Evgeni Malkin out vs Canucks

 

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will be sidelined for Wednesday’s game vs the Vancouver Canucks with an upper body injury. The Penguins contend for now the injury is short-term and that Malkin hasn’t been ruled out for Friday’s game. Jake Guentzel replaced Malkin as the second line center in Tuesday’s practice, while Carter Rowney (broken hand) centered Gregg McKegg and Ryan Reaves with Tom Kuhnhackl the odd-man out. Rowney has been cleared to return to the lineup.

Flyers to host Penguins in 2019 Outdoor Game

 

The Flyers hosting the Penguins for an outdoor game was always part of the deal when Pittsburgh was awarded an outdoor game last February against the Flyers and the league made it official Monday announcing the Flyers and Penguins will take part in another outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field (Home of the Philadelphia Eagles) on February 23, 2019. A classic rivalry continues. The 2019 @CoorsLight NHL #StadiumSeries will feature the @penguins and @NHLFlyers at Lincoln Financial Field. pic.twitter.com/9fly0tVEIP — NHL (@NHL) November 20, 2017 “It’s always a special opportunity to take the game back to its roots and have NHL players skate outdoors,” Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse said in a team release. “We competed against the Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2017 and look forward to completing the in-state ‘home-and-home’ series at Lincoln Financial Field in 2019. It should be a great atmosphere.”

Penguins discussing trade options to add No. 2/3 type caliber NHL goaltender

 

Penguins looking to bolster organizational goaltending depth Are the Penguins content moving forward with Matt Murray, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith as the 1-3 goaltenders on the organizational depth chart? Penguin coaches saw enough of Casey DeSmith in practice and with Tristan Jarry’s inexperience, the coaching brass is not comfortable with the Penguins goaltending depth in the organization, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. With difficulties of adding a legitimate No. 2 goaltender at this stage of the season, that has the Penguins in the short-term at least evaluating trades for a netminder on a

On winger duo of Sheary/Hornqvist & Saturday’s good test for the Penguins 3rd line

 

Can it Last? Penguins have an impactful 3rd line this week The Pittsburgh Penguins have rattled off two straight wins, a 5-4 come from behind win Tuesday night vs the Sabres and then a 3-1 win over the Senators Thursday night. Tuesday’s win kind of summed up the Penguins season. Very sloppy play for long stretches, frustrating goals allowed at in-opportune times (early and late in periods) but with their high-end talent, when the Penguins feel motivated to play, they can turn it on out of nowhere especially against bad teams. Thursday’s win was more of a playoff style low scoring game with great goaltending from Matt Murray this team has been so accustomed to winning the last two seasons. In a game where the Senators and Penguins each created just 5 high danger scoring chances during 5 vs 5 play, Pittsburgh got a deflection goal from Patric Hornqvist (7)Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Kessel delivering amid summer trade talk; League chatter on Letang & Latest Trade Rumblings

 

Kessel delivering amid minor trade talk from the summer The Pittsburgh Penguins made no attempt this summer behind the scenes to quiet the Phil Kessel speculation that despite a 70 point season and the club winning a second consecutive Stanley Cup, the relationship was a bit tenuous. In fact, rival clubs believe the Penguins were putting some of the Kessel trade talk out there as a away to send a message to the player. While the Penguins did in fact have trade talks with clubs about Kessel around late June/early July, the most substantive talks with the One goaltender trade scenario that was discussed last winter prior to the deadline that would have had an impact on the goaltending situation for this season. Marc Andre Fleury going to Calgary and — Former Penguins netminder Antti Niemi is back on waivers. He made two appearances with Florida, stopping 34 of 39Read More »

Takeaways: Guentzel, Kessel need to stay parked in the top-6

 

Penguins 3 – Coyotes 1 A Justin Schultz goal 59 seconds into the game from an awful angle and then an Evgeni Malkin goal 2:08 later, the Penguins looked primed to have a big stats day against what some call the ‘AHL’ Coyotes. Things, though, didn’t exactly play out that way as the Penguins would find themselves involved in a one-goal game early in the third period before Phil Kessel scored a power play goal at 6:06 of the third period to put the Penguins ahead 3-1. The Penguins improved to 9-6-2 with the 3-1 victory. The Coyotes are an NHL worst 2-13-2. It wasn’t a great performance from the Penguins considering the opponent playing the second of a back-to-back but teams often have inconsistent games when first returning home from a long road trip. Pittsburgh was led by three point nights from Evgeni Malkin (Goal, 2 assists) and PhilRead More »

Rumors: Penguins made hard push over the weekend to try to acquire Matt Duchene

 

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has a knack of staying in the mix for a trade target until the end and that continued in the Matt Duchene trade talks. Last year prior to the deadline, Pittsburgh made late runs at Martin Hanzal/Kevin Shatterkirk (were finalists for both) and Pittsburgh’s off and on trade discussions with the Avalanche on Matt Duchene saw Pittsburgh make another late run at a big name. As the Avalanche re-engaged the Penguins in trade talks last month, once word circulated around the league that a three-team deal on Friday between the Avs/Predators/Senators was dead (false alarm), Pittsburgh made a hard push to land Duchene over the weekend, league sources confirm. Trade discussions remained active between the Penguins and Avalanche as late as Saturday night. While Pittsburgh’s offer didn’t match the quantity the Avalanche received in the three-team deal, whispers around the league is Pittsburgh offered a strongRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Getting Malkin a winger still on priority list for management?

 

Penguins take get 3 of 4 points in back-to-back situation The Penguins ability to bounce back from blowout losses is another reason not to be overly concerned yet with how the Penguins level of play falls off a cliff in the second night of back-to-backs. For one, there are no back-to-backs in the postseason and as Wednesday’s 3-2 win vs the Oilers showed, when the Penguins have a dialed in focus, more often than not they find a way to get a “W” in tight games, similar to how difficult they have been to beat four out of seven times the last two post-seasons. And the Penguins followed up a gritty performance against the Oilers with a nice effort Thursday night against the Flames in a 2-1 overtime loss. Pittsburgh got to their speed game well and peppered Calgary with 44 shots as Flames netminder Mike Smith turned in aRead More »

Held to 1 Goal, Penguins blown out of the building again in a back-to-back

 

Jets 7 – Penguins 1 Starting your No. 1 goaltender in back-to-back games this early in the season isn’t always ideal and it sure back fired on Mike Sullivan and his staff. Matt Murray was pulled 18:07 into the game, allowing 4 goals on nine shots as the Penguins disastrous play in the second night of a back-to-back continued in a 7-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Things continued to spiral seconds after Murray was yanked. Down 4-0 with a 1:53 left in the first period, Casey DeSmith entered the game for his NHL debut and eight seconds later Blake Wheeler scored his third of the night at 18:15 of the period to put the Jets up 5-0 as DeSmith allowed a goal on his first shot against. Via @Hockeynight, Wheeler became the fastest player in Jets history to record a hat trick. 10 shots in theRead More »