The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Penguins 7-12-1 in their last twenty games fell out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference following a 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Ownership is spending up to the cap and expects a long playoff run. Is a shakeup in the works? Like I said in my previous post don’t expect a major trade soon. They don’t happen overnight. I do expect a shakeup on the roster possibly within the week. One scenario being talked about that could happen this week is Jordan Staal getting another shot at wing¬†on the top two lines. ¬† The Penguins, Ducks, Blackhawks, Wild, and Blue Jackets are among five teams that have inquired about Atlanta Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov. Sources I’ve talked to expect 6-8 teams to be in the running for Kozlov’s services at the trade deadline. Kozlov has 16 goals – 20 assists – 36 pts in 39 gamesRead More »

Game 39: Penguins faceoff against the Panthers at 1:00 p.m./ Post-Game Speculation

 

Updated: 10:52 p.m: Frustrations in the locker room and in the front office continue as the Penguins were embarrassed at home today losing 6-1 to the Florida Panthers. Michel Therrien‚Äôs job is safe for now. Let‚Äôs get that out of the way off the bat. If the Penguins were to continue to plummet in the standings then as always the coach could take the fall but to this point ownership has no interest in making a switch. Ray Shero has been very active in the past 72 hours but don‚Äôt expect to wake up in the morning and see the Penguins make a major trade or see Jordan Staal get traded. Those kind of trades don‚Äôt happen overnight and as of this morning the Penguins were not involved in any serious talks that would land the Penguins a top 6 winger. What I mean by a top winger is aRead More »

NHL: Penguins Injury – Practice Report/ Boucher misses practice

 

Updated Practice Report: As expected Tyler Kennedy practiced for the third consecutive game. Also defenseman Philippe Boucher did not practice. Boucher was a scratch yesterday. More to come This morning saw a bit of good news for the Penguins as Sergei Gonchar was skating for a conditioning workout. Gonchar been rehabbing for about five weeks now and there’s been talk for about the last couple weeks that he will probably return a few weeks prior to the trade deadline. Gonchar is not shooting pucks yet. The news on Mike Zigomanis is not good. Sources tell me

Morning Buzz

 

Down 3-1 the Penguins played like a desperate team in the third period but it wasn‚Äôt enough as the Boston Bruins won their 10th straight game beating the Penguins 4-2 Thursday night at Banknorth arena. The Bruins may not be the most talented team in the league but they have bought into Claude Julien’s system and they know how to win games. They win games by driving to net, winning battles in the corners and clearing the front of the net. All things the Penguins are struggling at and maybe the Penguins don‚Äôt have the personnel to improve in those areas. The Bruins 29-5-4 lead the NHL in points and also lead the NHL in goals with 141. While the Penguins have been struck with injuries this season, the Bruins have had their fair share of top contributors being sidelined. Among them currently injured are forwards Patrice Bergeron, Marco SturmRead More »

NHL: Gaborik likely done for the year

 

According to a report, Marian Gaborik has been told by a specialist in Colorado to have season-ending surgery. Gaborik has been sidelined for 30 of 36 games with a hip deficiency that has caused a groin injury. Gaborik turned down a multi-year deal from the Minnesota Wild believed to be in the range of $8.2 million per season Source Earlier Post Marian Gaborik has appeared in only 6 of 36 games this season with an apparent groin injury and Gaborik could miss even more time. During the holiday break, the Wild decided to hold Gaborik out until Wednesday but Gaborik was not able to play last night and hasn‚Äôt been able to practice. According to the Star Tribune, Gaborik flew to Colorado in recent days to have detailed ultrasounds taken of his troublesome groins. Tension is growing between the Wild and Gaborik as it‚Äôs believed Gaborik will not play unlessRead More »

Game 38: Penguins – Bruins Lineup

 

Update: 7:14 p.m. – As expected Philippe Boucher is the odd man out tonight. Therrien did decide to go with seven defensemen again but this time Kris Letang started the game on wing. Pregame update 6:38 p.m. Manny Fernandez (12-2 2.02 GAA) will start in goal for the Bruins. From earlier The Penguins are 7-10-1 in their last 18 games and face off against the Boston Bruins tonight for the second consecutive game. The Penguins will go with the same lineup tonight that took the ice Tuesday night. Expect a lot of line juggling. Eric Godard remains bothered with a knee injury but did participate in today’s morning skate. Godard and Goligoski alternated in the morning skate. Kris Letang went through a full practice on Wednesday and Letang will play tonight. Penguins Lineup (19-14-4-42) Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot WallaceRead More »

Front office looking for answers?

 

The Penguins finished December going 5-8-1 and this afternoon practiced at Harvard University as they prepare to play the Boston Bruins tomorrow night. The Bruins had the day off. The Penguins five wins in December came against Buffalo (2), Carolina, New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres and Hurricanes are borderline playoff teams and the Islanders are the Islanders. The only true playoff team they beat this month was the New Jersey Devils and if not for Marc Andre Fleury that came could have easily been a 4-1 New Jersey win instead of a 1-0 Pittsburgh win According to a source Ray Shero does not plan on

Bruins defeat Penguins 5-2; Penguins hold players only meeting following game

 

Post – Game Thoughts The Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 at Mellon Arena Tuesday night and are now 2-6 in their last 8 home games. Following tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Penguins players held a players only meeting. The Bruins were convincing tonight winning their ninth straight game as they continue their climb in the Standings. Boston 60 pts ‚Äì Pittsburgh 42 pts In Sidney Crosby‚Äôs post game remarks he said he isn‚Äôt ready concede that the Bruins are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Crosby said ‚ÄúThere’s not much separating each team, they’re disciplined in the way they play and capitalized on the chances they got, and that’s what good teams do,” “But it’s not a matter of them being way ahead of us.” Crosby is a competitor and you can‚Äôt blame him for trying to say the Bruins aren‚Äôt way ahead of the Penguins butRead More »

NHL: Letang due back by end of week

 

Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports that defenseman Kris Letang will return by the end of the week with a likely target date of playing Saturday afternoon against the Florida Panthers. Letang could practice tomorrow before the Penguins depart for Boston. Letang has been out with a foot injury. How will this effect the Penguins blueline? Read more for the latest

Penguins- Bruins lineups

 

The Penguins just wrapped up their morning skate. Optional skate for the Bruins. The Bruins lineup is expected to be the same as it was in practice yesterday. Pittsburgh Penguins (19-13-4-42) Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot Wallace – Jeffrey D-Pairs Orpik – Scuderi Gill – Whitney Eaton – Boucher Extra: Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in net Lineup news: Paul Bissonnette has been re-assigned to Wilkes Barre. Eric Godard will be scratched. The Penguins will dressing seven defenseman. Goligoski will play on the power play and saw some time with the fourth line in the morning skate. Boston Bruins (27-5-4-58) Lineup P.J. Axelsson – Marc Savard – Phil Kessel Blake Wheeler – David Krejci – Michael Ryder Milan Lucic – Stephane Yelle – Chuck Kobasew Vladimir Sobotka – Martin St. Pierre – Shawn Thornton D-Pairs Zdeno Chara –Read More »