Penguins have impressive bounce back game against defending champs

 

— Tristan Jarry posted a 28-save shutout as the depleted Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-4, 34 pts) handed the St. Louis Blues (18-6-6, 42 pts) their first regulation road loss since Oct 26 — ~Jarry improves to 6-4-0 on the season with a .936 SV%. Pittsburgh went 4-for-4 on the PK with Jarry shining as their best penalty killer with 8 shorthanded saves~ ~ Depth Scoring: PIT GOALS Teddy Blueger (3), Stefan Noesen (1), Alex Galchenyuk (2)~ ~Stefan Noesen season debut was a successful one. Noesen netted a late 2nd period goal and was very effective with his wall play in keeping pucks alive~ ~Faceoff dominance from top-2 Centers: Evgeni Malkin won 11 of 16 (68.5%) draws, Jared McCann was 80%, winning 8 of 10~ ~Brandon Tanev had an assist, 8 hits and drew his team-leading 14th penalty in the win~

A mixed bag of opinions on the Penguins around the league; Tristan Jarry’s Trade Value, Jake Guentzel Elite & more Buzz

 

Penguins brass continues to see 2016 similarities in way Penguins push the pace 1. — The Pittsburgh Penguins internal models, especially the analytic based one’s, have screamed ‘2016 Penguins’ in the eyes of several members of the organization. Pittsburgh with all the injuries, has been exceptionally improved this season in offensive zone entries and scouts have seen an improvement in pressuring the puck carrier through the neutral zone that has Pittsburgh defending zone entries at a much greater rate, which until recently had led to less running around and getting overwhelmed down-low in defending the cycle and net-front. Not all evaluators are sold on this roster and some feel it’s going to be a lineup in a seven game series that that you can wear down below the dots at both ends of the rink and there’s no sense opposing teams fear Pittsburgh’s backend. That said, one former head coachRead More »

Penguins sign Stefan Noesen to one year contract

 

The Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Stefan Noesen on a one-year contract. The two-way deal runs through the end of this season and has a value of $700,000 at the NHL level. Details: https://t.co/bm357bnJ72 pic.twitter.com/qiSX8EVYRJ — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 2, 2019 — The 2011 1st round pick (OTT/21st overall) had a breakthrough season with the New Jersey Devils in 2017-2018, totaling 13 goals and 14 assists in 72 games. In 159 career NHL games, Noesen has 24 goals and 21 assists. Noesen has been a point per game player in Wilkes Barre this season, with 14 goals and 8 assists in 22 games for the Baby Penguins. —

Brian Dumoulin out 8 weeks, Hornqvist injured in practice

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon announced No. 1 pairing defenseman Brian Dumoulin had ankle surgery that will sideline him for eight weeks. A two month absence for Dumoulin, who coaches regard internally as the team’s best defenseman, will be a huge test for this defensive corps that has largely overachieved this season. Meanwhile, the hits kept coming today as Patric Hornqvist was injured on a fall today and is being evaluated for a lower body injury. LATEST INJURY TIMELINES Brian Dumoulin – ankle surgery on 12/1, out 8 weeks. Nick Bjugstad – core muscle surgery on 11/21 with a timeline of 8 weeks, which puts a return around mid-late January. Sidney Crosby – core muscle surgery on 11/14 with a timeline of at least six weeks. The six week mark for Crosby is December 26th. Justin Schultz – Suffered groin injury on 11/22 with a timeline of 2-3 weeks.Read More »

Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins in their first game without Crosby for the season rallied from a 2-0 first period deficit to get a point in a 3-2 OT loss to the New York Rangers. That was the good in a game that had some good but also a lot of bad in an unwavering performance from the Penguins. So where do things stand with Crosby? The Penguins on Tuesday remained quiet on details surrounding Crosby’s injury because they don’t have a definite answer yet if it’s a going to be around two week absence or 6-8 weeks. Penguin players left for the road trip on Monday with the belief that Sidney Crosby’s injury from a blocked shot was more week-to-week than day-to-day. Imaging did not tell a clear story that saw Crosby this week visiting renowned specialist Dr. William Meyers who is regarded as best in the business forRead More »

Patric Hornqvist placed on IR

 

Winger Patric Hornqvist has been placed on injured reserve. The Penguins are calling it a “longer term” injury and expectations are Hornqvist will be sidelined for around three weeks. Hornqvist has 5 goals and 10 points in 14 games this season.

Latest Pens Buzz: Galchenyuk’s expiring contract viewed as an asset on trade market for Penguins

 

Latest Pens Buzz Jim Rutherford always has his ear on trade discussions around the league, even if there’s no chance the Penguins can be a player because of their cap situation, ect, but, what the ability to dump Erik Gudbranson on the Anaheim Ducks this early in the season did is it opens the opportunity to game plan for the deadline in a much more realistic manner. Because of all of the callups and injuries, moving Gudbranson didn’t clear a straight four million off the cap for right now, but its created a couple million in cap space to put themselves in a different position than expected where Jim Rutherford is already planting seeds with other General Manager’s, sources say. As the season progresses, another dynamic to watch is using Alex Galchenyuk’s expiring contract as an asset. Will Galchenyuk’s biggest value to the Penguins this season be on the iceRead More »

Mike Smith shuts down Pens with 51-save performance

 

Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Saturday afternoon. While the likes of Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby were held off the scoresheet, Oilers netminder Mike Smith stole the show with 51 saves. Pittsburgh peppered Smith with 52 shots on goal and drove possession all day with an 82-43 edge in shot attempts, including a 61-26 advantage in 5-on-5 play. Yet, Pittsburgh was held to zero even strength goals on the afternoon as Pittsburgh’s lone goal came shorthanded from Brian DuMoulin.

Penguins make Dominik Kahun a healthy scratch

 

The return of Evgeni Malkin after 11 games to go with a full healthy lineup, saw the Penguins make winger Dominik Kahun a healthy scratch today vs the Edmonton Oilers. Kahun has 4 points in his last two games, including a three-point effort in Tuesday’s 7-1 rout of the Flyers, but Kahun continues to be look at as a weak link thus far into the season. Season Stats: 13 GP – 2 Goals – 4 Assists – 6 Pts

Evgeni Malkin several weeks ahead of schedule

 

When Evgeni Malkin was diagnosed with a grade-2 soft tissue h[amstring Injury earlier this month, team doctors projected a 15-20 game absence for Evgeni Malkin that prompted the team to place him on LTIR. About 12 days into the injury, another evaluation prompted fears of even a lengthier absence, some in the organization fearing Malkin would be sidelined until at least early December. Malkin, though, has put those fears to rest. With what has been described as a pain tolerance injury that could have swayed anywhere from a month to two months, Malkin has showed significant progress over the last week, even to the surprise of some, that prompted Malkin being cleared as a full participant in today’s practice. Malkin, barring a setback, is now scheduled to return to the lineup several weeks ahead of when the Penguins imagined he would be able to return. [/hide]