Pens – VGK Fallout: Ryan Reaves Impact below the dots; Kessel/Malkin; D-Zone Breakdowns


Penguins – Golden Knights Fallout The Ryan Reaves that showed up vs the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night is the player Penguin officials thought the team would see more of when Pittsburgh traded for Reaves last June. Reaves second period goal was obviously a bonus but it was his ability to create havoc below the dots that has not been there on a consistent basis this season. Reaves had a goal, 3 shots on goal and 7 hits in 10:15 of ice time. The rugged winger was at 65% in possession (11/6) and was on the ice for 9 scoring chances. 1. Here was sequence in a shift early in the third period where Reaves carries the puck through the neutral zone, gains the offensive zone and gets the puck behind the Golden Knight’s D where he gains possession in the left corner. This led to the Penguins establishing overRead More »

Penguins top Fleury, Golden Knights with 5-4 win


Penguins 5 – Golden Knights 4 PIT LEADERS Evgeni Malkin | Goal (30), Assist Phil Kessel | Goal (24), Assist Sidney Crosby | 2 Assists Jake Guentzel | Goal (16) Ian Cole | Goal (3) Ryan Reaves | Goal (3), 7 hits The hockey gods looked to be smiling down on Marc Andre Fleury for the first 30 minutes of tonight’s game. The Vegas Golden Knights had a 2-0 lead mid-way through the game and Fleury stopped the first 17 shots he faced in what was a goaltending duel early before a barrage of goals would play out. The Penguins would quickly take over the game just after the 11 minute mark of the second period. Ryan Reaves, Ian Cole and Jake Guentzel scored 7:32 apart in the second as Pittsburgh turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead after forty minutes and then it was the Evgeni Malkin/Phil KesselRead More »

Marc Andre Fleury’s Return to Pittsburgh & a Stanley Cup Preview Tonight?


Marc Andre Fleury makes his return to Pittsburgh tonight with the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights in town. It’s going to be an emotional night for Fleury who you can bet wants to put on a show. If Derrick Pouliot got a tribute video from the organization, I think there’s a chance we’ll see a Fleury tribute video tonight……. What an ovation it’s going to be. Penguins All-Time Wins Leaders 1. Marc-Andre Fleury – 375 2. Tom Barrasso – 226 3. Ken Wregget – 104 4. Denis Herron – 88 5. J.S. Aubin – 63 6. Matthew Murray – 58 7. Les Binkley – 58 8. Greg Millen – 57 9. Roberto Romano – 46 10. Johan Hedberg – 46 The all-time Penguins leader in wins, Fleury’s popularity skyrocketed in his final season as a Penguin in how he handled the situation of no longer being the No. 1Read More »

Patric Hornqvist week to week


Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist is officially “week to week”, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said after Monday’s practice. Sullivan over the weekend said he did not believe the injury was long-term but revealed today Hornqvist will be sidelined for at least a couple weeks.

Latest NHL Buzz: Rangers willing to trade Rick Nash inside the division


Latest NHL Buzz The New York Rangers are expected to ask Rick Nash for his 12-team list this week and the Rangers are certain the list will include a couple teams in the Metropolitan Division, based on their preliminary discussions with the Nash camp so far. Early indications are the Rangers are willing to trade Nash inside the division. Nash and his representatives already have a tentative list in place and the Penguins are expected to be one of the 12 teams on Nash’s list , league sources told TIOPS last week. That will make the Penguins a team to watch as Nash has long been a favorite of Penguins In what has been an expected development, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports the Rangers are likely to pick up 50% of Nash’s remaining cap hit, something that has to be a must if the Rangers want toRead More »

Patric Hornqvist not expected to be sidelined long-term


Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist is not expected to be out long-term, head coach Mike Sullivan said after the Penguins 3-1 loss to the Devils. Sullivan, though, indicated Hornqvist was still being evaluated. With Hornqvist out vs the Devils, Zach Aston-Reese made his NHL debut and played 6:24. He was a minus-1 with 1 shot on goal and 1 attempt. Aston-Reese’s possession numbers were 25% (2-6).

Mike Sullivan critical of the Penguins’ effort in loss to NJD


Devils 3 – Penguins 1 Coming off a thrilling 7-4 win over the Capitals Friday night, the Penguins (29-22-3, 61 pts) had an expected letdown in a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils (27-16-8, 62 pts) on Saturday night. Head coach Mike Sullivan, though, wasn’t letting his surging team off the hook. Shot attempts were 75-41 in New Jersey’s favor with the Devils racking up 38 scoring chances and 21 high danger chances in the win. Yet, the Penguins we’re still in position late to steal a point against a back-up goaltender. After Evgeni Malkin netted his 29th goal of the season to cut the Devils lead to 2-1, it was a one goal game until a Travis Zajac goal, 3:35 later in the third and Pittsburgh also had a disallowed goal in the loss. “The criteria of goalie interference is so vague, it’s difficult to interpret right now,”Read More »

Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center


Industry Chatter: Penguins put a feeler out on All-Star Center 1. — Prior to the All-Star break, the Penguins third line center search included a discussion with the M 2. — Players can say they don’t pay attention to the media but when the General Manager is making the media rounds as he was this week and constantly saying he’s trying to add a third line center, Riley Sheahan who was brought in earlier this season to be the third line center, has to be aware of the talk. Sheahan turned in a nice performance vs the Capitals with 2 assists, including a primary helper on Phil Kessel’s first period goal. For a couple Penguins, including Sheahan, poor possession stats vs the Capitals didn’t tell the actual story of how they played. Sometimes it does, last night it didn’t. Sheahan was at 38% in possession but was 50% in ScoringRead More »

Penguins recall Zach Aston-Reese


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled winger Zach Aston-Reese from Wilkes Barre/Scranton and placed Conor Sheary on injured reserve. Aston-Reese, 23, will make his NHL debut tonight vs the New Jersey Devils. He has 9 goals and 20 assists and a plus-21 rating in 41 games this season for Wilkes Barre. His 20 assists lead the team and he has been red-hot of late with 15 points in his last 10 games.