5 things @penguins need to do this offseason @griffTHW

On some level, the 2015 Stanley Cup Final must have evoked feelings of jealousy among Penguins’ fans everywhere. Essentially, the series pitted a squad embodying what Pittsburgh represented a few years ago against the club currently writing the resume once reserved for the Pens. On one side, the Lightning find themselves potentially set up to dominate the Eastern Conference for...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: ownership giving up?

Two days ago TSN broke a story regarding Pittsburgh Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux hiring Morgan Stanley to explore selling the franchise. This news comes as quite a shock considering the current state of the team. Since making back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals appearances and eventually winning a championship in 2009, this franchise has been surrounded by disappointment...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Discovery Channel zings Penguins on Twitter

The Discovery Channel’s Twitter account started sharing some Penguins facts, so the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to chime-in. @Discovery As of May 13, 2015, the average Pittsburgh Penguin grows to be 6’1”. — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 13, 2015 Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the harmless offseason fun ended when the Discovery Channel replied with this tweet:...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Letang Masterton Finalist by @ChicksDigHockey

The NHL announced today that Kris Letang, along with Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and Andrew Hammond of the Ottawa Senators, is a  finalist for the 2014-15 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.  The Masterton is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."  Letang is the Penguins' Masterton...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Letang Named a Finalist for Masterton Trophy

(Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports) Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was named one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is for “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) and Andrew Hammond (Ottawa Senators) were announced as the other...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Metro Division Semis Game Four: Rangers at Penguins

The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Four of their series. The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 win on Monday night, and will hopefully take a commanding lead in the series tonight. The Pens still have to go without Kris Letang, Olli Maata, Derick Pouliot, Christian Ehrhoff, and Read more → The post Metro Division Semis Game Four: Rangers at Penguins...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Playoff Primer #3: Can the Stubborn Pittsburgh Penguins Adjust in a 7 Game Series? by @DXTraeger

The NHL Playoffs are a, not literally Kris Letang.(photo from the 2015 Aces & Ice Casino Night for the Mario Lemieux Foundation via the Penguins' website) "Crapshoot" noun  1.   Informal. anything unpredictable, risky, or problematical; gamble. Even with advanced scouting, meticulous game-planning, and a burgeoning wealth of analytics, a NHL hockey game...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: playoff preview, first round

The regular season has come to a close and the Penguins have squeaked into the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They have drawn a tough matchup as they will face their division rival, the New York Rangers. New York is coming off of a strong season having won the President’s trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season. It will...
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predictions For Every First-Round Series

The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday and the anticipation is as high as it’s been in a long time because there are 10 to 12 teams with a legitimate chance of hoisting the best trophy in sports. Here are my predictions for every first-round series: New York Rangers (Metropolitan No. 1) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Wild Card No. 2) The Penguins blew a 3-1 series lead to the...
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs first round schedule

The schedule and matchups for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs are set, with the action set to begin on Wed., April 15. EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 4 Ottawa Season series: 3-1 Senators Wednesday, April 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, NHL Network Friday, April 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, CNBC Sunday, April 19 , Montreal at Ottawa, 7, NBC Sports Network...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Analytics: Penguins are a much weaker team without Kris Letang

It took until the last night of the regular season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have officially snuck into the playoffs after a 2-0 shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday evening. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to play for the chance to win the Stanley Cup without their number one defenseman, Kris Letang. The blueliner has been […] The post Analytics: Penguins are...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Face(s) of the Penguins’ Struggles

Why have the Penguins struggled so mightily since December? (photo via By: Jim Meinecke Many reasons have been thrown around recently why the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins have fallen from grace. Mike Johnston with a brand new coaching staff and system, and of course, the possibility he may be over his head at this level. Sidney Crosby having a “down” year. A bottom-six...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins in danger of missing the playoffs

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost nine of their past 12 games and are suddenly in trouble of missing the playoffs. The Penguins hold a two-point lead over the Ottawa Senators, who they travel to play on Tuesday, for one of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference. With the Boston Bruins (95 pts) streaking and the Senators (93 pts)...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Aftermath: (4/4/15) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Jackets continue to play spoiler. Racking up their franchise best 9th straight win, beating the rivaled Penguins 5-3. Yes the Penguins were shorthanded missing both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang but still it’s always great to beat a divisional rival (especially Pittsburgh). Highlights The Good, Better and Best  Good: Marko Dano Dano continues to impress me. It looks as if he’s...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

New Video Released of Shane Doan’s Hit on Kris Letang

Twitter user @burcham_amanda tweeted a never before released video from a fan’s phone of the scary hit that caused Kris Letang’s concussion last week. Letangs scary hit from behind the glass… #Pens @Letang_58 @penguins @NHL @ESPN_NHL — Amanda Burcham (@burcham_amanda) March 31, 2015 Scary stuff. The post New Video Released of Shane Doan...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Improved Defense Could be Dangerous in the Playoffs

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Defense, defense, defense. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team that is known for its high powered offense, fast-paced play...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The five most indispensable Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins top defenceman Kris Letang is currently out of the lineup with a concussion – the fourth documented one of his career – that he suffered last Saturday when Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan delivered a questionable hit that launched him backwards into the corner and caused him to hit the back of his […] The post The five most indispensable Penguins appeared...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Does Sidney Crosby Deserve MVP Consideration?

In this week’s edition of HotTake Tuesday, Nick and James discuss if Kris Letang should call it a career, whether or not Sidney Crosby deserves MVP consideration for his season, and more… Sit back and enjoy the takes on this beautiful Tuesday morning… Should Kris Letang Call It A Career? Richter: I would. Do I think he will? No. This last hit definitely conjured up images...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Kris Letang Consider Retirement?

When should an athlete at his peak, like Kris Letang, throw in the towel? (Peter Diana/Post-Gazette) By: Jim Meinecke It is hard to think of an athlete that has had more of a rollercoaster career than Kris Letang. He is a player that has amazing physical attributes that include tremendous skating, stick handling, and a perfect blend of offense and defense. He has been near the top...
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March 30, 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

Losing Kris Letang Might Doom Pittsburgh Penguins’ Playoff Hopes

Craig Cunningham #22 of the Arizona Coyotes moves the puck between the defense of Paul Martin #7 and Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) During the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, star defender Kris Letang was severely injured. Losing Letang was...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 76: Jumping the Shark. Pens host San Jose.

San Jose Sharks (37-30-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (41-23-11) 7:30 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA The Pens won yesterday, so that was nice. They took two steps forward getting Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist back in the lineup – Malkin made an immediate impact with two assists in the win, but they took one gigantic step back in losing Kris Letang to...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Letang released from hospital, but has concussion

  Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary hit he received Saturday from Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Letang was released from a hospital Sunday. “Like anything else, we’ll just take it as a day-to-day thing and we’ll see how he reacts and recovers from it,” coach Mike Johnston said. Letang, who...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pens’ Letang out of hospital, has concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from a hospital Sunday but has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of a scary hit he received Saturday from Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins defenseman Letang sidelined after suffering concussion

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a concussion in Saturday's win over the Arizona Coyotes and is sidelined indefinitely, head coach Mike Johnston said Sunday morning. Letang, who has a history of concussions and who suffered a stroke last year, was injured when he hit his head on the boards following a check from Coyotes forward Shane Doan in the second period of...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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