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.

Malkin injured in 7-2 win over CBJ

 

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.

Key Takeaways from Penguins – Blue Jackets

 

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 »

Dominik Simon elevated to the top line

 

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.

Do the Penguins regret trading Conor Sheary?

 

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

 

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 »