Tuesday Pens Points: Pens Win First of Four Rivalry Games

Rob Carr

Pens win first of four rivalry games this week. Peverley collapses in Dallas, causing game postponement. Canucks collapse as well, giving up 7 goals in 3rd. Cookie Monster joins the 1000 club.

So, the Pens are 1 day into the biggest rivalry week that could be imagined - two back-to-backs against their most bitter rivals, Capitals and Flyers. No motivational talks are needed.

The first game didn't look that great on ice or on paper, but a win is a win. Pens 3, Caps 2, and Lee Stempniak looked like he belongs on the top line, whose production was all it took.

Evgeny Kuznetsov finally saw his debut with the Caps. They called him the Loch Ness monster because they've heard about him so much without ever setting eyes on him.

A scary incident at the Stars-Jackets game in Dallas last night, when Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench in the first period and was taken to the hospital for evaluation of an apparent cardiac event. The game was stopped and ended up being postponed. Before the season he underwent a procedure to treat an arrhythmia-type problem. Our best wishes to Pev and his family.

NHL GMs seem to have little appetite for major overtime and other rule changes. At this point, if they can just manage to stage a Brian Burke intervention, it would be a major victory.

The Vancouver Canucks are in a free fall, and there is no other way to explain the stunning collapse last night, after they surrendered 7 - that is SEVEN - goals in the third period to turn a 3-0 lead into a 7-4 loss to the Islanders.

Jonathan Bernie made 43 saves and the Maple Leafs beat the Ducks 3-1 in Anaheim despite being outshot 44-23. Don't look now, but Randy Carlyle managed to steer that ship to third place in the East at the moment.

Avs PA Parenteau is likely out for the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury. His status for the playoffs remains uncertain.

This is about a month old but it's an original statistical analysis article and not related to any news, juts for our own education. From Puck Prediction, an article called Game Theory: How Do Opponents’ Strengths Affect Your Team’s Performance? Interesting data sets and well worth your time if you're into analytics.

Last, but definitely not least. Matt Cooke will play in his 1000th NHL game tonight. He is the third player this season, after Robyn Regehr and Martin St. Louis, to achieve this milestone. This season he has appeared in all 64 games for the Wild and tallied 24 points with a +8 rating. Congrats to Cookie.

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