What the Guentzel injury means for the Penguins Jake Guentzel, the Penguins leading scorer with 20 goals and 43 points, has been potentially lost for the entire season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the third period of Monday night’s 5-2 win when scoring his 20th goal of the season. Guentzel who crashed into the boards on the goal, had shoulder surgery Tuesday morning at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and will be sidelined for 4-6 months, the team says. The best case scenario of Guentzel being out around four months takes him to the second/third round of the playoffs. For an injury that often takes players around nine months to feel right again, Pittsburgh will be moving forward that Guentzel is lost for the season. If he returns in the middle of a playoff run, what an amazing bonus it would be, but Pittsburgh has to operate that his seasonRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins return from the break tonight for a home and home series with the Nashville Predators. Here are the latest injury updates entering tonight: *Patric Hornqvist who has missed the last nine games, is with the team on the trip and participated in the morning, but has been ruled out for tonight. Hornqvist is projected to return in the next couple games. *Sidney Crosby and Nick Bjugstad both remain in Pittsburgh and are skating on their own. Crosby recovering from sports hernia surgery, has had over 10 individual on-ice skilled sessions over the last two weeks. The six week mark for his injury was Dec 26th. Of the two, Crosby is much closer to being cleared to practice with the team. Bjugstad is out until mid-to-late January. *Justin Schultz remains off the ice
LATEST PENGUINS BUZZ TIOPS HIGHLIGHTS *Game-by-Game Adjustments from Sullivan *Poor practice habits for Murray frustrating organization? *Easy Call can already be made for Justin Schultz *Elite Level Offense, 1-on-1 Threat from Bryan Rust *Staff counting the days for Galchenyuk in a Penguins uniform…
Tristan Jarry backstopped the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night in stopping 33 of 34 shots. Improving to 10-5-0 on the season, It’s certainly Tristan Jarry’s net for the foreseeable future who continues to put up elite numbers. Jarry’s NHL RANKS Among Goalies with 10 starts: 1.85 GAA (1st) .940 SV% (1st) Even Strength SV% .952 (1st)
The Penguins have had a quiet a few revelations this season, one being the elite level offense they’ve received from Bryan Rust with 13 goals and 11 assists in 24 games. Averaging 0.65 goals per game, Rust is scoring this season at a 53 goal, 98 point pace. Among right wingers, Rust’ 1.20 points per game is third in the NHL.
Tristan Jarry on Monday was named the NHL’s 2nd star of the week. Jarry who has outplayed No. 1 netminder Matt Murray through the first two months of the season, posted back-to-back shutouts for the week ending Dec 8. On Dec 4 Jarry posted a 28 save shutout vs St. Louis Blues and two nights later stopped 33 of 33 shots against the Arizona Coyotes. Jarry enters Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens 7-4-1 on the season with a 1.81 GAA and .943 SV%.
Tick-Tock on Alex Galchenyuk’s Future in PIT Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has soured on winger Alex Galchenyuk to the point that Rutherford has informed rival teams of his hope to move Galchenyuk by the middle of January, at the latest, one s MORE BUZZ — Despite back-to-back shutouts from Tristan Jarry and a short trip to Detroit, it was a no-brainer for the coaches to start Matt Murray against Detroit and an easy call for them. It’s early December……. — Multiple scouts tell me since playing on a line with Jake Guentzel, this is the most dominant Evgeni Malkin has been in driving play off zone entries in seven to eight years. Meanwhile, one of the biggest frustrations the organization has with Alex Galchenyuk is a lack of ability to make 1-on-1 plays off zone entries. — Dominik Kahun has done a phenomenal job in changing the narrative. His trainingRead More »
Most Impressive Win of the Season? The Penguins’ man-games lost are right on par with the 2013-2014 season when they had over 500 man-games lost. One thing that always stood out with that season in how it started and ended was the Penguins being harder to play against when they had a depleted lineup. The same thing is playing out this season. Time will tell if come spring time a lot are saying ‘hey the Pittsburgh Penguins were a lot harder to play against when the minor league guys were out there playing like it was going to be the last NHL game of their career’. With the back-to-back losses over the weekend to Columbus and St. Louis, you had to wonder if an extended losing streak was coming and the lack of talent in the lineup was finally going to catch up. Over the Penguins’ last 17 games, theyRead More »