Penguins – Capitals Player Grades: Dumoulin flashes dominant game in all-three zones


Post-Game Player Reports Game 4, Wednesday October 11, 2017 Penguins 3 @ Capitals 2 (Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0) Centers Sidney Crosby| Grade: 3.5 Crosby had a power play assist and posted a 48 CF% in the win. Crosby has points in all four games but was limited to one shot on goal for the second straight game. In the faceoff circle Crosby was 14-14 (50%) and rebounded after a rough first period, though he struggled mightily on offensive and defensive zone draws. Crosby was 3-11 (27%) on offensive zone draws and 3-8 (38%) in d-zone. Evgeni Malkin | 3.9 Malkin was pointless in the win but he was active again in all threw zones. Had 4 shots on goal, 6 attempts and led all centers with a 53 CF% (17/15) at even strength. In the second period created an offensive turnover and just missed beating Holtby upstairs on a quick breakawayRead More »

Penguins Player Grades vs Blues: Crosby, Schultz, McKegg earn high marks


Post-Game Player Reports Game 1  Wednesday, October 4,  2017 Blues 5 @ Penguins 4 (OT) (Grade Scale: 0.00 – 5.0) Centers Sidney Crosby| Grade: 4.3 Playing 23:59, Crosby had a goal, assist in the loss and looked to be in mid-season form. His dominance down low in controlling the puck was on display early, possessing the puck away from two Blues defender to get the puck to the point to Justin Schultz who scored the Penguins opening goal with a screen in front from Jake Guentzel. There were some moments early in the first period and a few shifts late in the third period where Crosby’s line looked to be on the cusp of taking the game over. Crosby not only jumpstarted the Penguins third period rally with a power play goal, he drew a penalty just prior to the goal with a zone entry. Evgeni Malkin | 3.6 Malkin had aRead More »