Penguins Morning Skate News *Casey DeSmith will start in goal. < /hr> *Matt Cullen a game time decision is expected to return to the lineup. < /hr> *Patric Hornqvist has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec 6th.
The Pittsburgh Penguins this morning activated Matt Murray from injured reserve and re-assigned Tristan Jarry to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The Penguins have activated goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve. Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been re-assigned to the @WBSPenguins. Details: https://t.co/HhDIy5Gm1v pic.twitter.com/MZiO33rlmW — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 12, 2018 Murray is 4-5-1 with a 4.08 GAA and .877 save percentage on the season. Murray last played on November 17. Casey DeSmith coming off a great start Monday night, is 9-4-4 with a 2.34 GAA and .925 SV%.
Penguins remain active in trade talks The Pittsburgh Penguins have points in nine of their last 11 games and are now just two points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division. That’s the good for Pittsburgh. A reality check for the Penguins is the same as it was 3-4 weeks ago: They’re the second best team in the Metropolitan Division, no matter where they currently are in the standings. As Jim Rutherford and his staff look at this team with a full lens they have that going for them. What Rutherford, though, continues to evaluate this team is how they stack against the rest of the league and the numbers don’t lie. Despite the recent surge, this is still a team 19th in the NHL in points. Pittsburgh is by no means a bottom 10-12 type team, but there’s a group of 6-7 teams a level above the PenguinsRead More »
Kessel Trade Talk has re-emerged Industry buzz when the Penguins were really floundering a few weeks ago is that if the team misses the playoffs or has an early playoff exit, most likely scenario, Phil Kessel will come out of it as the scapegoat and be traded. And a growing consensus among NHL executives is that Pittsburgh will not win a Kessel trade whether one happens during this season or next summer. Pittsburgh tested the trade market for Kessel last May/June, getting varying levels of interest from the likes of the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers, league sources say. At the end of the day, none of the four teams took the plunge and all backed out of talks during the week leading into the draft. Pittsburgh was the aggressive initiator in a some of these talks. The team offered Kessel to Florida for
The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a 3-0 first period lead and in the midst of a game that looked to be slipping away, Patric Hornqvist saved the day in the third period, scoring three goals in a 2:47 span for the fastest hat trick in team history. A power play marker from Hornqvist at 6:11 in his office broke a 3-3 tie and the goal stopped the bleeding as Hornqvist would get some lucky breaks on his next two goals to complete the hat trick and secure a 6-3 win as the Penguins averted another brutal loss. Hornqvist big night moves him into a tie for second on the team in goals with 12 as he’s just eight goals away from another 20 goal season. — Five Penguins have 10 or more goals through the teams’ first 26 games: Sidney Crosby – 14 Goals Jake Guentzel – 12 Goals Patric HornqvistRead More »
Fallout of the Daniel Sprong Trade Up until about a week ago, the Penguins and Ducks had a number of trade talks regarding a much bigger trade than the minor one that happened Monday. But, as if often the case and especially this time of the year, after a significant trade between the two sides doesn’t come together, you’ll see a small one come together and that’s what happened here with the Daniel Sprong – Marcus Pettersson swap. From the Ducks end, this move is being praised around the league in that when you’re a team like Anaheim that’s looking to add more skill, you should always take a flier on trading a third pairing type defenseman (where most scouts see Pettersson maxing out at) for a potential top-6 winger. The upside in this trade is clearly in Anaheim’s favor, though, Sprong has just as good of a chance asRead More »
Matt Murray’s is out there in trade talks In about a four week span, the Matt Murray situation has gone from strange to now even now beyond that. Could a guy the Penguins envisioned being their franchise goaltender for the next 10 years be in a different uniform come next season? Reality is it’s not crazy talk, multiple NHL sources say. Rumblings of Murray’s name being out there in trade talks started to surface around 10 days ago, league sources say, and whether Murray’s name was put out there by the Penguins or Murray’s camp is up for debate, General Manager’s are like hawks and once word got out that both sides are extremely frustrated with each other, inquiries have been coming in. And the inquiries have piqued the Penguins interest enough
Greatness Happened in Colorado Sidney Crosby’s wizardry vs the Colorado Avalanche was more proof that a couple months from now we’re going to be looking at this 5 game stretch from Crosby where he single handily changed the Penguins season. The final score ended up being 6-3 after an empty net goal and a late garbage goal but the final score might have actually been spot on as before Crosby’s 3 goals in a 5:34 span, the Penguins were taking a beating where this was setting up to be a 5-1, 6-1 type loss. The Avalanche a faster team were just coming at the Penguins in waves and waves for the first 30 minutes until Sidney Crosby happened. “I thought Sid tried to will us to a win with his effort,” said Mike Sullivan. “I loved our fight. It was inspired by our captain,” said Sullivan. Once Crosby came outRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins today claimed forward J.S. Dea on waivers from the New Jersey Devils. Dea had 3 goals and 2 assists with the Devils in 20 games. This was a no-brainer move for the Penguins because they can send Dea to the minors without having to go through waivers since the Devils claimed Dea from Pittsburgh earlier this season. Pittsburgh, though, in need of more skill on their 4th line would be smart to give Dea some looks in trying to get more speed/skill in the bottom-6. Dea, 24, spent the previous four seasons in the Penguins organization and had a career-high 50 points in 70 AHL games last season.