Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal have often been seen as a very good fit together and the two will become regular linemates moving forward, possibily as early as tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins gained another valuable in Wednesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss but it’s a game that the Penguins felt they let get away. After controlling the play for the first forty minutes, Pittsburgh blew a 2-1 lead in the third period and Mikhail Grabovski scored 42 seconds into OT, giving the Leafs a pivotal win to move four points out of a playoff spot. The Penguins were unable to put away a Leafs team that coming into Wednesday’s game was 2-24-3 when trailing after two periods. “Would have liked to see us get to 3-1,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “There was a couple rebound chances that looked to be pretty good opportunities from the bench. But we didn’t get there and really, going into the third period with a 2-1 lead, we need to find ways to be better in those situations and close out that game regardless ofRead More »
PENS INJURY UPDATES on Sid, Orpik & Kunitz This isn’t really news but there continues to be no progress on the concussion front for Sidney Crosby. Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed once again today during his media session that Crosby is still having concussion symptoms. As of last week, a return by mid-April was considered the best case scenario and that was an optimistic view, sources say. Crosby remains unable to shake off the post-concussion symptoms, most notably headaches. He is said to only be doing some light exercise on the bike. Despite Crosby’s season very much in doubt, don’t look for the Penguins to make any announcement that the team is shutting him down for this season. There is always the possibility things could improve at somepoint over the next 4-6 weeks but things are moving into the direction where the best case scenario for Crosby to play thisRead More »
Adding scoring help remains a priority Penguins GM Ray Shero made his first splash of the season this afternoon, acquiring James Neal and Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Alex Goligoski. With the trade deadline seven days away, the Penguins are likely not done and are expected to remain active in trade talks leading into Monday’s deadline.
The NHL came down extremely hard on Pens forward Matt Cooke who has received a four game suspension for his hit from behind on Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin. The suspension has been confirmed to us by Cooke’s agent Pat Morris. The Penguins are currently playing without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Mark Letestu, Arron Asham and Chris Kunitz who did not play Tuesday night. Cooke is a repeat offender which likely prompted the 4 game suspension.
Quick Hits The Penguins can and will remain competitive without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The belief from evaluators I spoke with on Saturday evening is that the Pens’ ability to defend will keep them in the hunt for a top-5 seed and also as long as Marc Andre Fleury remains at his current level he has now sustained for months. This is going to be a playoff team and when it comes to the Penguins chances of competing for a Stanley Cup, it all depends on whether Crosby returns to the ice and can play at an elite level. That’s a major question mark at this point and a “big if” for this season. As the Trib’s Rob Rossi mentioned in his Sunday analysis feature, Crosby is expected to be out until “at least March.” The talk right now is he’s at least 4-6 weeks away and his absenceRead More »