Latest Pens Buzz: League chatter on Penguins botching Hornqvist trade talks back in August

 

Pens/Caps Fallout The Pittsburgh Penguins got a much needed win with Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory. The team got some puck luck with Iyla Samsonov handing them a goal, an Alex Ovechkin blast late in the third period hitting post to post. Nonetheless, the Penguins battled really well and got contributions throughout the lineup. Marcus Pettersson had a fantastic game at both ends of the ice, one of the best players on the ice, Evan Rodrigues scored 20 seconds in and the Crosby line as a whole was Pittsburgh’s best line on the night. Then you had the Penguins getting a goal from Colton Sceviour, despite the 4th line being pretty much unplayable and seeing just three minutes of ice time. There’s also the decision to start Casey DeSmith who looks so beatable at times, but did his job for the second game in a row, and shined in the shootoutRead More »

Guentzel, DeSmith lead Penguins to shootout win

 

PIT 4 – WSH 3 F/SO — Jake Guentzel scored in the 4th round of the shootout and Casey DeSmith turned all four shooters, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first win of the season — *J. Guentzel GW Shootout Goal, Assist, 2 SOG; *C. DeSmith 20 Saves, .870 SV%; *E. Rodrigues Goal, 3 SOG, 18:40 TOI; M. Pettersson Goal, 19:22 TOI; C. Sceviour Goal, 2 SOG

Latest Pens Buzz: Is Pittsburgh headed to a panic level start?

 

What an 0-2 Start Means for the Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins off to an 0-2 start, were outscored 11-5 in the two game series vs the Flyers. It’s not panic time just yet, but in a 56 game season, a big two game series with the Washington Capitals (2-0-0, 4 pts) awaits. If Pittsburgh starts the season 0-4, you could really see the wheels start to the fall off. The good thing is maybe this could be the perfect year to get a lottery pick. Oh wait……….. Improvements in key areas in Friday’s Loss But are we seeing the same story? Some players like Brandon Tanev for instance said the team played a great game in the season opener, I surely wasn’t see the same game, but the Penguins were indeed much improved in some key areas in Friday’s 5-2 loss. They can pat themselves on the back after thatRead More »

Penguins drop to 0-2 on the season

 

PHI 5 – PIT 2 –Travis Konecny scored 3 goals and 1 assist, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Friday night — *Sidney Crosby Goal, 6 SOG, 68 FO%; *Brandon Tanev Goal, 5 Hits; *Mark Jankowski 1 Assists, 30 FO%; *Tristan Jarry 3 Saves, .500 SV%; *Casey DeSmith 12 Saves, .923 SV%; *Kris Letang -4, 23:06 TOI; *Evgeni Malkin -1, 1 SOG, 19:56 TOI

Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: Same old defensive woes?

 

Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: — Pittsburgh opened the season Wednesday evening with a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a game that got away from them in the third period. Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 in the final 22 minutes of play and just couldn’t get a big save from Tristan Jarry in the final frame to stop the seismic shift in momentum that went the Flyers way — SAME CONCERNS POP UP IN LOSS Just one game but…………… —Goal Prevention? Pittsburgh’s struggles to clear the front of the net is no secret and you look at the personnel on the backend, it’s hard not to see it being a constant issue this season. Philadelphia’s two power play goals highlighted that area to a great extent as the Flyers were able to park themselves in front and remain in Tristan Jarry’s sightlines with ease. Same old Pens?Read More »

Pens get trounced in 3rd, fall to Flyers 6-3

 

PHI 6 – PIT 3 –Flyers outscore Penguins 4-1 in the final 21:06 of play, en route to a 6-3 win– *Mark Jankowski Goal 1, Assist, 22 FO%;  *Sidney Crosby Goal, 2 SOG, 56 FO%; *Brandon Tanev Goal, Assist, 7 Hits; * Jared McCann 1 Assist, 4 SOG; *Tristan Jarry 19 Saves, .760 SV%

Latest Pens Buzz: Pens Outlook, Favorite in East, Bottom-6

 

TIOPS Latest Penguins Buzz — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. Opening night for the NHL and the Penguins. The Mass Mutual Division is loaded and it’s just a season of such unknown. Few know what to really expect. Ranking the Stanley Cup Contenders in the Division Tier 1: Washington Capitals Tier 2: Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers Tier 3: Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders Tier 4: New York Rangers Tier 5: Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils Best Team in the division: Washington Capitals Surveying the league, evaluators love the Washington Capitals roster top to bottom combined with the coaching move. Feedback didn’t have them as a consensus team in winning the division, but Washington is looked at as being the best team on paper in the division and projects as the toughest out come playoff time. There’s questions on how motivated this group will be without the adrenaline of fans in theRead More »

GM Talk: Jim Rutherford envisions Mike Sullivan coaching in Pittsburgh for a “long time”

 

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on the Cook & Joe show (937 The Fan) this morning and here are some key takeaways from the interview on whether the Penguins are still Stanley Cup contenders, Mike Sullivan being the coach in Pittsburgh for a very long time, a faster team, why a decision on Patric Hornqvist was the same as Phil Kessel & more Buzz — — Few see the Penguins among the top Stanley Cup contenders. “I think it’s hard to pick a team in the East,” Rutherford said when asked who he see’s as the favorites. “We’re used to it. Our opponents have changed a little bit, but all strong teams, I quite frankly don’t know what to expect.” — The Penguins tell everyone who listens this is going to be a faster, more mobile team this year. “We’re faster, defense has more mobility,” said Rutherford. “There’s beenRead More »