Third Off-Day Thoughts: 11/29/2016

Hi! I’m throwing this out there as we wait for Wednesday, when the Penguins will be playing in Brooklyn’s terrible hockey venue against the listing Islanders.  The Islanders are tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the worst record in the League, and yet somehow their head coach, Jack Capuano, is still employed whereas the Florida Panthers just fired their head coach Gerard Gallant — literally kicked him to the curb, in fact — regardless of their middle-of-the-Atlantic-division record.  As for the Isles, they are 3-4-3 in their last 10, though they did snatch a 2-1 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames last night.  Former Penguin Thomas Greiss has played three of the last four for New York, so in spite of the Penguins having seemed to have figured out their Jaroslav Halak problems, it stands to reason that Capuano might tab Halak for the start tomorrow night. Continue reading

Recap 22: Deals with the Devil

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After a 6-2 loss to Minnesota Mike Sullivan decided he wanted to make some changes. He benched Brian Dumoulin, saying after the game that they weren’t pleased with his play recently and thought it would do him good to watch the game from the press box. I will forever be a fan of this. He switched up the lines, moving Cullen to Crosby’s wing to start and Scott Wilson to the 4th line. The results were shaky throughout the game, and I have to say the HBK line works well in the playoffs, but I don’t know if it is so beneficial in the regular season. The Guentzel-Malkin-Rust line is actually quite good, especially the Malkin-Rust pairing. We have 3 days off between games to talk about future line combinations, defensive pairings, and goalies, so for now… let’s dissect what went down at The Paint Can last night.

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