Last year, the Penguins struggled early on in the season as they failed to find a sufficient 3rd line center over the summer, and were forced to field Greg McKegg and Carter Rowney as their 3rd and 4th line centers. As the season went on, Rutherford acquired Riley Sheahan, and made a huge trade to … Continue reading Penguin’s center depth is again an issue.
The Penguins gutted out a 6-5 OT win last night against the Edmonton Oilers, with Crosby displaying his off the charts skill level with a goal of the year candidate game winner. The team is now 4-1-2, two points behind Montreal (yes, Montreal) for 1st in the Eastern Conference. This team is in a good … Continue reading Pittsburgh, we have a problem(s)!
Matt Murray is injured. Again. Another concussion, his 3rd in the past 30 months. Matt Murray need to do two things this year for the Penguins to succeed: 1) Play much better than last year 2) Shake the injury bug that has plagued him in his short NHL career. He's not off to a good … Continue reading NHL Goalie Injuries: An in-depth look at goalie injuries in the NHL
Not a lot of positive What the Penguins did well They didn't get shutout. Not Much Else What the Penguins need to improve 11 goals against in 2 games isn't a good start. It's quite the opposite. You can't hang a lot of these on Murray, but, I also don't recall many big saves … Continue reading Game 2 Post-game Wrap-up
As this is the first game of the season, and my first post-game summary, I have a few ideas on how I'd like to do these recaps. My plan here is to look at what the Penguins did well, where they needed to improve, the stat of the night, followed by Heroes and Zeros (which … Continue reading Game 1 Post-game Wrap-up
With the Tom Wilson hearing coming up tomorrow and fresh in the minds of most in the hockey world, I thought I would take a look back at some of the more controversial hits and plays in somewhat recent Penguins history, both with the Penguins as the victims and the Penguins as the guilty party. … Continue reading Quick Hits: Controversial Hits involving the Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL preseason games are winding down, and you know what that means? The real games are about to begin? No, it means you can't finish the NHL preseason without a questionable hit by the poster child for NHL questionable hits, Tom Wilson. Here's a look at today's hit on St. Louis Blue's forward Oscar Sundqvist: … Continue reading Around the NHL: All Eyes on NHL Player Safety to finally get it right with Tom Wilson.
If you weren't paying attention to Penguins practice today, you may have missed the line rushes and drills that saw Patric Hornqvist on the RW with the Crosby line, and Daniel Sprong was out there with Cullen and Sheahan on the 4th line. While I don't want to overreact after just one practice, well, I'm … Continue reading Is the Daniel Sprong experiment over already?
As the Penguins preseason begins to wind down, with only 3 games remaining, the fans are getting closer to seeing how the final roster will shake out. How the lines will form, however, may be a different story. Focusing on one particular aspect, I have to wonder if a rotational situation between Sprong and Simon … Continue reading Does a Sprong/Simon rotation on Sid’s line make sense?
The Penguins made additional roster cuts today after today's game with Detroit. Rather than list who was cut, here is a look at who remains with the team: Goaltenders Matt Murray, Casey DeSmith, Tristan Jarry Defenseman Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Jack Johnson, Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Jamie Oleksiak, Chad Ruhwedel, Juuso Riikola, Zach Trotman Forwards … Continue reading Penguins camp cuts almost complete; A look at the final roster battles.