How do the Penguins Stack up to the Rangers?

Can the Penguins avenge last year’s loss? (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By: Jim Meinecke Joe Guzy did a great job at highlighting some reasons the Penguins can indeed avenge last year’s defeat to the Rangers in these 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with a nice focus on Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist: Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins? I was interested in breaking down...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 80 – Pens fall apart in stunning 4-3 (OT) loss to Senators

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Senators 4  Pens 3 (OT) Record: 42-26-12 Goals Crosby (28) from Hornqvist, Martin Bennett (4) from Cole Hornqvist (25) from Crosby, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (high-sticking) – Bad Call (lifts the stick of Pageau...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Senators Top Penguins 4-3 In OT, Pull Even With Bruins In Playoff Race (Video)

OTTAWA, Ontario — Mark Stone scored 2:43 into overtime to cap Ottawa’s comeback from three goals down in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night to preserve the Senators’ playoff hopes. Stone also scored in the third period, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman had the Senators’ other goals. Andrew Hammond had 25 saves for Ottawa, which played its...
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 79. Collapse almost complete. Pens lose in Philly, face playoff-like game Tuesday

On February 18th, the Penguins were 19 points ahead of the Ottawa Senators. On Tuesday night, the Senators can tie them in the standings. The next three games will decide whether or not the Penguins make it to the dance. PDOlol numbers mean nothing. Probability means nothing. Now it’s all about winning out and having some semblance of momentum going into the playoffs. The Senators...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 79 – Pens get lit up by Flyers powerplay in 4-1 loss

By: Meesh Shanmugam If you missed the Pens/Blue Jackets thoughts, here they are (more vitriol than this post, which is rather calm). Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Flyers 4  Pens 1 Record: 42-26-11 Goals Sutter (19) (PP) from Perron, Cole Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Winnik (cross...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 78. All of a sudden, things are getting serious. Pens lose.

There’s really nothing to say right now. It’s just hard to tell which Penguins team is gonna show up on a given night…and what kind of effort is gonna be seen. We’re at the point of the season now where dissecting every game and analyzing **** goes out the window. If the Pens don’t know what they’re all about yet, they’re doomed. Here’s what the standings look like...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Surprised by Regular Season Results? Try Again.

By: Joe Guzy Two amazing centers do not make up for ten other forwards. (Getty Images) Bummer to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the last 48 hours. If you haven’t already heard, they are currently sitting in a wild card spot: “Help… Police… Murder…“ How horrifying is that? That’s not home ice in the playoffs. That’s not a Metropolitan Division banner...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 77. Flyers cost themselves points on Mcdavid lottery. Defeat Penguins.

Who is more confused, people that watch the Penguins or Bruce Jenner’s tailor? After a weekend of sneaking out two wins, there was some minor hope. And now playing the Flyers should’ve gotten everyone up. Especially after the fiasco that ensued after Rinaldo ran Letang way back when. Oh, and it’s the Flyers. Whoops. Against a Flyers team that is not making the playoffs, the...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 76. Penguins survive unlimited penalty kill, win in shootout.

In the wake of the Letang injury, the Pens came into this game with a handicap. They only had five defensemen dressed and Beau Bennett was dressed. The Sharks are a really stupid team as a whole and should be disbanded. If this weekend proved anything, it is that the Penguins need Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together. There is always a lot of comparing the two, but their games...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens look lost in 5-2 loss to Hurricanes

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Hurricanes 5  Pens 2 Record: 40-23-11 Goals Sutter (17) from Crosby, Lovejoy Cole (5) from Adams, Bennett Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Lapierre (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a little shoving match with Malone in front...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 72. The Penguins are a mess. Win 3-1.

The Pens are in trouble. We’re not gonna be rah-rah, the Pens can do anything they set their mind to. With Malkin and Hornqvist out, this is the perfect time for the Pens to see who can step up and make plays. The answer is: NO ONE. How much better would you feel if Max Lapierre or even Beau Bennett scored a goal or even made a play during this stretch? It would be a sign of life...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Penguins Primed for a Collapse?

It was a pretty goal. Especially by recent black-and-gold standards. Beau Bennett cruised into the slot, gathered up a loose puck, and slipped it through the goalie’s five-hole. Problem is, it was Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. Bennett’s wrong-way play seems to epitomize the plight of the Penguins, who’ve lost four straight. A team built to score goals suddenly can’t buy...
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 70. What the hell just happened? Pens get shut out by the Devils.

Yeah. This isn’t good. Overreactions be damned; you could be the most optimistic Penguins fan in the entire world right now, and there is no way you aren’t concerned. This was an embarassment from start to finish. Yes, the Devils have been playing better lately, but yikes. Rich said it best in the Gameday post when he talked about how inconsistent the offense was. People are...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 70 – Pens can’t get goals or calls in 2-0 loss to the Devils

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Devils 2  Pens 0 Record: 39-21-10 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Winnik (embellishment) – Unnecessary (throws both of his arms up in the air as he’s getting tripped and gets called for embellishing for it) Perron (holding...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2 dopey Penguins fans named their newborn kid 'Malkin Crosby' & Twitter reacted

2 dopey Pittsburgh Penguins fans have named their newborn baby 'Malkin Crosby.' Welcome to the world, Malkin Crosby Long. We LOVE the name. And Malkin’s future brother? He’ll be Beau Bennett Long.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 24, 2015Response was swift. .@penguins that poor innocent child. What did he do to deserve this #StopChildAbuse—...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 58 – Pens powerplay loses the game in 2-1 final to Columbus

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Blue Jackets 2  Pens 1 Record: 32-17-9 Goals Malkin (22) from Martin, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Perron (high-sticking) – Careless (hooks up Johansen and gets his stick blade up to Johansen’s face for a minor penalty...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 56 – Pens drop another shootout to the Blackhawks, 2-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Blackhawks 2  Pens 1 (SO) Record: 32-15-9 Goals Spaling (9) from Bennett, Sutter Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Sutter (hooking) – Unnecessary (gets his stick wrapped around the midsection of Kane as they’re exiting the Blackhawks...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 56. Pens fall 2-1

What was the one buzzword or buzzphrase missing during the pregame hype that NBC was feeding this game? “Stanley Cup Finals preview.” Both of these teams are definitely in the top 33% of the league, which would mean they’re both in the top 10. Nothing wrong with that. But other teams are catching up fast. The Pens have an insane Metro Division to keep up with, while the Blackhawks...
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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Beau Bennett Dilemma

Beau Bennett’s had a rocky year for the Pens (Photo via By: Jim Meinecke Beau Bennett’s young career has been well-documented. He was drafted first overall by the Penguins in 2010 and came highly touted. Aside from the NHL, he has produced at every level thus far. That being said, his injury woes are a sore subject, so to speak, and they date back to...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 55: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-15-8) at Ottawa Senators (21-22-9) 7:30 PM – ROOT Sports, TSN Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario The Pens hit the road for the second half of a back-to-back situation tonight in Ottawa against the Senators.  Last night, the Pens looked like a completely different team than the one we’ve seen basically since Christmas, trumping the Red Wings by...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Baffled by Beau Bennett and This and That by @Chicksdighockey

~ I am not a huge Beau Bennett fan but I’m surprised that he has been a scratch for 4 games now.  Coach Johnston says his battle level is bad and his puck management as well. Coach also said he would play in western Canada but he did not. He’s been a Healthy scratch for the 4th time in 5 games. If you judge a man by his numbers, His hockey analytics are solid: a 54.7 Corsi...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 50 – Pens look lifeless AGAIN in 4-0 loss to Nashville

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Predators 4  Pens 0 Record: 28-14-8 Goals None Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Team/Kunitz (too many men) – Stupid (Kunitz leaves the bench way too early as Bennett is bent over and trying to skate to the bench slowly) Perron (hooking...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 49. A sign of life.

Guess what. Chicken butt. This was probably the most boring hockey game in 20 years. But you have to be prepared for games like it. Beau Bennett was scratched. He wasn’t missed. This was most likely just a wake-up call from HCMJ. A lot of people were flipping about this move, but remember: HCMJ coached young players. He probably knows what he is doing. @pensbender said it best...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 48. Disarray in D.C.

Sometimes there is no silver lining. Sometimes there is just a giant mess. Sometimes you just get your ass kicked. The Penguins waltzed into Washington fresh off a nice win against Winnipeg. They leave Washington in maybe their worst state yet. The only word that we can think of to describe this game is this: disarray. By the end of the game, the Penguins were jumping on people...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Penguins get throttled by Caps 4-0.

Wow. The Penguins haven’t scored a goal against the Washington Capitals all season. They have only two wins against the Metro division in two months. While it isn’t time to hit the panic button, the Penguins comfort level in the Metro division isn’t what it used to be. They are now only three points ahead of the Caps. If you had to know one thing about this game, just know...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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