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HotTake Tuesday: Duper’s Value Is Super

Welcome to HotTake Tuesday, yinz! Today we’ll be covering some topics in the beginning of the post and get to your questions in the latter half.  So grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, dig in, and enjoy this week’s serving of HotTakes.   Pascal Dupuis: How much does he mean to the makeup of this team? Richter: In some ways, Dupuis might be the most important guy on...
Via The PensNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

From the Dub: The Choice Is Ours

For the past four seasons, Portland Winterhawks fans have been immune to the cyclical nature of junior hockey, in which teams rebuild every few years. On Mike Johnston’s watch, the Winterhawks didn’t rebuild each season; they simply reloaded. We all knew the day would come when Mike would leave and things would change. He told media on a regular basis that his ultimate goal...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 4 Between the Penguins and Islanders

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey) Mike Johnston Suffers First Loss The Penguins head into game 4 having suffered their first loss of the season.  While no team goes 82-0 and no team gets through a season without blowing a lead late in a game, this is not only the first loss for new coach Mike Johnston, it’s also the first “bad” loss for his team.  How the team reacts will...
Via The PensNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins forward Dupuis returns to ice after Thursday injury

  Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis skated on Friday, barely 12 hours after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during a loss to Dallas. Coach Mike Johnston said the 35-year-old forward ''looked fine'' while going through some conditioning work for trainers. Dupuis did not participate in practice but Johnston said there's a chance Dupuis could return...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins' Dupuis returns to ice after incident

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis skated on Friday, barely 12 hours after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during a loss to Dallas. Coach Mike Johnston said the 35-year-old forward ''looked fine'' while going through some conditioning work for trainers. Dupuis did not participate in practice but Johnston said there's a chance Dupuis...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Man Down: Dupuis' Injury, Late Penalty Down Pens by @ToonsBrian

The lead-in to Game 3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins' season was filled with an optimism that, prior to the start of the season, was more a cautious optimism at best.The Pens gave every reason to continue the growth of positive feelings surrounding the team in the early going. This night, however, would see Head Coach Mike Johnston's debut winning streak stopped cold.If only...
Via PensInitiative
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 3: Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins

Dallas Stars (1-1-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The 2014-15 season couldn’t have begun much better for the Penguins.  Pittsburgh has produced eleven goals in the first two games, but more importantly, four points in the standings.  They’ll see if they can keep that momentum going when they play their first...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pens – The Good, The Bad, and The Week Ahead

The Pittsburgh Penguins have way too many days off in October. That much is for sure. But the slow start for the Pens allows for the team to get in plenty of practice and continue to get accustomed to Mike Johnston’s style of play. Although, if we judge based on the first two outings for the Pens, they’ve become accustomed very quickly. Don’t get me wrong, though. There are...
Via This Is Getting Old
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Stars-Penguins Preview

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have teamed with Patric Hornqvist for a formidable first line that has fueled the Pittsburgh Penguins' impressive start. They'll look to help Mike Johnston become the second coach in team history to win his first three games Thursday night when they host the Dallas Stars. Pittsburgh has outshot its first two opponents 80-54 after finishing 16th...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh is the new Portland

I'm really glad I decided to save this season as draft, because the Portland Winterhawks are off to a start that no one saw coming: 1-7-0-2.  It has more than a few fans wishing Mike Johnston was still here, but we are happy to see him achieve his life's dream of making it to the NHL. He's wasting no time in making the same impression on Pittsburgh that he did on Portland...
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Mike Johnston and The N00bs

We’re serving up the HotTakes a little differently this week. It’s kind of a HotTake mix and mash. We’ll cover some topics in the beginning of the post and get to your questions in the latter half. Regardless of how they’re done, they’re always piping hot. So grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, dig in, and enjoy this week’s serving of HotTakes. Show Me Your N00bs...
Via The PensNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mechanical Penguins

If there’s one thing we can say about the Penguins through the first two games of the season (besides the fact that they’ve scored a lot of goals and haven’t lost) is that they just look different. But what’s responsible for the difference? Why do the zone exits look so smooth? There are several nuances of what coach Mike Johnston has the Penguins doing that I felt necessary...
Via The Pensblog
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Penguins Are Fun Again Thanks To Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston by @MadChad412

I want to be clear, Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a lot of games, including a Stanley Cup. The playoff failures and the lack of player development eventually cost them both their jobs. That being said, I don't expect the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup every single year nor should you. Perhaps the most startling thing that happened during the Bylsma...
Via PensInitiative
8 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 2: PENS WIN 5-2.

In the past five years, the Penguins’ fanbase has gotten bad at times. We’ve all been guilty of it. The Penguin organization has been bad. The team itself has been bad. But if you want a look at a truly miserable situation, look no further than the Toronto Maple Leafs. From the coach, to the front office, to the fans…what a miserable, awful situation.  To watch David Clarkson...
Via The Pensblog
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Penguins and Maple Leafs

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) Head Coach Mike Johnston’s NHL debut went pretty well. His Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 in a very entertaining home opener at CONSOL Energy Center. Three players on the Penguins recorded at least three points: Pascal Dupuis (4), Sidney Crosby (3) and Olli Maatta (3). In addition to scoring six goals, the Penguins looked like...
Via The PensNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins-Maple Leafs Preview

If his coaching debut is any indication, Mike Johnston and the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in for a big season. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle is surely looking for more from his club following a disappointing first game. The visiting Penguins look for their momentum to carry into Saturday night against the Maple Leafs, who try to avoid opening with back-to-back regulation...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins/Ducks Post-Mortem: Evaluating the Lines on Opening Night by @DXTraeger

Head Coach Mike Johnston Hopes to Piece the Penguins' Lines TogetherThe Pittsburgh Penguins opened their regular season campaign with more roster questions than usual, but quickly provided a number of answers en route to a convincing 6-4 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks.The final outcome wasn't quite as close as the two goal margin indicates, as the Ducks did almost...
Via PensInitiative
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird, Penguins-Ducks, 10/9/14

The Mike Johnston/Jim Rutherford era officially commenced in Pittsburgh last night, and for fans of the high flying Pittsburgh Penguins teams that basically commanded respect from the late-80s, clear to the “dead puck” era, the new look team was a smash hit, downing the Anaheim Ducks in an old-fashioned 6-4 shootout. What follows is something […] The post The Good, the Bad...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 1: PENS WIN 6-4.

No one had any idea what to expect from opening night. Then they introduced Mike Johnston:   @TPBadam he looks so locked in he’s like an astronaut from the 50s — F Shawn (@RealFShawn) October 10, 2014 You don’t do something like that unless you are one solid son of a *****. Welcome to the Mike Johnston era. Number-one thing to know about this game The Penguins’ system...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins dominate Ducks 6-4 in Johnston's debut

PITTSBURGH (AP) NHL MVP Sidney Crosby scored twice and added an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Pascal Dupuis added a goal and three assists in his return from knee surgery for the Penguins, who rolled to victory in new coach Mike Johnston's debut. Patrick Hornqvist, Blake Comeau and Brandon Sutter...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Mike Johnston is ready for the season

Here is Mike Johnston acknowledging the people that will run him out of town one day.   What a point.  
Via The Pensblog
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins standout Malkin will play in Thursday opener vs. Ducks

After participating in a second straight day of practice Wednesday, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed injury) says he will play in the team's season opener Thursday vs. the Ducks. New Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston concurred, telling reporters there was a "99 percent chance" that Malkin will play. During his first practice Tuesday, the 2012 MVP looked like...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview

Hello, folks. Griggsy back in the saddle again, with the NHL starting back up. The 2013-14 season for the Pittsburgh Penguins was very similar to previous seasons: A ton of regular season success, but a (too) quick exit in the playoffs. It cost the GM and coaching staff their jobs. It also cost a lot of players their comfortable spots with the team. This season feels like one of...
Via This Is Getting Old
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Shiny New Toys: Three Things To Watch For In The New System

The Mike Johnston era has arrived in Pittsburgh. Throughout the offseason, we’ve heard the buzzwords “high-tempo” and “puck-possession” repeated ad nauseam in reference to how the Penguins are going to play this year. But what does that mean, exactly? In this post, I hope to quantify (with high-quality MS Paint portraits!) what this new system looks like on paper. More...
Via The Pensblog
13 days ago  |  Discuss

See You at the Crossroads. Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-2015 Season Preview. Part 2 – The Coaches

There has probably been 500 Bylsma articles written on the Internet since Bylsma was let go. And honestly, this is probably the last time we even want to talk about it. Bylsma did well here, but he mangled a potential dynasty. Like it or not, that is what happened.  Get to your game, grind people down. Gone Girl. When the puck drops on Thursday, it will be the first time since 2005...
Via The Pensblog
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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