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Rangers defeat Penguins 5-1 in Game 5 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

  By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) – Healthy or not, the Rangers received what they’ve been missing from Ryan McDonagh tonight. He was positionally sound, and was consistently responsible with the puck. McDonagh had 23 zone starts (tied with Dan Girardi for the most of any Ranger tonight), and 19 of them were either in the […]

Penguins Defeat Rangers 4-2 in Game 4 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) – New York’s offensive production continues to tailspin, but it’s not simply limited to Rick Nash’s scoreless streak continuing for yet another game. Much has been made of Nash’s inability to find the net, but Derek Stepan has just four assists since April 1st, and none of them have come against […]

Penguins shutout Rangers in Game 3 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

Penguins shutout Rangers in Game 3 – Knee-Jerk Reactions

  By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto)   – The Rangers got a much better performance out of the ailing Ryan McDonagh in Game 3, but they didn’t nearly enough from their defense tonight. Girardi’s first two periods were better than anything the Rangers received from him in game 2′s shutout loss to Pittsburgh, but his third […]

Pittsburgh Penguins Notebook : Buy-Low Trading, Defensive Regression, and Bottom Six Woes

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Pittsburgh Penguins Notebook : Buy-Low Trading, Defensive Regression, and Bottom Six Woes

By : Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-4 shootout victory. Regardless of achieving two points in the standings, the team was very lucky to survive regulation. It took two goals, scored by Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby, in mere seconds to advance the game past regulation. […]

How the Dupuis’ Injury Impacts Pittsburgh Both Now and Later

How the Dupuis’ Injury Impacts Pittsburgh Both Now and Later

By :  Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) When Pascal Dupuis’ knee buckled in a multi-player collision during Pittsburgh’s 5-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night, the Penguins’ immediate fear was to hear the most dreaded three letters in most athlete’s lexicon when it comes to lower body injuries : ACL. Today, as the Penguins announced […]

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Scott Howson Out as GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets

By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) Following the team’s most complete game of the season to date, a 6-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at Nationwide arena, there were plenty of reasons to expect a status quo kind of day in Columbus, Ohio. Instead, the Columbus Blue Jackets made one of the most significant moves a […]

Blue Jackets Notebook: Call-ups, An Extended Homestand, and Offensive Frustration Loom in Columbus

  By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) Once again this season, close wasn’t simply good enough for the Columbus Blue Jackets. On Tuesday, the Jackets lost 3-2 in a competitive game against the Minnesota Wild, squandering away a solid performance from CBJ netminder Steve Mason. In addition to coming up short on the offensive side of the […]

Ailing Columbus Blue Jackets Hope to Prevent Fifth Straight Loss Against Dallas

With a season opener win against Nashville on the road and a hard-fought shootout loss against Detroit last Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets seemed poised to surprise many of their doubters this season. Since losing their home opener at Nationwide Arena, the Jackets have lost three more to boot – two lop-sided defeats to Phoenix […]

Columbus Blue Jackets Notebook: Jenner, Erixon Returned

By Joe Depto (@JoeDepto) With just over 24 hours remaining until the 2013 rosters must be finalized, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2013 opening night roster seems to have already taken shape. This afternoon, the club announced that 2011 second round draft pick Boone Jenner would be returned to Oshawa of the OHL, where he will […]