Tag: Pittsburgh Penguins

Andrew Ebbett, Christian Ehrhoff

Struggling Penguins lost Ehrhoff (again) last night


Things have been rocky for the Pittsburgh Penguins lately, and that probably goes double for Christian Ehrhoff’s injury-ravaged season.

Ehrhoff suffered what looked like an upper-body injury during Tuesday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues, which left onlookers concerned about another possible concussion:

Yikes. Here’s a quick rundown of the maladies he’s already faced in a star-crossed season with the Penguins, with help from the Hockey News’ listings:

  • Missed five games with a lower-body injury.
  • Missed 12 games with a head injury.
  • Missed six games with an undisclosed issue.
  • Missed another contest with an undisclosed injury.

In the 49 games the 32-year-old managed to play, he’s generated 14 points and a +8 rating.

Being without a valuable defenseman is never easy, yet this stings the Penguins a bit more since things have been tense lately. They’ve now lost five of their last six games and cannot totally dismiss the possibility of falling into the wild card mix, as their grasp on the Metropolitan Division’s third spot is slipping (the Washington Capitals are just three points behind with the same number of games remaining).

It has to be a frustrating situation for the Penguins and Ehrhoff, and one cannot help but wonder if he’ll be 100 percent once the playoffs roll around.

PHT Morning Skate: An interstellar Panthers fan


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

You may find it hard to believe, but Daniel Winnik has been the Toronto Maple Leafs’ leading scorer at even-strength since Peter Horachek took over with 10 points. Great find by the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle. (Mirtle’s Tweet)

Should the New York Islanders be thankful that Thomas Vanek opted against sticking around because they’re moving to Brooklyn? Adam Proteau says yes. (The Hockey News)

Play one-day fantasy hockey tonight! Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a $20,000 league for Wednesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first place wins $2,000. Starts Wednesday at 8:00pm ET. Enter Now!

A hockey historian makes an argument that retired NBA great Steve Nash is Canada’s greatest athlete, not a hockey player. See if you can read this in seven seconds or less. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Hope you have your hockey/Florida Panthers + space travel puns ready. (Note: some in the comments believe he might actually be a Tampa Bay Lightning fan …)

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts are always worth absorbing and considering. (Sportsnet)

Goalie nods: Price versus Rinne in potential Vezina showdown

Carey Price,

All the latest from the blue paint…

Elite battle at Bridgestone

Two goalies most have penciled in as Vezina candidates will square off tonight in Nashville when Carey Price and the Habs take on Pekka Rinne and the Preds.

Price, widely considered to be the Vezina favorite, has been nothing short of brilliant all season long and heads into tonight’s action leading the NHL in wins (40), save percentage (.938), GAA (1.86) and shutouts (nine). The 27-year-old’s dominance has led to serious discussion about Hart Trophy consideration as league MVP.

Rinne, meanwhile, has been solid as well. He’s second to Price in both GAA (2.09) and wins (38), sitting fifth overall in save percentage (.927). What’s interesting about the two, however, is that Price has never been named a Vezina finalist over the course of his seven-year career; Rinne, who’s in his ninth NHL campaign, has been a finalist twice and fell just short of capturing the Vezina in 2011, when he finished a few votes shy of eventual winner Tim Thomas.

So with Price and Rinne likely to both be finalists this year, the conversation turns to who’ll be the third nominee. Right now, it seems like a three-horse race between New Jersey’s Cory Schneider, Washington’s Braden Holtby and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk.


Wild at Isles: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jaroslav Halak

Kings at Rangers: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Cam Talbot

Blues at Pens: Jake Allen vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Ducks at Jackets: John Gibson vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Coyotes at Wings: Mike Smith vs. Jimmy Howard

Panthers at Bolts: Roberto Luongo vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Jets at Canucks: Michael Hutchinson vs. Eddie Lack