Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz Prior to the last two debacles defensively in losses to the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins have surged with a depleted lineup due to finding an identity as a hockey club: Playing with structure in all three zones, excelling with their play away from the puck to levels that haven’t been seen in quite a few years, to just playing a smart brand of hockey in critical areas of the ice that have hidden deficiencies with the personnel. There’s been a near 100% buy-in from even some of the most reckless players in their lineup. Injuries or not, what’s fascinating with this club is whether they are a group that’s been underestimated. With the East Division not as daunting as it looked that it might be, they probably have been a bit underestimated. Among the top teams, there’s not one teamRead More »
*Penguins forward Jared McCann has been officially listed as day-to-day, a positive development after initial fears of at least a couple weeks absence. McCann will not play tonight vs the New York Rangers *Tonight’s Goaltending Matchup: Tristan Jarry vs Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid on Sunday saw his first NHL game action in relief since Nov 30, 2019. *Winger Colton Sceviour officially cleared waivers
Penguins Big Weekend A week ago Mike Sullivan was disgusted with his clubs’ level of inconsistent play following a shutout loss to the New York Islanders. Fast forward seven days and after winning three of four in taking six out of possible eight points in wins against the Flyers and Rangers, the mood has certainly changed. Sunday’s 5-1 win Sunday night over the New York Rangers that included five different goal scorers and 12 different players recording points, saw Sullivan signing a much different tune. “I like the traction our team is getting here of late,” said Sullivan after the Penguins produced one of their most convincing wins of the season despite another poor start. President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke was on-record this week saying the Penguins have to change their ways of giving up the first goal and that your not going to win games that way. MaybeRead More »
60 Minute Game? Pittsburgh’s struggles below the dots at both ends of the ice Little was learned from the Penguins 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday that saw the Penguins collapse after leading 3-0 just 3:57 into the game after three goals in a 71 second span. What the loss did was just further highlight glaring issues with this hockey club that isn’t just going to magically go away. 1. A growing theme is how much of a monumental challenge it is for the Penguins to put together a 60 minute game. “We just didn’t play the game hard enough or smart enough for the majority of the game. When you get up that early in games, you’ve got to continue to play hard. You’ve got to continue to do the things that brought you success.” — Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan on Thursday’s 4-3 Loss to the FlyersRead More »
*Sidney Crosby has been officially activated from the Covid Related Absence List, the team just announced. The team also says assistant coach Todd Reirden has been cleared to return to coaching duties. From the Morning: *Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has ruled out Brian Dumoulin and Evan Rodrigues. Both are tracking towards a return on Saturday *Mark Jankowski is a game time decision
Key Factors from the Penguins 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers 1. Tristan Jarry’s 40 Save Performance — Jarry was outstanding with a 40 save effort in the win. There was no bigger factor than the Penguins earning the two points. Where Jarry won this game for Pittsburgh was in the first period. The Penguins had an egregious start to the game. Two minor penalties in the first 3:57 of game, they survived both early penalties, but it was all Flyers in period one. Pittsburgh had zero rhythm in the first 20 minutes and were outshot 14-5 in the first frame. If Jarry was off his game just a little, Pittsburgh could have been ran out of the building before the second period as the game had a real chance of getting away from them. Jarry stood tall in every facet of the night. 2. Kasperi Kapanen’s Game Breaking PerformanceRead More »
No Crosby, No Problem? Geno has fans in the building tonight!!!……..And there’s No Sidney Crosby…… Who knows, maybe Malkin has one night where he turns back the clock vs the Philadelphia Flyers. On a serious note, the Penguins have shown in the past to galvanize for a stretch around an injury or absence to a big star, so we’ll see whether history repeats itself. As the Penguins today placed Sidney Crosby on the covid-19 list, the team is mum whether Crosby has Covid or it’s a close contact situation. At the minimum he’s out tonight. “We can do all the right things and this could happen,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. “There are protocols put in place for a reason.” Mark Jankowski remains out and day-to-day, while Tristan Jarry will start in goal. 20 GAMES IN………… 20 Games into the season for the Penguins and the East Division is playingRead More »
Penguins – Flyers will have some fans in the stands for the three game set this week. The Penguins today received approval from the PA State Department of Health to open PPG Paints Arena at 15% capacity, which will allow 2,800 fans to attend. Tickets will be available to season ticket holders only, on a priority basis.