Penguins – Panthers Player Grades: Crosby stars with impact game in the battle areas


Post-Game Player Reports Game 6, Sunday October 14, 2017 Penguins 4 – Panthers 3 Game Summary: Sidney Crosby scored 2 goals and Matt Murray made 43 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) to a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Patric Hornqvist (2) and Greg McKegg (1) also scored in the win. Florida outshot Pittsburgh 46-33, including 19-8 in the second period (Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0) Centers Sidney Crosby| Grade: 4.4 Crosby scored twice with both goals coming from in front of the net for his first multi-goal game of the season and was active offensively with 4 shots on goal and 6 attempts. Crosby has 10 shots on goal over his last two games. The 2 goal night (also had a goal disallowed) vs the Panthers gives Crosby 3 goals and 5 assists on the season as things are back to normal with him leading the teamRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Sizing up Antti Niemi’s night vs Lightning, Bryan Rust contract talk & more


Penguins-Lightning Fallout Two teams built with speed and skill, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning clashed their similar styles to a highly entertaining game in a Lightning 5-4 win. It was probably too much fire wagon hockey for the coaches but fans got their money’s worth. “We don’t want to be a team that trades chance for chance,” Mike Sullivan said afterwards on the high scoring affair. In the second game of a back-to-back, Pittsburgh was under siege during the first period in allowing scoring chance after scoring chance, Pittsburgh chased the game throughout, trailing by scores of 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 and battled back each time before eventually falling short. The Penguins got goals from Jake Guentzel (2), Conor Sheary (3), Bryan Rust (1) and Matt Hunwick (1) in the loss. Antti Niemi made 29 saves on 34 shots. The Penguins outshot Tampa Bay 40-34. — Tampa BayRead More »

Penguins – Capitals Player Grades: Dumoulin flashes dominant game in all-three zones


Post-Game Player Reports Game 4, Wednesday October 11, 2017 Penguins 3 @ Capitals 2 (Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0) Centers Sidney Crosby| Grade: 3.5 Crosby had a power play assist and posted a 48 CF% in the win. Crosby has points in all four games but was limited to one shot on goal for the second straight game. In the faceoff circle Crosby was 14-14 (50%) and rebounded after a rough first period, though he struggled mightily on offensive and defensive zone draws. Crosby was 3-11 (27%) on offensive zone draws and 3-8 (38%) in d-zone. Evgeni Malkin | 3.9 Malkin was pointless in the win but he was active again in all threw zones. Had 4 shots on goal, 6 attempts and led all centers with a 53 CF% (17/15) at even strength. In the second period created an offensive turnover and just missed beating Holtby upstairs on a quick breakawayRead More »

Penguins Capitalized against the Caps with key adjustments, work-man like performance


High compete level, work-man like performance fuel Penguins win New season, same results. The Pittsburgh Penguins went into Washington D.C. last night and came out with a 3-2 win over the Capitals. The Penguins again beat the Capitals with what can be categorized as a work-man like performance and what stands out over the last games, wins over the Predators and Capitals, Pittsburgh has capitalized on making key adjustments that hindered their play  to open the season against St. Louis and Chicago. The penalty kill was disorganized vs the Blues….. Pittsburgh was 4-for-4 on the PK vs the Capitals and have now killed 17 straight. Poor puck management at the blueline has been replaced with smart decisions the last two games, notably patience with the puck when entering the zone that have fueled back-to-back wins. “We got pucks in. We hung onto pucks in the offensive zone,” Mike Sullivan said ofRead More »

Which Penguin forwards are on notice with Hornqvist’s pending return this week?


Competition increases at forward position   With Patric Hornqvist’ pending return this week to the lineup, likely Wednesday night vs the Washington Capitals, it moves one of the regulars from the first three games of the season to the press box. Pittsburgh also has Josh Archibald a healthy scratch to open the season, who provides great speed and energy when given an opportunity, waiting to get his first crack into the lineup this season. The Penguins have a situation brewing where some of the bottom-tier forwards will be on notice every game and a bad game or two will plant you in the press box. If Monday’s practice is a pre-cursor of what to expect vs the Capitals, Scott Wilson will be the odd-man out with Conor Around the League Stuck with too many NHL defensemen on 1-way contracts, Vegas GM George McPhee has been around long enough where he should notRead More »

Ian Cole back sooner than expected?


Penguins Injury Updates Defenseman Ian Cole has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game vs the Washington Capitals but could return much sooner than expected, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said today. Sullivan even wouldn’t rule Cole out for Thursday night vs Tampa Bay. “Looks better than I thought he would,” said Sullivan noting there is still some swelling. “He’s making progress.” Meanwhile, winger Patric Hornqvist was a full-partipant in Monday’s practice and is expected to make his return to the lineup vs the Capitals.

Rumors: Avalanche trying to re-engage Penguins in trade talks?


NHL Source: Avalanche have tried to re-engage Penguins in trade talks After the Colorado Avalanche backed out of what the Columbus Blue Jackets believed was a verbal agreement the two sides had that would have sent Matt Duchene to the Blues Jackets about a week before training camps began, the Avalanche over the past 5-7 days have tried to expand the market for Duchene and reignite talks with clubs that have been on the outside and pretty much out of the mix for months due to a lack of trade match.

Ian Cole out indefinitely


Penguins defenseman Ian Cole is out indefinitely after taking a puck to the mouth in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Predators. Cole posted the details on twitter (@ICole28) of the dental work he had done this morning. Thank you all for the concern, down a few good teeth and some jaw but doing well. Looking forward to getting back ASAP — Ian Cole (@ICole28) October 8, 2017 Chad Ruhwedel will move into the lineup.

Penguins – Predators Player Grades: Maatta, Rust earn high marks


Post-Game Player Reports Game 3  Saturday, October 7,  2017 Penguins 4 @ Predators 0 (Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0) Centers Sidney Crosby| Grade: 3.7 2 Assist night for Crosby, including a great setup on Olli Maatta’s third period goal to ice the game. Where Crosby wasn’t involved, though, was getting shots on goal. Limited to 1 shot and just 1 attempt. Was a combined 3 for 12 on offensive/defensive zone draws. Evgeni Malkin | 4.3 Malkin opened the scoring with a blistering one-timer a 1:06 into and he set the tone. Malkin’s 200 ft game was as good as it gets and the commitment level he showed away from the play had him a force all over the ice. This was a performance where the awful possession numbers (11/19, 37%) don’t tell the story of the impact he had. A computer says he had a bad game, but the eyeRead More »