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Pens and Erreything Else: May 12th, 2015

        What it do… Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than apologists writing that the Penguins really don’t need the one of the best coaches in hockey…at all… THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – The Babcock apology-rama has begun.  The TribLive has an Penguins apology piece on why the Pens were...
Via The Pensblog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Postmortem: Analyzing the Defense

Prior to the start of Game 4 of the Penguins demise, I was watching Dan Potash interview head coach Mike Johnston on the Root Sports pregame. The conversation turned towards the Penguins breakout. When asked how the Penguins coaching staff assess the success of their breakout, Johnston said something that gave me an epiphany as to one of the main culprits in the Penguins lack of...
Via The Pensblog
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 4 ECQF: Rangers @ Pittsburgh

The New York Rangers face the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, tonight at the Consol Energy Center starting at 7 PM. For a preview, click here. TV: MSG, NBCSN Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM Rangers Game Notes Probable line-up:  Nash-Brassard-Zuccarello Kreider-Stepan-St.Louis Hagelin-Hayes-Miller Glass-Moore-Fast McDonagh-Girardi Staal-Boyle Yandle...
Via NY Rangers Blog
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Face(s) of the Penguins’ Struggles

Why have the Penguins struggled so mightily since December? (photo via NHL.com) 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...
Via The PensNation
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Slumping Penguins scrambling for playoff spot (The Associated Press)

Mike Johnston tried to sound upbeat. The first-year Pittsburgh Penguins coach pointed out all the positives he saw from another lost weekend, one in which his stumbling team imploded in one game and looked snakebit in another. Entering the final week...
Via Philly Sports Live
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Slumping Penguins scrambling for playoff spot

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the final five days of the season fighting for their playoff lives. Pittsburgh is seventh in the Eastern Conference heading into Tuesday night's game against Ottawa. The Senators trail the Penguins by just two points in the standings and can pull even with a win. Coach Mike Johnston says he's OK with how his team played during losses...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 79. Collapse almost complete. Pens lose in Philly, face playoff-like game Tuesday

On February 18th, the Penguins were 19 points ahead of the Ottawa Senators. On Tuesday night, the Senators can tie them in the standings. The next three games will decide whether or not the Penguins make it to the dance. PDOlol numbers mean nothing. Probability means nothing. Now it’s all about winning out and having some semblance of momentum going into the playoffs. The Senators...
Via The Pensblog
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin Played Role of Heel in Testy Game in Pittsburgh

    View image | gettyimages.com     Fresh off his beef with Ryan Getzlaf, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played the role of heel in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Ovechkin was in full Ric Flair mode, as he antagonized the soldout crowd that packed Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. By the end of night the Penguins fans serenaded Ovechkin with “Ovi...
Via KCM Sports
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Penguins get throttled by Caps 4-0.

Wow. The Penguins haven’t scored a goal against the Washington Capitals all season. They have only two wins against the Metro division in two months. While it isn’t time to hit the panic button, the Penguins comfort level in the Metro division isn’t what it used to be. They are now only three points ahead of the Caps. If you had to know one thing about this game, just know...
Via The Pensblog
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 44: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers (25-13-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-11-6) 12:30 PM – NBC, SN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Coach Mike Johnston said that we would see a “much more assertive team” in their game Thursday night against the Islanders.  That much was true for roughly 40 minutes before the Penguins imploded in the third period en route to a 6-3 loss.  They get a...
Via The Pensblog
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 43: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins (26-10-6) at New York Islanders (29-13-1) 7:00 PM – MSG, ROOT Sports Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, New York If you’re still contemplating which team could be the biggest threat to the Penguins this season, look no further than the New York Islanders.  Sure, Tampa Bay and Montreal are right there, and hating the Rangers and Bruins is...
Via The Pensblog
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 39. Habitual.

One thing we love about the NHL season is the chess match that takes place between coaching staffs. In their first matchup, the Penguins and Mike Johnston destroyed the Habs. In this game, Michel Therrien struck back. The Habs clogged the neutral zone and left the Penguins with nothing. It didn’t help the Pens were down 2-0 early. Along with Tampa Bay, Montreal is among the Eastern...
Via The Pensblog
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Analytics Rankings: 2014 in Review

The first NHL Analytic Power Rankings were posted on Puck Drunk Love November 18, 2014. The correlation between being in the top 16 of the analytics rankings and making the post season was strong in 2013-14. Here is a look back at the rankings so far from 2014. Change since the end of the 2013-14 regular season The table to the right shows the change, whether positive or negative...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 36. First rough patch of the season.

View image | gettyimages.com One thing everyone wanted to see before the season started was how Mike Johnston would handle the inevitable rough patch. Well, welcome to the rough patch. He said this after the game: Mike Johnston: "We got a good response from about half of our group. We didn't get a response from the other half of the team." — Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) December...
Via The Pensblog
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Close to Returning

The big news from Mike Johnston’s press conference this morning was that Olli Maatta will not require any additional surgery to his injured shoulder, and may actually return to the ice soon. Johnston says Maatta did not require surgery. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 27, 2014   Johnston saus Maatta is “continuing to rehab” his injury and should be back within...
Via The Pensblog
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

What the Hell Happened: Pens come up a buck short in Tampa

Given the Pens’ current injury ********* and them being on the second of a brutal back-to-back on a Florida road trip, it was pretty much a lock that the Pens weren’t going to win this game. Fate was going down that road 200 m.p.h. until Chris Kunitz scored on a breakway midway through the third period to make it 4-2. And then there was a pulse. Kris Letang put one home with...
Via The Pensblog
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston's Newest Test by @Nick422

Injuries keep piling up.  Suspensions hit the team.  A line up is depleted.  What ever will the Penguins do?  That's up to coach Mike Johnston. Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 25: Vancouver Canucks at Pittsburgh Penguins

Vancouver Canucks (17-7-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-5-2) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Tonight Pittsburgh will formally meet Willie Desjardins –the guy who Jim Rutherford was going to hire before he backed out at the last minute.  Rutherford subsequently went with Mike Johnston, and in turn he has blessed us with things like this: To his...
Via The Pensblog
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Crosby misses morning skate due to illness, questionable for tonight's game

Pittsburgh Penguins may be without star forward tonight when they host the New Jersey Devils. Sidney Crosby will be a game time decision due to an illness. #459626912 / gettyimages.com Crosby missed morning practice after feeling unwell. Coach Mike Johnston did not elaborate on the illness, but did say that Crosby would be a game-time decision. However, many think he will...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Win The Week – Winning Streak Up To Five

Prior to the Eastern Swing, fans of the Portland Winterhawks were in shock at a team sitting in last place in the league; they were 1-7 and looking to finish worse than the year prior to Mike Johnston’s arrival in Portland five years ago. But once the team arrived home, people started seeing a team that was starting to find itself. Those who have followed the Winterhawks over the...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF of the Game 11-24: Malkin’s celebration and Bench reaction

Mike Johnston was really excited:   Bruin fans in the background. Puts a hop in our step.  
Via The Pensblog
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens’ Mike Johnston: Patrice Bergeron ‘Can Control The Game With His Puck Possession’

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron is one of the most valuable players in the NHL, even if it’s unlikely for him to finish in the top five of the Hart Trophy voting. The Boston Bruins center is the best defensive forward in the game and a two-time Selke Trophy winner. He draws many of the toughest assignments against the opponent’s top forwards each game, and his latest challenge...
Via NESN.com
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 19. Adversity Ahead.

It is perfectly legal to be upset about the last two Penguin losses while also thinking “It is November; relax.” Reason 1 to be concerned: This was billed as a “playoff series” by Mike Johnston. And the Penguins lost it. Reason 1 not to be upset about Reason 1: It wasn’t an actual playoff series. If anything, losing these two games shows the Penguins they have a long...
Via The Pensblog
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins/Canadiens GIF Breakdown

My initial vision for today’s post was to comb over any systematic changes Mike Johnston would make in the third period of the Penguins 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens with a few GIF’s in hand. My mind immediately jumped back to the 3-0 defeat of the Los Angeles Kings on October 30th when coach Johnston instituted a 2-3 neutral zone trap throughout the third period on controlled...
Via The Pensblog
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Injury Update: Olli Maata could return Tuesday against Montreal

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maata practiced Monday and coach Mike Johnston labelled him a "game-time decision" for Tuesday against the Montreal Canadiens. #457081724 / gettyimages.com According to Slam Canoe, Maata said that he is "feeling good" but "we've got to (wait and) see until after (Tuesday) morning's skate, how I'm feeling after that. And then make some decisions...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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