Penguins – Avs Trade Buzz; Untouchable prospects?

Latest Pens Buzz

[1. 1,000 for Sid?]
[2. Jets better than record says]
[3. Fehr back in]
[4. Sheary back next week?]
[5. Guentzel off limits, Sprong in play?]


1,000 Tonight for 87?

The Penguins are 43-11-3 all-time vs the Jets franchise with a Goals For/Goals Against differential of 213-145. The Last time the Jets/Thrashers franchise won a game in Pittsburgh was December 27, 2006. The Penguins have won 15 straight vs the Jets in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby has 15 goals and 32 assists in his career vs the Jets, averaging over 1.55 points per game in his career vs the Jets.


Jets a talented hockey club

The Penguins will get to see Patrik Laine for the first time this season.

No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews and Laine the No. 2 overall pick, are in the top-5 in goals this season. Laine has an Alexander Ovechkin type release that will be on display tonight.

“That release is extraordinary,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said recently of the rookie sensation.

NHL GOAL LEADERS

1. Sidney Crosby – 30 Goals
2. Jeff Carter – 29 Goals
3. Max Pacioretty – 28 Goals
4. Cam Atkinson/Auston Matthews – 27 Goals
5. Patrik Laine – 26 Goals (3 Others tied with 26 goals)

For the Jets, there’s some serious talent on this team. Problem is they have no goaltending.

They sit five points out of a playoff spot and are the 7th highest scoring team in the NHL, while tied with the Dallas Stars for the 30th in the NHL in goals against, giving up 186 goals so far on the season.

The Jets are the only team in the NHL entering tonight with two players who have at least 25 goals, Patrik Laine (26) and Mark Scheifele (25). It’s a strong forward group, 1-12. The Penguins defensively will be tested tonight.

On the blueline, injuries to Tyler Myers and Tobias Enstrom haven’t helped but the Achilles Heel for the Jets this season is goaltending and top-pairing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien being a disaster some nights in his own end.

There’s enough talent on this club where the Jets should have been all over the rental goalie market at this point to make a serious push for the playoffs.


Lineup Buzz

If the Penguins want to try to move Eric Fehr in the next week or so to give them cap flexibility, they’d be smart to keep him in the lineup for the short-term. Fehr will return to the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch Tuesday night. However, he’ll on the right wing.

The Penguins should be showcasing him at center.

With Hagelin getting close to returning and Conor Sheary not far behind, it’s tick tock for Fehr.


— Sheary back next week? —

Mike Sullivan said today Conor Sheary is making “significant progress”. Considered a few weeks ahead of schedule, told there’s a shot he returns to the lineup as early as next week.


Avs – Penguins Trade Buzz; Sprong in Play?

The Penguins have a general idea of what it’s likely going to take to acquire Matt Duchene based on their discussions with Avalanche management, but as of yesterday GM Joe Sakic is said to still be gathering organizational info on interested teams and hasn’t circled back yet to the Penguins to define an exact asking price, though, that is surely coming fairly soon.

As Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is actively flirting around on going big game fishing, the Penguins will have a decision to make to put the small group of top prospects in their system on the table or not.

The Penguins entered the season regarding Jake Guentzel as their top prospect and Guentzel has done nothing this season to change that view as he’s currently playing on the Penguins top-line. He might even be better than the Penguins imagined.

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William DePaoli

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