Evgeni Malkin recorded 2 goals & 2 assists, upping his NHL points lead to 53. Malkin has 14 points in his past seven games and Michel Therrien said it best in his post-game comments stating ‚ÄúMalkin played an outstanding game.‚Äù Evgeni Malkin is now a +20 on the season. Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher also scored for Pittsburgh. Marty Reasoner, Bryan Little and Colby Armstrong had Atlanta’s goals who were coming off of a 4-1 win Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators. Armstrong has three goals in his last two games Marc Andre Fleury returned after being sidelined for nearly a month to record his 9th win of the season. Fleury was very sharp making 28 saves.
2008-09 SEASON SERIES Pittsburgh: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby 13 goals,¬†E. Malkin 37 assists, 49 pts Atlanta: Slava Kozlov 14 goals, Kovalchuk 20 assists, 31pts Goaltending Matchup Pittsburgh ‚Äì Marc Andre Fleury (8-3-2, 2.86 GAA) Atlanta ‚Äì Ondrej Pavelec (3-5-0, 3.16 GAA) Special Teams Pittsburgh ‚Äì Power Play: 18.3%, Penalty Kill: 82.0% Atlanta ‚Äì Power Play: 19.4%, Penalty Kill: 72.4% Penguins Projected Lineup Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Wallace Stone ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Godard D- Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Scuderi Eaton ‚Äì Letang Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher G Marc Andre Fleury
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Ryan Stone. Stone, 23, has registered 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 28 games for Wilkes-Barre, ranking fourth on the team. His 47 penalty minutes also rank fourth among the Penguins. Quick Practice Update Ruslan Fedotenko returned to practice and skated with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora. The first line remained the same with Crosby centering Dupuis and Satan Jordan Staal will likely center Matt Cooke and Tim Wallace Thursday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. Don’t be surprised to see Stone get a look on the third line sometime throughout the game. Taffe centered Ryan Stone and Eric Godard in practice. I was told Ryan Whitney hasn’t ruled out playing Saturday against the Maple Leafs but December 23rd against the Lightning is the most likely target date. He is slowing improving every day but as of yesterday he hasn’t participatedRead More »
There are a few more weeks before the NHL selects the Eastern Conference All-Star team but here are my selections to this point. Starting Lineup WAS Alexander Ovechkin ‚Äì PIT Sidney Crosby ‚Äì PIT Evgeni Malkin MON Andrei Markov ‚Äì BOS Zdeno Chara BOS Tim Thomas Forward Lineup WAS Ovechkin ( 40pts) ‚Äì PIT Crosby (44pts) ‚Äì PIT Malkin (49pts) Insiders Take:Doesn‚Äôt get any better than this dream line. Crosby gets the two best players in the league as his wingers. Hopefully Ovechkin wouldn‚Äôt try to take out Malkin at every opportunity. BUF Vanek (24 goals) ‚Äì BOS Savard (26 assists) ‚Äì PHI Carter (21 goals) Insiders Take: Marc Savard is one the game‚Äôs best playmakers and Carter/Vanek are two of the games most prolific goal scorers. A perfect match. PHI Gagne (34 pts) ‚Äì PHI Richards (34 pts) ‚Äì NJD Parise (34pts) Insiders Take: Richards is one of theRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins players made a surprise visit to patients at Children‚Äôs Hospital of Pittsburgh Monday afternoon and delivered over $6,000 worth of toys. The visit was initiated by several members of the team who wanted to make the holidays a little brighter for children who were faced with spending time away from home. Penguins players donated the money that was used to purchase the toys. Toys were given to dozens of patients throughout the hospital, with a special emphasis placed on children in the oncology and transplant units. Several items, including two Wii video gaming systems and accessories, were donated to the playrooms at the facility for groups of children to enjoy. ‚ÄúWe are so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time at home with our families over the holidays,‚Äù said Penguins defenseman Hal Gill, who came up with the idea. ‚ÄúWe realized that there are a lot ofRead More »
The Arena Naming rights became offical today when CONSOL Energy Inc and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today a 21-year deal for naming rights to the new Pittsburgh multi-purpose arena. Practice Report The Penguins held a optional practice today. Forwards Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis , Tim Wallace, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Godard skated. Defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, and Ryan Whitney also skated A lot of the other players were in the facility working out. Ryan Whitney is slowing improving every day. His skating is still not 100% but he is close. Marc Andre Fleury was wearing new Reebok goalie pads Petr Sykora named second star of the week: Sykora¬†recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in four games. Bruins forward Phil Kessel (three goals, five assists) and extended his point streak to 15 games as the Bruins went 3-1-0 was named the NHL’s first star of the week.
The Philadelphia Flyers may have the most depth at the forward position in the National Hockey League. They don’t have a Malkin or Crosby but top to bottom they are much deeper than the Penguins. Sources tell me the Rangers are inching closer to signing Mats Sundin. Rangers GM Glen Sather is aggressively trying to move Petr Prucha who has a cap hit of $1.6 million. Sundin is open to signing for $3.5 – $4 million per season. Vancouver is Sundin’s fall back option. According to a source, now that Penguins General Manager Ray Shero got a decent look at the top WBS players, he is developing a plan to make some personnel moves/trades. There is some concern in the organization