Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Pittsburgh-Penguins

Wings Need To Get Physical

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

What the Wings need, of course, is more of a contribution in the physical department from all of their players. The defence tandem of Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall have been fumbling the puck more than banging bodies in the past two games, Johan Franzen hasn’t been as aggressive as he is capable of being and Tomas Holmstrom, struggling on offence, hasn’t been as effective at digging out pucks and keeping offensive zone sequences alive.

Whether the Wings are tough enough, of course, has been a question asked over and over since they became a high-skill, puck-possession style team in the early 1990s, and they’ve always answered it with goals and wins.

Even this spring, Anaheim challenged Detroit physically and nearly upset the Wings, losing in seven games but exacting a physical toll.

So with Datsyuk expected back tonight, that’s good for the champs, but they could really use the spirit of the defunct Grind Line to deal with these young whippersnappers from Pennsylvania.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The Slumping Wings

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The defending Stanley Cup champions suddenly seem to be in a rut.

Why?

The fatigue theory: The older Detroit Red Wings, especially defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, supposedly are exhausted after playing four games in six nights and appear to be a step slower than the young and restless Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2009 Stanley Cup final, tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena tonight.

The special-teams issue: The Wings cruised through the first three playoff rounds with an impressive power play that scored 19 times in 74 chances. Now, the Wings are not only struggling through a 1-for-10 slump against the Penguins…

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Wings Have Not Cracked

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sounds like the Red Wings might have cracked, eh?

Please.

Not a snowball’s chance in you-know-where.

The Penguins had better know that or they are on the verge of making a terrible mistake. They had better be ready for the Red Wings’ best in Game 5 tonight. The Red Wings are proud defending Cup champions. They are back home at Joe Louis Arena, where they won Games 1 and 2 with some ease and where they have beaten the Penguins in four of the past five Cup final games going back to last season, the exception being the Penguins’ epic, 4-3 win in three overtimes in Game 5 a year ago. They also figure to get a big boost from the likely return of star center Pavel Datsyuk, their Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP.

Cracked?

The Red Wings?

Hardly.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Penguins Playing Detroit The Ducks Way

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

As the Pittsburgh Penguins crash the boards and lay the body on the Detroit Red Wings in these Stanley Cup finals, you can’t help but think they’ve watched a little video from the second round of the NHL playoffs.

The Anaheim Ducks pushed the Wings to seven games in Round 2 and did it in part by trying to hit every Red and White body they could lay their hands on.

“I think that’s what the Penguins are trying to do, they’re trying to be as physical as they possibly can,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle told ESPN.com via phone Friday. “This is the Stanley Cup finals. You have to earn every inch of the ice and they’ve been as physical as anybody on Detroit.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

KK Wil Be Lite Tonight

I am going to kick back a bit tonight and get prepared for another trip to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

The game should be the best of the series and the winner will be one victory away from lifting the Stanley Cup above their heads!!!

Filed in: KK Website Business, NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Crosby Today

Q. How do you feel?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: Pretty good. The typical bumps and bruises of the playoffs, but nothing major. And I think, yeah, most of the guys will tell you they feel really fresh for this point of the year. So that’s a good sign.

        Q. Any sense that you’re wearing them down a little bit?

        SIDNEY CROSBY: We’re trying. The more pressure we can put. I think both teams really tried to do that consistently throughout games, so, that’s what makes it so intense and such a battle. But I think we’re trying to do that.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

Afternoon Line

Crosby’s like a shark - he smells bloods, he tastes it out there, he’s like a predator, and now that he’s got that first goal of the series, all bets are off.

-Bob McKenzie of TSN.  More on Sidney from McKenzie…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma Today

Q.      Can you talk about the energy or level of freshness that your team has right now after playing four games in six nights?

        COACH BYLSMA: If Geno could have scored that goal at the end of the second, I would have liked to see them keep the roof on this place, because it was hopping in the second period, and that was a big part of our energy.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dan+bylsma

Reviewing Game 4

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside recap game 4.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Wings Need Datsyuk

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Memo to Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk: Take a shot in that broken foot and get your fanny on the Joe Louis Arena ice tomorrow night. Your team needs you.

Badly.

If one thing became clear last night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, it’s that the Red Wings can’t match the Penguins’ high-end talent—OK, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby—without Datsyuk, their Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 180 181 182 183 184 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts