Ramblings: Hockey is Coming, Guentzel and the Pens, WJC, Myers, Boldy & Gusev (Dec. 9)

Cam Robinson

2020-12-08

We will have NHL hockey in 2021!*

*probably. 

Reports from all over the insider's web indicate that the NHL and the Union have agreed not to fiddle with the financial aspect of the return to play. This was always going to be the major potential roadblock. Players, unsurprisingly, want what they negotiated in the CBA. It's fair, even if a global pandemic has robbed owners of massive revenue streams. 

Get the pops on ice. Grab some snacks and circle January 13th on your calendar. 

 

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I may be crazy, but I think we see the Penguins reassert themselves as a Cup contender in the condensed 2021 season. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom which would indicate that the Pens are on the downslide. The on-ice product has been less consistent from the days of back-to-back championships. However, the club has been a clean 100-point club for the last three seasons.

Last year, they did so on the back of some serious production from key members.

Evgeni Malkin led the league in points-per-60 minutes (3.46). His 1.35 points-per-game put him on pace for a ridiculous 110-point season. That matches exactly what Nate MacKinnon produced in what many believed was a Hart Trophy-calibre campaign. Tristan Jarry stole the starting gig and was tied for third in even-strength save percentage (.929). As a club, they were a top-10 team in Corsi. They were top-10 in penalty-killing efficiency.

They did this while Sidney Crosby missed nearly 20 games. Jake Guentzel missed 30. They had