Ranking the Metropolitan Division Goalies

It is roughly three weeks into this 2014-15 NHL season but most clubs have made it known where they stand amongst the competition.  The same is true for goaltenders. Expectations are high for many of the Metropolitan Division teams.  These goalies are constantly scrutinized by the media and fans on a game to game basis.  Some are praised while others are cursed.  Let’s take...
Via Beyond The Benches
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

SNAPSHOT: Emery and Flyers hold off Penguins

This was the Flyers reaction after winning a regular season game: It is October 21st, by the way. The Flyers won 5-3, but for some reason this game doesn’t feel as bad as it normally does. The game came down to what goalie could make a bigger save. Marc-Andre Fleury or Ray Emery. Ray Emery did, Marc-Andre Fleury didn’t. That statement may seem like it is blaming Marc-Andre Fleury...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers rally past Penguins, 5-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) R.J. Umberger and Matt Read scored 2 minutes apart in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 on Wednesday night. Umberger, a Pittsburgh native, beat Marc-Andre Fleury 6:50 into the third to break a tie and Read followed with a backhander to help the Flyers improve to 12-2-1 at Consol Energy Center since the arena opened...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Flyers score 3 in 3rd, beat Penguins

For the Flyers, it may be home away from home. The Consol Energy Center has been friendly to the Orange and Black, and after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the Blackhawks, perhaps this was just what the doctor ordered. The Penguins got the game's first goal, but the Flyers took control in the second and third periods to claim their second victory of the season, a 5-3 win over...
Via Flyerdelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 5: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers (1-3-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1) 8:00 PM – NBCSN Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh has been playing great hockey to start the season.  Philadelphia, as usual, has not started the season very well.  Tonight they play each other in the first of four meetings between the two rivals this season.  Not much else really needs to be said, this...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rutherford Says Pens Will Keep Fleury Around, But Should They? by @MadChad412

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had at least a three-day break in between games for the second time of the season, and it's only October. Thank God for Pens' general manager Jim Rutherford, who gave us all a newsworthy quote about goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's future. Rutherford told the media "As long as I'm the GM, he'll be our goalie" and "My...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

So Rutherford said he wants to re-sign Fleury

A little over a month ago, Marc-Andre Fleury was asked about his future plans and responded by stating that he would prefer to end his career in Pittsburgh.  A free agent at season’s end, Fleury reiterated his love for the city, fans, team, and coaching staff.  Marc-Andre Fleury said all the things you’d expect Marc-Andre Fleury to say. Today, GM Jim Rutherford was...
Via The Pensblog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins GM Wants Marc-Andre Fleury To Be His Goalie

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer.  But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Coming Full Circle on the Salary Cap by @BrianK_PI

When the lockout ended and the salary cap was implemented prior to the 2005-06 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were in a very different place than they are right now. They were awful on the ice, having gone 22-46-14; "good" for 58 points and a second to last place finish in the NHL. Their team payroll of $23.1 million was well below the $39 million salary cap and not much...
Via PensInitiative
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Things to watch for: Dallas Stars

The new look Stars are in town tomorrow. It’s early, but here is what to watch for.   BIZARRE STAT Dating back 1967 when the Stars were in Minnesota, they are 20-44-6 all time in Pittsburgh. They haven’t won in Pittsburgh since December 23, 2000. When they won 8-2. Rosters that day: - Milan Kraft  -4 in 15 minutes played is remarkable. - Roman Simicek for life. Spezza The...
Via The Pensblog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Anaheim Ducks Top Performers Through Week One

Corey Perry #456967284 / Perry started off this year with a bang nailing a hat trick in game one.  It’s also commendable to note that this came up against the talented Marc-Andre Fleury in what was a high scoring battle.  Perry looks primed for another huge season this year, and will help lead a talented Ducks squad. Ryan Getzlaf #456967276 / gettyimages...
Via TopSportsReport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five thoughts from Pittsburgh Penguins Opening Night

The 2014 NHL season came in with a roar for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who erupted for six goals in their home opener against the Anaheim Ducks. The win was the Pens fourth straight in a season opener, and while it was an entertaining game, there’s no denying just how different it was compared to what Penguins fans are used to seeing. A new system and some new faces were on display...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Goaltender Fleury could be starting final season with Penguins

Marc-Andre Fleury will stand between the pipes Thursday for his 10th home opener with the Penguins. Could it be his last? Fleury is entering the season in the final year of his contract, his future uncertain, yet his presence is more crucial than ever. Such mixed signals are a microcosm of a career that has endured extraordinary peaks and valleys. The Penguins, who are learning...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

You Couldn't BE More Wrong About: Paul Martin by @griffTHW and @BrianK_PI

You Couldn't BE More Wrong is a new segment that Sean Griffin and I put together, naturally arising from the fact that we seem to frequently take the opposite sides of issues as they pertain to the Penguins. In case you missed last week's post, we debated Marc-Andre Fleury's future in Pittsburgh.Though last week's column didn't have a poll, I've arbitrarily...
Via PensInitiative
15 days ago  |  Discuss

See You at the Crossroads. Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-2015 Season Preview. Part 3 – The Goalies

We’ve previewed the front office and the coaching staff. Now we’re getting to the players. The first batch is goaltenders. This is a road we’ve all traveled many times. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY This is where we’ll talk about Marc-Andre Fleury’s shaky postseason past and whether or not he’ll choke in the playoffs this year. Last year’s playoff showing was very promising,...
Via The Pensblog
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Marc-Andre Fleury’s awesome new mask and pads

Marc-Andre Fleury’s new goalie mask and pads are designed to be a tribute to the Penguins of old. Specifically, his new lid is designed in honor of Tom Barrasso while his pads are designed to match the Penguins’ new alternates. Here’s the mask: You can't have gold pads without a sick new mask. This one is a throwback to former #Pens goaltender, Tom Barrasso. pic.twitter...
Via Puck Drunk Love
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Photos: Marc-Andre Fleury’s awesome new mask and pads

Marc-Andre Fleury’s new goalie mask and pads are designed to be a tribute to the Penguins of old. Specifically, his new lid is designed in honor of Tom Barrasso while his pads are designed to match the Penguins’ new alternates. Here’s the mask: You can't have gold pads without a sick new mask. This one is a throwback to former #Pens goaltender, Tom Barrasso. pic.twitter...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

See You at the Crossroads. Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-2015 Season Preview. Part 1 – The Regime

June 15, 2009. There was this moment in the city of Pittsburgh, three days after the Penguins stunned the Red Wings in Game 7, when 375,000 strong packed downtown Pittsburgh. The parade came down Grant Street and turned right onto the Boulevard of the Allies. It was a right-hand turn that everyone waited for. Of the 375,000 people in downtown that day, it felt like 360,000 of them...
Via The Pensblog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fleury Versus The League Average

Goaltending in the NHL can be a difficult thing to quantify. Let’s face it, some teams just have a garbage defense. If you need an example of that, just take a look at what the Oilers have done the last few seasons. So with one of this summers stories being the lack of a contract extension for Marc-Andre Fleury, I figured we’d take a quick dive into the world of advanced metrics...
Via The Pensblog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Malkin resumes skating

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was one of many Penguins players relieved to learn center Evgeni Malkin resumed skating Saturday. “Not bad, I guess, right?” Fleury said. “We're happy for him. He's been out awhile. It's good for him to get back on the ice.” Malkin began working out with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar late last week, but Saturday was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

You Couldn't BE More Wrong About: Marc-Andre Fleury by @griffTHW and @BrianK_PI

As the storylines of the 2013-'14 season unfolded, Brian Keenan and I started to realize we rarely agree on, well, almost anything.  So, it only seemed natural to start arguing over our differing opinions during the 2014-'15 campaign.With that, "You Couldn't BE More Wrong" was born. Every couple of weeks, we'll debate a topic on which we don't see eye...
Via PensInitiative
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Preseason Game 6 – Fleury Dazzles in 2-0 Shutout over Red Wings

By: Meesh Shanmugam *Preseason Intro* Last chance to tell me what you like/don’t like/want to see in the post-game thoughts this season!! *End Preseason Intro* Pens 2 Red Wings 0 Final Preseason Record: 3-3 Goals Comeau (1) from Spaling, Scuderi Sundqvist (1) from Spaling, Adams Penalties Comeau (hooking) – Overly Aggressive (Hooks Jensen three times in the offensive zone,...
Via The PensNation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings Lose to Pens, Tatar Leaves Game

The Red Wings had a great first period where their power play looked really dangerous but they just couldn’t solve Marc Andre Fleury.  They struggled throughout the second period and went down 1-0 on a goal by Blake Comeau.  The Red Wings would never recover and ended up giving up another goal in the third. They played pretty decently offensively but they missed the net way too...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Marc-Andre Fleury to Shoulder the Load by @PandaPSU

The start of the Penguins season is 10 days away, and there are certainly a lot of questions that remain unanswered. The purpose of training camp and the preseason significantly increased when the Penguins essentially cleaned house over the summer and brought in a new coaching staff and many new front office positions. This is the time for players to start gelling with the new staff...
Via PensInitiative
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Roster For First Preseason Game

Photo Credit: The Penguins have announced their lineup for Monday night’s preseason home game against Detroit. Goaltenders 29 Marc-Andre Fleury G 60 Matt Murray G Defensemen 4 Rob Scuderi D 7 Paul Martin D 33 Reid McNeill D 41 Robert Bortuzzo D 44 Taylor Chorney D 47 Simon Despres D Forwards 13 Nick Spaling F 16 Brandon Sutter F 17 Blake Comeau F 19 Beau...
Via The PensNation
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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