Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan had no update on Evgeni Malkin who exited the game early in the second period and did not return. Later in the game third line center Nick Blugstad also left the game with an injury. Sullivan told reporters afterwards the team will know more tomorrow.
Jared McCann happened in the second period and the rest is history as the Penguins throttled the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 7-2 rout on Saturday night. 12 different players records points in the win as Mike Sullivan improves to 16-3-1 all-time vs John Tortorella as head coach of the Penguins: — In the immediate aftermath of Evgeni Malkin leaving the game with an injury in the second period, Jared McCann was bumped up to the second line center role and took the game over in period two. McCann scored two goals off the rush in a 7:32 span as McCann’s back-to-back goals saw a 2-1 game quickly get away from the Blue Jackets in going from 4-1 to escalating to 7-1 by the mid-point of the third period. McCann who the Penguins soured on as a center last season, flourished with the open space in place of Malkin. —-Read More »
Winger Dominik Simon who was one of the Penguins better forwards in the season opener, has received a promotion to skate on the top line tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Simon had been relegated to the 4th line and was even in the extra’s group for much of training camp. But, one game in, Simon finds himself back with Sidney Crosby.
Conor Sheary who was traded in June 2018 so the Penguins could clear cap space to sign Jack Johnson and resign Riley Sheahan, continues to shine against his former team. Sheary scored twice Thursday night against Pittsburgh in the Sabres 3-1 win over the Penguins. Sheary talked afterwards of having extra motivation against Pittsburgh. “I think you just want to prove to people that you can still play,” said Sheary. “You kind of get the feeling that someone doesn’t want you when they trade you. I think I took that to heart, so coming back here is always fun.” Trading Sheary was a unanimous decision among the upper level management and coaching staff as the Penguins felt they had younger forwards ready to replace him. A season later and now there’s some serious questioning about that decision.
Penguins – Sabres What We Learned — It was just one game but…….— 1. Penguins – Sabres had the look of two wildcard level to fringe-level playoff teams going at it. 2. Pittsburgh’s biggest need in the off-season was revamping their d-corps and from a personnel standpoint you can argue they are even weaker than last season with Olli Maatta shipped off to Chicago. All of this off-season talk of being more defensively responsible is non-sense. This group isn’t changing and I will remain in the corner that this group can’t change defensively with the way Kris Letang plays when a defenseman who plays as much as Letang does dictates your style of play. Letang who was on the ice for two even strength goals against, is still doing maddening Letang things with his decision making. 3. As expected, post-game talk of the Penguins giving up a number of breakawaysRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins this morning recalled defenseman John Marino and officially placed Bryan Rust on LTIR. Even with Alex Galchenyuk 50/50 for the season opener, the Penguins are rolling with an unorthodox roster of 12 forwards, 9 defensemen and 2 goaltenders to start the season. Forwards: Aston-Reese Bjugstad Blueger Crosby Galchenyuk Guentzel Hornqvist Kahun Malkin McCann Simon Tanev Defensemen: Dumoulin Gudbranson Johnson Letang Marino Pettersson Riikola Ruhwedel Schultz Goaltenders: Jarry Murray
Goaltender Casey DeSmith has officially cleared waivers and will be assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Tuesday’s Practice Lines Guentzel-Crosby-Hornqvist Riikola-Malkin-Tanev McCann-Bjugstad-Kahun Aston-Reese-Blueger-Simon, D-Pairs Dumoulin-Letang Johnson-Schultz Pettersson – Gudbranson Ruhwedel – Marino
Jack Johnson has supporters among the coaching staff A report from The Athletic Pittsburgh over the weekend citing team and league sources that Jack Johnson was on the cusp of being traded and had even been informed a trade was coming within 48 hours has been shot down by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. “That was some pretty shabby journalism,” said on 937 The Fan of the report when appearing on the Cook and Joe show. “All these reporters have 24 hour access to me….you should probably go right to the person [Jim Rutherford]” Rutherford said. Rutherford in the interview with Joe Starkey and Ron Cook was annoyed at the suggestion from the report that claimed he [Rutherford] informed Johnson a trade was likely before the season opener. “They [PR staff] pointed it out to me and [the report] suggested I had talked to Jack Johnson and I didn’t [talk toRead More »
Casey DeSmith in the first year of a three year, $3.75 million contract, has been placed on waivers. The move to place the Penguins No. 2 goaltender on waivers is a cap move as having Tristan Jarry on the opening night roster over Casey DeSmith would put the Penguins in the neighborhood of being cap compliant.