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Rust Belt Wristers

Andrew Roman and Mike Swanson cover the Pittsburgh Penguins and the NHL at large through a mix of statistical inference and pure bluster.

Rust Belt Wristers #3 - 3 Jerseys

In this week's episode: Andrew and Mike discuss the Penguins' newly minted third jersey, analyze the repercussions of Matt Murray's latest concussion, look at the process behind Olli Maatta's benching in favor of Juuso Riikola, and each name their "Truculent of the Week."

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Rust Belt Wristers #2 - Season Preview

Andrew & Mike discuss the major storylines concerning the Pittsburgh Penguins as they enter the 2018-2019 season. They introduce the "Truculent of the Week" segment, and make some "bold" hot take predictions for the season.

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Episode 10 - Back to Back Champs and the Expansion Draft

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back to back Stanley Cup Champions. Andrew and Mike discuss how the team got there and what it all means. With the NHL heading at breakneck speed to the Expansion Draft, the guys try to figure out who the Pens will protect, what Marc-Andre Fleury's decision to waive his NMC means, and which pending free agents could return to the team this summer.

Episode 9 - This is Not a Stupid Goalie Debate Podcast (Mostly)

Andrew and Mike breakdown how the Pittsburgh Penguins have matched up against the Nashville Predators so far in this series. The guys look back at how the Pens' forwards have fared against Nashville's defense. What changes the Penguins have made to their breakout, and a refreshed look on the Pens powerplay. The also talk about Pittsburgh's goaltending situation, but just a little bit.

Andrew's Note: Here is the link to the article that I referenced on goaltending from Micah Blake McCurdy, his visualizations are always amazing, and now he's fighting the good fight with his research into goaltending: 

Episode 5 - Mike Swanson and the Neutral Zone Bumps

In this episode, Andrew and Mike consider the possibility of NHL expansion in Seattle, discuss the impact of Sidney Crosby's return to the Penguins' lineup, delve into a deep dive on the Penguins ability to continually win the neutral zone battle, and muse on the Penguins' team practice level.

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Episode 4- Examining the Penguins' Power Play

Episode 4 of the Reggie's House Podcast is out now. In this episode, Mike and Andrew take a deep dive into the Penguins' new look power play, as well as discuss some major themes from the first four games of the regular season, and give a fond farewell to one of their favorite sites: General Fanager.

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Episode 3 - Sid's Concussion and Mike Condon

Episode 3 of the Reggie's House Podcast is available for your listening pleasure. Today Andrew and Mike discuss Sidney Crosby's latest concussion scare, the Penguins' surprising waiver claim of goaltender Mike Condon, and the challenges faced by a few teams around the league.

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Episode 2 - Long Live the Consol Energy Center

Episode 2 of the Reggie's House Podcast is available for listening/downloading. In this episode Andrew and Mike discuss the new name of the Penguins' arena, and provide some closing thoughts on the World Cup of Hockey, and thoughts on the team's preseason so far.

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Episode 1 - Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview

Episode 1 of the Reggie's House Podcast is available now for listening/downloading. In this episode Mike and Andrew break down the key questions surrounding the Penguins as they look to defend their Stanley Cup Championship in 2016-17.

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