Monday, March 25, 2013

If The Penguins Weren't Good Before, They Are Now


The Pittsburgh Penguins came into this lockout-shortened season considered one of the leading contenders for the Stanley Cup. They sport a roster with the like of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fluery, why wouldn't they be?

Even with the injury bug lingering over the team they have been successful and have stampeded to a 25-8-0 record and a spot atop the Eastern Conference with just 15 games remaining in the season.

So, with the trade deadline fast approaching few would have thought Pittsburgh would add any major pieces, if any at all. But, the Penguins have very much broke open the trade watch season with two major additions.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Kings Have Found Their Stride

 
The Stanley Cup hangover, you hear it every season. People believe the defending Stanley Cup Champions will always suffer from slow starts to their title defending season. It may be the short off-season, the excessive partying and parades over that time, or the extra focus on your team because of the win, blame it on what you want, this phenomena shows it's face every season. This year the Los Angeles Kings got bit by the bug.

The Kings opened the season with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the game that ultimately started the Blackhawks' historic run, a game that the Kings looked out of sync and a step behind their competition. The Kings went through their first ten games of the season with a 3-5-2 record, and sat well outside the playoff picture.