Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke did not participate in the morning skate and will be held out of tonights game due to a undisclosed injury. Cooke leads the NHL in hits
Penguins beat Flyers 3-2 The Penguins rebounded Tuesday night and got a much needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers. They played better but they are not out of the woods just yet Pascal Dupuis was moved up to the 1st line and performed well. Dupuis led the Penguins with five shots and blistered a slap shot from the left circle to score the Penguins game winner in OT The Penguins at times controlled the play especially for a few shifts in the middle of the second period. Dupuis had three great chances on a shift early in the second and the Penguins could have pulled away but they didn‚Äôt. The Penguins did not clean up their own end well. On the Flyers first goal the Penguins had two opportunities to get the puck out of their zone and failed to do so which led to Jeff Carters goal. 21 secondsRead More »
This is the first of six regular season meetings between the Penguins and Flyers in 2008-09. The Flyers lead the all-time series with a 130-73-30-3 record in 236 games, including a 42-53-22-1 record on the road. Both teams have struggled out of the gate and will look to get back on track tonight. The Flyers are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Monday night. The Flyers have received subpar goaltending from Marty Biron who has surrendered eight goals in less than four periods. Biron will serve as the Flyers backup tonight as Antero Niitymaki will start. The Penguins are coming off a 2-1 OT loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins were outplayed in all facets of the game and were outshot by the Devils 49-15. A bright spot for the Penguins in this young season has been the play of Marc Andre Fleury. Fleury isRead More »
Just got back from the morning skate and it appears Petr Sykora will play tonight. Sykora skated hard and took one timers in practice. He appears close to 100% and skated with Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal during practice. Matt Cooke was dropped to the fourth line and skated with Mike Zigomanis and Eric Godard. It appeared in practice that Paul Bissonnette and Bill Thomas will be healthy scratches again
It is a known fact that Sidney Crosby needs better wingers. Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko or Pascal Dupuis will not get the job done over the course of the season. The Penguins are in the market for a elite winger and the one name GM‚Äôs continue to ask about is left winger Jordan Staal. The question is should the Penguins trade Staal and will they? Source: Times Online
The 4-0 New York Rangers were my pick to come out of the Eastern Conference this season and even though it‚Äôs early, they look much improved from last season. The Rangers have great team speed and their power play has more puck movement than it did with Jagr at the helm. They like to move Wade Redden into the slot and give the opposition different looks. So far, so good for Markus Naslund who looks rejuvenated in New York. The Rangers have been phenomenal defensively and rank #1 in the league on the penalty kill (100.0%) Phoenix, a team on the rise is 2-0. Rookie Kevin Porter is a player to keep an close eye on this season The Vancouver Canucks are playing shutdown defense and surprisingly have scored 11 goals in two games. They have been a bit of a surprise thus far but it is very early.
Penguins head coach Michel Therrien shuffled his lines in practice moving Pascal Dupuis up to the first line and dropping Ruslan Fedotenko to the third line. Tyler Kennedy skated with Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins fourth line consisted of Paul Bissonnette ‚Äì Mike Zigomanis ‚Äì Godard. Bissonnette and Godard are expected to play against the Flyers. Petr Sykora will be a game-time decision. The coaching staff has also explored the possibility of Tyler Kennedy playing left wing on Crosby’s line when Sykora returns to the lineup
Brooks Orpik is going to garner serious consideration to make Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Team USA will look for a mix of offensive and physical minded defensemen. Orpik‚Äôs skating ability and the way he performs with offensive minded defensemen, will keep him in the running until the end according to sources Anytime Marian Gaborik‚Äôs name comes up in the rumor mill the Penguins are mentioned by the national media. For the time being Pittsburgh has yet to explore making a bid for Marian Gaborik. Pittsburgh does have their eye on one potential big name Colorado and Ottawa have interest in Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin but neither team will move on Khabibulin unless he is placed on re-entry waivers. If the Hawks decide against re-entry waivers, don‚Äôt expect Khabibulin to be moved until the trade deadline Pittsburgh continues to have a strong focus on special teams in practice.Read More »