Kris Letang: Raising the Bar for Playoff Hopes by @griffTHW

As we begin the 2014 postseason, the Penguins find themselves in somewhat unfamiliar territory.  For the first time in several years, not many consider Pittsburgh one of the true favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup at season's end.  Indeed, question marks about goaltending, depth and injuries combined with uninspired play down the stretch, producing no shortage of doubters...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pens – Blue Jackets Round One Discussion

We sat down with Andy Hughes, Ken Will, Meesh Shanmugam, Casey Johnston, along with Mike Colligan from The Hockey Writers and discussed a number of different topics heading into tonight’s opening game of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. What made this season different than previous seasons? Andy Hughes: Compared to last year, it was nice seeing...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

On the Brink

        Meltdown. What is a meltdown? In professional sports a meltdown can be described as when a person freaks out and loses control of themselves. In the simplest of terms, the reality of life becomes too overwhelming and they are unable to deal with it all. The person may act out, withdraw, become emotional, or place blame elsewhere.    In Hockey, meltdowns...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins 2013-2014 Playoffs: Spotlight is on Fleury, Bylsma by @MadChad412

The 2013-2014 regular season is over. For many fans and critics, whatever happened in those 82 games no longer matters nor will it be remembered. In Pittsburgh, when it comes to the Penguins, anything less than a Stanley Cup is considered a failure. That has been the case ever since Ray Shero became general manager and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009. Since then, despite...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pressure Time In Pittsburgh

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Penguins couldn't have asked for a better -- read: easier -- first-round opponent than the Columbus Blue Jackets. Game 1 is Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins went 5-0 against Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets will be playing without one of their top players, big forward Nathan Horton. They have had...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Less is More

    The best rivalry in the NHL between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins took to a new horizon over the weekend. During the third period of Saturday's game, Scott Hartnell pasted Kris Letang from behind, who was playing his second game back after suffering a stroke in January. Each player was given a two-minute minor for roughing as they exchanged pleasantries...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 82 Between the Penguins and Senators

Rest Some of the Best? The Pittsburgh Penguins rested defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Chris Kunitz in yesterday’s overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players are day-to-day and do not have long term injuries, according to Dan Bylsma. Will Bylsma rest some more players today? It is a possibility, especially since Pittsburgh has nine defensemen on their roster, which...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma Shows Potential in Win Over Avalanche

Michael Miller / Wikipedia I often criticized Dan Bylsma the last couple weeks. The Penguins often played without discipline, passion, energy and enthusiasm and it looked like Bylsma isn’t able to get his players back on track. Instead, he often got outcoached. But I have to tip my hat to Dan Bylsma this time! I have to admit that I feared last Sunday the Penguins might be swept...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Penguins

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Penguins have become a mediocre hockey club, 11-9-2 since the Olympic break, including their 4-3 shootout home win Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. They are ready to do another quick exit from the playoffs, perhaps even a one-and-done. Marc-Andre Fleury will wilt again under the pressure. The rest of the team will...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

A Tale of Two Cities: The Curious Case of Dan Bylsma and Clint Hurdle by @ChrisRBarron

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...Go ahead, read the rest »
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading into Game 79 Between the Penguins and Avalanche

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) Rest Ahead? The Pittsburgh Penguins only have four games left in the regular season, including tonight’s match against the Colorado Avalanche. With the Metropolitan Division title already wrapped up, the Penguins may elect to rest some of their players in the next few games. Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta both have upper-body injuries and missed...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Maatta sidelined by upper-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. He was a late scratch for the Penguins' 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Maatta is second among Penguins defensemen in goals (nine) and points (29). He is plus-9 in 75 games.
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12 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bylsma wants replay expanded to review goalie interference

Coach Dan Bylsma most assuredly would have liked center Brandon Sutter's goal to count Thursday at Consol Energy Center. After some reflection, however, Bylsma refused to blame the officials for the ruling. Rather, he wouldn't mind seeing certain decisions taken out of their hands. “I think the goalie interference call is way too difficult for the referees to judge in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin out for three weeks with foot injury

   The Pittsburgh Penguins will definitely be in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs this season, but they’ve still been struggling slightly of late. The club received more bad news on March 25 when they learned star center Evgeni Malkin of Russia will be sidelined for two to three weeks due to an injury. Malkin has a foot problem which will keep him out of action for the remainder...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Bylsma Rumors Swirling?

We have no idea what this means really, but this is from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated: “Rob Rossi explains what’s behind the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lackluster 6-6-2 record since coming back from the Olympic break. These seem like valid explanations, but they’re not quieting rumors that the Pens may consider a coaching change before heading into the playoffs.” Now, is...
Via The Pensblog
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tired Penguins

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, It took Dan Bylsma less than an hour. The Penguins coach quickly canceled Wednesday's practice after an underwhelming 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. If that performance wasn't enough to convince Bylsma his team is out of gas — and when veterans suggest “pride” and “passion” are lacking or...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Evgeni Malkin Out 2-3 Weeks with Foot Injury

Credit: Getty Images Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has announced many injury updates for his team this season. After today’s morning skate, he had another one. Bylsma told the media that center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a foot injury. According to Bylsma, the doctors have not indicated if Malkin will need surgery. Malkin injured his foot on his first shift against...
Via The PensNation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins lose to Blue in familiar fashion

After a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against the Lightning on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins dropped the second game of their back-to-back home stand against the St. Louis Blues in a game that was eerily reminiscent of their loss to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. St. Louis clogged up traffic in front of their own net and prevented the Penguins from...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Sweet Georgia Brown: Penguins on Shaky Ground

During each of the past three seasons the Pittsburgh Penguins have rocketed through March and April, only to pull an el foldo in the playoffs. This year Dan Bylsma’s crew seems to be trying a totally different approach—play as poorly as possible in the stretch run and hope to heat up in the postseason. With a 5-4-2 record since the Olympic break, the Penguins clearly have accomplished...
Via PenguinPoop
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 69 Between the Penguins and Red Wings

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Sutter Not a Shutdown Center? Lyle Kossis over at Pensburgh wrote a feature about Dan Bylsma and matchups, specifically the use of Brandon Sutter vs. Jordan Staal.  His finding was that Staal had been used in a shutdown role every year of Bylsma’s tenure while Sutter was only used in that role during his first season as a Penguin.  It’s...
Via The PensNation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Letang, Bennett Cleared For Full Practice Today

Credit: Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press After a tough weekend that saw the Penguins lose two games to the Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Dan Bylsma finally had some good news regarding the team’s injury list. Forward Beau Bennett and defenseman Kris Letang both have been cleared to participate in a full practice. Both players will do so this morning. Bennett’s return is no...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kunitz will miss today’s game vs. Flyers

Although there was some hope that Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz (lower body) would return on Sunday, that won’t be the case. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma reported that Kunitz is “feeling well, but not well enough to be in today’s lineup,” according to NHL.com. This is his second straight game on the sidelines. Pittsburgh is also missing James Neal and the absence of two...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

James Neal Out With Concussion

via Sam Kasan at the Penguins' website, The bad news keeps rolling in for the Pens. Head coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward James Neal is out indefinitely with a concussion following Friday’s practice at Southpointe. “You don’t know if you’re talking about 1-2 days or much longer,” Bylsma told the media. “You hope the symptoms subside and it’s...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Jack Adams Trophy Predictions

Who is the best NHL coach for the 2013-14 season? Here are my top four nominees: Bruce Boudreau - Anaheim Ducks Dan Bylsma - Pittsburgh Penguins Ken Hitchcock - St. Louis Blues Patrick Roy - Colorado Avalanche Three of these coaching juggernauts contributed to their teams sitting at the top of the league. The fourth coach, Patrick Roy, is a NHL rookie who has the Colorado Avalanche firmly
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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