One Hour until the drop of the puck Head coach Dan Bylsma will not mess with his lineup this afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bylsma will go with the same lineup he used on Thursday when the Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. The Penguins are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 62 points. The Flyers are in fourth place with 71 points Penguins Lineup Dupuis – Crosby – Fedotenko Satan – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Minard – Talbot – Godard Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Scuderi – Gill Whitney – Eaton * Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal — Fleury is 14-5 with a 2.62 GAA in his career against the Flyers Scratches: Forward Bill Thomas; Defenseman Kris Letang
A quick Penguins News and Notes for this evening I‚Äôve been told the Penguins cancelled practiced today so the new coaching staff could get accustomed to being in Pittsburgh and develop a plan for Wednesday. Assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald flew straight to Boston following yesterday‚Äôs game to get things from home. He wasn’t even around today. Fitzgerald was working primarily from Boston prior to being named assistant coach on Sunday. Mike Yeo was kept around because he is well liked by the players and Bylsma requested that Yeo remain with the staff. The two are close Dan Bylsma has played a strong factor in Paul Bissonnette‚Äôs development as a forward since last season. Wouldn‚Äôt surprise me to see him with the big club sometime in the near future again. It is not expected that a deal will get done with
Interim head coach Dan Bylsma has indicated he will implement a more uptempo system and wants the Penguins to be much more aggressive than they were under Michel Therrien. Do the Penguins have personnel to play a uptempo system? That is up for debate. On the backend they have three offensive defensemen in Kris Letang, Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney. Bylsma wants more pinching from all defensemen and for his offensive defensemen to jump up into the play to create offense. He doesn’t want the Penguins sitting back anymore, he wants them to initiate the play. As the trade deadline is approaching the Penguins are engaged with a number of teams and they are seeking speed upfront. Two things that did Michel Therrien in was his inability to adapt and change his ways. I‚Äôve been told that Ray Shero has been stressing for the Penguins to run a more uptempoRead More »
The Penguins just concluded their practice around 3:00 p.m. in New York. As expected the mood wasn‚Äôt very good after the team‚Äôs performance last night. As I mentioned on Thursday the plan this week was for Mathieu Garon to start in goal against the Islanders. Based on practice today that still appears to be the plan. Don‚Äôt look into it that the team is benching Marc Andre Fleury for giving up 6 goals Saturday night. My source tells me there will be one lineup change (not counting Garon) and possibly two against the Islanders tomorrow afternoon.
Three wins in four games, including a 2-1 shootout win against the league‚Äôs top team Wednesday night had the Penguins talking about how they were turning corner. All of that talk about turning the corner won‚Äôt be heard around the Penguins locker room tomorrow morning after the Penguins surrendered a 2-0 lead Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs (21-25-10) and were thumbed by the lowly Leafs 6-2 at the Air Canada Center. The 6-2 loss is the Penguins third loss of the season against Toronto and the Penguins have been outscored 18-9 in those three losses. The Penguins (27-25-5) are 1-6-1 in their last 8 road games and are five points behind the Florida Panthers (64 points) and Buffalo Sabres (64 points) who are the 7th & 8th seeds in the Eastern Conference Bill Thomas (2) and Matt Cooke (8) scored for the Penguins Marc Andre Fleury made 35Read More »
A few tidbits I’ve been able to gather today Sources tell me Leafs forward Nik Antropov is not on the Penguins radar, he is not seen as a good fit. Columbus, Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Chicago, and LA are among the teams that are currently pursuing Antropov. Check out the NHL Trade Deadline Chart for the rest. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Chicago Blackhawks and left winger Martin Havlat have conducted discussions on a long-term extension. I’m hearing a two-three year deal worth $4 million per season has been discussed. Havlat is in the last year of a 3 year – $18 million deal he signed three seasons ago. The surging Kings and Panthers along with the Buffalo Sabres are among the most active teams in trade talks right now. If the Panthers are going to move Nathan Horton it won’t be until the draft. Sharks enforcer Jody Shelley (lower bodyRead More »
The Penguins will go with basically the same lineup tonight that played against the Lightning on Wednesday. Chris Minard will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Alex Goligoski and Philippe Boucher will be the Penguins scratches on the blue line. Only way Goligoski gets in the lineup tonight is if Therrien decides to use him at wing on the fourth line and sit Eric Godard, which Therrien is believed to be considering. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be on seperate lines tonight. From what I’ve been told Luca Caputi will likely see his ice time increase tonight and will move around a bit from the third line to one of the top two lines in certain situations. The Penguins limited his ice time against the Lightning because Caputi was playing in back-to-back games Miroslav Satan will be in the lineup Defensemen Orpik, Scuder, Eaton, Letang, Whitney,Read More »
Breakout game for Crosby, Pens? A five goal third period against the New York Rangers Wednesday night has captain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins proclaiming last night‚Äôs game as their breakout game of the season. Crosby who was playing at about 80% health had a four point night and the Penguins erupted for five goals in the third period. Kris Letang and Petr Sykora each added two goals. Fleury picking up his game: Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has put together four straight strong performances. In Fleury‚Äôs past four starts, he has allowed two goals or less. Fleury will start against the Atlantic Division leading New Jersey Devils on Friday and fans will get their first chance to see goaltender Mathieu Garon on Saturday when the Penguins face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Garon has looked sharp in practice. Penguins doing the little things: For much of the season, The PenguinsRead More »
Alex Goligoski and Brooks Orpik will be the Penguins two scratches tonight. Goligoki is the seventh defensemen in the morning skate. Orpik is skating for the second consecutive day and is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. Marc Andre Fleury will make his 10th start in 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) to replace winger Matt Cooke who will be suspended for two games. Minard who leads the AHL with 28 goals, has one goal in 13 games with the Penguins. Cooke will be elgible to return against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, January 31st. It is also believed that the Penguins gave strong consideration to calling up young forward Luca Caputi and using him in the same kind of structured role the team used Alex Goligoski last season.