Morning Skate News and Notes


Free Preview: Sign up today for an inside access membership which includes special features such as the latest NHL Insider rumors and the latest Penguins Buzz Special offer ends soon. Lines at practice Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Talbot ‚Äì Cooke Pesonen ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Thomas Bissonnette ‚Äì Kennedy ‚Äì Godard *5th line: Taffe ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì James * Petr Sykora did not practice Connor James and Jeff Taffe were the first players on the ice. They were working on shooting drills for 30 minutes before any other players hit the ice. Defenseman Danny Richmond joined them and worked on shots from the point. Rob Scuderi participated in the drills and looked very good. He will be ready for the opener. For some reason Pascal Dupuis was shooting right handed before the team began their drills. Sidney Crosby looks 100%. He was flying out there today. Look forRead More »

Penguins Q & A


Gavin writes ‚ÄúWho do you think will be the final 2 guys filling the roster spots Bissonnette, Thomas, James, and/or Pesonen?‚Äù Answer: Based on performance in camp Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette should make the team. Thomas has really picked up his game since preseason play has opened up. He has been effective on the forecheck and is creating opportunities in the offensive zone. Thomas was the team‚Äôs top forward Monday night against Tampa Bay. Bissonnette has caught the eye of the coaching staff since the first day of training camp. He came into camp as a major longshot but worked hard and has been the team‚Äôs most physical player in camp. The coaching staff is very high on Bissonnette but I‚Äôm hearing the front office is split on whether to start Bissonnette in the NHL or send him to WBS. Some believe he could use some more time inRead More »

Burke finding it difficult to move Schneider


Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke is scrambling and realizing trading Mathieu Schneider and his $5.6 million per season cap hit is not a easy task. There have been up to 8 teams to inquire about Schneider but that number is growing smaller by the day. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa sun reports Kings, Canucks, Thrashers, Devils, Blues are in the running to land Ducks D Mathieu Schneider. Five teams may be a stretch. It may be down to three teams at the max Among the team’s Garrioch mentions, the Canucks interest has been mild. They have yet to make a offer. The Kings are only willing to acquire Schneider if the Ducks absorb $2.5- $3 million in salary and send an draft pick their way. Unless Burke takes on a salary he doesn’t want, the Kings are out of the running.

Malkin leads the way; Penguins beat Leafs 3-2


Evgeni Malkin tonight had an goal and assist to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins also got goals from Petr Sykora and Ruslan Fedotenko. Prior to the game the Penguins were dealt a serious blow when General Manager Ray Shero announced Sergei Gonchar the team’s #1 defenseman will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. For Inside Analysis of tonight’s game read more

Pens – Leafs Updates


The lines are as The Insider reported earlier: Staal – Malkin – Sykora Dupuis – Taffe – Satan Fedotenko – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Kennedy – James Pens have an early 2-0 lead on power play goals from Fedotenko and Sykora. The Pens power play might be even better this year with the edition of Fedotenko because he likes to eat up space in front of the net. Paul Bissonnette is literally trying to fight his way on to the roster as he squared off with Jamal Mayers. Give the bout to Bissonnette. Malkin and Staal break out on a shorthanded¬†2-on-0 and Malkin buries it to make it 3-0. As The Insider expected, Kennedy is now playing between Satan and Dupuis. The Leafs put two on the board in the last five minutes to ruin Dany Sabourin’s shutout. The Pens were outshot 17-3 in the third and 29-21 forRead More »

Gonchar Out Indefinitely


Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20. Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,‚Äù Shero said. ‚ÄúIn the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.‚Äù Check the NHL page for tonight’s game updates.

Penguins Lineup vs Toronto


Penguins head coach Michel Therrien has announced the Penguins lineup for tonight. The Penguins will dress 12 Forwards and 6 defensemen. Dany Sabourin will start. Sidney Crosby will not play due to a sore groin. Forwards: Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke, Miroslav Satan Petr Sykora, Pascal Dupuis, Jeff Taffe, Rusland Fedotenko, Max Talbot, Paul Bissonnette, Tyler Kennedy and Connor James Defensemen: Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Alex Goligoski and Darryl Sydor Goaltenders Dany Sabourin and John Curry. Projected Lines (Morning Skate)