Bring on the Capitals

The Penguins beat Columbus in 5 games. Washington defeated Toronto in 6. Now, it’s time to move on to the second round and relive this matchup for the second straight year. Who should be favorites heading into this series? Will the added rest help or hurt the Pens? Can Washington finally break through against Pittsburgh? We preview this series and talk about what we see as points of importance.

Before wrapping things up, we also touch on Starling Marte’s suspension, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 schedule release, and who the Steelers should take in this weekend’s NFL Draft. All that, and more, in Episode 240!

Playoff Preview & Chances Without Letang

Everything is set for the Penguins’ defense of the Stanley Cup. We’re here to start prepping for a (hopefully) long playoff run! First, we talk about the injury news to Kris Letang and discuss the impact that will have on the team, as well as how much is affects our own confidence heading into the playoffs. Then we move on to the first-round matchup against Columbus. What will the Penguins need to do to win this series? What can Columbus do to cause an upset? What’s the confidence level in Matt Murray right now? We debate all this, and more, in Episode 237!

Pens Playoff Push; Previewing 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates

The Penguins have been going through a tough time — losing streak, injured players, etc. We’re just hopeful they’ll come out of it by the playoffs. We dive into the week that was in Penguins hockey and try to predict where they’ll finish come season’s end. Will the injured players all return? Is there a first-round matchup that could knock off the Capitals? Also, why isn’t anyone talking about the NHL concussion lawsuit? The league continues to look like a train wreck, and we’ve got to talk about it.

We also dig into the Pirates and give our 2017 predictions. We predict the Bucs’ 2017 win total. Also, will Andrew McCutchen will be on the team in September? What will it take to call this season a success? If you could eliminate games to make the regular season more exciting, what number of games would you pick? By the end of this episode, Chris and Dan are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum.

Will the Pens be Healthy Come Playoffs? What Seed Will they Get?

It’s mostly Pens talk in Episode 233, as we discuss the most frequent, yet least fun topic to talk about: Penguins injuries. We break down the current state of the roster ahead of Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. Then we talk about whether or not the Penguins will be healthy come playoff time, and if the organization is trying to ensure they’ll be close to full health by the first round. The Pens, Capitals and Blue Jackets are battling for playoff position. We try and predict the finish and also discuss whether or not we like the current playoff format.

Then it’s time to move into Steelers talk, as we discuss the signings of Tyson Alualu, Coty Sensabaugh, and Knile Davis. Lastly, Jung-Ho Kang may not even play for the Pirates this season. Do you want him back? We debate that and much more in Episode 233!

Do We Have A Goaltender Controversy? + Steelers Make Moves

Oddly enough, the Penguins seems to be playing some of their best hockey of the season with just about half of their expected roster on the ice. Injuries continue to pile up, but so do the wins. Matt Murray has been struggling, but Marc-Andre Fleury has been fantastic. It’s just been a weird stretch, but the Pens are playing well, so we’re here to break it all down and give our takes!

Also, the Steelers saw some players go and others sign in Pittsburgh in free agency. Who left? Who are the new names? We break that all down and talk some draft strategy as well. All that, and more, in Episode 231!

Injuries Pile Up for Pens, NHL GM Meetings & NFL Free Agency

It was a wild week for the Penguins, and we start by breaking down the countless injuries that are piling up. How much longer can the team remain successful with so many players out? We also discuss the goaltenders and how Mike Sullivan once again has some difficult decisions to make. While recapping the games from this past week, we also debate what went down in Winnipeg & how players like Tom Sestito should or shouldn’t be used in the NHL. We also touch on the NHL General Manager meetings and give suggestions on how to improve the game. We wrap-up with a recap of NFL free agency frenzy, including some moves by the Steelers.

Evaluating Hainsey, Streit, & the Pens Deadline

New faces in new places! We start the episode by recapping the NHL trade deadline and the moves that Jim Rutherford made to gear the Penguins roster for another playoff run. Were enough moves made? We also judge the small sample size of performances we’ve seen from new defensemen Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit. With the Pens season reaching the important month of March, we discuss what we need to see from the team in order to be best ready for potential playoff matchups. Lastly, we discuss the rumors of potential free agent signings by the Pittsburgh Steelers of Darrelle Revis, Dre Kirkpatrick, and even Brandon Marshall.

Stadium Series Success; Hainsey & More at the Deadline?

The NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and we’re trying to figure out all of the scenarios in which the Pens may or may not add to their roster. Who will stay? Who will go? Who will come back in return? Will any deals be made? Will Marc Andre-Fleury remain a Penguin? We debate all of that, and more. We also talk about the Pens’ 4-2 victory over Philadelphia in the Stadium Series game at Heinz Field! Dan shares his experience from being in attendance, and we discuss the ebbs and flows of the action. All that, and more, in Episode 225!

Let’s Make a Deal, Pens Creep Toward Trade Deadline

The Penguins haven’t been playing their best hockey lately, and the state of the roster is banged up. With that being the case, we toss around some ideas and scenarios about potential trades and needs of the Penguins as the NHL trade deadline approaches! We also recap the games from last week, Crosby’s 1000th point, and the bizarre coaching carousel in Montreal.

We also touch on some Pirates and Steelers in 223! An extended interview with Bob Nutting and Andrew McCutchen’s Players’ Tribune article were released. Did these affect anyone’s perception on things heading into Spring Training? And the Steelers are focused on re-signing Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger’s successor? Not so much… All that, and more, in Episode 223!

Pens Struggle, More Trade Rumors, & Lawrence Timmons

We’re back with another episode of the Chris and Dan Podcast, and this time around we’re focusing on the Penguins and Steelers! We start off talking about the Penguins’ recent struggles against lesser competition. Injuries definitely played a part, but we break down each of the last three games. We also dive head first into more trade rumors. Marc-Andre Fleury headlines the discussion once again. Then we transition into some Steelers talk, and we focus on whether or not the Steelers should bring back Lawrence Timmons. All that, and more, in Episode 221!