Penguins/ Rangers lineups


Penguins lineup (19-16-4-42) Dupuis – Crosby – Kennedy Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot Satan – Jeffrey – Godard Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal D-Pairs Orpik – Whitney Scuderi – Letang Eaton – Boucher Expected Scratches: Hal Gill, Tim Wallace, Alex Goligoski Lineup news: Miroslav Satan has been demoted to the fourth line and it was just a matter of time before Therrien removed him off of the top two lines. The Penguins have eight healthy defensemen tonight. Based on the rotation in the morning skate, Hal Gill and Alex Goligoski will be healthy scratches. Rangers Lineup (23-14-3-49) Naslund РGomez – Callahan Prucha РDrury and Dawes Korpikoski -, Dubinsky РZherdev; Sjostrom РBetts – Orr Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal after missing Saturday’s game with the flu

What others are saying


The National media is sounding off on the Penguins struggles. King Drowning Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal writes, ‚ÄúThe Pittsburgh Penguins are reeling after losing 10 of their last 14 games. When you get blown out 6-1 by the Florida Panthers for a fifth straight loss at home, there are serious problems. Sidney Crosby is obviously starting to feel the heat of being captain of a ship taking on water. He blew his stack and jumped Brett McLean, of all people, as he bent over in the faceoff circle for his second NHL fight (Andrew Ference was the first). Sources say Crosby misses Ryan Malone and Jarkko Ruuttu to look after the talking in the Pittsburgh room while he leads on the ice, and he’s more upset about the Penguins not signing Marian Hossa than he’s letting on. While it’s obvious they miss defenceman Sergei Gonchar (shoulder surgery, butRead More »

Sunday Morning Quick Hits


The Penguins practice this morning at 11:30 a.m. Although the Penguins are coming off of an embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Panthers and are in the midst of a four game losing streak, don‚Äôt expect the Penguins to endure a long grueling practice this morning. The team has four games this week. Miroslav Satan has four goals in his last 26 games and has been non-existent during that stretch. Satan was dropped to the fourth line on Saturday. Therrien has proved in the past that he won‚Äôt play players in roles that they were brought in for, if they are not producing. Nils Ekman is a good example of that. Therrien‚Äôs hand has been forced in regards to Satan but it‚Äôs only a matter of time until Therrien takes Satan completely off of the top two lines. When that happens how can you even consider keeping him around? It becameRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz


The Penguins 7-12-1 in their last twenty games fell out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference following a 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Ownership is spending up to the cap and expects a long playoff run. Is a shakeup in the works? Like I said in my previous post don’t expect a major trade soon. They don’t happen overnight. I do expect a shakeup on the roster possibly within the week. One scenario being talked about that could happen this week is Jordan Staal getting another shot at wing¬†on the top two lines. ¬† The Penguins, Ducks, Blackhawks, Wild, and Blue Jackets are among five teams that have inquired about Atlanta Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov. Sources I’ve talked to expect 6-8 teams to be in the running for Kozlov’s services at the trade deadline. Kozlov has 16 goals – 20 assists – 36 pts in 39 gamesRead More »

Game 39: Penguins faceoff against the Panthers at 1:00 p.m./ Post-Game Speculation


Updated: 10:52 p.m: Frustrations in the locker room and in the front office continue as the Penguins were embarrassed at home today losing 6-1 to the Florida Panthers. Michel Therrien‚Äôs job is safe for now. Let‚Äôs get that out of the way off the bat. If the Penguins were to continue to plummet in the standings then as always the coach could take the fall but to this point ownership has no interest in making a switch. Ray Shero has been very active in the past 72 hours but don‚Äôt expect to wake up in the morning and see the Penguins make a major trade or see Jordan Staal get traded. Those kind of trades don‚Äôt happen overnight and as of this morning the Penguins were not involved in any serious talks that would land the Penguins a top 6 winger. What I mean by a top winger is aRead More »

NHL: Penguins Injury – Practice Report/ Boucher misses practice


Updated Practice Report: As expected Tyler Kennedy practiced for the third consecutive game. Also defenseman Philippe Boucher did not practice. Boucher was a scratch yesterday. More to come This morning saw a bit of good news for the Penguins as Sergei Gonchar was skating for a conditioning workout. Gonchar been rehabbing for about five weeks now and there’s been talk for about the last couple weeks that he will probably return a few weeks prior to the trade deadline. Gonchar is not shooting pucks yet. The news on Mike Zigomanis is not good. Sources tell me

Morning Buzz


Down 3-1 the Penguins played like a desperate team in the third period but it wasn‚Äôt enough as the Boston Bruins won their 10th straight game beating the Penguins 4-2 Thursday night at Banknorth arena. The Bruins may not be the most talented team in the league but they have bought into Claude Julien’s system and they know how to win games. They win games by driving to net, winning battles in the corners and clearing the front of the net. All things the Penguins are struggling at and maybe the Penguins don‚Äôt have the personnel to improve in those areas. The Bruins 29-5-4 lead the NHL in points and also lead the NHL in goals with 141. While the Penguins have been struck with injuries this season, the Bruins have had their fair share of top contributors being sidelined. Among them currently injured are forwards Patrice Bergeron, Marco SturmRead More »

Game 38: Penguins – Bruins Lineup


Update: 7:14 p.m. – As expected Philippe Boucher is the odd man out tonight. Therrien did decide to go with seven defensemen again but this time Kris Letang started the game on wing. Pregame update 6:38 p.m. Manny Fernandez (12-2 2.02 GAA) will start in goal for the Bruins. From earlier The Penguins are 7-10-1 in their last 18 games and face off against the Boston Bruins tonight for the second consecutive game. The Penguins will go with the same lineup tonight that took the ice Tuesday night. Expect a lot of line juggling. Eric Godard remains bothered with a knee injury but did participate in today’s morning skate. Godard and Goligoski alternated in the morning skate. Kris Letang went through a full practice on Wednesday and Letang will play tonight. Penguins Lineup (19-14-4-42) Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Talbot WallaceRead More »

Front office looking for answers?


The Penguins finished December going 5-8-1 and this afternoon practiced at Harvard University as they prepare to play the Boston Bruins tomorrow night. The Bruins had the day off. The Penguins five wins in December came against Buffalo (2), Carolina, New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres and Hurricanes are borderline playoff teams and the Islanders are the Islanders. The only true playoff team they beat this month was the New Jersey Devils and if not for Marc Andre Fleury that came could have easily been a 4-1 New Jersey win instead of a 1-0 Pittsburgh win According to a source Ray Shero does not plan on

Bruins defeat Penguins 5-2; Penguins hold players only meeting following game


Post – Game Thoughts The Penguins lost to the Boston Bruins 5-2 at Mellon Arena Tuesday night and are now 2-6 in their last 8 home games. Following tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Penguins players held a players only meeting. The Bruins were convincing tonight winning their ninth straight game as they continue their climb in the Standings. Boston 60 pts ‚Äì Pittsburgh 42 pts In Sidney Crosby‚Äôs post game remarks he said he isn‚Äôt ready concede that the Bruins are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Crosby said ‚ÄúThere’s not much separating each team, they’re disciplined in the way they play and capitalized on the chances they got, and that’s what good teams do,” “But it’s not a matter of them being way ahead of us.” Crosby is a competitor and you can‚Äôt blame him for trying to say the Bruins aren‚Äôt way ahead of the Penguins butRead More »