As the holiday season quickly approaches, PHR will take a look at what teams are thankful for as the season heads past the one-quarter mark. There also might be a few things your team would like down the road. Let’s take a look at what’s gone well in the early going and what could improve as the season rolls on for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Click here for the other articles in this series. What are the Penguins most thankful for?Kris Letang’s return to health.It’s hard to mention the Penguins without immediately pointing to the continued stardom of Sidney Crosby, or the luxury of havingEvgeni Malkin as a second-line center, but if anyone can steal some of the spotlight it’s Letang. The 31-year old defenseman has played 34 of the Penguins’ 36 games this season and is showing why at one point in his career he was considered one of the best in the entire world. After years of struggles with injuries both major and minor, Letang … [Read more...] about What the Pittsburgh Penguins have to be thankful for
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By Marisa Ingemi | [email protected] | Boston HeraldDecember 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm A lot has changed since the last time the Bruins faced the Sabres. In early October, the Bruins dismantled the Sabres on the road following their opening night loss to Washington. Buffalo, projected to have another cellar-dwelling or close to it finish in the Atlantic once again, have become the surprise of the league. “Coming off a tough shootout loss last night, they’re going to be hungry to get back to the winning side,” said Bruins defender Matt Grzelcyk. “They have a little bit of a different feel to their team this year. They’re playing really well to start the season, so we have to be ready to match their intensity.” Behind a 10-game winning streak earlier in the season, the Sabres have catapulted to third in the Eastern Conference standings. After the Bruins lost to Pittsburgh in their 51-shot effort, it’s a good test to get back on track … [Read more...] about Bruins pregame notes: Different Sabres come to town
MARKHAM, Ont. — Jeff Skinner had a split second to collect the puck and make a decision with a 10-game win streak on the line. He started with it on his left-handed stick blade near the right face-off circle, went to his backhand and shot over San Jose's Martin Jones for the overtime-winning goal in front of a sold-out KeyBank Center on Nov. 27. All while gliding on the inside edges of his skate blades. "He’s really good on his edges,” Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel said. “It helps him get to pucks around the net. I think it helps him evade opposing players, too.” Skinner has used his background as a competitive figure skater to make plays others would not dare to try. He will occasionally do a single axel in the neutral zone to avoid defenders and is one of few players capable of the mohawk, a maneuver during which he opens both hips, turns both feet outward and glides along either the inside or outside edges of his blades. “We noticed the … [Read more...] about Jeff Skinner using lessons from family, figure skating to succeed with Sabres
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Sports | The Sabres Are Restoring Hope in Buffalo, but for How Long? Supported by ByCurtis Rush Dec. 10, 2018 BUFFALO — Outside KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres, three bronze statues of the so-called French Connection line recall a time when Rick Martin, Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert led the team to its first appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 1975. Since then, the Sabres have been back to the finals only one other time, in 1999, and the specter of Brett Hull’s foot-in-the-crease, Stanley-Cup-winning goal for the Dallas Stars that year still haunts this team and the city. The Sabres have finished last in the N.H.L. standings three times since the 2013-14 season. They have not made the postseason since 2011. Even the Bills, the Sabres’ N.F.L. neighbors who wrote the book on … [Read more...] about The Sabres Are Restoring Hope in Buffalo, but for How Long?
The league officially awarded a 32nd franchise to Seattle via unanimous decision on Tuesday by Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn 13m ago • 4 min read The NHL voted unanimously in favor of expansion at the league's Board of Governors meeting in Georgia on Tuesday, officially green-lighting a 32nd franchise in Seattle. The nine-member executive committee heard Seattle's presentation in October before voting unanimously to move the matter to the full board, then unanimously approving the expansion on Tuesday. Three-quarters of the league's current 31 owners needed to vote positively for the vote to officially pass.The expansion to Seattle comes two years after the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved adding a 31st franchise in Las Vegas. The Vegas Golden Knights played their inaugural season in 2017-2018 and were a smash success both on and off the ice. Not only did the team draw well and generate a ton of buzz in the Vegas market, the … [Read more...] about NHL to Seattle: What to know about the expansion approval for the league’s 32nd franchise