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Empty Netter Assists - 01-30-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"[Scuderi] was huge for me. Him and I as a pair, we just jelled together so well. - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on former teammate Rob Scuderi.

-Sidney Crosby (above, at a Kings prospect camp in 2004) will face the Kings for only the third time in his career.

-“If [Capitals forward Alex] Ovechkin is in top shape, there is no need to even put our skates on. He’ll just jump out and tear everyone apart." - Evgeni Malkin on Russia's chances in the Olympics.

-Crosby speaks:

-Scuderi speaks:

-Eric Hartzell made 20 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-0 shutout at home of the Syracuse Crunch. Captain Tom Kostopoulos had a goal and an assist for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Simon Despres recorded two assists.

-Highlights:

-Mike Condon made 26 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-1 home loss to the Fort Wayne Komets Wednesday.

-After the Jump: Yet another outdoor game in New York and a record-setting performance in Edmonton.

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Rangers at Islanders live chat - 01-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

We will be holding a live chat for tonight's Rangers-Islanders game at Yankee Stadium.

The game and the chat will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Feel free to join the chat here or participate in the window below.

NBC Sports Network will televise the game.

 

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-29-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-“We’re giving some guys like [Brian] Gibbons and [Jayson] Megna opportunities and, actually, I think they’ve acquitted themselves pretty well. They show good speed, the young guys. You need those young legs." - Ray Shero.

-Tomas Vokoun took shots after practice yesterday.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Zach Sill (above) is expected to return to the lineup this season after undergoing surgery on his forearm.

-Kris Letang speaks:

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin signed defenseman Barry Goers to a professional tryout agreement and assigned defensemen Nick D’Agostino and Harrison Ruopp to Wheeling.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Sharks/Flyers forward Niko Dimitrakos has joined Ilves of Finland's Liiga.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Robert Dome (right). A first-round pick in 1997, Dome, one of the bigger busts in franchise history, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1997-98, he appeared in 30 games and recorded seven points. After spending all of 1998-99 in the AHL and IHL, Dome played in 22 games for the Penguins in 1999-2000 and scored seven points. After spending 2000-01 in the Czech Republic and the AHL and missing most of 2001-02 due to an injury, Dome joined the Flames as a free agent in the 2002 offseason. In 52 games for the Penguins, he scored 14 points.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Chris Bourque. Claimed off waivers from the Capitals just prior to the 2009-10 season, Bourque's Penguins career amounted to 20 games and three assists. Midway through the season, Bourque, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, was re-claimed off waivers by the Capitals. He currently plays for Biel of Switzerland's NLA.

-After the Jump: Tim Thomas misses the State of the Union address and a new name for the Coyotes.

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Made it to Moscow!

Written by Brady McCollough on .

A few quick observations on Moscow. Cold. Nobody speaks English. I know this because the only Russian I know so far is "Do you speak English?" And I get the same answer every time. Ah well on to Magnitogorsk, a town created by Stalin in the late 1920s.

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Counting down to signing day 2014: Wide receivers

Written by Sam Werner on .

Another day, another look at the high school seniors expected to sign with Pitt in exactly one week. Today, let's take a look at the receiving corps Pitt will bring in this year...

Verbal commitments:
Adonis Jennings (6-3, 190 lbs)
Timber Creek High School (Sicklerville, N.J.)
Rivals: 4*, No. 38 WR
Scout: 3*, No. 92 WR
247: 4*, No. 43 WR

Elijah Zeise (6-2, 185 lbs)
North Allegheny High School (Wexford, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, No. 98 WR
Scout: 3*, No. 102 WR
247: 3*, No. 38 ATH

Jaquan Davidson (6-2, 173 lbs)
Elizabeth Forward High School (Elizabeth, Pa.)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 136 WR
247: 3*, No. 20 Dual-threat QB

At the end of the day, the relatively late commitment of Adonis Jennings may be one of the most important Pitt got in this class. Just as it was this season, wide receiver is a bit of a question mark heading into 2014. Tyler Boyd will obviously be the star, but the starting job across from him is wide open, as are the other rotation spots at the position. That said, there are a lot of guys who could be contenders for that spot. In terms of returning guys, I would expect Kevin Weatherspoon and Chris Wuestner to be contenders for playing time, and the group will get a boost from the return of Ronald Jones and the addition of Dontez Ford. Pitt also had three guys (Zach Challingsworth, Reggie Green and Jester Weah) redshirt this year who could battle for playing time next year. From what I hear, Challingsworth seems like the most likely to grab a starting job.
Even with all those guys, though. Jennings will definitely be in the mix for playing time. He's got a really nice frame at 6-3 and 190 pounds and, from watching some of his tape, he looks a little bit faster than maybe people are giving him credit for. While I think at least one or two of the younger, less-heralded guys on the roster will pan out as good college receivers, it's nice to have a guy with Jennings' pedigree on the roster.
Zeise and Davidson are both probably redshirt candidates, but both have some potential long-term. Zeise is a really good, long, athlete who still has room to put some weight on and could end up as a really good physical receiver. Davidson is a bit smaller, but looks much faster than his rankings might indicate.

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