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Jason Mackey
1:22
I can't imagine the Capitals would be OK with a five-minute major and a game misconduct simply for stepping on the ice. Might be a bit harsh, no?
RS
1:22
Are there any rules for how many players a team can lose in the expansion draft?
Jason Mackey
1:22
Sort of. But the max is one. There are a bunch of rules for how many and what type of players have to be exposed. But the max each team can lose is one.
Ed V
1:23
Oh I though your twitter link to the chat with the comments "Right here, right now" was a subtle nod of approval for the song choice. Anyway makes sense you would focus on hockey since that's what you are paid to write about aside from the odd musical question in these crazy chats
Jason Mackey
1:23
Ha. It's actually a Fatboy Slim reference, but I also dig Van Halen. I'm just saying that I don't pay much attention to the music at the rink, that's all.
Bryan
1:23
do you think there is too much focus on the shot differential and the penguins being outplayed at times - they have had the hardest playoff schedule so far, CBJ and Caps
Jason Mackey
1:25
Very good point, Bryan. Incredibly tough road for them. Good ol' NHL playoff format. ... However, the way Sullivan wants them to play, more often than not that should lead to a positive shots on goal differential. It's not perfect, of course. But he wants them to play with the puck, which means shot attempts and shots on goal. I think we're due for a reversion to the mean here soon.
GPT
1:30
Any chance the Penguins would be this resilient and focused if it were Blysma behind the bench and not Sullivan? I realize the players are older now and deserve a lot of the credit, but we saw far too many of the 2010-2014 era teams lose their heads when things went sideways.
Jason Mackey
1:31
Yeah, I never covered Dan. My dealings with him -- for a couple of features -- were always good, but I don't want to say anything that could be critical when I don't know. I do feel like I have a pretty good feel for Sullivan's influence around here, and it's something else. Good luck finding another NHL coach right now whose team is more a personification of his personality. The amount they listen is impressed, I'll say that.
Guest
1:31
Good afternoon Jason!
Jason Mackey
1:32
Good afternoon, Guest.
Guest
1:32
way off topic but if you could be on any hgtv show regardless of budget, which would you choose
Jason Mackey
1:32
Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis.
Guest
1:33
Do you think most of the play throughout the first 8 games of the playoffs (not counting last night for obvious reasons) being in the penguins end of play is a result of 58 not being available?
Jason Mackey
1:34
I think it's a factor, but I don't think it's the only factor. Some has been playing tough teams. Some has been bad starts. Letang is obviously a huge weapon. The Penguins have also been careless at times with the puck and have forced some things. I don't think it's as simple as distilling it down to one player.
Matt
1:34
any idea on the extent of Sid's skate this morning? In regards to status for Saturday?
Jason Mackey
1:35
Doubtful. I would expect, at most, he joins the team in a non-contact fashion tomorrow. If that. Not even expecting that, honestly. But again, as I've said on here, I hate predicting these things. It's tough to say. They're different and unpredictable. I'll say this because I've heard some speculation that they could/should do this: If he's healthy enough to play, I would not risk sitting him out because they're ahead in the series.
Terry
1:36
Don't you think the style they played last year in the playoffs were much more dominant??....I mean which pens team do you find stronger this year's or last??
Jason Mackey
1:36
I think this year should be TBD. Last year's team did win more handily, but so far, this year's group looks like it's going to take fewer games to do it. So how do you judge? I think the first two opponents this year are better than the two first-round opponents last year.
Marty
1:37
Carter Rowney has been great in my opinion, I believe he should be in the lineup every night. I love the physicality and speed he brings, and his ability to dig out pucks is great. He brings exactly what we need for this series at least, if not all the time. What do you think?
Jason Mackey
1:38
I agree with you, Marty, at least with respect to one player coming. First man out of my lineup would be Wilson. Second would probably be Rowney, however. But I do like what Rowney brings. It's nothing against him. It's just a deep roster, and I'm not going to take Rowney over, say, Matt Cullen. I'd think about swapping him for Tom Kuhnhackl, but I like Kuhnhackl in that spot more.
Chris
1:38
Your thoughts on Bonino drawing the "high sticking penalty" at the end of the game?
Jason Mackey
1:39
Are we going to kid ourselves and act like he's the first and only player to ever buy a call? Smart play by him. Would have said the same if a Capitals player did it. Every sport has some version of influencing the actions of officials. I don't fault Bonino for it. Oshie can't have his stick up that high and expect that not to happen, honestly.
Bryce
1:39
What are some things Letang does that say someone like Justin Schultz isn't as adept at doing? Secondly, where you put Letang in regards to other d-men in the league? Top 5? Top 10?
Jason Mackey
1:41
Letang's top 10, easy. Top five when he's at his best and healthy. Some things Letang can do: His skating. Schultz is OK, but few move like Letang. At times, he can be a one-man breakout. He moves like a winger. Whether this is pure speed, changing directions or stopping and starting, it's impressive. Also Letang's vision. He's a smarter player than Schultz. Athleticism, how he's able to maneuver his body. This is a hardly a knock on Schultz. Just a quick attempt at explaining a little about why Letang is unique.
Kevin
1:42
Not sure why everyone is upset over the highstick on Bonino. Almost to the date Oshie did the same exact thing to Bonino.
Jason Mackey
1:42
Fine point, Kevin. It happens all the time.
Guest
1:42
I agree with the other reader about Marty Rowney. Is his physical style the most physical of any of the Penguins this season? Is his physicality matched at all by frankly any other Penguin in say the last 5 season? Thanks.
Jason Mackey
1:42
I think we might be going a little far here. Carter Rowney's not Mike Tyson, but he has been pretty decent lately.
susie
1:42
my husband and i argue about this all the time during the regular season. i say points are points, whether it's a goal or an assist. he says the pens can only win if crosby scores more points from goals. can you save this marriage?
Jason Mackey
1:43
You two play nice, please. You're both right.
Tom
1:43
Where is Matt Murray in his rehab/recovery? If he returns to full health, does he serve as Fleury's back up throughout the rest of the playoffs or until Fleury falters?
Jason Mackey
1:44
He's skating on his own. No timetable given. I don't think he's terribly close to joining the team. This is Fleury's net to lose, at this point, and it's going to take more than one subpar game given the way he's played.
dkny
1:44
your prediction for game 5?
Jason Mackey
1:44
I think the Pens win and close out the series. I'll say 4-2.
Avi
1:44
Thoughts on Tom Wilson? He charges before lots of hits and seems like a dirty player
Jason Mackey
1:45
I like a lot of what Wilson brings. That's his game. He can play a little offense, and he's supposed to irritate the other team. Sometimes he crosses the line. I don't think the Capitals have a problem at all with that, however.
GPT
1:45
Is Hagelin still ailing, or working off some rust, or both? He's been pretty invisible thus far.
Jason Mackey
1:45
Yeah, I think a little bit of both. I don't think he's 100 percent, but he's obviously good enough to play. He hasn't stuck out to me much, either, but it has been a while. I think that's one of the reasons he skated today. Still has to get some timing and comfort level back.
Tom K.
1:45
Do you see the Caps firing Trotz for not getting it done if the Pens close this out on Saturday?
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