Game 18: Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-2-24) vs Minnesota Wild (10-4-1-21)

 

Penguins Projected Lineup Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Talbot – Crosby – Satan Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard D- Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal The Penguins are coming off of a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to extend their winning streak to 6 games.

Deal in the works between the Av’s & Sens?

 

The Latest NHL Buzz The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping Radim Vrbata who has minimal value right now. Vrbata has gone 40 games dating back to last season without a goal. Winger Gary Roberts is also believed to be on the trade block with the Detroit Red Wings showing interest. The big name who could be moved at the trade deadline is Marty St. Louis. If the playoffs are an afterthought, indications are ownership will explore the possibility with the idea of getting younger and clearing enough cap room to make a run at one of the top tier wingers on the free agent market next season. St. Louis is 33 yrs old and has two years remaining on his contract. The Ottawa Senators are aggressively pursuing Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold and discussions have centered around the Senators shipping Chris Neil and Antoine Vermette for Leopold and forward Tyler Arnason.Read More »

Morning Buzz

 

Marc Andre Fleury did not practice today and his status for tomorrow‚Äôs game is unclear. The Penguins are expected to wait until tomorrow to re-call John Curry from WBS if needed. It is believed Fleury was injured in the third period. Fleury is being described as day-to-day. Whitney progressing ahead of schedule Ryan Whitney is skating and continues to eye early December as a potential target date. Sergei Gonchar began rehabbing two weeks ago and everything appears to be going as planned for now. The Penguins remain hopeful that he will be back for the stretch run Phillipe Boucher is expected to play with Alex Goligoski tomorrow. The Penguins will take part in today’s “Salvation Army Project Bundle Up”. As part of the annual ‚ÄúPenguins Personal Shopping Day,‚Äù Penguins‚Äô players will be matched with local middle school children selected by the Salvation Army to shop for new winter clothing includingRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Jordan Staal scored two goals including the tiebreaker goal in the third period, and the Penguins scored four third-period goals to rally for their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Staal who got off to a sluggish start to the season has seven goals in his past six games. After losing three straight, the Penguins have now won six straight and are establishing themselves with the Rangers and Canadiens as the class of the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin extended his assist streak to 13 games and has a chance to tie Mario Lemieux’s record of 14 straight games with an assist, Tuesday night against Minnesota. Malkin finished the night with 1 goal and 3 assists and now has 30 points on the season. Malkin has a 8 point lead over teammate Sidney Crosby. Now onto the latest speculation surrounding the Penguins and around the league.

Lightning fire Barry Melrose

 

TSN.Ca is reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired head coach Barry Melrose and have named named associate coach Rick Tocchet interim head coach. The Lightning have struggled this season (5-7-4) and are currently 13th in the Eastern Conference. Melrose, 52, was named the sixth head coach in Lightning history on June 24. DePaoli’s Take: The Lightning’s new ownership need to learn that you can’t build a Stanley Cup contender over night. Ownership needed patience heading into this season and it’s clear that they don’t have it. The Lightning were the worst team in the league last season and adding players like Ryan Malone, Radim Vrbata weren’t going to make the Lightning Stanley Cup contenders this season. To make matters worse ownership traded their best defenseman Dan Boyle in return for Matt Carle who they traded away last week. Hiring Barry Melrose was risky in the first place and wasRead More »

Crosby scores twice, leads Penguins to 5-4 win

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continued their dominance against the Flyers and Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first career shootout attempt as the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got out to a early 3-0 lead getting goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby but a 3-0 lead is never safe for the Penguins this year. The Penguins power play went 1-7 and Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3. Penguins head coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goalie Marc Andre Fleury following the second period. Fleury has given up 10 goals in his last 5 periods of regulation play. Dany Sabourin came on in relief and made 11 saves in the third period and Crosby tied it at 4-4 with 2:33 remaining in the third with his sixth goal of theRead More »

Afternoon Buzz

 

The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith’s back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday’s game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.

Scuderi to be a Game Time Decision

 

Lineup News: Rob Scuderi skated in the morning skate and will test his injured foot during the pregame skate before making a final decision as to whether he will play tonight. Scuderi wants to see how is foot reacts this afternoon. Scuderi did say following the morning skate that it is a definite that he will play Saturday night against the Sabres. If Scuderi unable to go tonight, Mark Eaton will return to the lineup. Max Talbot who started Tuesday night’s game on a line with Pascal Dupuis and Eric Godard will be back on Sidney Crosby’s line tonight. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-4-2) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5-6-3) Talbot-Crosby-Satan Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora Cooke-Staal-Kennedy Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard D-pairs Orpik-Letang *GTD*Scuderi-Gill Sydor-Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal

Staal breaks out of offensive slump

 

Final thoughts from Detroit I’ve been to a lot of games in my lifetime but last night’s Penguins 7-6 win over the Red Wings is near the top. Great up and down action that saw the Penguins come back from 5-2 and 6-4 deficits. Jordan Staal broke out of his offensive slump scoring three goals and 1 assist. Last night was the best hockey I’ve seen Staal play since his rookie year. He was skating with confidence and was a force in the offensive zone especially in front of the net. Staal set up Ruslan Fedotenko for the game winner in overtime. Michel Therrien had a lot of line combinations throughout the game Talbot-Crosby-Satan Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora Cooke-Staal-Kennedy Dupuis-Zigomanis-Godard Those are the lines Therrien will likely go with against the Flyers Thursday night. The Latest on Brendan Shanahan