This year’s NBA All-Star draft was going to be one of the most exciting media spectacles in league history — until the National Basketball Players Association stepped in.
Back in October, the NBA announced the main event of its annual star-studded weekend would experience a major shakeup. Rather than a traditional East vs. West matchup, the two leading vote-getters in each conference would serve as captains of their own teams and draft their rosters from the pool of remaining All-Stars.
After hearing that solution, one might wonder if the next All-Star shakeup will be to replace the Slam Dunk Contest with a two-hour layup special.
Konecny put Philadelphia ahead 3:54 later when he batted the puck over Jarry’s right pad.
But the Penguins scored three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the third.
“They scored when they needed to score,” Voracek said. “They make you pay.”
Oleksiak tied it at 2 with 10:36 remaining with a slap shot that got through the screen of Crosby and Jake Guentzel and past Peter Mrazek.
The Flyers, sans a three-game losing streak in the past week, have been hot over the past month. I like them to hop past the Pens to close the regular season. If they meet Pittsburgh in the opening round, however, I don’t like the Flyers’ odds. Playoff Penguins are a different breed, and the Philadelphia goalie situation makes me a little nervous in the postseason.
Allen: Murray skated on his own on Monday, suggesting he’ll return sooner than later. Brian Elliott won’t be back until late March. Give me the Penguins.
While Bridges has shown the occasional flash out of a ball screen, he struggles getting low to the ground with the ball and is stiff with his handle. The chances he becomes a primary initiator are slim. A more realistic outcome would result in him attacking off the catch against closeouts where he’s explosive enough to finish in traffic and a good enough passer to find shooters after one or two dribbles.