The Penguins who strongly considered calling up forward Luca Caputi last week when Matt Cooke was suspended, have recalled Caputi for Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Caputi the organizations top prospect, has appeared in 46 contests with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, ranking fourth with 35 points (13 goals and 22 assists) along with 35 penalty minutes. Caputi, 6-3, 185 lbs, recorded 111 points (51 goals, 60 assists) in 66 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League last season.
Pittsburgh Penguins‚Äô forward Tyler Kennedy has been suspended for one game, without pay, for his involvement in an altercation during a stoppage in play during NHL Game #734, Jan. 31 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Hockey League announced. Kennedy was suspended per Rule 70.2 which states: ‚ÄúA player who has entered the game on a legal line change… who starts an altercation may be subject to discipline …‚Äù. Kennedy was assessed a five-minute major for fighting Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn following a legal line change at 9:36 of the third period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Kennedy will forfeit $2,912.37. The money goes to the Players‚Äô Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Penguins begin a crucial 5 game stretch beginning Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. So much for the Penguins turning the corner after beating the Rangers 6-2 Wednesday night. Losing to a rebuilding team like the Leafs shouldn‚Äôt happen. The biggest disappointment with this team is their inability to clear the front of the net in the defensive zone. Head coach Michel Therrien and associate coach Andre Savard are defensive minded coaches and just as Mike Yeo takes the heat for the power play struggles, Savard and Therrien deserve some criticism for the Penguins defensive struggles. The Penguins have mishandled Ryan Whitney since he came back from off-season foot surgery. Whitney is clearly struggling and since his first game back he has been among the Penguins leaders in ice time. He should have been gradually brought back not playing 25+ minutes off the bat. Bill Thomas was a -2Read More »
Everything was going right for the Penguins against the Atlantic Division leading Devils who came into the game playing back to back games. Pittsburgh built a 3-1 lead with less than 9 minutes remaining in the third period. Max Talbot, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin all scored and Marc Fleury continued his stellar play through the first 51 minutes of the game but Devils forward Brendan Shanahan scored a power-play goal off a slap shot at 11:59 of the third period to stage the Devils comeback. The Penguins halted the Devils momentum following Shanahan‚Äôs goal, until Jamie Langerbruner came up big for the Devils, for the second straight night. Langenbruner who tallied two goals against the Bruins on Thursday night including the OT winner, scored with 31 seconds in the game to tie the game at 3-3 and send the game to overtime. Langenbruner struck again with one minute remaining inRead More »
Quick update from today’s morning skate Brooks Orpik appears in and it looks like Hal Gill will be a healthy scratch. Gill and Goligoski will be the Penguins two scratches on the blueline. Pittsburgh Penguins (24-21-4-52) Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Malkin Minard – Staal – Sykora Satan – Talbot – Kennedy Bissonnette – Thomas – Godard Defensemen Scuderi – Whitney Eaton – Letang Orpik – Boucher Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Scratches: D Hal Gill, D Alex Goligoski More to come
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 »
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.
Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to practice today after missing Monday‚Äôs 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?: