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Sutter on Sutter - 10-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Kings coach Darryl Sutter (right) held court with media outside the visiting dressing room at Consol Energy Center today and was asked if he had a chance to watch his nephew, Penguins center Brandon Sutter, this season.

“Yeah, I do,” Darryl Sutter said. “I think I’ve seen Pittsburgh play four games. Brandon’s game doesn’t change. Brandon’s a good player. He’s every team’s – it’s a little different here because he plays behind [Sidney Crosby] and [Evgeni] Malkin but …”

“He’s full of [manure]!” bellowed Brandon Sutter who just happened to be walking by his uncle’s media scrum en route to the team's parking lot.

“Bull [manure],” Darryl Sutter wryly retorted.

After the laughter died down, Darryl Sutter continued, “Brandon is as good of a second centerman on every team there is on the league.”

(Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

 

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Margin still wide for Corbett campaign

If Tom Corbett has any ideas for a last-minute push in the race for his job, now is definitely the time to try.

A new poll from Franklin and Marshall College shows the Republican governor is still down by double digits to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf – and time to make up ground is quickly running out.

F&M found Mr. Wolf with a 13-point lead,...

Read more http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/6356-margin-still-wide-for-corbett-campaign

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Down to one - 10-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

With Marc-Andre Fleury's 25-save effort in a 3-0 road win Saturday, the Penguins recorded their first shutout of the Predators in franchise history.

That leaves the Minnesota Wild as the only opposing NHL franchise the Penguins have not shutout.

The Penguins' all-time shutouts broken down by opponents and goaltenders:

Opponent (Shutouts) Goaltender (Shutouts)
New York Rangers (14)

Marc-Andre Fleury (4)
Tom Barrasso (2)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Johan Hedberg (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Roberto Romano (1)
Al Smith (1)
Tomas Vokoun (1)
Dunc Wilson (1)
Wendell Young (1)

 

New York Islanders (12)

Marc-Andre Fleury (3)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Sebastien Caron (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Rob Holland (1)
Jim Rutherford (1)
Petr Skudra (1)
Tomas Vokoun (1)
Brent Johnson/Marc-Andre Fleury (1)-*

 

Philadelphia Flyers (12) Tom Barrasso (2)
Les Binkley (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury (2)
Hank Bassen (1)
Steve Guenette (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Petr Skudra (1)
Garth Snow (1)
Dunc Wilson (1)
Kansas City Scouts/
Colorado Rockies/
New Jersey Devils (11)

Marc-Andre Fleury (4)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Gary Edwards (1)
Johan Hedberg (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Roberto Romano (1)
Dany Sabourin (1)
Jocelyn Thibault (1)

 

 

Minnesota North Stars/
Dallas Stars (10)
Les Binkley (2)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Joe Daley (1)
Greg Millen (1)
Frank Pietrangelo (1)
Michel Plasse (1)
Roberto Romano (1)
Al Smith (1)
Buffalo Sabres (9) Marc-Andre Fleury (2)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Sebastien Caron (1)
Ty Conklin (1)
Johan Hedberg (1)
Patrick Lalime (1)
Jim Rutherford (1)
Ken Wregget (1)
Washington Capitals (9) Marc-Andre Fleury (4)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Gary Inness (1)
Greg Millen (1)
Ken Wregget (1)
Boston Bruins (7)

Marc-Andre Fleury (2)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Les Binkley (1)
Joe Daley (1)
Jim Rutherford (1)

 

Toronto Maple Leafs (7) Petr Skudra (2)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Les Binkley (1)
Johan Hedberg (1)
Al Smith (1)
Garth Snow (1)
Chicago Black Hawks/Blackhawks (6) Sebastien Caron (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Greg Millen (1)
Jim Rutherford (1)
Garth Snow (1)
Dunc Wilson (1)
Hartford Whaler/
Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Sebastien Caron (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Brent Johnson (1)
Patrick Lalime (1)
Roberto Romano (1)
Ken Wregget (1)

 

Ottawa Senators (5)

Tom Barrasso (4)
Johan Hedberg (1)

 

Detroit Red Wings (4) Tom Barrasso (2)
Andy Brown (1)
Michel Plasse (1)
Florida Panthers (4) Tom Barrasso (2)
Ty Conklin (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Montreal Canadiens (4) Tom Barrasso (1)
Les Binkley (1)
Dany Sabourin (1)
Marc-Andre Fleury/Tomas Vokoun (1)-*
Tampa Bay Lightning (4) Marc-Andre Fleury (2)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Ken Wregget (1)
Vancouver Canucks (4) Jean-Sebastien Aubin (1)
Denis Herron (1)
Dunc Wilson (1)
Gilles Meloche/Roberto Romano (1)-*
California/Oakland Seals/
California Golden Seals/
Cleveland Barons (3)
Les Binkley (2)
Dunc Wilson (1)
Los Angeles Kings (3) Les Binkley (1)
Gary Inness (1)
Al Smith (1)
St. Louis Blues (3) Les Binkley (1)
Greg Millen (1)
Ken Wregget (1)
Atlanta/Calgary Flames (2) Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Johan Hedberg (1)
Atlanta Thrashers/
Winnipeg Jets (2)
Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Tomas Vokoun (1)
San Jose Sharks (2) Tom Barrasso (1)
Patrick Lalime (1)

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim/
Anaheim Ducks (1)

 

Tom Barrasso (1)

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets (1) Jeff Zatkoff (1)
Edmonton Oilers (1) Johan Hedberg (1)
Nashville Predators (1) Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
Quebec Nordiques/
Colorado Avalanche (1)
Ken Wregget (1)
Winnipeg Jets/
Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes (1)
Tom Barrasso (1)
Minnesota Wild (0) -

*-Shared shutout.

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Empty Netter Assists - 10-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. The Penguins scored seven unanswered goals (including Craig Adams', above) in their comeback.

-The Bergen (N.J.) Record's recap. “It’s humbling. We beat ourselves starting with the bench minor, which was on me, and through some of the mistakes we made on some of the goals we gave up. It’s unfortunate, but you can’t come into a building and play a team like that and not be on top of your game for 60 minutes and we weren’t.” - Devils coach Peter DeBoer.

-The Newark Star-Ledger's recap. "It was ugly." - Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

-The Associated Press' recap. "Seven different players scoring, that's contributions throughout the lineup." - Mike Johnston.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-A great look at a goal by New Jersey's Tuomo Ruutu:

-Schneider was all over this puck:

-New Jersey's Jon Merrill took a spill here:

-It was that kind of night for the Devils:

“It’s humbling,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We beat ourselves starting with the bench minor, which was on me, and through some of the mistakes we made on some of the goals we gave up. It’s unfortunate, but you can’t come into a building and play a team like that and not be on top of your game for 60 minutes and we weren’t.” - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/devils-routed-by-penguins-8-3-1.1120240#sthash.xpA877EN.dpuf

-Johnston speaks:

-“I think he’s as strong as they come. The way he’s handled this? [I] can’t imagine the thoughts that were going through his mind when they told him that. We’re here to support him. As a teammate, you want to be there for him, but it’s nice to see when someone handles it that way. It’s pretty incredible.” - Sidney Crosby on Olli Maatta dealing with a tumor on his thyroid gland.

-"I think it’s something in the water I guess. That’s the first thing that came up to my mind. What’s in the water? Because it’s all our team. It went to [former goaltender Tomas Vokoun], me and now Olli. I don’t know. It’s pretty sad for our team." - Penguins defenseman Kris Letang joking about the team's recent run of health scares.

-"He’s calm. At the same time… he enjoys playing hockey. He’s calm but he’s competitive as well and you can recognized that on the ice for sure. He’s always calm. He more mature than you’d think a guy his age would be."  Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu on defenseman Olli Maatta. They played together on Finland's Olympic team.

-“That’s the type of guy he is. Not much fazes him. I haven’t seen any interviews with him, but to hear that, doesn’t surprise me . . . he’ll probably come away from this and not miss a stride.” - Flames defenseman and former Penguin Deryk Engelland on Maatta.

-There's a Penguins fan club in Australia.

-Happy 70th birthday to former Penguins forward Stan Gilbertson (right). Acquired midway through the 1975-76 season in a deal which sent Harvey Bennett, Jr. to the Capitals, Gilbertson spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1975-76 by appearing in 48 games and scoring 21 points. In the 1976 postseason, he played in three games and scored two points. His final NHL season was 1976-77. He saw action in 67 games and contributed 15 points. In the 1977 offseason, he lost his leg in an automobile accident in Rostraver. In 115 regular season games with the Penguins, Gilbertson scored 36 points.

-After the Jump: Jonathan Quick flips out.

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Steelers playoff probability: 46%

Written by Dan Gigler on .

browns-steelers-footb broa-1The Steelers and their fans would like to avoid sightings of any signs like the one above heading into the last week of the season.

The Steelers chance of making it to the postseason is 46.591% -- that's where it stands at the moment according to the math modeling experts over at Make NFL Playoffs.

They go on to say that the Steelers have a 26.8% chance to win the division (needless to say, Sunday night will go a LONG way to determining that) and will "need to win six of their remaining eight games to virtually assure themselves of a playoff berth" with a 99.954% probability and an 11-5 finish.

If they go 5-3 from here out (a 10-6 record overall), that drops just slightly down to 93.8%. 

A 4-4 second half (9-7 finish) and now Big Ben and the boys are looking at a 41% postseason possibility, and a third straight 8-8 record (meaning they go 3-5 down the stretch) would have the black and gold faithful waiting around again to see if Nate Succop or some other kicker makes or misses another field goal in the West Coast games because they'll only have a 1% chance of making it to the second season. 

So as it stands -- at this second at least -- things are lining up nicely for the Steelers. Even if they lose on on Sunday, their schedule after that is soft as Cortez Allen's coverage (cheap shot, I know).

On paper, the path to 5 wins is very doable with road games against the dumpster fire Jets (1-7), terrible Titans (2-6) and the flailing Falcons (2-6) and a 3-4 Saints team that will be away from their Dome Sweet Dome in late November. 

Then again, a month ago Steelers fans were salivating at the prospects of three straight games against the Bucs, Jags & Browns and they went 1-2. 

But, let's assume that the Steelers stay healthy and the lessons of the Tampa and Cleveland games are seared into their collective psyche and they take care of business when they should. That leaves a home game against a solid Kansas City team and the season series against Cincinnati -- one game on the road at the beginning of December, the other the regular season finale at Heinz Field.  

Things are about to get reeeeally interesting in a season that has already seen the most schizophrenic play from any Steelers team I can remember in my adult life (I'm 37). 

To paraphrase the great Mike Lange, buckle up, the second half of the season is ready to roll. 

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