Penguins to hold 1 PM Press Conference

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they will be holding a 1:00 PM press conference on Monday afternoon with general manager Jim Rutherford and team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas. All players were present at the team’s practice this morning except for Beau Bennett who skated earlier and Jim Rutherford and associate general manager Jason Boteril were keeping a watchful eye...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting Pittsburgh Penguins line combinations

How will the Penguins lines shake out this season? There has been great discussion throughout training camp about what the Penguins offense will look like this season. The Penguins have a ton of new faces to go with a faster, more skill-oriented system under new head coach Mike Johnston, but many are wondering just how the lineup will shake out come game day. More specifically, what...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bad Ice, the Consol Energy Center, and Patric Hornqvist

One of the story lines coming out of Penguins' training camp is the quality of the ice at Consol Energy Center (CEC), or rather continued lack of quality.  While it was initially reported last week that Beau Bennett was injured on a rut in the ice, it was later confirmed that Bennett's heel had in fact been clipped by the skate of Kasperi Kapanen.  Even though it appears...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Beau Bennett suffers leg injury, will miss six weeks

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that winger Beau Bennett will miss the next six weeks with an apparent left knee injury.  #182001754 / gettyimages.comChad Johnson had this to say through the Pittsburgh Penguins official twitter account:Coach Johnston: "Beau is going to be 6 weeks, it looks like. It's one of those unfortunate things... It's a lower body injury...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett out six weeks with lower body injury

Beau Bennett has the worst luck. After two straight years of wrist injuries and an off-season surgery to repair that wrist, Penguins forward Beau Bennett looked like he was finally about to have the breakout season Pens fans have been waiting for since he was drafted in the first round back in 2010. Unfortunately, his season will start a little bit later then expected, as the 22...
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Injury to "Glass Beau" Bennett Affects the Penguins' Depth and Power-Play by @DXTraeger

To call the career of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett "mercurial" is fair, and mercurial is a contextually appropriate assessment of his play given the bevy of talented yet unproductive skaters that have historically dotted the NHL landscape.With today's news that Beau Bennett suffered an apparent knee injury during practice at the Consol Energy Center comes...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett Injured, Consol Energy Center Ice to Blame?

As the NHL begins to gear up for a new season the on-going training camp/preseason storylines continue to revolve around players getting injured. Add 3rd year Pittsburgh Penguins winger Beau Bennett to the mix. Bennett, who has easily been the team’s most dynamic player this preseason (especially with the team’s top three forwards, Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Evgeni...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett Leaves Practice with Knee Injury

Poor Beau Bennett.  So much potential but constantly snake bit.  Today becomes the latest chapter in his book as Beau leaves the ice at the end of practice with a non-contact knee injury.Go ahead, read the rest »
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett just left practice with a serious injury

This doesn’t look good: Bennett had the puck and appeared to get hurt without being hit. Tried to make a move and crumpled. No pressure on left leg while leaving. — Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) September 26, 2014 Bennett has been the best player in training camp this year. He’s battled wrist injuries the last two seasons...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 3 – Pens Get Their First Win, 3-2 in OT Over the Wild

By: Meesh Shanmugam *Preseason Intro* Welcome back everyone! With a new season, new coach, new GM, and new hope (at least temporarily), I’ll be working on some new formats for the postgame thoughts before the regular season arrives. Ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged; let me know what you want to see and read about! Goal assessments and descriptions will return (in...
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September 26, 2014  |  Discuss


Preseason games are especially hard to watch. It feels even worse this preseason. But the Penguins are getting some good stuff from third liners and their young D. Some ****: Five biggest things about this game Bennett – Sutter All good things for this line. In the first period, they had a few shifts keeping the puck deep and cycling. Beau Bennett has easily been the Penguins’...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 1 – Pens Fall to Red Wings, 2-1

By: Meesh Shanmugam *Preseason Intro* Welcome back everyone! With a new season, new coach, new GM, and new hope (at least temporarily), I’ll be working on some new formats for the postgame thoughts before the regular season arrives. Ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged; let me know what you want to see and read about! Goal assessments and descriptions will return when...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss


Had no idea Tony Granato was an assistant coach with the Wings. Biggest story of the night. Paul Martin didn’t seem concerned about playing, really. Penguins got a powerplay early in the third. Bennett and Sutter seem to be building chemistry. Farnham tried to fight some guy. Really strange performance by him. Spaling and Comeau got some work killing penalties. Probably a combo...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pens’ roster for Monday night vs. Red Wings

It hasn’t sunk in yet, but the Pens play their first preseason game Monday night. Here’s the roster. FORWARDS Anton Zlobin Beau Bennett Blake Comeau Bobby Farnham(?) Brandon Sutter Jason Megna Jean-Sebastien Dea Josh Archibald Nick Spaling Oskar Sundqvist Patric Hornqvist Scott Wilson DEFENSEMEN Paul Martin Reid McNeill Rob Scuderi Robert Bortuzzo Simon Despres Taylor Chorney...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

This Beau Bennett quote says it all

Via the great JB It’s being able to read and react,” Bennett said. “We played a lot like robots last year. Everything was so ingrained in your mind. You had to be at a certain place at a certain time. Even today, on our forechecks, it was cool to (hear), ‘I don’t care who’s the second or third guy. Just go to one of these spots.’ It was more free reign that way. More...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

BagSkate Tuesdays 9-16-14

A big thank you to everybody who sent us questions last week. You guys are awesome! It was a great first week for the BagSkate and we look forward to answering your hockey questions every Tuesday throughout the season and we’ll do our best to entertain you, too. We have a good crop of questions from you guys this week, so let’s get to it. Is Spaling/Sutter/Downie the likely 3rd...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

BagSkate Tuesdays: 9/9/14

Are there any free agents left out there that could potentially fit with the Pens? –  Brian B. Richter: I’m not so sure the Penguins are interested in looking for any other free agents at the moment, especially big name free agents. However, for players looking for a team to hook on with, the Pens may still offer an invite to camp on a Professional Tryout contract. It’s been...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Mock Draft: Predictions, analysis for first round

As soon as the Los Angeles Kings finished hoisting the Stanley Cup for the second time in the last three seasons, teams quickly began shifting their focus to the 2014 NHL draft in Philadelphia on June 27-28. This year’s draft class lacks elite depth and skill on the blue line, but teams in need of goal-scoring forwards will have plenty of quality players to choose from. At the...
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' Beau Bennett undergoes wrist surgery

Seems like everyday there is a new injury being announced for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Today, it is forward Beau Bennett who underwent wrist surgery early Friday Morning.Michael Miller-Wikimedia CommonsBennett has been playing with this injury throughout the season. He was sideline for a couple of months because of the injury and was nearing a return in march when he suffered a...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins' Beau Bennett to undergo surgery

The Pittsburgh Penguins have ended their season after losing round two, game 7 to the New York Rangers. Many changes are happening around the team, one includes forward Beau Bennett who will get surgery next week. Bennett missed three months with a hand/wrist injury. He was out of the lineup for three months and was expected to return in early March. He then suffered another...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 3 – Pens 4 Blue Jackets 3

Pens 4  Blue Jackets 3 Pens lead the series 2-1. By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Orpik (1) from Bennett, Martin Sutter (2) from Martin, Bennett Stempniak (1) from Kunitz, Crosby Jokinen (2) from Maatta, Malkin Pens vs. Blue Jackets, first to 3 loses. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Game 3 Leaders Shots: Neal (7) Missed Shots: Crosby (3) Blocked Shots: Martin (4) Hits: Kunitz...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Blue Jackets

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Line Shuffling Dan Bylsma is no stranger to line shuffling.  While there is some consistency to the lines when everyone is healthy, having the team at full health is rare occurrence.  Even when everyone is in the lineup, Bylsma has still been known to tinker with the line combinations to create a spark.  Witness Sidney Crosby’s line on Wednesday...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1 – Pens 4 Blue Jackets 3

Pens 4  Blue Jackets 3 Series: Pens lead 1-0 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (1) from Malkin, Maatta Bennett (1) (PP) from Niskanen, Martin Niskanen (1) (PP) from Malkin, Crosby Sutter (1) from Bennett, Martin Stats Shots: Kunitz, Maatta, Malkin (4) Missed Shots: Niskanen (3) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (3) Hits: Stempniak (4) Ice Time: Martin (23:51) … Vitale (9:18...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

All the Right Moves - Penguins Take Game 1

The Penguins kicked off the 2014 playoffs last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets and it was anything but an easy game. Both teams played extremely physical, all but six players had at least one hit in the game 1 battle. The Penguins had to play catch up for most of the game and at one point were down 3-1. But the team rallied and were able to win it 4-3. Here's what...
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 78 Between the Penguins and Wild

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Penguins Getting Outshot Before the Olympic break, the Penguins had a team Fenwick (all shot attempts excluding blocked shots) of 51.17%.  If maintained over the course of a season, that number would be good for 10th in the league.  Since coming back from Sochi, the team’s Fenwick has been 45.91%.  Over a full season, that would put them...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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