Wednesday Practice Report: Goligoski out for Thursday’s game

 

SouthPointe, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins returned to the ice this morning as the team prepares for Thursday’s contest with the Colorado Avalanche. As the Penguins are getting healthier, defenseman Alex Goligoski (groin) will miss his second straight game and be held out of Thursday’s game. Goligoski did not skate today. The injury to Goligoski is not serious though but Pittsburgh is being very cautious. He may not practice until the weekend at the earliest. Another player the Penguins are waiting to return to the ice is winger Chris Kunitz. Kunitz remains sidelined and will not be available to play this week. Kunitz has not played since November 12th and it was expected that he would only be out for 2 weeks. In Kunitz absence, Max Talbot has taken full advantage of his opportunity on Sidney Crosby’s line. The Talbot – Crosby – Guerin unit has shown good chemistry theRead More »

Goligoski out for tonights game; McKee in

 

Defenseman Alex Goligoski remains bothered by a lower body injury and will not play tonight against the New York Rangers. Goligoski returned to the lineup Saturday night against New York but did not travel with the Penguins to New York. Goligoski will be replaced in the lineup by Jay McKee who was paired with Kris Letang this morning. Pittsburgh will also be without the services of winger Matt Cooke tonight. Cooke was suspended for two games by the National Hockey League. Cooke is eligible to return to the lineup Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Cooke will be replaced in lineup by Chris Bourque who will skate on a line with Craig Adams and Eric Godard Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal for the Penguins. Upfront, a good sign for Pittsburgh is that

McKee just days away from returning to the lineup

 

Ben Lovejoy and Deryk Engellands’ time in the Penguins top 6 rotation will soon be coming to an end. Defenseman Kris Letang could return to the lineup as early as Saturday night against the New York Rangers and defenseman Jay McKee (finger infection) is just “days” away from returning to the lineup. McKee skated today for the second consecutive day. McKee is scheduled to return to the lineup Monday night against the Rangers. As expected Brent Johnson will start in goal for the Penguins this afternoon against the New York Islanders. Penguins @ Islanders Pre-game Notes

Ducks @ Penguins: Goligoski out; Guenin in

 

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski has been ruled out for tonight’s game as the Penguins take on the Anaheim Ducks to conclude their three game homestand. Goligoski did not skate today and will be replaced by Nate Guenin in the lineup. Goligoski was injured near the end of Saturday nights game and will have an MRI today on his knee. Guenin will be paired with Jay McKee. Goligoski joins defensemen Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Sergei Gonchar on the shelf. *Forward Tyler Kennedy remains sidelined with a groin injury and did not skate again this morning. Kennedy has not practiced since Thursday, November 5th in Los Angeles. *A few brights spots for the Penguins is that Sergei Gonchar is less than a week from returning. He’s expected to return to the lineup as early as Saturday night against Atlanta. *Max Talbot is progessing and his primary target date for aRead More »

More injuries mounting; Penguins recall defenseman Nate Guenin

 

Defenseman Nate Guenin will make his season debut tonight against the Anaheim Ducks as the Penguins recalled Guenin this morning from Wilkes Barre/Scranton, the Penguins American Hockey League affiliate. Guenin is expected to replace defenseman Alex Goligoski in the lineup. Goligoski was injured near the end of Saturday’s game and his status for tonight’s game is up in the air. In his first 15 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this year, Guenin has posted a plus-1 rating to go with his 22 penalty minutes. Guenin outplayed Deryk Engelland and Ben Lovejoy in training camp for the No.7 defenseman spot prior to the Penguins signing Martin Skoula. Guenin though has not played well in Wilkes Barre, which is why Lovejoy and Engelland have been called up before him. More to come after the Penguins morning skate.

IS IT GONCHAR’S TIME TO GO-GO?

 

By MARK MADDEN Sarge is out. Who’s gonna take his place? No, the answer isn’t Jesus. But defenseman Alex Goligoski is certainly showing the Penguins what he’s got. Now that he’s doing it in the absence of the injured Sergei Gonchar, I wonder how General Manager Ray Shero will approach negotiations to extend Gonchar’s contract. There’s no doubt Gogo isn’t Gonch. But with the Penguins’ power play populated by a host of killers aside from Gonchar, all Goligoski needs to be is a reasonable facsimile. The Pens’ PP has underachieved the last two years even when Gonchar has been available to quarterback. Gonchar isn’t to blame, nor is he to credit. Perhaps the “too many cooks” theory applies. Meantime, Goligoski piles up points: five goals and seven assists in 13 games and a stratospheric +11 mark. His game-tying goal at Columbus Oct. 30 gave him a seven-game points streak. GoligoskiRead More »

Goligoski playing with confidence and composure

 

In 45 games last season, defenseman Alex Goligoski had 6 goals and 14 assists in his first NHL season. As a rookie Goligoski went through some growing pains, struggling in the defensive zone and was tentative at times in the offensive zone. In year two and on the heels of a three year contract, Goligoski has been the Penguins top defenseman in training camp. His confidence is sky high right now and that was on display Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Working as the quarterback of the first power play unit against the Leafs, Goligoski made smart decisions and was not tentative to shoot the puck to the net. Goligoski is pushing for serious time on the first power play unit where he has a chance to replace Kris Letang on the left point. The Penguins are not shy about having two lefties playing the point on theRead More »

Goligoski nets hat trick in “Black and Gold” Scrimmage

 

Wilkes Barre _ In a team scrimmage that had over 8,000 fans in attendance, defenseman Alex Goligoski netted a hat trick to lead team Black (Rosters Link) to a 3-2 win Thursday night. Team Gold struck first on the power play as winger Luca Caputi developed a net presence and put a shot past goaltender Brent Johnson at 15:10 of the first period . Assist went to Dustin Jeffrey who controlled the puck behind the net and found Caputi in the slot who fell to his knee when he shot the puck. Caputi spent most of the game on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko, earning the games #2 star. Team Black responded after Joey Haddad was called for a tripping penalty at 5:49 of the first. Alex Goligoski who will get a strong shot to run the left point on the 1st power play, read the situationRead More »

Staal’s line expected to play more of a scoring role

 

With training camp set to open in three days, one important aspect that has been overlooked is the importance of head coach Dan Bylsma having an entire training camp to implement his system. The Penguins moved to a more up-tempo system under Bylsma when he took over as head coach on February 15, 2009 but Bylsma never had the a full three weeks to implement his system . Last year everything was on the run. Three puck moving defensemen an asset to have Rob Scuderi was a key loss for the Penguins and according to some so was Hal Gill. The Penguins will replace Scuderi and Gill with veteran Jay McKee and puck moving defenseman Alex Goligoski. If healthy, McKee can fill Scuderi’s role. The player that the coaching staff is excited about is Alex Goligoski. He plays the kind of game where he will benefit in Bylsma’s system. WhatRead More »