Found October 08, 2011 on
The Hockey Guys:
By Joe Depto (@PensDeptoTFP)
Eastern conference teams beginning extended road trips far away from home usually have already faced the brutal and constant rigors of an NHL season.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, however, they are getting the tough travels out of the way early. Coming off of a 4-3 overtime win against the defending western conference champions, the Vancouver Canucks, the Pens’ western Canadian road trip has gotten off to a good start.
News and Updates
- Jordan Staal, despite missing yesterday’s practice, is expected to play tonight, according to Pittsburgh bench boss Dan Bylsma. Staal left Thursday night’s game with cramping issues that Bylsma stated were the direct result of dehydration.”He cramped in the game (Thursday) night. That’s why he didn’t finish the game. The best thing for him is getting on the bike (Friday), and he’ll be ready to go (tonight against the Flames).” Bylsma told press.
Despite Bylsma’s reports of Jordan Staal’s issues being hydration-related, ...
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The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play unit has been god-awful for the better part of two straight seasons.In each regular season since the Pens won it all in 2009, the unit has finished outside the top half of the league in man-advantage conversion.A year ago, their 25th-overall ranking turned into a 1-for-33 postseason performance which almost certainly kept the Penguins from finishing...
So apparantly Matt Cooke decided to put his head-hunting career on hold and try his hand at goal scoring. And even though 1 of the Goals was on the Power Play, I can’t see him staying on the 2nd PP unit all year. He’s a typical 3rd/4th line guy who is valuable on the Penalty Kill, not the man advantage. If for some reason you picked him up for today’s light schedule...
So what happened?
This was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. While the Pens did need an empty net goal from Jordan Staal to cement the victory, the Pens put on a clinic for about 45 of the 60 minutes of this hockey game. The rest of the time, they were simply better than average, instead of tremendous.
My biggest takeaway from this game was that the...
The Penguins’ Friday practice at Scotiabank Saddledome was a special session for forward Craig Adams.
That isn’t surprising considering Adams was raised in Calgary and even purchased season tickets at the Saddledome to see the ...
Penguins center Jordan Staal played against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night despite leaving the season opener in Vancouver two nights earlier with dehydration issues.
Penguins forward Craig Adams smiled when asked about a visit to his hometown. Not just because he enjoys the relatively rare times when he gets to play here, but also at the irony. Adams' parents are on vacation, a trip planned before the 2011-12 NHL schedule was released.
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Sidney Crosby nearly pulled off the impossible the last time the Pens and Flames met, netting a hat trick by scoring four different ways back on Nov. 27, 2010 in a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory at CONSOL Energy Center. Only a failed back-handed penalty shot prevented Crosby from...
Brent Johnson, the Penguins' backup goalie, again started his campaign at peak form by stopping 34 of 35 shots, but the Penguins fell short.
WHEN: Oct. 8, 2011 - 10:00 pm...
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Penguins forward Matt Cooke said he is adjusting certain aspects of his game. What he failed to mention is that he’s turning himself into a sniper – at least for one night.
Cooke, playing against his former ...
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers because of an unspecified injury.
The Calgary Flames start their regular season tonight by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Puck drop is at 8pm and the game will be broadcast on CBC Hockey Night in Canada and FAN 960 radio. Last time the Penguins came to town TV viewers met the future Mrs. Sidney Crosby, Kristine De [...]
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Well a win is a win I guess. It seems like these guys still let their guard down late though doesn’t it? Why can’t the Penguins play a full 60 minutes? Two road wins in a row, both on the west coast though, can’t complain too much about that! No goals for the great Matt [...]
Penguins (1-0-0, 0 points) at Flames (0-0-0, 0 points)
Why does it matter?
Another night, another home opener to spoil. The Pens, who strangely are the opponents in three consecutive home openers, will be looking to earn two points tonight to cement this road trip in the "Success" column on the score sheet.
What has been happening lately?