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...
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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

Beau Bennett Undergoes Successful Wrist Surgery

Penguins forward Beau Bennett underwent successful wrist surgery today, it was announced by interim general manager Jason Botterill. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic. Recovery time is expected to be four months.
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 22, 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...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Bad Start For The Penguins

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Seven games into an increasingly skittish postseason, there is still no persuasive evidence that the Penguins intend to put three really professional periods together on any given night. One or two, maybe, and possibly a couple of minutes of an overtime period here or there if it’s not too much trouble, but 60 minutes or...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Penguins Jelling at the Right Time?

Maybe it’s too early to ponder that question. There are a lot more games to be won before the Penguins can dream about hoisting the Stanley Cup. Yet there are reasons to believe. Remember Game 3, when the Pens were reeling from an overtime loss and Columbus had them in an early hole? Instead of folding like a cheap suit, our boys stung the Blue Jackets with a third-period rally...
Via PenguinPoop
April 30, 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...
Via The PensNation
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Stage Big 3rd Period Comeback After Reading Mean Tweets About Themselves During Intermission

The Pittsburgh Penguins roared back from a two-goal deficit in the third period last night to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets and take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round series. The team says their third period play was due entirely to checking social media at the end of the second period. “We were just hanging out in the locker room, not really caring at all as we often...
Via Sports Pickle
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

Dan Bylsma Does Some Power Play Tweaking

The Penguins hit the ice for practice this morning and Dan Bylsma made another little adjustment that may improve an already stunning power play. To start game one, Bylsma had Beau Bennett playing on the first line with Crosby and Kunitz and Brian Gibbons playing on the third with Brandon Sutter and Lee Stempniak. After a not so great first period by his team, he switched Gibbons...
April 18, 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...
Via The PensNation
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

RECAP: Game 78: Penguins lose 4-0 to Wild. ☆

The Penguins really didn’t seem to care about this game. Minnesota had stuff to play for. The Penguins did not. According to Rob Rossi, the Penguins view the rest of the season as exhibition: Next 4 games about health, rest and some experimenting for #pens. View them as exhibitions. Probably wise for fans to take same approach. — Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) April 6, 2014 Yeah...
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April 06, 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

Feature Friday: Beau Bennett

By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost) Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images   Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Beau Bennett.  Pittsburgh Penguins’ fans have seen an asterisk next to Beau Bennett’s name on the roster beginning in late November, but the 22-year-old forward is finally back...
Via The PensNation
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Pens Take The Metro

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Nick, @PensNationCasey @PensNation_Andy The Topics (Les Sujets) Have the additions of Paul Martin and Beau Bennett turned the tides for the Pens? Pens/Jets fallout. Has Brian Gibbons found his niche with the Pens?
Via The PensNation
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into game 76 Between the Penguins and Hurricanes

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Second Line Thankful for Bennett In his first 12 games of the season Beau Bennett produced one goal.  Since coming back from his wrist injury he has a goal and an assist.  He’s had Corsi ratings of +14 and +2 and has looked genuinely excited to be back on the ice.  With Bennett back the coaching staff can stop pretending that Brian Gibbons...
Via The PensNation
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett Back And Worth A Look; Injuries, Rest And More Injuries!

Beau Bennett (1 A, 2 SOG, +2) is an intriguing option that many folks have likely long forgotten. Once upon a time Bennett was slated to start the season on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and everyone’s favorite player James Neal. Say what you will about Neal (I do!) but that was a choice place to land for the youngster who had everything to prove and the skills to do it. Well...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 75 – Pens 4 Blackhawks 1

Pens 4  Blackhawks 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Neal (24) from Jokinen, Bortuzzo Stempniak (11) from Niskanen, Kunitz Crosby (35) from Kunitz Crosby (36) (EN) from Maatta, Bennett Shero seems to have found gold in Lee Stempniak. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (8) Missed Shots: Neal (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi (4) Hits: Pyatt (6) Ice Time: Niskanen (21...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 74 – Pens 2 Blue Jackets 1

Pens 2  Blue Jackets 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Kunitz (34) from Crosby, Engelland Bennett (2) from Bortuzzo Fleury has earned several wins but finally actually got one. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Stats Shots: Crosby (6) Missed Shots: Bennett, Jokinen (2) Blocked Shots: Scuderi, Bortuzzo, Orpik (2) Hits: Orpik (5) Ice Time: Orpik (25:48) … Megna (8:21) Faceoffs...
Via The PensNation
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 74. Penguins beat Blue Jackets 2-1.

This game was a total victory for the “wait till Beau Bennett comes back” crowd. Bennett was easily the best Penguins forward throughout the game, and he got the GWG in the third. It was a breath of fresh air seeing a forward other than Malkin, Crosby, Kunitz or Neal scoring a big goal. It is hard not to get excited about the possibilities of what this could mean for a team...
Via The Pensblog
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Beau Bennett and The Neverending Wrist Injury by @ChicksDigHockey

Beau Bennett was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft  and became the highest-drafted California born-and-trained player in NHL history. He is a product of the Gretzky era in California; when Yuppie parents started throwing their kids into roller hockey. When asked in an interview how he got started in hockey, Bennett offered, “My older...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Bennett heads to AHL on conditioning stint

Beau Bennett has recovered from a hand/wrist injury that’s sidelined him since late November, but the road back to the Pittsburgh Penguins will go through AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bennett will spend “a few games” with the minor-league squad after he was sent down on a conditioning assignment. “I’m just excited to play some games and get back into some action,” Bennett...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fully Healthy Lineup by @ExcitedBobErrey

The Penguins have been hit hard with the injury bug so far during the 2103-14 season, but with the regular season less than a month from being finished they received some good news on Monday. Kris Letang, Beau Bennett, Chris Kunitz, and James Neal were cleared for full practice, with both Kunitz and Neal playing in Tuesday's win over the Dallas Stars. While Kunitz and Neal only...
Via PensInitiative
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

TPN Radio: The Ides of March

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh, @PensNationCasey  The Topics (Les Sujets) Pens don’t have the luck of the Irish against the Flyers… They suck against the Flyers. How do they fix it? Kris Letang, James Neal and Beau Bennett return to practice. Was it enough to make you forget about the...
Via The PensNation
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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