Penguins fall to Rangers 3-2


Pittsburgh controlled the play for the first two periods and failed to hold on to a 2-0 lead as the New York Rangers outshot the Penguins 18-2 in the third period and a late defensive breakdown from the Penguins led to a 3-on-2 and Nikolai Zherdev scored the tying goal with 8.1 seconds left to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout and Rangers forward Fredrik Sjostrom netted the only goal to give the Rangers a 3-2 win. The Penguins got goals from Daryl Sydor and Sidney Crosby. Marc Andre Fleury was strong in the net making 42 saves. Full Analysis in the morning. Stock up Ruslan Fedotenko & Jordan Staal: Fedotenko and Staal have played strong back-to-back games. Fedotenko led the Penguins with 5 shots tonight and has 11 shots in his last two games. Staal hasn’t been lighting up theRead More »

Penguins to re-assign Bill Thomas


Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Bill Thomas to WBS. Thomas dressed in two games registering 0 pts The Penguins are not expected to make any call-ups at this time Key Stats from WBS Chris Minard (6 goals – 4 assists – 10 pts) leads the team with 10 pts in 6 games Janne Pesonen is off to strong start leading the team with 7 assists in 6 games Jonathan Filewich is a team worst -6

Penguins to begin four game road trip


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 »

Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1)


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

NHL Fantasy Report: Wednesday’s Top Performers


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

NHL Fantasy Report: Pick up Ehrhoff


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 »

Around the NHL


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 »