The Penguins have quietly won four out of their last five games. The Penguins begin a four-game road trip Saturday night in New York against the Rangers. The 6-2-1 Rangers play the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night. I may be in the minority here, but throughout the past couple years I have not been against the Penguins playing Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together. Coming into the season I expected Malkin and Crosby to play together quite often but not this early in the season. In the past four games Crosby and Malkin have combined for 19 points. Keeping them together is the best option right now with the current group of wingers the Penguins have. Jordan Staal and Ruslan Fedotenko had solid games last night. Fedotenko had almost 18 minutes of ice time, scoring his first goal in a Penguins uniform, including 6 shots on goal. Staal was betterRead More »
Projected Lineup Forwards Dupuis-Crosby-Malkin Fedotenko-Staal-Sykora Satan-Talbot-Kennedy Bissonnette-Zigomanis-Godard D-Pairings Orpik-Scuderi Letang-Eaton Sydor-Goligoski Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Canes Lineup Samsonov-Staal-Eaves Whitney-Brind’Amour-Cullen Bayda-Sutter-LaRose Brookbank-LaCouture D-Pairings Pitkanen-Gleason Corvo-Seidenberg Wallin-Babchuk Melichar Michael Leighton will start in goal
Top Performers 1. SJ Patrick Marleau (2 goals – 2 assists – 4 points) 2. PHI Joffrey Lupul ( 2 goals) – Lupul netted his first two goals of the season. Is Lupul turning the corner? Possibly but Lupul is inconsistent and explore your trade options with him 3. NJD John Madden (2 goals) 4. STL Keith Tkachuk ( 1 goal) – Tkachuk has a seven game goal scoring streak. So far Tkachuk is proving his doubters wrong. 5. CHI Patrick Sharp ( 2 points) – Sharp has 10 points in seven games and is showing his 36 goal season in 07-08 was not a fluke
Players to watch this week 1.Nicklas Backstrom is off to a slow start with only one assist in six games. Backstrom is now paired with Alexander Semin (6 goals this season). Expect Backstrom to breakout this week. I‚Äôm in five different fantasy hockey leagues and once Miroslav Satan was moved to the third line last week, Satan was dropped in three out of the five leagues. Satan leads the Penguins with 4 goals and he‚Äôs being used as a situational player getting power play minutes. Keep him Player to pick up 1. NYR Aaron Voros – Voros has five goals and nine points in eight games; his career best (last season) is 14 points in 55 games. Voros is now owned in 70% of the leagues on ESPN. If he is still on the waiver wire pick him up. He has value playing on the Rangers second line. Voros andRead More »
Red Wings C Henrik Zetterberg, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, was back on the ice Monday and is expected to play Wednesday against the first place St. Louis Blues. The Blues have claimed tough guy David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Koci is the player who hit Sergei Gonchar in the 1st period of the Penguins first preseason game which resulted in Gonchar being sidelined for 4-6 months The Tampa Bay Lighting are winless and Barry Melrose may be on the hot seat. The Lighting host the Thrashers tonight in what some believe may be a must win for Melrose.The Lightning can‚Äôt blame goaltender Mike Smith (1.91 GAA) for their 0-2-3 start. Newcomers such as Ryan Malone and Radim Vrbata have combined for 1 point. Vrbata was a healthy scratch in Saturday‚Äôs game. The Lightning did claim Matt Pettinger from Vancouver on waivers. PettingerRead More »
Pittsburgh 2 – Boston 1 The Penguins spoiled the Bruins home opener behind a strong performance from Dany Sabourin who made 35 saves. Bruins forward Phil Kessel netted his 5th goal of the season and is developing into a top 6 winger. Would the Penguins have been better off drafting Phil Kessel or Jonathan Toews over Jordan Staal? Read more for the latest inside buzz on how close the Penguins were to selecting Kessel or Toews; plus a update on the Penguins plans for Janne Pesonen.
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin turned away 35 shots and Evgeni Malkin scored in the second extra round of the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win over Boston on Monday night. Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer in the early season assisted on Miroslav Satan‚Äôs first period goal. Pittsburgh led 1-0 mid way through the second period until Bruins forward Phil Kessel scored his 5th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Tied at 1-1 after 65 minutes of play the game went to a shootout and Phil Kessel scored on Boston’s first shootout attempt and Petr Sykora tied it on the Penguins’ second shootout attempt. In the second extra round of the shootout it was Evgeni Malkin vs Marc Savard. Malkin scored with a quick shot inside the left post and Saboruin stopped Savard giving the Penguins a 2-1 win. Pittsburgh (4-2-1) hostRead More »