If you haven't yet heard the latest Penguins news, you might want to sit down: Both Malkin and Bjugstad are expected to be out long-term with lower-body injuries. Malkin is expected to miss more time than Bjugstad. This was announced today by head coach Mike Sullivan after this morning's practice. Sullivan did say Malkin's injury … Continue reading Early Injuries are a Concern for Penguins
Optional morning skate today for the team, so no definitive look at expected lines and pairings. Based on yesterday's practice, the forward lines are expected to be: Guentzel-Crosby-SimonGalchenyuk-Malkin-TanevMcCann-Bjugstad-HornqvistZAR-Blueger-Kahun The back-end remains a mystery up until game time. Jack Johnson and Juuso Riikola took turns next to Gudbranson yesterday in practice, and Pettersson was back with … Continue reading 2019 Game 2 Preview: vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Live Game Notes Through the 1st period of the game, Jack Johnson had the lowest 5v5 ice time of any Penguins defenseman, as well as the lowest total (all strengths) of any Penguin defenseman. In one or two instances, Pettersson jumped out on the ice with Schultz instead of Johnson. Johnson had a poor clearing … Continue reading Tracking Jack Johnson: Game 1 vs Buffalo
The 2019 Regular Season begins for the Penguins tonight at home against the Buffalo Sabres. We've all heard the same questions all summer long: Can Malkin rebound?Can the team get by without Kessel's production?Can Murray stay healthy and regain his form?What about this defense, including Jack Johnson? Heading into tonight's game, there are some more … Continue reading 2019 Season: Game 1 Preview
The NHL GM Meetings run from 3pm to 6pm Pacific time. After much frustration about the cap limit possibly not coming until Saturday, there is now an indication, according to multiple national media outlets, that the cap limit could be announced tonight directly after the GM meetings. That would be 9pm Eastern. We could see … Continue reading Quick Hits for 6/20
Tonight, Jim Rutherford traded Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks, in return receiving 23 year old winger Dominik Kahun (pronounced Ka-hoon) and a 2019 5th round draft pick (originally owned by Tampa). Kahun turns 24 on July 2nd, and is scheduled to make 925K next season before becoming a Restricted Free Agent. He … Continue reading Maatta traded to Chicago: RHG Feedback on the trade.
OK, let's be real. That wasn't even a hiatus.....that was file a missing persons report disappearance. It was caused by a number of things, such as busy work schedule, burning myself out a bit in the early going, some constructive feedback, and maybe a few other things. However, as the summer heats up, so has … Continue reading Return from a long hiatus.
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