MIKE JOHNSTON NEWS

RECAP: Game 62. Things are starting to focus. Pens get a big win against Columbus.

The clocks move ahead next Saturday, but this game was that first true feeling of a playoff game with people jammed up and daylight still coming through the windows at puck drop. The Penguins fell behind 1-0, but for the first time since November they scored three powerplay goals in a game, and that was enough to propel them to a win. David Clarkson was about as relevant as the NBA...
Via The Pensblog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 62 Between the Penguins and Blue Jackets

By: Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) The Penguins turned a corner on Wednesday night when they beat the Capitals 4-3. Riding a three game win streak, the team looks to add another ‘W’ against a metropolitan opponent in their last home game before a road trip out west.  The Penguins are well rested, unlike the Blue Jackets who played last night in a 2-0 loss against the Devils. The...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 58 Between the Penguins and Blues

By: Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt) Tonight will be the first  matchup this season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues. Last season the Blues swept the two-game series in tight games, where they won 3-1 in goals. The Blues had a 5-1 win over Boston last night and are sitting in second place (80 pts) for the Western conference, while the Penguins are coming off a...
Via The PensNation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

One Slice of Humble Pie, Please by @pghgirl15222

Pittsburgh fans are passionate. They bleed the colors of the team they root for. It’s personal. We are born with it around these parts. It isn’t some casual bar activity but rather a religion that we must partake in every game day. With this passion comes an entitlement.  The Penguins boast some of the best in the game. With our hockey team there is no reason to lose...
Via PensInitiative
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Penguins Preview

There's a 20-point gap between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Surprisingly, the lowly Blue Jackets have been better within the Metropolitan Division than the high-powered Penguins. This Thursday night matchup figures to be competitive as the Blue Jackets visit Pittsburgh for the first time since last season's playoffs. Pittsburgh (32-16-9) is in third place...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: The Pittsburgh Penguin’s Biggest Problem

Another session of the afternoon HotTakes to get you thru the rest of your day! Today, Ian Altenbaugh from HockeysFuture.com joins Nick and James to give their takes on the Penguins biggest problem, a potential identity crisis, 3-on-3 Overtime and more! Take an antacid… these are bound to not go down very well… Do the Penguins have an identity crisis? Richter: First of...
Via The PensNation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Identity Crisis

Downie leading the grit and toughness identity of the Penguins (Charles LeClaire – USAToday Sports) As the Penguins fell again last postseason to the New York Rangers, the time of reckoning fell upon the organization. The decisions on Shero and Bylsma were somewhat swift, and a new direction set sail. Jim Rutherford came aboard and then Mike Johnston and Rick Tocchet soon after...
Via The PensNation
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins First Half Review and Second Half Preview

By Jim Meinecke It has certainly been a roller coaster ride for the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans so far this season. A season that began back in May with a bizarre series of events that included the firing of Ray Shero, the hiring of Jim Rutherford  whose first duty was to fire Dan Bylsma hours later, and ultimately culminated with a long, arduous coaching search that ended...
Via The PensNation
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 45 Between the Flyers and Penguins

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) After a rough weekend of hockey where the Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, Mike Johnston’s team hopes to rebound tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. After all, what better medicine is there for this team than a win over their hated rival? The Penguins (26-12-6) are 4-5-1 in their last ten games while...
Via The PensNation
January 20, 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

Blake Comeau might be hurt

In the third period Blake Comeau slid into the boards awkwardly: When asked about it after the game here is what Mike Johnston said: ” I haven’t seen an update there. He left the bench in the middle of the third period and went in the dressing room and didn’t come back. So I assume it was more serious. Comeau has been lights out so this would be terrible. There is a good chance...
Via The Pensblog
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Bobblehead Theatre

PITTSBURGH BOBBLEHEAD THEATRE – EP. 1 One standout this season has been the emergence of defenseman Simon Despres. Much of his development can probably be attributed to his increased playing time under head coach Mike Johnston. But with his inflated workload many people are asking–How do you pronounce Simon anyway? We here at The PensNation don’t have any answers for the...
Via The PensNation
December 12, 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

The Pittsburgh Penguins Must Reshuffle Their Lines

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston made it abundantly clear that the team’s home-and-home series against the New York Islanders this weekend would be treated like a playoff series. Luckily for Johnston, this wasn’t a playoff series, because honestly, it didn’t go well at all. The Penguins managed to force overtime in an otherwise flat performance […] The post The...
Via Two Pad Stack
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
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