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Monday morning is upon us and it really doesn’t feel like we had much of a weekend. That is mainly due to the NHL schedule makers who seem to ramp up their weekend day schedule during the latter stages of the season. The Penguins spent the weekend picking up four big points and moving back into first place in the Atlantic Division…can they hold off the Devils?

That question will be answered over the next two weeks, but it is looking like they just might be able to pull it off. Especially considering that they still have four games left on their current home stand…most of which are against teams that they should be able to beat. We will look more at the Penguins chances of winning the Atlantic over the next few days…

This time is reserved for Around the Net… your morning skate around the league!

First off, we grab Shelly Anderson’s PG Notebook… she looks as Brooks Orpik’s offensive EXPLOSION, Craig Adams 100th career point and a quick injury update.

Shelly’s Notebook

Here is Dave Molinari’s game recap. Dan Bylsma kept his promise and allowed Pascal Dupuis to take a shot in the shoot-out. Super Duper got it done and the rest is history…two more points in the book…

Dave’s Recap

Here is a look inside the Ponikarovsky for Caputi swap that the Penguins and Leafs finalized at this year’s NHL Trade deadline. Interesting to hear how the back and forth went… personally, I love seeing the dynamics of how a trade goes down!

Pens didn’t want to move Caputi

Kevin Gorman of the Tribune Review gets a feel for how Brooks Orpik’s frustration of last week affected the Penguins room. His words hit home with many, including Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Orpik’s words hit home

Joe Starkey of 93.7 the Fan takes a look at the top five games between the Penguins and Flyers. Saturday’s 4-1 Penguins’ victory was likely the Flyers final game in Mellon Arena.

Starkey’s favs against Philly

As hard as it may be for some to believe, Henrik Sedin is on his way to winning a scoring title! The talented Swede has had one heck of a season and is leading Alex Ovechkin with only seven games remaining on the schedule.

Art on his way to Vancouver?

The Ottawa Citizen takes a look at John Tavares’s rookie season…how he has adapted to being a star in the making, become one of the guys in the Isles room and evolved throughout his first NHL season.

Johnny T becoming a marquee name

Brian Costello talks about the fact that the Sutters have got to pay for the Flames second half free fall in this piece from the Sporting News…

Sutters need to be accountable in Calgary

Dad’s trips have become very popular around the NHL… teams pick a road trip in the middle of the year and they invite the fathers of their players to come along for a great bonding experience. Here is a great look inside a past Dad’s trip by Bob Boyes…father of St. Louis Blues forward Brad Boyes…

Bob Boyes gives an inside view of a Dad’s Trip

The Tampa Bay Lightning were embarrassed on the ice Saturday night by the Buffalo Sabres. Head coach Rick Tocchet, who is a fairly proud man, was disgusted and that came out Sunday in the form of a brutal practice for his team.

Tocchet’s bag skate

It will take a little longer to determine who actually won the Benoit Pouliot for Guillaume Latendresse swap, but early indications are that the Wild will be laughing to the bank! Here some of Latendresse’s teammates weigh in on the youngster and his 27 goals this season.

Latendresse a sly pick up for Fletch

Last but not least, here is another look at the whole Donald Fehr/NHLPA situation from the Montreal Gazette.

All’s Fehr for the NHLPA

More later…

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Eric

    March 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

    MEH !!!! Caputi has to improve greatly to be a Poor man’s Ruslan Fedotenko

    He isn’t that big a loss

  2. Gunner Staal

    March 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I think John Tavares is overrated. His below average NHL skating will keep him from joining the super stars of the league.

    Come playoffs when the real stars step up he will be unable to keep up with the action.

    He does have great hands around the net, but that is the extent of his worth at this point.