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 »

Sidney Crosby to play 250th Game tonight

 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play his 250th career NHL regular season game tonight when the Penguins take on the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena. The 21-year-old Crosby ranks among the top scorers in NHL history at this juncture of his career, with 343 points through 249 games. If he scores two points tonight, he will tie New York Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for the fifth-highest total in NHL history after 250 games. The top all-time scorers through 250 games, as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau: Wayne Gretzky 537 Mario Lemieux 423 Peter Stastny 403 Eric Lindros 360 Mike Bossy 345 SIDNEY CROSBY 343 (total through 249 games) Crosby became the youngest NHL player to score 100 points as an 18-year-old rookie in 2005-06. He became the youngest NHL scoring champion as a 19-year-old in 2006-07.

Staal to become youngest player in NHL history to play 200 regular -season games

 

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal will become the youngest player in NHL history to play 200 regular-season games when he takes the ice Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena. Staal was born on Sept. 10, 1988 and will be 20 years, 111 days at the time of his historic achievement. Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks was 20 years, 115 days when he played his 200th game in the 1999-2000 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Staal, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, was the Penguins‚Äô first-round draft pick (2nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made the team as an 18-year-old rookie in 2006-07 and played 81 games that season, followed by 82 games in 2007-08. He has played all 36 games for the Penguins this season. Through 199 career NHL regular-season games, Staal has 52 goals and 39 assists for 91Read More »

Bruins prepare for matchup against Penguins

 

The 27-5-4 Boston Bruins were in town today as they prepare for a home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins practiced at SouthPointe this afternoon and I had a chance to see about an hour of their 75 minute practice. The Bruins winners of a eight straight went through a pretty hard workout. A lot of skating and it was a very intense practice. Head coach Claude Julien has not been happy with the Bruins play the past couple¬†games but just like good teams do, they have found ways to win. The Penguins will likely see this lineup from the Bruins tomorrow night. 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 Zdeno Chara – Aaron Ward Matt Hunwick – Dennis Wideman MarkRead More »