Sidney Crosby has been nothing but upbeat about the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth outdoor game, Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field. In the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, a 3-2 loss to Washington, Crosby got clocked by a blindside hit by the Capitals' David Steckel, resulting in a concussion and heavily chronicled complications that forced Crosby to missed 101 games over the next season and a half in the prime of his career.
If the Los Angeles Kings fail to make the playoffs, an offense that failed to deliver on a consistent basis could be blamed. The Kings will try to jump-start their offense once more on Saturday when they resume the Freeway Face-off series with the retooled Anaheim Ducks in a matinee at Staples Center. Los Angeles (29-27-4) has been blanked twice in three games against Anaheim (32-20-10) this season, including a 1-0 setback on Sunday at the Honda Center.
Forward T.J. Oshie and defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik missed the Washington Capitals' game against the Edmonton Oilers Friday night because of injuries. Coach Barry Trotz had called Niskanen and Orpik questionable with lower-body injuries. Trotz also alluded to a forward being banged up, with that being Oshie missing his 10th game of the season for an upper-body injury.
|Puck Daddy||Chicagoin 7||Great, gritty battle between two teams loaded with big names and quality grunts. The Hossa Hex ends, much to our chagrin.|
|Sam McCaig||Chicagoin 6||Chicago's depth, skill and speed will prove to be too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the 'Hawks can keep pace physically with the Flyers.|
|Ross McKeon||Chicagoin 6||The 'Hawks are poised to win their first Cup since 1961, but if we’ve learned anything from these playoffs it’s to expect the unexpected.|
|Matt Romig||Chicagoin 6||Give the 'Hawks the edge in skill, speed and special teams. Philly brings enough intangibles to extend an otherwise one-sided series.|