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Post-Game Player Reports

Game 3  Saturday, October 7,  2017

Penguins 4 @ Predators 0

(Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0)


Sidney Crosby| Grade: 3.7

2 Assist night for Crosby, including a great setup on Olli Maatta’s third period goal to ice the game. Where Crosby wasn’t involved, though, was getting shots on goal. Limited to 1 shot and just 1 attempt. Was a combined 3 for 12 on offensive/defensive zone draws.

Evgeni Malkin | 4.3

Malkin opened the scoring with a blistering one-timer a 1:06 into and he set the tone. Malkin’s 200 ft game was as good as it gets and the commitment level he showed away from the play had him a force all over the ice. This was a performance where the awful possession numbers (11/19, 37%) don’t tell the story of the impact he had. A computer says he had a bad game, but the eye test told a very different story.

Greg McKegg | Grade: 3.1

McKegg’s 3 even strength shots were second among Penguin forward. Had a nice deflection off a point shot in the second period and used his speed well in tracking the puck. Played 2:47 on the PK. It was a performance in between the great one opening night and the below average performance vs the Blackhawks.

Carter Rowney| Grade 3.6

As the physicality picked up, Rowney had his most impactful performance of the short season. Rowney was very effective in using his body to hold onto pucks along the wall in the offensive zone and got to the net more effectively than he did the first two games. Rowney had an assist in the win and posted a 60 CF% (12/8) at even strength. He was 56% in the faceoff circle.


Jake Guentzel | Grade: 4.0

Guentzel netted his first goal of the season and in doing what he does so well, Guentzel was in the right spot at the right time, putting home a rebound goal. Prior to the goal, Guentzel made a great play on the breakout and was a +2 in the win. On the Maatta goal 33 seconds into the third period, Guentzel also provided a nice screen to get into the sight lines of Saros.  Just 2 shots on goal and 3 attempts, but it was a typical high impact game from Guentzel in all three zones.

Conor Sheary | Grade: 2.7

In a game where the Penguins had impact performances from a number of players, it was a low impact night from Sheary. Playing on the third line, Sheary had 1 shot on goal and was at 37% (6/10) in driving possession. For Sheary the poor possession numbers were indicative of the night he had.