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Offensive tendencies - 11-14-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The statistics which have been most glaring for the Penguins in their ongoing three-game losing streak have been their goal totals. They've only scored three goals, all on the power play.

A statistic which is a little less obvious has been their numbers in terms of offensive zone faceoffs. In the past two games, a loss at home to the Flyers last night and a road loss to the Blues Saturday, they have won fewer than 40 percent of their offensive draws. Things don't get easier tomorrow against the Predators who lead the NHl in overall faceoff winning percentage at 55.2 percent.

When examining the Penguins' 11 wins and seven losses, a pattern of success and failure in offensive zone faceoffs can more often than not be easily connected to their results on the scoreboard:

Wins
Opponent Offensive Zone
Faceoffs
(Wins-Attempts)
Success
Rate
Goals
For
at Blue Jackets 8-14 57.1% 3
Blue Jackets 10-17 58.8% 4
vs. Bruins 10-18 55.6% 3
at Hurricanes 11-19 57.9% 3
vs. Canucks 11-19 57.9% 4
at Flyers 9-20 45.0% 4
vs. Oilers 5-16 31.3% 3
at Lightning 10-20 50.0% 5
vs. Hurricanes 16-28 57.1% 5
vs. Sabres 19-32 59.4% 4
vs. Devils 8-12 66.7% 3
Totals 117-215 54.4% 41
(3.73 average)
Losses
Opponent Offensive Zone
Faceoffs
(Wins-Attempts)
Success
Rate
Goals
For
vs. Flyers 9-23 39.1% 1
at Blues 6-16 37.5% 1
at Rangers 10-17 58.8% 1
at Maple Leafs 9-24 37.5% 1
vs. Islanders 12-21 57.1% 3
vs. Avalanche 16-28 57.1% 0
at Panthers 9-16 56.3% 3
Totals 71-145 48.9% 10
(1.43 average)

(Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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The Arcade Fire coming to Consol in March

Written by Scott Mervis on .

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The Arcade Fire has done a splendid job of avoiding Pittsburgh since breaking out in 2004 with "Funeral."

Three albums later, the Grammy-winning indie band from Montreal will make its long-awaited trip on March 12 at Consol Energy Center.

According to the band's site, tickets for the "Reflektor" tour will go on sale Nov. 22. More details on that to follow ...

The band's only performance in Pittsburgh was on June 21, 2004 at the Rex Theater, three months before the release of that acclaimed debut album. They opened for the Unicorns.

 

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If this track record doesn't restore your trust in Dana Hologrsen ...

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

WVU hype machine Doug Cross put together these graphics to, perhaps, give you some solace in the fact that this year's offense hasn't been so impressive. With no standout quarterback or wide receiver, the offense has stalled often and, at best, hung on by the skin of its teeth.

So, take a look at these NFL-laden graphics and take a deep breath. (Click on the photos for a larger version.)

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Here's a bonus photo from last week on Charles Sims: 

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Coles, Howard out vs. North Carolina

Written by Sam Werner on .

Pitt coach Paul Chryst said today that he expects cornerbacks Titus Howard and Trenton Coles to miss the North Carolina games with injuries. Both were hurt at different points during Pitt's 28-21 win against Notre Dame Saturday.

With those two out, Chryst said Jahmahl Pardner and EJ Banks to take over as the primary backups at the cornerback spot. Pardner is a redshirt freshman who played last year before tearing his ACL in the third game of the season (and taking a medical redshirt). Chryst said he is slowly still working back to where he was pre-injury.

"I do think he's getting where he's playing," Chryst said. "I think in camp, certainly, there's that feeling out. You're not quite sure, he hadn't gone through spring ball and do you trust it? I think we're certainly past that point. I think he's just going out and playing. He's not thinking about it."

Banks is a redshirt senior who transferred to Pitt from Notre Dame prior to the 2011 season. A Montour graduate, he has played in just one game this year.

The absence of Howard and Coles could be especially impactful against a North Carolina team that runs a high-tempo spread offense. In most situations, Pitt would probably play a good part of the game in their nickel defensive package with an extra defensive back (or even two) on the field. Without Coles and Howard, the Panthers may have to stick more in their base set, which would have linebackers like Anthony Gonzalez out in space in coverage more (for what it's worth, Gonzalez looked pretty good in coverage on the final play of the Notre Dame game).

"We'll have enough [defensive backs]," Chryst said. "It might be an opportunity for guys. You've got to step up and step in."

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It's here! Much-anticipated Isabel Marant for H&M collection now in stores

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Christmas came early for H&M shoppers. Today, the Swedish department store chain rolled out the Isabel Marant capsule collection in about 250 stores worldwide and online at www.hm.com

For the limited-edition line, the Parisian designer combined boho-hip with rock 'n roll for looks that are chic yet edgy. 

"The way she mixes different elements in her collection, creating a style that is effortless and urban, makes her very contemporary," H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch told media. 

The collection includes accessories, footwear and apparel for women and teens. For the first time, Ms. Marant also created pieces for men.

Check out some of the styles below. Spot any favorites?

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HM 3

HM 4

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