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PHT Extra: Will the Penguins pick it up for the playoffs?

Apr 8, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

Our latest video masterpiece in which we entertain the possibility of a first-round match-up between Pittsburgh and Detroit. Could the Red Wings upset the Penguins?

We also discuss the battle for top spot in the Pacific Division between San Jose and Anaheim. How important will avoiding the Kings in the first round be for one of those teams?

  1. sjsblitz - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    id rather play the Kings in the first round than a hot goaltender in Bryz…..

  2. penguins87and71 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I think the Penguins will pick it up for the Playoffs, they really aren’t playing for that much right now. They’re resting a lot of their core players. I think having Malkin, Crosby, Orpik, and Maata back for the Playoffs will really help. As for the Redwings upsetting the Penguins, it could happen. Nothing would shock me anymore. It’s the NHL Playoffs and anything can happen.

  3. blomfeld - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Sorry Penguin lovers, however you people are definitely ‘not’ part of the equation. This year’s SC winner can only be one of three ‘dynamic’ California teams … namely LA, Anaheim and SJ. And last time I checked, word is that the good Lord has his money down again on the ‘glorious’ Kings of Los Angeles ! … and we all know what that means eh ? :)

  4. drewsylvania - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    God, I hope not.

  5. csilojohnson - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    What do you mean “you people”?
    I think the polluted LA air has had adverse affects on the rational part of your brain blomfeld.

  6. chanceoffleury - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    It’s a question that can only be answered with another question: Will FLEURY pick it up and make a comeback for the playoffs? He’s been playing great. Played one of his best games of the year on Sunday. But if the Pens don’t tighten up their D they’re as good as done. Fleury falling apart has had a direct correlation with the Pens D falling apart. They did it against the Flyers in ’12 and they did it against the Islanders last year. I’m not excusing Fleury, but his team never really did much to help him, either. As weird as it is, in recent years, even during Johnson’s tenure, the Pens played better defense and less risky offense in front of their backups. They don’t take the same chances they do when Fleury’s in net. Their D hasn’t been good at all as of late; they need to get back to where they were at the beginning of the year. They’ll need to be patient. If they play strong defense the offensive chances will come. The past 2 years they’ve come into the playoffs really hot so I’m interested to see how they respond to being in a “blah” state of play at this point in the season.

    • hockeydon10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Do you also worry about the coaching matchup? It’s a repeat of USA’s Bylsma vs. Canada’s Babcock.

  7. LampyB - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Sorry but no way LA wins this year blomfeld. I’m man enough to admit its not Detroits year either.

    There are several eastern teams that could beat LA. dare i say philly even being one!

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