The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Eric Godard was informed on Saturday that he would return to the lineup Sunday night against Toronto and the likely candidate to be scratched on Sunday appeared to be Max Talbot but Dan Bylsma opted to sit Tyler Kennedy who has 0 goals in 12 games. By making Kennedy a healthy scratch, Bylsma is sending a message in the hopes of jumpstarting Kennedy’s game. *Pittsburgh is 4-for-10 on the power play in their last two games. While three of the goals came in Wednesday’s 8-2 rout, the Penguins have shown more movement and creativity of late. However, for their power play to become consistent in the long run, they’re going to need some kind of production from Kris Letang (1 goal this season) and Alex Goligoski (2 assists in his last 8 games) at the left point. Evgeni Malkin playing the left point is not permanent. *Carolina Hurricanes winger RayRead More »

Maple Leafs @ Penguins pre-game buzz: Eric Godard to return to the lineup

 

Toronto (13-17-9) @ Pittsburgh (26-11-1) Morning Skate Update: Defenseman Mark Eaton (right knee) participated fully in today’s morning skate. Eaton, Kris Letang and Martin Skoula alternated as a pairing. Eaton will return to the lineup sometime this week likely Wednesday night against New Jersey. Pittsburgh will wear their third jerseys tonight as today marks the 9 year anniversary of Mario Lemieux’s comeback. * Enforcer Eric Godard has been informed that he will return to the lineup against Toronto. Max Talbot is expected to be a healthy scratch. ******Game 39 Preview******** By James Conley

Guerin to play; Talbot a healthy scratch

 

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bill Guerin will play tonight as the 39 year old forward did participate in the Penguins morning skate. Guerin did not practice on Wednesday after being hit in the ankle with a Chris Pronger slap shot in Tuesday’s 6-1 win. Max Talbot is expected to be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game I’m told. Talbot was the extra forward in line rushes. Pittsburgh had a little scare in the morning skate as Craig Adams collided with Eric Godard just minutes ago. Adams was down for a bit but appears to be okay I’m told. Morning Buzz

Letang to play; Penguins make changes on the power play

 

Philadelphia (15-15-1) @ Pittsburgh (22-10-1) Morning Skate Update: Defenseman Kris Letang practiced this morning after missing yesterday’s skate. Letang has been battling an illness and continues to be bothered by a nagging upper body injury. However, Letang took his usual reps with Mark Eaton and will play tonight against Philadelphia. With 13 healthy forwards, Pittsburgh’s healthy scratch tonight is expected to be Max Talbot or Eric Godard. Dan Bylsma is keeping things close to the vest. Godard and Talbot alternated at right wing on line rushes this morning as both players skated on the fourth line with Michael Rupp and Craig Adams. Based on performance, Craig Adams should be a candidate to sit but Max Talbot has not been used at center this year in games or in practice. Penguins revamp 29th ranked power play Pittsburgh gets their first opportunity to unleash their revamped power play tonight against Philadelphia asRead More »

Godard playing a role in Rupp’s success?

 

Forward Michael Rupp has provided toughness and versatility for the Penguins which has been expected but he has also added a scoring punch for the Penguins. Rupp scored his fourth goal of the season Tuesday night surpassing his total from last season and there have been two key factors for his success; 1. Rupp doesn’t have to play the enforcer role in Pittsburgh; With the presence of Eric Godard, Rupp has ability to play his game and not worry about fighting the other teams heavy-weight every game. He didn’t have that luxury in New Jersey. 2. Penguins up-tempo system; Rupp can skate for a big player and is effective on the fore-check. A perfect combination for a role player to succeed in Dan Bylsma’s system. People also seem to forget that Rupp was a former 3rd round pick. He has some skill. Rupp has proven to be Ray Shero’s mostRead More »

Friday Practice Report: Role players, good goaltending fuel Penguins 6-1 start

 

The Latest Penguins Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins return home Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin a five game home-stand. The Lightning are 2-2-2 through six games and former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ryan Malone leads the Lightning with 6 goals. On paper the Lightning are a better team than last year and some nights they have looked improved but they continue to struggle to keep the puck out of their net and are also averaging under 3 goals per game. *Today, the team went through a 75 minute workout. One lineup change for tomorrow night will be Eric Godard returning to the lineup. Godard was informed that he will play. * Two key reasons that management believes has fueled the Penguins 6-1 start; (1) Great contributions from role players Tyler Kennedy, Craig Adams, Jay McKee, Michael Rupp and Matt Cooke; (2) Good Goaltending One player who will seeRead More »