Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.
Just a little better?
Despite his .798 save percentage through three games, the Penguins aren’t blaming Fleury for their troubles.
From NHL.com: This isn’t on just you, Bylsma told the goaltender who helped carry the Penguins to the Stanley Cup only three years ago. This 3-0 series deficit against the Philadelphia Flyers isn’t just the result of your play. All of us are responsible, and it will take all of us to dig ourselves out of this monumental hole.
Fleury appreciated the pep talk, but he also couldn’t help but think that if he had been only a little better, the Penguins wouldn’t need to win four consecutive games just to keep their season going. (NHL)
Ok, maybe a lot better:
Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 79.8% of the 84 shots he's faced. If his SV% was .900, he'd have allowed nine fewer goals - in three games!—
Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) April 16, 2012
Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing with Brendan Shanahan. Didn’t see that coming! (TSN)
NHL Players, past and present, weigh in on the Torres hit. (Globe and Mail)
An alternative solution:
Torres' punishment: an exile to KHL goon squad Vityaz.—
Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) April 18, 2012
Well, I’m not surprised…
Philadelphia keeps it classy
Read about it on Puck Daddy. It’s funny. (Puck Daddy)
On the schedule:
Flyers vs Penguins, 7:30 EST
Senators vs Rangers, 7:30 EST
Kings vs Canucks, 7:00 PST
Two series could be over tonight as both the Canucks and Penguins are facing elimination. From favorites to flops, which team do you think has the best chance to come back?
The Penguins will be short three regular players as forwards Craig Adams, Arron Asham and forty-goal scorer James Neal are out serving suspensions. Vancouver may or may not be getting Daniel Sedin back. At this point I assume he will be a game-time decision.
The Senators look to avoid going down 3-1 in their home game against the Rangers tonight. They will likely have to do it without their captain as Daniel Alfredsson remains doubtful with a concussion.
I’ll have a full recap of the games and top stories in my nightly review tonight. Stay tuned!
And finally, if you like Twitter, you may like this:
James Mirtle (@mirtle) April 18, 2012
- NHL Suspensions: League Must Make Example of Raffi Torres After Cheap Shot (bleacherreport.com)
- Toews doesn’t expect Hossa back soon, Bettman says Torres hit will be reviewed (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
- NHL Playoffs 2012: Pittsburgh Penguins Should Roll the Dice on Brent Johnson (bleacherreport.com)
- Flyers aim for sweep over Penguins (fox11online.com)