Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

It’s the season (or offseason) of hot takes. This is why I’m going to provide you with a not-so-hot take: Matt Hunwick may not be as bad as your eye test says. Stick with me. I know that’s a tough sentence to stomach. It’ll be okay. Let me explain. Hunwick cracked the opening night line up playing on a third line pairing with Olli Maatta. The pair … Continue reading Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

What to takeaway from “break-up day”

The Penguins’ break up day comes with a bit more somber of a tone than the previous two season after their second round loss to the Washington Capitals. The previous couple seasons were more cheerful and celebrating. This season had the disappointment and a few interesting quotes from the legendary Jim Rutherford. Let’s delve in and see what we can take away heading into next season. … Continue reading What to takeaway from “break-up day”

Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

It’s such a weird feeling. The playoffs go on without the Penguins for the first time in two seasons. Emptiness fills your heart and the feeling of a longer offseason sucks. But, looking back on it, this just seemed like the storybook ending. The Penguins have tortured Braden Holtby and the Capitals over these Stanley Cup triumphant seasons. It was the fourth meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex … Continue reading Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

What needs to be fixed for Penguins to comeback?

For only the second time in Matt Murray‘s career, he lost consecutive playoff games. And for the first time in a long time, Murray isn’t the same goalie the Penguins have effusively praised and enjoyed over their past two Stanley Cup runs. His .906 save percentage isn’t horrible although it’s far from inspiring but he isn’t necessarily the problem right now. What are some things the Penguins … Continue reading What needs to be fixed for Penguins to comeback?

The matchups within Penguins vs. Capitals

For the third time in as many years, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals meet in round two of the playoffs. It’s becoming a yearly playoff tradition as the Penguins look to take home their third Stanley Cup in a row. For the first time in that span, the Capitals aren’t the team to beat with all the expectations in the world. They can rest … Continue reading The matchups within Penguins vs. Capitals

Flavell: Adversity? The Penguins know no such thing

The sweet smell of victory arose over the eastern side of the Keystone state Sunday afternoon after the Penguins beat the Flyers 8-5. The Penguins suffered an internal loss before the game even started when they learned Evgeni Malkin wasn’t going to be in the lineup. They did get Patric Hornqvist back and while this is no slight to Hornqvist, Malkin not being in outweighed that. It was … Continue reading Flavell: Adversity? The Penguins know no such thing

Flavell: Why the Penguins have all but won the series

You know it’s playoff season again when the Penguins have nearly made the opposing starting goalie fear even so much as seeing the colors black and gold. They’ve given Brian Elliott the yips this time around. Elliott has been atrociously bad in the first four games of this series. Despite what some national media members have said about Elliott being “stellar” and getting no help, a … Continue reading Flavell: Why the Penguins have all but won the series

1st round playoff preview: Flyers vs. Penguins

It’s rivalry season. Or maybe it’s playoff season. Or it’s just both. This season, a rivalry that has been longstanding gets it’s playoff renewal. The Keystone State rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins gets re-enacted. Regular Season Matchups The two teams met four times in the regular season with the Penguins winning all four meetings and sweeping the season series. It was a … Continue reading 1st round playoff preview: Flyers vs. Penguins