Burn the Baby Blues

Is it just me, or have the Penguins be horrible while wearing the throwback uniforms this year.  And is it just me, or does it not even feel special when they wear them anymore?

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

The answer to both of those questions is no, it’s not just me.  They have been terrible in the third jerseys. Also, by wearing them so much — now nine times this season — nothing about seeing the team play in them feels special.

The following are the results of each game so far this season in which the Penguins have worn the baby blue uniforms. I warn you … it’s not pretty.

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Weekly Rant: the NHL is crooked

My Rant
My Rant

I could easily rant about Jordan Staal and how I feel about his new, four-year contract extension.  Or I could beat a dead horse and discuss the recent plight of the Penguins and whether or not the coaches are to blame.

But I’m tired of it.  Something else is troubling me — because it’s not troubling anybody else.

Former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for two games after biting Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres in a game on Jan. 6.  There is my problem.  Two games.

Sean Avery, another NHL player that is known for going a little bonkers on the ice, was suspended indefinitely for comments he said in Calgary before a game against the Flames.  His comments were as follows:

“I am really happy to be back in Calgary, I love Canada,” Avery said Tuesday morning. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my sloppy seconds. I don’t know what that’s about. Enjoy the game tonight.”

And thus, I’m confused.

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Wednesday’s storylines — 1.7.08

Well if you didn’t know yet, Jarkko Ruutu is crazy.

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Peters

The former Penguin decided to use the only thing he had left to work with when he got involved in a scrum with Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres: his teeth.  Peters got Ruutu with a facewash and he responded by biting Peters’ thumb hard enough he broke the skin.

The reaction around Buffalo is here and the video is here.

He was surely a pest while he was in Pittsburgh, but I never thought he’d do something like that.  You better believe he’ll be punished.  But here’s what I wonder … will he get a worse penalty than Sean Avery?

If not, you can’t bet Avery will be up in arms and I think he rightfully should be.  Whatever one says  can’t be worse than biting.  And both have had troubled pasts as far an nonsense goes within the league.  By no means am I an Avery supporter, but I think it would be an injustice to him.

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If the trend continues, Pens should win

In the last eight games the Pittsburgh Penguins are 4-3-1, swapping wins and losses each game.

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Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. on Versus

The Pens are coming off a 3-2 loss at Ottawa, which means fans are due to witness a win tonight at home against the Buffalo Sabres.  Fans should also prepare for an offensive explosion.

In each of the last three games following a loss, Pittsburgh has scored 14 goals — an average of nearly five goals per game.  In the previous losses the totals go way down: six goals, an average of two a game.

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