Trade Target: Pens and Capitals both have their sights on d-man Michael Stone?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The dominance in the Metropolitan Division has been something else. Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) have won 18 of their last 21 and have points in 19 of 20. Pittsburgh Penguins (57 points) have points in 15 of their last 16 games. The surging Washington Capitals (57 points) have points in 16 of their last 18 games. The New York Rangers (57 points) are 12-5 in their last 17 games. After steam rolling through the regular season last year, Washington has flown under the radar a bit this season but are starting to look like the Capitals of last season. The buzz surrounding the Capitals is there’s some regret in the organization that they mostly stood pat at last years deadline. This season many are expecting to them to go all-in and add at least one impact player. The Capitals could have been a couple bounces awayRead More »

Tomlin, Haley open themselves up for criticism if Ben struggles vs Chiefs

 

Big Ben out of walking boot An MRI/X-Ray on Monday for Ben Roethlisberger on his ankle didn’t reveal a significant injury but Sunday will tell the story whether there ends up being some consequences for a called passing play by Todd Haley on the second to last play of Sunday’s 30-12 win over the Dolphins. “Coach Haley called a pass play,” Roethlisberger said this morning on the Ben Roethlisberger weekly radio show which airs every Tuesday on 937 The Fan during Steelers season. “Hindsight always is what it is, should we have ran it, could we have done this, could we have done that? Potentially, yes,” said Roethlisberger. “We also had a receiver, a young receiver, not run the proper route, and if he would have ran the proper route, the ball probably could have come out of my hand quicker because he would have been open, and it wouldn’tRead More »

Game 39 Player Reports: 1st Line/Pairing Dominate; 4th Line has impactful game

 

Post-Game Player Reports Game 39  Sunday, January 8, 2017 Penguins 6 – Lightning 2 Top-5 Performers Sidney Crosby Matt Cullen Kris Letang Eric Fehr Trevor Daley Centers Sidney Crosby| 2 Assists, +2, 4 SOG, 68 CF% (5v5) Crosby picked up two assists to move into second in the NHL with points (44). A sustained shift early in the second period from the Crosby line saw a momentum change in the game as Conor Sheary put in a Bryan Rust rebound with Crosby earning a secondary assist. Crosby later added a primary assist on Phil Kessel’s third period goal. At even strength the Penguins controlled 68% of their shot attempts when Crosby was on the ice (17/8). Season Stats: 33 GP – 26 Goals – 18 Assists – 44 Points Evgeni Malkin | -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 53.1 CF % (5v5) Malkin who entered the bye week leading the NHLRead More »

Steelers living up to talk of ‘most dangerous team’ in AFC

 

Steelers off to Kansas City with thumping of Dolphins The Most Dangerous team in the AFC? We’re about to find out next Sunday in Kansas City where the Steelers have opened as a 2.5 point favorite. The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business and more in a 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins. The rest of the AFC has to be on notice. This one was over minutes into game on touchdowns from Antonio Brown, 50 and 62 yards, as the Steelers roared to a 14-0 lead. The Steelers produced touchdowns on their first three drives: 5 plays – 85 yards | Antonio Brown 50 yard touchdown reception 6 plays – 90 yards | Antonio Brown 62 yard touchdown reception 10 plays – 83 yards | Le’Veon Bell 1 yard touchdown run Pittsburgh exploited a depleted Dolphins secondary from the get-go with crossing routes and quick screens. On the SteelersRead More »

Latest Pens Rumors: Pouliot being packaged to move a salary?

 

Friday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins return from the five day bye break and have recalled goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Ruhwedel has passed Derrick Pouliot on the organizational depth chart and has been a stronger fit in the transition game than Pouliot. Ruhwedel has 1 goal and 1 assist and a +3 rating in five games. The Penguins have reached the point again with Pouliot where they just want him playing regularly in the American Hockey League and it’s clear to many his future with this coaching staff is pretty much bleak. The talk in Penguin circles prior to the season is that the management team looked at this still as somewhat of a development year for Pouliot again with hopes that he could transition into Trevor Daley’s long-term replacement for next season. There’s little evidence that’s still the plan. The player hasn’t demanded a trade yet butRead More »

Expectations Game: Everything on the table for Big Ben, offense to deliver deep playoff run

 

Heavy Favorite Steelers The Miami Dolphins are coming to town in the cold (forecast calling for a wind chill of 4) to face Le’Veon Bell with the 30th ranked rush defense, a backup QB and an already depleted secondary (from the previous meeting vs Steelers) that could be without their top cornerback in Byron Maxwell who is fighting to play but has yet to practice this week. The Dolphins have allowed 985 yards in their past two games and have yet to beat a winning team on the road. There’s a reason everything screams a Steelers win despite the pummeling the Dolphins gave the Steelers two months ago that was dictated by the Dolphins ability to win both lines of scrimmage, the key area the Dolphins must win again and handily. The Steelers are the biggest favorite among the wildcard games, currently a -10 favorite vs the Dolphins. It won’tRead More »

NHL Source: Lots of smoke surrounding Penguins-Stars last month

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins entered the bye break believing that Matt Murray’s injury was very short-term. However, the million dollar question with the Penguins goaltending situation now is whether this little strong run from Marc Andre Fleury of late, named player of the week for 12/26 – 1/1, and another minor injury from Matt Murray has Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford eventually going back to his initial plan A (before the season started) of keeping both goaltenders this season and let it settle out in the summer. It’s been no secret the Penguins in early December began signaling to teams they were open for business on Fleury but have been met with a limited market for now. Has things really changed in just a matter of days? “It’s getting awkward,”

Prospects Buzz: Jake Guentzel tearing up the AHL; Sundqvist/Expansion Draft Chatter

 

Prospects Buzz The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins return to action Tuesday night vs Hartford and the month of December was all about Jake Guentzel tearing up the AHL. Named Rookie of the month for December, Guentzel posted 11 goals and six assists for 17 points in 10 games. Guentzel recorded multi-point games in six of the 10 contests, and had points in nine of 10 games. Guentzel enters tonight leading the AHL in goals (18) and points per game (1.31, among players who have appeared in 20 games). Former Penguin draft pick Kenny Agostino leads the AHL with 43 points. Over his last 17 games (12 AHL/5 NHL games), Guentzel has recorded 15 goals and 10 assists. Scouts felt in late November Guentzel was too good for the AHL and he continues to live up to that talk. Now the question is when do the Penguins make room for him in a full-timeRead More »

Tomlin stressing importance of Steelers combating the Dolphins physicality from likes of Jarvis Landry

 

Jarvis Landry draws high praise from Tomlin As few are giving the Dolphins a chance this Sunday vs the Steelers, Miami figures to have to have a dominant game on the ground to compete with the heavily favored Steelers. Jay Ajayi gashed the Steelers for 205 yards on the ground in a Dolphins 30-15 upset win over the Steelers earlier this season and Mike Tomlin isn’t pretending like it didn’t happen. “We’ve played these guys earlier this year, make no mistake they got after us in every way,” Tomlin said. “Last time on video they flat out got after us.” “Their offensive line won of the line of scrimmage and won it consistently. We’re not going to pretend that the 200 yard day was a lightning strike. It was very real.” A big focus for Tomlin this week is stressing the importance of the Steelers combating Miami’s physicality in theirRead More »