Penguins ready to goon it up vs. Philly: Saturday's notes

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Steve MacIntyre #33 of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up before the NHL game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on January 6, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The NHL schedule today had much of the zip taken out of it by the fact that we already know all 16 teams which will be in the playoffs, so only a few seeding scenarios are on the line. The fact that Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are playing today, when they are set to face each other in the 1st round, is a bit awkward - but then comes word that Pittsburgh has called up a notorious enforcer in time for today's contest.

Expect a whole lotta message-sending between these two rivals today...

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - Pickard enjoys quick stint in Nashville
Expect Chet to come back once the Admirals' season is over, but he did get to enjoy a game dressed as the backup while he was here.

Nashville Predators' Brandon Yip returns to former home in Colorado | The Tennessean
Waived by Colorado earlier this year, you can bet Yip will be motivated to play hard today.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Breaking New York Rangers News: John Tortorella Fined $20K For Post-Game Comments - Blueshirt Banter
Torts got a fine, but Brooks Orpik escapes discipline for his knee on Derek Stepan.

Penguins call up goon Steve MacIntyre for Saturday's game vs. Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
Remember MacIntyre from this incident less than a month ago? So basically, it's looking like this for today's Flyers-Penguins game (3:00 p.m. Central on NBC Sports):

A Side of Sidney Crosby We Haven't Seen Before - PensBurgh
Is Sid getting "saucy"?

Nicklas Grossmann signs long-term deal with Philadelphia Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
OMG, what a distraction to this team - right before the playoffs, too!

Down Goes Brown: Canucks or Senators: Who should be Canada's Team?
I imagine many Canadian NHL fans are retching at this thought.

Phoenix Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues Recap: Reclaiming First in the Pacific - Five For Howling
Last night's only game saw Phoenix take the Pacific lead. They're up by one point on Los Angeles & San Jose, and hold the tiebreaker as well.

Women’s game gets assist from NHL - The Globe and Mail
Good stuff here from the league, which is looking at ways to foster the growth of women's hockey.

Jack Connolly Wins Hobey & 2011-2012 NCAA All-America Teams - Western College Hockey Blog
Here are college hockey's best this season...

The Dark Blue Jacket: Turning the page
Turn the page, close the book, burn it all down... this has been a lost year for Columbus.

I Have a Dream " Running To Stand Still
Michelle brings an interesting followup to the tirade a couple days ago by the mayor of Newark against the New Jersey Devils' owner. Now the mayor is whining that he couldn't get free Springsteen tickets...

Linesmen Can't Blow The Whistle On Clowe -- Is It Time For A Rule Change? - Jewels From The Crown
Kings fans are having the same discussion which cbrooksy kicked off here.

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