Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (7-8-2)

 

Intriguing matchup: The Altanta Thrashers are 5-1 in their past 6 games and the Penguins are 6-0-1 in their past seven games Penguins projected Lineup Talbot – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard D-Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Thrashers Projected Lineup Kovalchuk – Christensen – Williams Kozlov РWhite – Little Thorburn РReasoner – Armstrong Perrin РSlater – Boulton D-Pairs Hainsey – Exelby Enstrom – Havelid Valabik – Oystrick Pavelec is expected to start in goal

Morning Buzz

 

The Penguins have caught many around the league by surprise in their ability to overcome the losses of Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Ryan Whitney is skating and looks to be in the best shape of his career. Whitney is determined to resemble the player he was two seasons ago and I expect him to have a big season when he returns to the lineup in December. Is Ryan Whitney trade bait? The Penguins have received a lot of inquiries about Whitney in the past year and despite the emergence of Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang, the Penguins view Ryan Whitney as the heir apparent to Sergei Gonchar and GM‚Äôs around the league know if will take an offer the Penguins can‚Äôt refuse for them to consider moving Whitney. The Penguins are shopping……..

Game 18: Wild snap Penguins 6 game winning streak

 

Minnesota Wild 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 The Minnesota Wild’s trapping defense frustrated the Penguins at times and the league’s top penalty kill unit held Evgeni Malkin & Co scoreless on the power play. The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play and failed to capitalize in overtime after Wild forward Brent Burns drew a high-sticking penalty with 1:28 remaining in the overtime period. The Wild were able to force a shootout and goaltender Niklas Backstrom, put on a strong performance Tuesday night at Mellon Arena, stopping 24-of-25 shots, turning aside Petr Sykora, Alex Goligoski and Sidney Crosby in the shootout to the lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win. The loss snapped the Penguins 6 game winning streak. At 7:57 of the first period Mikko Koivu was credited with the Wild‚Äôs lone goal in regulation after Penguins center Mike Zigomanis put the puck in his own net offRead More »

Game 18: Pittsburgh Penguins (11-4-2-24) vs Minnesota Wild (10-4-1-21)

 

Penguins Projected Lineup Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Talbot – Crosby – Satan Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Dupuis – Zigomanis – Godard D- Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal The Penguins are coming off of a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to extend their winning streak to 6 games.

Morning Buzz

 

Marc Andre Fleury did not practice today and his status for tomorrow‚Äôs game is unclear. The Penguins are expected to wait until tomorrow to re-call John Curry from WBS if needed. It is believed Fleury was injured in the third period. Fleury is being described as day-to-day. Whitney progressing ahead of schedule Ryan Whitney is skating and continues to eye early December as a potential target date. Sergei Gonchar began rehabbing two weeks ago and everything appears to be going as planned for now. The Penguins remain hopeful that he will be back for the stretch run Phillipe Boucher is expected to play with Alex Goligoski tomorrow. The Penguins will take part in today’s “Salvation Army Project Bundle Up”. As part of the annual ‚ÄúPenguins Personal Shopping Day,‚Äù Penguins‚Äô players will be matched with local middle school children selected by the Salvation Army to shop for new winter clothing includingRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Jordan Staal scored two goals including the tiebreaker goal in the third period, and the Penguins scored four third-period goals to rally for their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Staal who got off to a sluggish start to the season has seven goals in his past six games. After losing three straight, the Penguins have now won six straight and are establishing themselves with the Rangers and Canadiens as the class of the Eastern Conference. Evgeni Malkin extended his assist streak to 13 games and has a chance to tie Mario Lemieux’s record of 14 straight games with an assist, Tuesday night against Minnesota. Malkin finished the night with 1 goal and 3 assists and now has 30 points on the season. Malkin has a 8 point lead over teammate Sidney Crosby. Now onto the latest speculation surrounding the Penguins and around the league.

Crosby scores twice, leads Penguins to 5-4 win

 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin continued their dominance against the Flyers and Penguins rookie Alex Goligoski scored on his first career shootout attempt as the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh got out to a early 3-0 lead getting goals from Matt Cooke, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby but a 3-0 lead is never safe for the Penguins this year. The Penguins power play went 1-7 and Simon Gagne scored twice short-handed during a four-goal second period that put the Flyers up 4-3. Penguins head coach Michel Therrien pulled starting goalie Marc Andre Fleury following the second period. Fleury has given up 10 goals in his last 5 periods of regulation play. Dany Sabourin came on in relief and made 11 saves in the third period and Crosby tied it at 4-4 with 2:33 remaining in the third with his sixth goal of theRead More »

Afternoon Buzz

 

The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith’s back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday’s game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.