Pens – Blue Jackets Post Morning Skate Buzz: A confident Penguins room


POST-MORNING SKATE BUZZ Some Quick Hits from today’s Morning Skate……. — While many pundits are down on the Penguins chances of winning the Stanley Cup, this is a confident Penguins locker room going into Game 1. “This year our goal is to win the Cup,” winger Jussi Jokinen said. “You have to have everything going in the right direction,” James Neal said of winning in the playoffs. “You have to have defense, scoring, goaltending and we have that. We gotta show that we can do that to a man and {everyone} be accountable.”…….”We’re getting healthy at the right time and that’s all that matters.” — Lots of talk around the arena of the experience factor in the Penguins favor having a big impact in this series. Often times it’s overrated but Game 1 is usually the toughest game for an inexperienced club. “They belong. If they made the playoffs, theyRead More »

MORNING SKATE BUZZ: Letang, Malkin extra’s again during morning skate


MORNING SKATE BUZZ FLYERS (13-16-1, 27 pts) @ PENGUINS (24-8-0, 48 pts) The Penguins look to extend their winning streak to 12 games tonight against their cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers and hit the 50 point plateau. The Flyers fighting for their playoff lives, are five points out of the last playoff spot in the East and they are reaching the point in the season where they have to start putting together some long winning streaks to salvage the season. That appears to be a difficult task for the Flyers who have only won two games in a row once since February 7th and have not had a winning streak this season of more than two games. The Flyers come in a fresh team last playing Monday night vs the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 4-2 loss. Philadelphia the past two seasons have snapped Penguin winning streaks of 12 and 11Read More »

Game Day Buzz: Skinner back for Canes; Malkin skates again; Despres scratched for 2nd straight game?


GAME DAY BUZZ PENGUINS (13-7-0, 26 PTS) @ HURRICANES (9-8-1, 19 PTS) MALKIN SKATES AGAIN Things continue to move in the right direction for Evgeni Malkin who skated again this morning at Southpointe. Malkin has been symptom free since Tuesday and has now skated in consecutive days. The Penguins continue to indicate there is no timetable for his return and they are going to be very careful on not establishing one. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Malkin gets cleared for contact following this weekend, barring a setback. CANES GETTING HEALTHY Jeff Skinner, Tim Brent, Tim Gleason and Jamie McBain will all return to the lineup tonight for Carolina. The return of Skinner is huge for Carolina who has missed the last five games. Skinner is third on the team with 14 points (7G-7A) in 13 games. He will play tonight on the second line with Jordan Staal. “Jordan isRead More »