Penguins’ more structured team game standing out for a potential Pens – Caps series

 

Favorites in the East Division? The Washington Capitals have a roster that just looks built for the playoffs. A big, heavy hockey club that will wear the opposition down over a seven game series. More and more, though, the Capitals look like they have a matchup problem when it comes to dealing with the Penguins. Under Peter Laviolette this looks like a Capitals coached team like it was under Todd Reirden. A good to very good team at times that has too many lulls in the attention to details. Where as in Pittsburgh, the play away from the puck has gone to new heights. Playing with speed can be overrated. The Penguins right now, though, look like a Barry Trotz coached team in how structured they’ve become and there’s some signs of being an elite hockey team in how they’ve evolved into a speed/structured type team. The pace the PenguinsRead More »

Bryan Rust dazzles in Penguins 3-0 win over Capitals

 

— Bryan Rust dazzled in a Penguins 3-0 shutout win over the Washington Capitals, scoring two unassisted goals as the Penguins look more and more like a matchup problem for the Capitals. Rust two goal night moves him into a tie with Jake Guentzel for a team-leading 22 goals on the season as Rust is in contention to lead the Penguins in goals for the second consecutive season. —

Latest Pens Buzz & Rumblings

 

Latest Pens Buzz — Mike Sullivan conducted the greatest coaching job in Penguins history during the 2016 Stanley Cup run. Regardless of how much damage the Penguins do or don’t do in the 2021 playoffs, this season from March 1st on, has been the second best coaching job of his tenure. The 2016 run was majorly coach driven, while the 2017 run was just the perfect storm, from the goaltending combo, to favorable matchups, to at the end of the day, just a championship ‘will to win’ mentality the group had. Point is the 2017 Stanley Cup wasn’t the type of dominant system like play that overwhelmed teams in 2016. Aside from job security Sullivan had due to his contract, at the time of the General Manager change, there were a ton of doubters even among Mike Sullivan’s biggest supporters in the organization that he could get this team toRead More »

Latest Pens Trade Deadline Buzz: Brass willing to go off board for one particular rental Forward?

 

Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz Prior to the last two debacles defensively in losses to the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, the Pittsburgh Penguins have surged with a depleted lineup due to finding an identity as a hockey club: Playing with structure in all three zones, excelling with their play away from the puck to levels that haven’t been seen in quite a few years, to just playing a smart brand of hockey in critical areas of the ice that have hidden deficiencies with the personnel. There’s been a near 100% buy-in from even some of the most reckless players in their lineup. Injuries or not, what’s fascinating with this club is whether they are a group that’s been underestimated. With the East Division not as daunting as it looked that it might be, they probably have been a bit underestimated. Among the top teams, there’s not one teamRead More »

Penguins get positive news on Jared McCann

 

*Penguins forward Jared McCann has been officially listed as day-to-day, a positive development after initial fears of at least a couple weeks absence. McCann will not play tonight vs the New York Rangers *Tonight’s Goaltending Matchup: Tristan Jarry vs Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid on Sunday saw his first NHL game action in relief since Nov 30, 2019. *Winger Colton Sceviour officially cleared waivers

Latest Pens Buzz: On Big Weekend Wins, Dumoulin/Rust Future tied to 87’s & Malkin/Kapanen Connection

 

Penguins Big Weekend A week ago Mike Sullivan was disgusted with his clubs’ level of inconsistent play following a shutout loss to the New York Islanders. Fast forward seven days and after winning three of four in taking six out of possible eight points in wins against the Flyers and Rangers, the mood has certainly changed. Sunday’s 5-1 win Sunday night over the New York Rangers that included five different goal scorers and 12 different players recording points, saw Sullivan signing a much different tune. “I like the traction our team is getting here of late,” said Sullivan after the Penguins produced one of their most convincing wins of the season despite another poor start. President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke was on-record this week saying the Penguins have to change their ways of giving up the first goal and that your not going to win games that way. MaybeRead More »

Pittsburgh’s debacle Thursday Night further highlighted the challenging areas of playing a complete game

 

60 Minute Game? Pittsburgh’s struggles below the dots at both ends of the ice Little was learned from the Penguins 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday that saw the Penguins collapse after leading 3-0 just 3:57 into the game after three goals in a 71 second span. What the loss did was just further highlight glaring issues with this hockey club that isn’t just going to magically go away. 1. A growing theme is how much of a monumental challenge it is for the Penguins to put together a 60 minute game. “We just didn’t play the game hard enough or smart enough for the majority of the game. When you get up that early in games, you’ve got to continue to play hard. You’ve got to continue to do the things that brought you success.” — Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan on Thursday’s 4-3 Loss to the FlyersRead More »

Updated: Sidney Crosby activated from Covid list

 

*Sidney Crosby has been officially activated from the Covid Related Absence List, the team just announced. The team also says assistant coach Todd Reirden has been cleared to return to coaching duties. From the Morning: *Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has ruled out Brian Dumoulin and Evan Rodrigues. Both are tracking towards a return on Saturday *Mark Jankowski is a game time decision

Key Factors from the Penguins 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers & More Buzz

 

Key Factors from the Penguins 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers 1. Tristan Jarry’s 40 Save Performance — Jarry was outstanding with a 40 save effort in the win. There was no bigger factor than the Penguins earning the two points. Where Jarry won this game for Pittsburgh was in the first period. The Penguins had an egregious start to the game. Two minor penalties in the first 3:57 of game, they survived both early penalties, but it was all Flyers in period one. Pittsburgh had zero rhythm in the first 20 minutes and were outshot 14-5 in the first frame. If Jarry was off his game just a little, Pittsburgh could have been ran out of the building before the second period as the game had a real chance of getting away from them. Jarry stood tall in every facet of the night. 2. Kasperi Kapanen’s Game Breaking PerformanceRead More »