Latest Pens Buzz: Sidney Crosby’s reign as a top-3 player isn’t going away with age & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins on Wednesday night aced their toughest test of the season with a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche in improving to 5-2-0 on the season. Everything about Pittsburgh’s hot play despite a rash of injuries is all about Sidney Crosby who is driving the bus in elevating the Penguins play like few superstars can. Crosby has been in complete control of the game in all three zones over the last four games and the rest of the team is just feeding off him. What we’ve seen from Crosby over the last week has been special. Getting better with age? Get used to it. If there’s a Tom Brady esque athlete in the NHL who will keep getting better with age, it’s going to be Sidney Crosby who year after year is finding ways to adapt to a faster, younger league and will continue toRead More »

Brandon Tanev 1st Penguin since Mario to score OT/SHG

 

Brandon Tanev (1) scored shorthanded in OT to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2-0, 10 puts) to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche (5-0-1, 11 pts) on Wednesday night. According to NHLPR, Tanev tonight become the second player in Penguins history to score a shorthanded overtime goal. The other is some guy named Mario Lemieux who did it over 23 years ago on Jan. 22, 1996.

Rumors: Penguins sought Nick Ritchie in talks for Erik Gudbranson & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz Erik Gudbranson re-entered the lineup Sunday night in the Penguins 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets but is the writing on the wall that Gudbranson is getting a ticket out of town? Gudbranson hitting the trade block became news early last week but league sources say the Penguins started surveying the market for Gudbranson a few days prior to opening night and before Pittsburgh was ravished by injuries upfront. The trade winds have become a shock to Gudbranson and his camp as exit meetings last spring with coaches and GM Jim Rutherford had Gudbranson feeling quite secure about his role in Pittsburgh moving forward. What changed so quickly? John Marino for one. The jury is still out on whether the Penguins are greatly overvaluing Marino and trying to believe he’s something he’s not, but the front office is quite sold on Marino already in the short-term andRead More »

Cue the Rumor Mill: Gudbranson healthy scratch vs ANA?

 

Defenseman Erik Gudbranson who has popped up on the rumor mill this week, is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight vs the Anaheim Ducks as the Penguins will roll with a third pairing of Jack Johnson – John Marino. Gudbranson averaging 14:43 of ice time per game, has 0 points and a +2 rating in three games. Gudbranson played just 11:59 in a 4-1 loss to the Jets on Tuesday.

Galchenyuk placed on IR, Adam Johnson recalled

 

Winger Alex Galchenyuk has been placed on injured reserve with a lower body injury and the team has recalled forward Adam Johnson from WBS Penguins. Patric Hornqvist who played just 2:50 vs the Jets after taking a Kris Letang shot off his shin, was absent from today’s practice but is expected to be available to play Thursday night vs the Anaheim Ducks. WEDNESDAY’S PRACTICE LINES Guentzel-Crosby-Simon Kahun-McCann-Tanev Aston-Reese-Blueger-Lafferty Ruhwedel-Agozzino-Riikola.

Pens – Jets What We Learned: Poor Wall Play/Defensive Rotations against high-end skilled teams a growing problem for far too long

 

Penguins – Jets What We Learned The Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins both had excuses coming into Tuesday night’s matchup. For Pittsburgh it was the obvious in being down two of their top-3 centers in Evgeni Malkin and Nick Blugstad, to go with top-9 winger Bryan Rust already sidelined. For the Jets, they could have came in and laid an egg without much fuss. Among the reasons why: It was the fourth and final game of an East coast swing to start the season and most notably the Jets were dressing a lineup vs the Penguins with their entire defensive corps from the end of last season wiped out. Yet, it was the Penguins with their entire group of d-men in the lineup, including a seventh defenseman dressed that was the team that put on a display of squirt-level defensive play. The Penguins entered this season when healthy as aRead More »

Lafferty, Agozzino en route to Pittsburgh

 

The Penguins announced the team has recalled forwards Sam Lafferty and Andrew Agozzino on an emergency basis from the WBS Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad have officially been placed on injured reserve due to lower-body injuries. Lafferty who has soared up the organizational depth chart, posted 13 goals, 49 points last season for WBS. Agozzino, 28, had 60 points in 56 AHL games in 2018-2019 for the Colorado Golden Eagles. Agozzino has appeared in 21 career NHL games, totaling 1 goal and 4 assists.