Penguins Morning Skate Buzz: Blueline getting healthier?

 

Morning Skate Buzz Prior to the morning skate, Ron Hainsey, Kris Letang, Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley all skated going through individual on-ice workouts. The one missing player was Evgeni Malkin who will miss his sixth straight game tonight and is also not participating in the main portion of the morning skate. Is the Malkin injury is a little more serious than the Penguins have let on or is the team just being smart here and very cautious? The Penguins lineup tonight vs the Flyers will see two lineup changes, Matt Murray starting in goal and Scott Wilson in for Josh Archibald. It’s been more than 10 weeks since Marc Andre Fleury made consecutive starts. Lines Sheary – Crosby – Rust Cullen – Rowney – Kessel Kunitz – Bonino – Hornqvist Kuhnhackl – Sundqvist – Wilson D-Pairs Dumoulin – Schultz Cole – Ruhwedel Gaunce – Streit Goaltender MattRead More »

Daily Eastern Conference Playoff Tracker

 

Daily Eastern Conference Playoff Tracker METROPOLITAN DIVISION 1. X-Washington Capitals | 49-17-8, 106 Pts | ROW 47 | Game Remaining: 8 | Next Game: March 28 @ Minnesota 2. Columbus Blue Jackets | 48-19-7, 103 Pts | ROW 46 | Games Remaining: 8 | March 28 vs Buffalo 3. Pittsburgh Penguins | 46-17-11, 103 Pts | ROW 43 | Games Remaining: 8 | Next Game: March 26 vs Philadelphia ATLANTIC DIVISION 1. Montreal Canadiens | 42-24-9, 93 Pts | ROW: 39 Games Remaining: 7 | Next Game: March 28 vs Dallas 2. Ottawa Senators | 41-25-8, 90 Pts | ROW 36 Games Remaining: 8 | Next Game: March 28 @ Philadelphia 3. Toronto Maple Leafs | 35-24-15, 85 Pts | ROW 34 Games Remaining: 8 | Next Game: March 28 vs Florida WILD CARD 1. New York Rangers | 46-25-4, 96 Pts | ROW 43 Games Remaining: 7 | Next Game: March 26 @ Anaheim 2. Boston Bruins | 39-30-6, 84 Pts | ROW 37 GamesRead More »

Penguins-Islanders Fallout: Things breaking the Penguins way

 

Penguins – Islanders Fallout The NHL’s review goal/review process is turning into a disaster. A playoff game is going to be decided in the wrong way and last night a playoff race almost was. It’s amazing how this league always goes out of their way to prevent goals. The Islanders first disallowed goal was a travesty that it wasn’t a good goal, yet, the reviewed goal late in the Penguins – Devils game last Friday night was somehow a goal when it was textbook goaltender interference. The refs and the league are now running into a problem because there’s becoming no precedent of what’s interference and what’s not. I’ve been in favor of a goaltender inference review process and it serves its purpose at times, but you have these refs looking at a small tablet and they’re not able to make proper calls. The off-sides review rule is also becoming aRead More »

TIOPS Rundown: Penguins/Senators; Jagr to play for 9th team? Hutchison stumbles

 

TIOPS Thursday Rundown 1. Scott Wilson gets opportunity on top line The concussion to Jake Guentzel has led to Scott Wilson getting a look on Sidney Crosby’s line tonight, though, it remains to be seen how patient Sullivan will be in keeping Wilson there. The Penguins have had a revolving door where when an injury pops up, another player takes advantage of an increased role. “These guys just embrace any challenge that we give them on a particular night, so that certainly makes the coaches job a little bit easier,” Sullivan said of his resilient club. “We move guys up and down the lineup. Sometimes they play their off wings or their off-sides. I think it’s a testament to the character of the people that we have. We have good players, but they’re great people, and they’re good teammates. They’ll do anything to win.” Depending on how the game goes,Read More »

TIOPS Prospects Buzz: NCAA Tournament Watch & Stock Up

 

TIOPS Prospects Watch Penguin officials will be busy tracking the NCAA tournament this week as the Penguins have six draft picks playing in the tournament. F Kasper Bjorkqvist, Providence | 2016 Second round Pick 29 GP – 3 Goals – 6 Assists – 12 Points D Jeff Taylor, Union | 2014 Seventh round pick 37 GP – 9 Goals – 24 Assists – 33 Points F Anthony Angello, Cornell | 2014 Fifth round pick 34 GP – 12 Goals – 8 Assists – 20 Points D Dane Birks, Michigan Tech | 2013 Sixth round pick 41 GP – 2 Goals – 7 Assists – 9 Points F Nikita Pavlychev, Penn State | 2015  Seventh round pick 34 GP – 4 Goals – 7 Assists – 11 Points F Frederik Tiffels, Western Michigan |2015 Sixth round pick 36 GP – 7 Goals – 12 Assists – 19 Points — The top threeRead More »

NHL Rumors: Goaltending market starts with Scott Darling?

 

Darling on multiple teams wishlist The goaltending market is going to be flooded this summer with a ton of options for teams via free agency and trades with plenty of value type signings out there for clubs to make. There’s going to be more goaltenders available than teams looking. The goaltending market is not expected to start with Ben Bishop. It’s expected to start with Scott Darling. More and more teams are looking to find a No. 1 starter in the $3 million a year range, a ball park Darling is expected to command. Pierre LeBrun reports Darling is expected to be the Cam Talbot of the summer. Darling is said to be at the top of the Carolina Hurricanes wishlist and is also reportedly high on the Stars target list. However, the scuttlebutt is the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to get the first crack at speaking with DarlingRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Sneaky good signing? Surprise target at No. 30

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers signing of defensive lineman Tyson Alualu has the potential to end up being one of those sneaky good low risk depth signings that pays dividends during the season. And what the depth signing does is solidify a position on defense going into the draft where the Steelers have no need to address in the first three rounds. With Cam Heyward – Javon Hargrave – Stephon Tuitt entrenched as the starters, Alualu provides an upgrade over Ricardo Mathews who entered last season as the Steelers top backup and the Steelers are now a good 5-deep at the position with Alualu and the emerging L.T. Walton as the top backups. What the Steelers like is the versatility of Alualu to play all three positions on the line and they’re getting a hungry player who at age 29 wants to win. “I just wanted to be part of something special,”Read More »

Toughest remaining schedule among Big 3 in Metro; Sundqvist not NHL ready?

 

Penguins destined to be top-3 in points in the East for 9th time in 11 years The Penguins 3-1 win over the Sabres was a closely played game with good goaltending at both ends and the final result went about expected, the Penguins finding a way to win and the Sabres finding a way to lose. There’s a reason one team has 101 points and the other has 72 points. The Penguins clinched their 11 straight playoff berth and what might be most impressive with this streak is over the last 11 years there’s only be one instance where the Penguins either went into the final couple days of the regular season or even the ‘final day’ needing to win to get in. That only happened during the 2014-2015 season where the Penguins made the post-season as the second wildcard team, clinching a playoff spot in the final game ofRead More »