From the Point Too
Well, we have all gotten a look at a number of predictions around the interwebs this week so I thought that I would put up some of my own… I haven’t gotten to post much over the past few days leading up to the first games, so I figured that this is a great way to get back into the mix.
I will run through the typical Division winners, Conference/Stanley Cup winners and trophy winners, but I will also give you a handful of quick Pens predictions.
It isn’t often that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are on the same team in any cause. In fact, they are probably two of the biggest rivals in the National Hockey League, however there is one cause that is big enough to bring these two Eastern Conference foes together—raising funds for the families of those lost in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl disaster. The teams have announced a joint effort to raise money for the families of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl who lost so much in the plane crash Sept. 7 in Russia.
As Penguins training camp rolls on, so do the roster cuts following each game, the latest being a 3-2 Penguins victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City. The Birds have pared seven more bodies from their camp roster and there are a couple of interesting names on the list.
I will be back shortly with some thoughts on the moves, but the team has shipped out 13 players to their Wilkes Barre-Scranton Affiliate and or their respective junior teams. Amongst the cuts is former first round pick Simon Despres, who hasn’t had an overly impressive training camp. The moves leave 42 players on the training camp roster.
The official release from the team is below…
The Penguins head into their first game of the pre-season this evening against the Detroit Red Wings. Having the Wings swoop through to participate in the first actual hockey game of the season is starting to be a Consol Energy Center tradition as they were the first opponent to skate against the Birds in pre-season tilt last year when the barn first opened its doors.
Personally, I am not expecting to see much tonight, but it will be nice to see hockey being played after a long off-season of NBA/NFL CBA talks. If you think that was painful, wait until next summer when Bettman and company get back in the negotiating room…. But that is a story for another day.
Though the Penguins put in a day of physicals, meetings and off-ice activities on Friday; today marked the first day of on ice activities.
The sessions were open to the public and there was plenty of fan support. Most were in the house to witness the return of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Makin – both of which missed significant time last season with injuries. Crosby and Malkin did skate today and looked great in doing so, but more on that shortly.
I was in the house alongside a diverse group of media folk from around the league and Pittsburgh and wanted to throw a collection of news and notes at you.
The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule, but what is more interesting is the fact that they have made last year’s Winter Classic dark blues the official third jersey. That won’t sit well with many fans who were a bit disappointed with the jerseys upon their unveiling last fall.
Personally, the more I saw the jersey last season, the more that it grew on me. In fact, I would say that by the end of the season I actually liked it quite a bit.
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