The Penguins hopes of getting home-ice in the first round of the playoffs remain somewhat alive as the Penguins thumbed the NHL worst New York Islanders 6-1 Thursday night at Mellon Arena and got some help from the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers who both lost this evening. After a slow the start, the Penguins proved to be too much for the lowly Islanders as 13 players registered a point. Evgeni Malkin had two assists to lead the Penguins offensive attack. Malkin increased his scoring lead to four points over Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin was held scoreless against Tampa Bay. Both players have one game remaining.
As expected Mathieu Garon will start in goal tonight. Marc Andre Fleury will get the night off after making 28 starts in 29 games. A source at the arena tells me Eric Godard, Craig Adams and Philippe Boucher will all be in the lineup tonight. Boucher was paired with Rob Scuderi in practice on Wednesday and in today’s morning skate. Interesting scratches tonight as Hal Gill will get a night off. Gill has been bothered by a lower leg injury and needs some rest. Upfront forward
Third playoff berth in three seasons: The Penguins clinched their third playoff berth in three seasons¬†Tuesday night after a 6-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. At the 95 point mark, the Penguins are currently settled in the #6 spot in the Eastern Conference and would play the New Jersey Devils in a first round matchup if the playoff started today. Four weeks ago, nhl pundits would have said the Devils were the worst possible matchup for the Penguins in the East, but that is no longer the case. The Devils don‚Äôt scare the Penguins one bit and inside the locker room, the Penguins believe they made a statement in last Wednesday‚Äôs 6-1 win over the Devils. The Penguins have the momentum going into a potential first round series, if the two teams are to meet. The Penguins cannot finish any worst than 7th in the Eastern Conference. Contract worriesRead More »
Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, Wednesday night as the Penguins took sole possession of 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Fleury was phenomenal against Calgary and he’s playing at a level right now that has the Penguins in the mindset that they can compete for a Stanley Cup which wasn’t a thought four weeks ago. The key for the Penguins locking up a playoff spot is not to lose two straight games in their final 8 games. Going into last night’s game on a one game losing streak, the Penguins got a much needed win and avoided a two game losing streak. The win moved the Penguins 7 points ahead of the 9th place Florida Panthers. Interim head coach Dan Bylsma went with the lines my sources told me he would, dropping Ruslan Fedotenko to the third line and moving Matt CookeRead More »
It was believed defenseman Philippe Boucher would return to practice this week and Boucher took the ice this morning at Mellon Arena. Boucher who under-went foot surgery in February will be available to come off of IR in about 10 days according to sources. * Right winger Petr Sykors skated for the first time in about 5 days this morning. Sykora has missed the Penguins past two games and is battling through a shoulder/rib injury that has been bothering him since the start of the Penguins 5 game road trip in Chicago Sykora skated for about