amazing, but when he needed to make the big throw he did. On a late third down conversion Ike Taylor had blanket coverage on Greg Jennings and Rogers found the only spot that he could to put it in. Nothing you can do if you are the defense. Bryant McFadden was out of the game for some forcing Anthony Madison into more playing time, which is never ideal. The Packers attacked Will Gay and Madison and they made them play. The skill of the receivers for the Packers was great and it showed.

-I gotta give big ups to the Packers though. They were the better team on Sunday night. Sure the Steelers played pretty bad, but a lot of that was because of the Packers too. Although the Green Bay defense gave up big chunks of yards to the Steelers, and didn’t get to Ben Roethlisberger much at all (1 sack, 5 hits), they made the clutch plays when they had to down the stretch. That is what you need to do if you want to win Super Bowls. Aaron Rodgers was very deserving on the MVP. He didn’t always look great but like I said in the prior paragraph he was good when he had to be. Can’t complain about that.

-All this being said it has to be put in perspective. I remember watching Super Bowl XXX at my parents house. I remember the feeling when the Cowboys walked off the field with the trophy and I wondered if I would ever get to see the Steelers win a Super Bowl. Now we are in the midst of the Steelers playing in their third Super Bowl in the last six seasons. For those of you that didn’t pass second grade math that is getting to the Super Bowl every other season. It always sucks losing but getting to see two Super Bowl Championships for your team is something that not every fan base can talk about. We in Pittsburgh are truly spoiled by the Steelers success. We really are one of the top franchises in the NFL and with that success breeds the expectation of winning it all every year. Of course winning it every year is not realistic, but that is what we all want. Being a Steelers fan is so different from being a fan of most organizations because we have a great ownership and a proven track record of success. It still hurts, but it is reassuring to know that we will be in the thick of contention next year for the seventh trophy.

-I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came here during the Steelers season. This was my second full season bloggin for the Steelers and I loved every second of it. Sometimes I have no idea why people even come by and read the stuff I put up here but I have been fortunate this football season to get to know a lot of people through both this site and twitter and even met some of you in person. Everyone has been really awesome and I always appreciate all the comments and compliments you have given me. I do this for pure enjoyment and to know that yinz enjoy it too makes it that much better. I hope all of you that come here for Steelers stuff will stick around because I will be doing this for the Penguins and Pirates so feel free to stop by for all that. I have no idea what I will be doing for the Steelers during the offseason. Even writing this post was really tough to do. Losses hurt. I might take a step back from football and maybe do a wrap up but who knows. If you see anything you want leave it in the comments.

-Again, thank you every for everything. As always leave it in the comments section for what I missed here and anything you want to see in the future.

Here We Go.

Penguins Game Day 55 - vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

 Columbus Blue Jackets

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

The Penguins look to bounce back froma  really tough game against the Washington Capitals when they got shut out for the fourth time this season. Things have been rough, and it looks as if Bing isn't going to be back right away.

The Penguins played a "home" game in Columbus in December. They put seven in the back of the net. I hope they score 20 tonight.

Tough stretch here for the Penguins as they are playing three games in four nights and four in six nights. With a banged up team this is going to be a guy check grouping of games against the Jackets, Kinds, Islanders and Rangers.

Whatev.


Previous match ups:

December 4 - Pittsburgh 7, Columbus 2



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Chris Kunitz - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Tim Wallace

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Blue Jackets

Forwards
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Jakub Voracek
Matt Calvert - Antoine Vermette - R.J. Umberger
Andrew Murray - Samuel Pahlsson - Derek Dorsett
Kristian Huselius - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Defense
Kris Russell - Glant Clitsome
Marc Methot - Fedor Tyutin
John Moore - Jan Hejda

Goaltender
Steve Mason


The Stats:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Penguins Game Day 54 - @ Washington Capitals

 Washington Capitals

12:30 p.m., Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

This should take some of the edge off waiting for the Steelers.

If you live under a rock and haven't been alive for the past day then you should know that Geno tore up his knee during the Penguins last win over Buffalo. Not looking good.

Caps suck.

Previous Match ups:

December 23 - Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2 (SO)


January 1 - Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1

Friday, February 4, 2011

Steelers Game Day - Super Bowl XLV vs. Green Bay Packers

At the beginning of the season every NFL team has the dreams and aspirations of making it to the big game, the Super Bowl. I would have to imagine that every team has a checklist, and most is going to look like this:

1) Make the playoffs
2) Win the division
3) Win the conference
4) Win the Super Bowl

This dream scenario can only happen for one team per year. The Steelers have this process down better than any team in the NFL. The Steelers will look for their third Super Bowl in the last six seasons. Most teams would kill to have their team win a Super Bowl in their lifetime, we have the chance to have three of them before some of their kids get to elementary school. Unreal.

Some can say that the Steelers and Packers really had the same sort of season. Both teams have endured an immense amount of injuries through the year leaving both fan bases feeling like they couldn’t win. For the Packers and the Steelers they lost players all over the field, but they were resilient enough to get the job done when it needed to be done.

The Steelers were pretty much out for the count by most people’s account before the season even started. Ben Roethlisberger was out for the first four games and the pundits were predicting a third place finish in the AFC North and a .500 season. What do the Steelers do? Go 12-4 and win the AFC North and then proceed to win the AFC. During the regular season the Steelers suffered an unreal amount of injuries on the offensive line to a point where they were only down to one starter from the beginning of the season in the AFC Championship game. What do they do? Keep going on. When both the kicker and the punter were lost for the year (for different scenarios) they could have just folded on the special teams front, but they kept pushing on. Mike Tomlin kept this team focused and together and now they are playing for their seventh Super Bowl title.

The Packers were also hit hard. They lost two key members of the offense when Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant were lost for the year, early. Then Aaron Rodgers was lost with two concussions during the season. Nick Barnett and Morgan Burnett were also placed on IR as a total of 15 Packers were lost for the year during the course of the season.

Two of the most storied franchises will now play in Dallas, and the people there are pissed. No way that any true Cowboys fan wants to see Pittsburgh in their own stadium for the Super Bowl. Another win for the Steelers will make the Cowboys look more and more like they aren’t “America’s Team”. That is, unless Americas Team is defined as being mediocre and unable to produce. That actually sounds like a little league baseball team I was on one time. I guess they are the same thing.

Lets check the stats:


Pittsburgh 24, New York 19
Passing: Roethlisberger: 10/19, 133 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Mendenhall: 27 car, 121 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Miller: 2 rec, 38 yards, 0 TD


Green Bay 21, Chicago 14
Passing: Rodgers: 17/30, 244 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Starks: 22 car, 72 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Jennings: 8 rec, 130 yards, 0 TD


Offense (rank in NFL)

Total Offense
Pittsburgh: 345.3 yards/game (14th)
Green Bay: 358.1 yards/game (9th)

Passing
Pittsburgh: 225.1 yards/game (14th)
Green Bay: 257.8 yards/game (5th)

Rushing
Pittsburgh: 120.3 yards/game (11th)
Green Bay: 100.4 yards/game (24th)

Points
Pittsburgh: 23.4 points/game (12th)
Green Bay: 24.3 points/game (10th)


Defense

Total Defense
Pittsburgh: 276.8 yards/game (2nd)
Green Bay: 309.1 yards/game (5th)

Rush
Pittsburgh: 62.8 yards/game (1st)
Green Bay: 114.9 yards/game (18th)

Pass
Pittsburgh: 214.1 yards/game (12th)
Green Bay: 194.2 yards/game (5th)

Points
Pittsburgh: 14.5 points/game (1st)
Green Bay: 15.0 points/game (2nd)

This is what it is all about. One game for all the marbles. It doesn't get any better than this.

Hit the jump for the rest of the preview.


Penguins Game Day 53 - vs. Buffalo Sabres


Buffalo Sabres

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

The Penguins have been on quite a tear since Bing and Geno have been sidelined. Althought it has not been pretty, it has been working, and nobody can complain about that. The Pens have won four straight and seven of their last eight. They are currently three points back of the Flyers with the same number of games played. Can't complain about that one bit.

Remember when the Penguins couldn't win at CONSOL? Well they now have the most home wins in the NHL. Remember when everyone wanted to run Marc-Andre Fleury out of town? Well he has the most wins of any goal since mid November. Interesting huh.

The Penguins asked that everyone bring their Terrible Towels. If you are reading this before you go to the game then you best be taking that and waving it proud. Huge weekend for Pittsburgh sports.

Geno is back. I hope he scores 10 goals tonight.


The previous match ups:

November 24: Pittsburgh 1, Buffalo 0


December 11 - Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 2



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Craig Adams/Chris Conner
Eric Godard - Dustin Jeffrey - Eric Tangradi

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Sabres:

Forward
Tyler Ennis - Paul Byron - Drew Stafford
Thomas Vanek - Jochen Hecht - Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe - Tim Connolly - Cody McCormick
Rob Niedermayer - Paul Gaustad - Mike Grier/Patrick Kaleta

Defense
Shaone Morrisonn - Tyler Myers
Jordan Leopold - Steve Montador
Andrej Sekera - Mike Weber

Goaltender
Ryan Miller


The Stats:

TRBB Podcast 4 - Super Bowl Preview with @SteelersLounge and @Blitzburghblog1

With the Super Bowl only days away I jumped on the horn with a few great Steelers bloggers: JJ and Ryan from Steelers Lounge and Bam from Blitzburgh Blog.

Having some Packers bloggers on earlier in the week probed me to get the Steelers side of the ball, and it was some good stuff that everyone brought to the table.

Over the course of the podcast we discussed pretty much everything about the Steelers ranging from the offensive line to the special team to how the Steelers defense can actually keep the Packers offense in check. We also loosely discussed the possibility of Tony Hills getting at hat in the game.

I would like to thank those three for coming on and giving their opinions and knowledge from the other side of the fence.

You can listen to the podcast below and you can hear all the podcast's on iTunes. Just go to the podcast section and type in "Three Rivers Burgh Blog" and you will get hooked up.

Enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comments.



TRBB Podcast 4 - Super Bowl Preview, Steelers Style 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brent Johnson KO's Rick DiPietro

It was a routine game for the Penguins as they took on the Islanders at the CONSOL Energy Center tonight. The Penguins have won the last 11 match ups at home against the Islanders and shut them out for the second consecutive time. The Islanders have not scored on the Penguins in almost three games.

The game was 3-0 with about 17 seconds left when this happened:



Knocked the F out.

Couple thoughts:

-DiPietro is a total clown for initiating the contact with Cooke

-He called out BJ and doesn't get a punch off

-How can't you be ready? BJ had to skate the entire length of the ice to get to you.

-DiPietro is a tool. He must be just getting used to playing on the ice instead of playing checkers in the press box with his various injuries

-This is believed to be the first goalie fight in like four years since Ray Emery and Martin Biron went at it.

-BJ lost the shutout because it goes down as a "team" shutout. When asked if it was worth it Beej said it was. He also said he has been wanting to do that for a long time. Love it.

-MAF's reaction might be just as good as the fight.

-The crowd absolutely love it. If you left early you should not be allowed back into another game.

-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Penguins Game Day 52 - vs. New York Islanders

 New York Islanders

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

The Penguins continue the post All-Star run with a game against another New York team, this time it is at the friendly confinds of the CONSOL.
If you are a Penguins fan then last night's win was one of the best of the season. The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead and the Penguins were minus their top four centers and yet still found a way to win. What makes it even better is that the bush league dive by Prust that got Staal the match penalty came back to haunt them, in the form of a loss.

While you might look at the numbers and think MAF wasn't that great (3 GA, 26 saves) he was a monster last night. A couple of brillant saves and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stopping shots in the shootout in order to grab the win. It might not always be pretty, but he gets the job done and is having a great season.

Turns out that Bing and Geno go on the IR. Not a huge deal. If the Penguins can grab some points they will be ok. Only a few points back of the Flyers so to have those two, especially, healthy for the stretch run.

Eric Tangradi got the call up so he will be in the lineup tonight because of all the injuries. Pretty nice to have some depth isn't it. Even if you wanted to you couldn't bash Shero.


Previous Games:

October 15 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 2 (OT)



December 29 - New York 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)



January 25 - Pittsburgh 1, New York 0



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Eric Godard - Craig Adams - Eric Tangradi
Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

Goaltender
Brent Johnson


For the Islanders:

Forwards
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Blake Comeau - Josh Bailey - Jeremy Colliton
Matt Martin - Zenon Konopka - Rob Schremp

Defense
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Radek Martinek - Jack Hillen
Bruno Gervais - Dylan Reese

Goaltender
Rick DiPietro


The Stats:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TRBB Podcast 3 - Super Bowl Preview with @PackersTherapy

With the Super Bowl only days away I jumped on the horn with Dave and Chris from Packers Therapy. Both run a podcast blog about the Packers and they were nice enough to come join me to discuss all things Packers. You can also check out when Dave and Chris were kind enough to have Ian from The Steelers N'at and I on their podcast to talk about the Steelers.

Over the course of the podcast we discussed the keys to the game and how they both thought the Packers matched up against the Steelers, how they felt on Troy Polamalu getting the AP Defensive Player of the Year award and how Green Bay fans will represent the city in Dallas.

I would like to thank those two for coming on and giving their opinions and knowledge from the other side of the fence.

You can listen to the podcast below and you can hear all the podcast's on iTunes. Just go to the podcast section and type in "Three Rivers Burgh Blog" and you will get hooked up.

Enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comments.


TRBB Podcast 3 - Super Bowl with Packers Therapy

Penguins Game Day 51 - @ New York Rangers

 New York Rangers

7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

The Penguins are back after a nice long break. Still no Geno and Bing. No idea when they will be back.

Dubinsky is a tool.

So is Avery.

No idea how Marian Gaborik is healthy.

The Staals are brothers.


Previous games this season:

November 15 - New York 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)


November 29 - Pittsburgh 3, New York 1


December 15 - New York 4, Pittsburgh 1



The Penguins probables:

Forwards
Chris Kunitz - Dustin Jeffrey - Pascal Dupuis
Tyler Kennedy - Jordan Staal - Eric Godard
Mike Rupp - Maxime Talbot - Chris Conner
Eric Godard - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Defense
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

Goaltender
Marc-Andre Fleury


For the Rangers:

Forwards
Sean Avery - Artem Anisimov - Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Mats Zuccarello - Brian Boyle - Brandon Prust
Evgeny Grachev - Kris Newbury - Chris Drury
[Brandon Dubinsky will be in the lineup tonight, not sure what the exact lines will be]

Defense
Marc Staal - Michael Sauer
Ryan McDonagh - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger

Goaltender
Henrik Lundqvist


The Stats: