James O'Brien

Jonas Hiller, Bobby Ryan shaken up in collision


The Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames are engaging in an increasingly wild affair, and the collision between Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller may only turn up the heat.

Ryan received a goalie interference penalty for the incident.

Hiller seems especially shaken up by that collision so far, while Ryan left but eventually came back. Do you think Ryan was at fault for this despite getting pushed?

Video will be added when or if it’s available. For now, judge it based on this GIF via Stephanie “My Regular Face.”

Update: The Senators ended up winning 5-4 via a shootout. Sounds like Hiller’s status is currently up in the air.

Pittsburgh’s league-worst power play is looking the part so far


For all we know, this post could look really silly in mere minutes, or at least in the scope of Wednesday.

That’s the danger of in-game articles, but sheesh, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ power-less power play kind of forced the issue during the first period of tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

The low point was probably an ineffectual 5-on-3 power play – a lengthy opportunity at that – which produced more critiques than scoring chances.

Keep in mind that the Penguins’ power play came into this game with the least efficient power play in the league with an NHL-worst 7.1 percent success rate. Going 0-for-3 early on won’t help.

Moments like these should be beneficial for the Penguins, as some questioned the call:

Instead, it just shined an unfriendly spotlight on their struggles.

What would you do to fix things up? Many are blaming coaching:

Naturally, we’ll keep an eye on the Penguins as the night goes along. We could see more penalties at this rate, by the way:

Yes, Brodie is back for the Flames

TJ Brodie

The Calgary Flames are getting T.J. Brodie back on Wednesday.

Really, it’s a nice night for the Ottawa Senators as well; Milan Michalek and Marc Methot are able to play for their side.

For all the hype Dougie Hamilton brought into Calgary, things … haven’t exactly been going well. Perhaps getting Brodie back might help Dougie out as well?

It might take some time, but for a Flames team struggling to match last season’s breakthrough, this is a huge boost.

WATCH LIVE: Penguins at Capitals for Wednesday Night Rivalry

Alex Ovechkin, Marc-Andre Fleury

Gallons of ink – literal and digital – has been spilled over Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. You can read another interesting comparison between the two right here.

The beauty of the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins games is that there is plenty of star power beyond the headliners.

Most obviously, Evgeni Malkin and Nicklas Backstrom are legitimate stars themselves. Beyond that, we have guys like Phil Kessel and T.J. Oshie, not to mention Kris Letang and “Mr. Game 7” Justin Williams.

In other words, tonight should be fun even if both Crosby and Ovechkin find themselves struggling. It’s all a part of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN, which you can stream online via the link below.


Orpik says Crosby, Ovechkin are ‘opposites’

Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin

For a decade now, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been subject to sometimes breathless comparisons.

That’s what happens when you’re the two biggest scoring sensations in your sport, but there have been times in which people have jumped to some strange conclusions about each star.

Brooks Orpik is one of the only people who could probably provide a credible account of what the two forwards are like, especially off the ice.

Those hoping to drum up differences between the two might be heartened to hear his thoughts about just how much they contrast, as CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports.

“They couldn’t be any more different,” Orpik said. “They are two of the bigger names in the game, but in terms of the way they carry themselves off the ice they couldn’t be more opposites.”

Orpik said that Crosby displays a serious demeanor “90 percent of the time” and is something of a student of the game. Meanwhile, Ovechkin isn’t necessarily all-hockey, all-the-time in the same way.

(Cue certain people making the same conclusions as always, then?)

Anyway, for all the eye-rolling this induces for some, it’s interesting to get some more insight from the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Perhaps it might get you a little more revved up for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN?

Related: Teams excited for playoff atmosphere in October.