Pens Links: May 5th, 2015

  WHAT UP! Welcome to the first Pens’ Links of the summer.  I swear I will come up with a better title at some point.  Maybe July. Be gentle…it is my first time… Here is a look at what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything else.  It’s more fun than setting a flag on fire in Detroit. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Just when it seemed like...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang finalists for Masterton Trophy

  Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted nominations at the end of the regular season...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  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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4 days ago  |  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...
Via The PensNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang finalists for Masterton

NEW YORK (AP) Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted nominations at the end of the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason Primer by @BrianK_PI

With the way the Pittsburgh Penguins limped to the finish line, going 4-9-2 over their last 15 games and clinching a playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, the fact that they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Presidents' Trophy winning New York Rangers in five games should have come as little of a surprise. The way the series played out should, as Pens managed...
Via PensInitiative
9 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

First Round Preview: Rangers vs. Penguins

It’s hard to believe that perhaps just 5 years ago, the Rangers would ever be favored against a Crosby-led Penguins team, but here we are. The Penguins limped to the finish line losing 9 of their last 13 games, making the playoffs in the final day against a tanking Buffalo Sabres team and finishing the season at 43-27-12, good for 98 points. A year after the Rangers eliminated...
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18 days ago  |  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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19 days ago  |  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...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Evgeni Malkin Battling Through Pain to Keep Penguins Afloat

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot while getting tripped up by Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded with offensive talent with players like Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Kris...
Via The Sports Journal
20 days ago  |  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...
20 days ago  |  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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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Marc-Andre Fleury has given this team a chance night after night and hopefully will continue to do so. (Elsa/Getty Images) By: Joe Guzy It took 82 games, but the Pittsburgh Penguins punched their ticket to the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It took a win against the “nothing left to lose” Buffalo Sabres. It took wrap-around after wrap-around against the 6-foot-6-inch Anders Lindback...
Via The PensNation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Recall Harrington and Dumoulin for Playoffs

No team in the NHL is more thrilled that the salary cap is gone for the playoffs than the Pittsburgh Penguins. After being forced to play with five defensemen for several games at the end of the season due to injuries to Kris Letang, Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot, Pittsburgh’s defense was down to Paul Martin, Ian Cole, Rob Scuderi, Ben Lovejoy and Taylor Chorney. Chorney...
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22 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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25 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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...
Via BS Hockey
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

Flyers-Penguins Preview

Injuries to Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang have left the Pittsburgh Penguins down a defenseman, forcing a five-man rotation to play heavy minutes as they fight for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Philadelphia Flyers would like nothing more than to make their rivals' situation more difficult. Pittsburgh looks to avoid dropping a seventh straight meeting...
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March 31, 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
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