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The Penguins have been in one of their worst offensive slumps in recent memory lately, managing just three goals in three games, and all of which have come on the power play. Thankfully, they have the opportunity to right the ship tonight when they host the struggling Nashville Predators at Consol Energy Center.
The Preds are on the tail end of a seven game road trip that has seen them go that 2-3, and give up 20 goals and get shutout twice.
The Penguins recent fortunes have not been much better. They are 0-3 in their last three games, including losses to division rivals New York and Philadelphia. They have not scored an even-strength goal since Jussi Jokinen’s empty netter to close out the Blue Jackets back on November 2nd, and have been marred by injured to key defenseman Rob Scuderi and Paul Martin.
However with Martin slated to return tonight and recently injured wingers James Neal and Beau Bennett beginning to find their game since returning after several weeks on IR, many see tonight’s tilt as a golden opportunity for Pittsburgh to get back on track offensivly and end their three game skid.
Pittsburgh will have to go up against first-round draft pick Seth Jones when they play Nashville tonight.
This matchup is still relatively novel. Since coming into the league in 1998, the Predators and the Penguins have only met 17 times, with just six of those meetings coming within the last nine years. In fact, five members of the Penguins roster have never played against Nashville, all of which makes tonight’s game all the more intriguing.
Nashville plays a style that is, in most regards, a pretty stark contrast to the one Dan Bylsma prefers to use in Pittsburgh. A team that lacks any serious offensive firepower, the Preds make up for it with good goaltending and a tough, grinding defensive style led by rookie standout Seth Jones and perennial Norris-trophy contender Shea Weber, although their ability to prevent teams from scoring took a huge hit recently when it was announced that starting goaltender Pekka Rinne would miss several weeks with a Staph infection in his hip.
On the other side of things, Pittsburgh is experiencing similar problems, albeit with a radically different roster and style of play. So much has been made of the Penguins recent offensive woes, namely Evgeni Malkin and his 11 game goal drought. If the Penguins are to have any success in the upcoming weeks, Malkin has to get going, both by scoring goals and creating offense for his line mates James Neal and Jussi Jokinen.
Tonight’s game is really up in there air. It could go either way, and with so little history between these two teams, how the score shakes out is really anyones guess.
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Haha. It’s funny because Sidney Crosby has suffered through a litany of concussion issues over the years. But this clearly randy Pittsburgh Penguins fan believes that if Sidney Crosby should have to go through the experience of suffering another concussion, what better way to do so than during a sweet, passionate, head injury-causing session of […]The post Female Penguins fan...
Sidney Crosby concussion jokes are nothing new, though they usually don’t tend to come from Pittsburgh fans. This female Pens fan let it be known that she wants Crosby’s next head injury to come via her bedroom headboard. Her parents must be so proud. The post This female Penguins fan would like Sidney Crosby’s next concussion to come via her headboard appeared first on The Nosebleeds.
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By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
Dupuis (3) from D’Agostini, Sutter
Neal (1) (PP) from Malkin, Crosby
Letang (4) from Malkin, Neal
Sutter (3) from Jokinen, Martin
This doesn’t seem very fair for Fleury. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
First Goal Against (Bourque)
David Legwand skates into the Penguins zone and takes a backhand...
There's no shortage of Sidney Crosby fans in Pittsburgh but this female admirer gave crashing the boards a whole new meaning. The woman was captured by television cameras during the rivalry night game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night:Too bad for her, the oft-concussed Sid is already taken.
Yep, you read that title correctly. Check out the sign this Penguins fan was holding at the Flyers-Penguins game last night:
Head injuries are a big deal, Penguins fans: http://t.co/zPgsAmZBL5 pic.twitter.com/Z1uIcKSLoe
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 14, 2013
Uhhh….yeah…alrighty then. Nevermind that one more concussion could leave Sid the Kid a vegetable….but ok, whatever...
Meet Tanner Glass, owner of a titanium jaw.
The Penguins and Predators squared off on Friday night in Pittsburgh, and while Pittsburgh’s big guns of Evgeni Malkin, recently returned James Neal and Sidney Crosby all made their mark on the scoresheet to give their team a 4-1 lead before the end of the second period, tough guy Tanner Glass wasn’t content to sit this one out...
In my opinion, I would have given Chris Kunitz. Not so sure if this qualifies as a distinct kicking motion.
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Welcome back James Neal!
While he returned to the ice earlier in the week against the St. Louis Blues, last night against the Nashville Predators was when he really returned to form.
Looking every bit the sharpshooter we've come to know and love, Neal once again seemed at ease skating with Evgeni Malkin.
Talent helps make talent better. Neal would not...
By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82)
Pittsburgh Penguins Head Equipment Manager Dana Heinze has a Twitter account (@RealDanaHeinze) that you should all be following. Every gameday he posts pictures from the arena and locker room. These are just a few of my favorites from this week.
Apparently someone on the Penguins’ staff likes gum. The gum needs its own bag complete with name...
The Matchup: The Pittsburgh Penguins (12-7-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (6-8-5)
The Last Meeting: The last time these two teams met was opening night of the 2013/2014 season. Pittsburgh skated away with a 3-0 win and opened our eyes to the many struggles that the Devils might have this season.
Going Into Tonight’s Game: The Devils gave a good effort last...
The Penguins honored veterans before the game. In keeping with the government theme, the Pens’ offense is performing like healthcare.gov.
Here’s what sticks out:
The Penguins have now gone three games without an even-strength goal.
That is just a troubling...
The Penguins started the season with a home win over the New Jersey Devils, though Pittsburgh did suffer a major blow with the loss of James Neal.
Neal has returned, and apparently so has the Penguins' offense.
The forward will look to help Pittsburgh continue its recent scoring outburst Saturday night when it goes for a rare win on New Jersey's home ice.
Match-up - Pittsburgh Penguins (12-7-0) @ New Jersey Devils (6-8-5)
Road/Home records - 4-4-0 -------------- 3-2-2
TV - MSG Plus, ROOT
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Penguins lead 1-0
Last 10: Penguins 5-5-0 / Devils 5-3-2
Projected starting goalies - Marc-Andre Fleury v. Martin Brodeur
Goals for/against per game
Pittsburgh - 2.84/2.26
New Jersey - 2.00/2.32...