The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Breakout game for Crosby, Pens? A five goal third period against the New York Rangers Wednesday night has captain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins proclaiming last night‚Äôs game as their breakout game of the season. Crosby who was playing at about 80% health had a four point night and the Penguins erupted for five goals in the third period. Kris Letang and Petr Sykora each added two goals. Fleury picking up his game: Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has put together four straight strong performances. In Fleury‚Äôs past four starts, he has allowed two goals or less. Fleury will start against the Atlantic Division leading New Jersey Devils on Friday and fans will get their first chance to see goaltender Mathieu Garon on Saturday when the Penguins face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Garon has looked sharp in practice. Penguins doing the little things: For much of the season, The PenguinsRead More »

Morning Skate update: Penguins recall Chris Minard

 

Alex Goligoski and Brooks Orpik will be the Penguins two scratches tonight. Goligoki is the seventh defensemen in the morning skate. Orpik is skating for the second consecutive day and is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. Marc Andre Fleury will make his 10th start in 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) to replace winger Matt Cooke who will be suspended for two games. Minard who leads the AHL with 28 goals, has one goal in 13 games with the Penguins. Cooke will be elgible to return against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, January 31st. It is also believed that the Penguins gave strong consideration to calling up young forward Luca Caputi and using him in the same kind of structured role the team used Alex Goligoski last season.

Tuesday’s Practice Report: Scuderi returns to practice

 

Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to practice today after missing Monday’s practice with an illness. All-Star forward Evgeni Malkin who was excused from practice on Monday was also on the ice today as the Penguins prepare to face off against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Crosby/Malkin to stay together?:

Tuesday’s NHL Rumor Mill

 

It is being speculated that the Nashville Predators are among two teams that have talked to the Lightning about 2008 1st overall pick Steven Stamkos Blues forward Keith Tkachuk is the Bruins top target at the trade deadline. Expect to hear a lot of Brian Gionta rumors throughout the next month. The Devils are a dangerous team in the East and they remain in the market for a top four defenseman. Boston Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Washington are among five teams that are on Bill Guerin’s wish list. Guerin has a NTC and will take advantage of that. Flames not pursuing Gerber: The Calgary Flames are expected to pass on Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber who was placed on waivers. Head coach Brett Suter tells the Calgary Sun, “We signed Curtis McElhinney to a one-way contract because he’s an NHL goalie. And he’s our goalie,” Sutter said inRead More »

Penguins recall Bissonnette and Thomas; Penguins return to practice on Monday

 

The Penguins have recalled forwards Paul Bissonnette and Bill Thomas. From Earlier- 1/25/09 – 9:58 p.m. The Pittsburgh Penguins will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. after a five day layoff from the All-Star Break. Forward Max Talbot who practiced on Monday and Tuesday of last week has been taking off of injured reserve and will return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Penguins face-off against the New York Rangers. Talbot has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and for the past month has been bothered with a foot injury that has hindered his play. The Penguins now have 10 active forwards with Pascal Dupuis also due back on Wednesday. The Penguins will make a few more callup‚Äôs prior to Wednesday‚Äôs game. Dustin Jeffrey will be among the candidates to be called up. Management was also pleased with the play of Bill Thomas during his threeRead More »

The Latest NHL Buzz

 

A lot of buzz going around regarding Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Martin continues to take a hard stance in regards to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who is this year‚Äôs Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Teams want to see if Bouwmeester would be open to an extension prior to trading for him. Washington is a sleeper team in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. They remain highly interested. Check out the Trade Deadline Chart for the rest of the suitors. Florida, Vancouver and Toronto are interested in Chris Pronger. The Panthers and Senators have had discussions about Filip Kuba, Chris Neil and Nathan Horton. Horton is another popular subject in Montreal. The Panthers are denying that he wants out. The Flyers obsession with Petr Forsberg continues. The Flyers, Avalanche, Predators and Blackhawks have made inquires. Teams would be crazy to give Forsberg anything more than the league minimum Thrashers GM Don Waddell continues toRead More »

NHL Mid Season Awards; Parise earns 1st half M.V.P

 

1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »

Crosby officially out for All-Star Game

 

Sidney Crosby has withdrawn from the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. Crosby has been hampered with a nagging injury to his left knee and has decided to rest his knee and will miss his second consecutive All-Star game. There has been a lot of pressure on Crosby to play in this years game after being the league’s top vote getter but Crosby is making the right decision by sitting out as the Penguins are in the midst of a playoff run. Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis will replace Crosby