NHL Source: Vegas third mock draft this week will have one notable Penguin exposed

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Vegas Golden Knights are running their third mock draft Tuesday in preparation for the June 20 expansion draft. Vegas spent last week putting together the protected list of all 30 teams based on their current intel. An NHL source with knowledge of the Golden Knights decision making, says one change from their December mock draft pertaining to the Penguins is Vegas has

Penguins – Bruins: Crosby Line Dominates, Murray sensational in 5-1 win

 

Did the Penguins seal Claude Julien’s Fate The highest scoring team in the NHL was at it again, putting up five goals in a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Tuukka Rask exited the game for undisclosed reasons after allowing 2 goals on 22 shots. The Penguins then torched backup goaltender Zane McIntyre in the third period, scoring 3 goals on their first eight shots against McIntyre. This game was the story of the Bruins season. Boston outshot Pittsburgh 46-35, had a massive 87-48 edge in shot attempts. They just can’t score. Claude Julien has been coaching on a day-to-day basis and his job security will be the hottest topic in the NHL tonight. Last year Bruins GM Don Sweeney was widely known to be very intrigued about hiring Mike Milbury when Boston last winter considered firing Julien. He was believed to be talked out of going the Milbury routeRead More »

Hurricanes Back and Forth interest in Marc Andre Fleury

 

Team Defense/Play Away from the Puck shines Pittsburgh’s 7-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes had former Penguin Jordan Staal saying the Penguins made the Hurricanes look like a “high school” team and multiple Canes players echoing the word embarrassing on their performance. “It was a team that made us look like a high school team,” Staal said via the News & Observer. The Penguins are so explosive offensively that when they find that other gear combined with playing smothering defense from their play away from the puck like they did Friday night, it can be a lethal combination, especially against inferior teams. The last two games have been the recipe that made Pittsburgh so hard to beat four times in a series last spring. Scoring throughout the lineup, a commitment from the forwards to play all three zones and stability in goal from Matt Murray. Even with the Penguins missingRead More »

Game 44: Penguins – Canadiens by the Numbers

 

Penguins 4 – Canadiens 1 Goal Summary 1st Period PIT 14:52 Ian Cole (3) | Assists: Evgeni Malkin (29), Patric Hornqvist (15) 2nd Period PIT 5:19 Eric Fehr (6) | Assists: Chris Kunitz (14), Scott Wilson (7) PIT 17:38 Jake Guentzel (4) | Assists: Cameron Gaunce (1), Patric Hornqvist (2) MTL 18:11 Sven Andrighetto (2) | Assists: Alex Emelin (5), Artturi Lehkonen (5) 3rd Period PIT 15:36 Olli Maatta (1) | Assists: Conor Sheary (16) 81 Olli Maatta had gone about a full-season of games without scoring a goal until tonight. Maatta’s third period goal was his first goal of the season and first goal in 81 games (including playoffs). 32 Jake Guentzel has 32 goals in 61 career pro hockey games (AHL/NHL) including post-season. He had 40 goals in 108 career collegiate games. 5 Eric Fehr’s fifth even strength goal of the season vs the Canadiens, ties him withRead More »

Penguins – Canadiens Breakdown: Dominance below the dots

 

Penguins overwhelm Habs below the dots In snapping a three road losing streak, the Penguins played a style tonight in their 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens that as Mike Sullivan said afterwards — ‘makes them harder to play against’. — Shots in the game were just a 26-20 advantage Pittsburgh with the Canadiens having a 51-49 edge in 5 v 5 shot attempts. Where the Penguins overwhelmed the Canadiens was below the dots, with great net-front play, creating offense behind the goal line that led to goals and winning battles for the puck when out-numbered. While the Penguins were often playing on the right side of the puck defensively, the Canadiens were not. Pittsburgh opened the scoring with an Ian Cole goal at 14:52 of the first period. Key plays on the goal was a controlled entry by Evgeni Malkin then a net-front presence by Patric Hornqvist with a littleRead More »

Prospects Watch: Penguins Brass, scouts see NHL upside in d-man Jeff Taylor

 

Penguins Prospects Buzz — Three to Watch in College Ranks — Right Winger Kasper Bjorkqvist, 6-1, 200 lbs | 2016 2nd round pick 2016-2017 Season (Providence College): 15 GP – 1 Goal – 2 Assists – 3 Points Bjorkqvist is putting up low numbers in his first college season but he’s a player who impacts games in many different ways. The organization see’s him as a Patric Hornqvist type who will get to the dirty areas and be a pest below the dot. Bjorkqvist gets his shot off well in tight areas, but what stands out most is a well rounded 200 ft game where he flashes great instincts in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill. If Bjorkqvist develops like the Penguins think he will, there’s a chance they look for him to turn pro after next year, his sophomore season. Scouts Take: “Love the way he playsRead More »

Marc Andre Fleury No. 19 on TSN’s Trade Bait Board

 

Trade Deadline Buzz Six weeks out until the trade deadline, TSN released their Trade Bait Board today. One Penguin made the list with Marc Andre Fleury coming in at No. 19. With more goaltenders available than teams looking. the list is goaltender heavy with Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec (#9), Jaroslav Halak (#10), Ben Bishop (#13), Steve Mason (#14) and Fleury (#19). Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million cap hit) who can be had for a bag of pucks, Steve Mason ($4.1 million Cap hit) and Ben Bishop ($5.95 million Cap hit) are pending UFA’s. Halak who is available for next to nothing, cleared waivers, has one year left with a $4.5 million contract. Among goaltenders available, Fleury has the biggest financial commitment, carrying a cap hit of $5.75 million for the next two seasons. The Dallas Stars that have kicked some tires on a Fleury trade, are waiting to see what the LightningRead More »

Goaltender Woes in PIT: More Practice time needed or More Games for Murray?

 

Tuesday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins goaltending has been suspect to very poor since returning from the bye break where Marc Andre Fleury has allowed 10 goals over his last two starts and Matt Murray after allowing seven goals last night, has allowed 11 goals over his last two games. Murray in particular has not looked like his dominant self since allowing six goals in a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Dec 22. Over his last four starts, Murray has an .828 save percentage, allowing 19 goals on 111 shots faced. In Monday’s 8-7 win over the Capitals, Murray just never looked right. His angles were disastrous often taking the wrong angle on side to side plays and he was playing small when squaring up on shooters. Even as the Penguins stormed back to take a lead in the second period, there was a feeling all night there wasRead More »

Penguins – Capitals by the Numbers

 

Penguins – Capitals by the Numbers The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals decided to reintroduce the hockey world to how the game was played in the 1980’s. Pittsburgh and Washington combined for 15 goals in a Penguins 8-7 overtime win. The Penguins looked cooked in falling behind 3-0 with shaky defense and goaltending against the best defensive team in hockey with Braden Holtby in net. The tide would soon turn……. 2nd Period Onslaught Down 3-0, the Penguins erupted in scoring five goals in 8:11 and closed out the period with six goals in the frame. The Caps and Pens combined for nine second period goals with Evgeni Malkin netting a hat trick in the period. “That second period is one of the craziest periods I’ve been associated with,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the last time the Capitals scored 7 goals and didn’t winRead More »