The Latest Penguins Buzz; Sunday’s Rumor Mill

 

Pascal Dupuis a healthy scratch Saturday night has gone 14 games without a goal. His days of playing on the top two lines needs to end but the coaching staff likes his defensive zone play which keeps getting him minutes on the first or second line. As expected the Penguins re-assigned Janne Pesonen to WBS following last night’s game. Here‚Äôs what I‚Äôm hearing that the Penguins blueline will be when Ryan Whitney is healthy. Orpik, Letang, Whitney, Boucher, Gill, Scuderi. (7th Goligoski and 8th Eaton). I still think Alex Goligoski will be AHL bound when the Penguins blueline is healthy if he is not moved for a top 6 forward. A early target date for Whitney is believed to be December 8th when the Penguins host the Buffalo Sabres. The Latest on the Penguins pursuit of a top 6 forward. Talks are on-going between the Penguins and a Western ConferenceRead More »

Game 23: Penguins vs Devils

 

New Jersey Devils (12-7-2-26) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-6-3-29) 2008-09 SEASON SERIES New Jersey: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby 10 goals, Evgeni Malkin 27 assists, 37 pts New Jersey: Zach Parise,13 goals, 12 assists, 20 pts; Goaltending Matchup Pittsburgh – Dany Sabourin (4-2-1, 1.96 GAA, .923 save%) New Jersey РScott Clemmensen (4-2-0, 2.48 GAA, .917 save%) Special Teams Pittsburgh – Power Play: 16.5%, Penalty Kill: 82.4% New Jersey – Power Play: 14.7%, Penalty Kill: 77.1% L10 Pittsburgh: 7-2-1 New Jersey: 6-4-0

NHL: Eaton to return to lineup against New Jersey

 

Defenseman Mark Eaton a healthy scratch for the past five games will return to the lineup Saturday night when the Penguins host the New Jersey Devils. Eaton who signed a 2 year – $2M contract this past summer has struggled this season and has fallen to #7 on the depth chart. Eaton will replace defenseman Phillipe Boucher in the lineup who left Friday’s game with a undisclosed injury. The Penguins have cancelled tomorrow’s morning skate.

Penguins fall to Sabres 4-3

 

Post Game Thoughts The Penguins couldn‚Äôt hold on to a 3-2 lead going into the third period. The Penguins were outshot 10-3 in the third period and failed to put away the game early in the third when they began the period with a 5 on 3 power play for 53 seconds. The Penguins power play which ranks dead last on the road burned them tonight. The Penguins were 0-7 on the night. The Sabres were very aggressive on the penalty kill. John Curry played very well making 28 saves on 32 shots. He did what he needed to do for the Penguins to win tonight. It was good to see him perform well tonight. Sidney Crosby (2 goals) and Evgeni Malkin (2 assists) continue to carry the Penguins offensively. I Thought Michel Therrien might have went away from the Crosby/Sykora/Malkin unit a bit early in the third period afterRead More »

Game 22: Penguins vs Sabres tonight: Pesonen to play with Malkin

 

Live Updates — 2nd Period 3-2 at the end of the second period. Penguins begin the third period on a 5 on 3 for 53 seconds. Crosby puts the Penguins up 3-2 at 19:04 of the second period. Great play by Malkin cause a turnover at the redline and Crosby¬†did the rest¬†beating Ryan Miller 5-hole. Defenseman Phillipe Boucher left the game with an undisclosed injury and will not return. It didn’t take long for Michel Therrien to put¬†the Crosby/Malkin/Sykora unit¬†together. Crosby ties the game at 2-2. Assist to Evgeni Malkin — 1st period 1 – 1 at the end of the first period. Curry played well and was tested in the first. Janne Pesonen had two shifts and played a total of one minute in the first period. 8:16 p.m. Penguins 0-3 on the power play. Sabres penalty kill is very aggressive and there clogging the neutral zone. Dupuis deniedRead More »

NHL: Penguins call-up Janne Pesonen

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Janne Pesonen from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Pesonen, 26, made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh on November 1 in a 6-3 victory over St. Louis. He has played 19 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading the team in assists (16) and ranking third with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists). In the preseason with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pesonen scored two points in three appearances.

Malkin, Crosby lead Penguins to four goal third period

 

Game 21: Pittsburgh 5 – New York Islanders 3 Dynamic Duo: Keep them together? Evgeni Malkin (3 goals – 1 assist – 4 pts) and Sidney Crosby (1 goal – 2 assists – 3 pts) took over in the third period and the Islanders had no answer to slow them down. Down 3-1 in the third period, head coach Michel Therrien paired Crosby and Malkin together along with Petr Sykora. Crosby/Malkin combined for three goals in¬†a 6 minute span¬†to put the Penguins up 4-3 with eight minutes remaining in the third period. Malkin who led the Penguins late charge, capped off the Penguins third period surge with a empty net goal to record his first hat trick of the season Curry may start against Buffalo John Curry made 11 saves his first NHL appearance to record his first career NHL win Wednesday night. Michel Therrien would not committ to aRead More »

Game 21: Penguins faceoff against the New York Islanders

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (12-5-3) at New York Islanders (9-10-2) 2008-09 SEASON SERIES Pittsburgh: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh ‚Äì Miroslav Satan, 9 goals; Evgeni Malkin, 24 assists, 31 points; New York¬†‚Äì Bill Guerin, Trent Hunter, 8 goals;¬†Doug Weight¬†17 assists, 21 points GOALTENDING Matchup Pittsburgh ‚Äì Dany Sabourin (4-2-1, 1.66 GAA, .935 SV%) New York‚Äì Joey MacDonald¬†(9-7-2, 2.78 GAA, .912 SV%) SPECIAL TEAMS Pittsburgh ‚Äì Power Play: 18.3%, Penalty Kill: 84.3% New York¬†‚Äì Power Play: 17.0%, Penalty Kill: 84.0% Pittsburgh Penguins Projected Lineup Max Talbot – Sidney Crosby – Miroslav Satan Pascal Dupuis – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy Ruslan Fedotenko – Mike Zigomanis – Eric Godard D- Pairs Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang Alex Goligoski – Rob Scuderi Hal Gill – Phillipe Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Power Play Units 1st PP Kennedy ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Goligoski ‚Äì Malkin 2nd PPRead More »