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
2 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Here comes Derrick Pouliot

The Penguins made a big roster move this morning and called up Derrick Pouliot. Some good thoughts on this by Ryan Wilson over at [ HockeyBuzz ]. Now we have seen defensemen get called up before only to not play, specifically Scott Harrington, but it is still very interesting to see the team physically call Pouliot up. He is crushing it in the AHL so far this year. In 23 games he...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 26 Between the Senators and Penguins

By: Andy Hughes (@PensNation_Andy) The Pittsburgh Penguins have made a habit of writing out a different lineup each night over the past few games due to injuries. Two more new players could be on Mike Johnston’s lineup this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators. Not a surprise these days. After leading the NHL in man games lost last season, Pittsburgh may be on its way to another...
Via The PensNation
20 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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
21 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  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.  
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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...
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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...
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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...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Yohe and Ken Will

Tune in and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Ken Ken and Josh Yohe trade stories about Pascal Dupuis and discuss his importance to the team. Plus: -Pascal Dupuis sidelined with blood clot -Pens stay hot in Montreal -Jim Rutherford/Mike Johnston are men of the future -Strength of the Penguins’ third line -Surprises in the East Now you can...
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November 20, 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...
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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

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis to miss Montreal game with unspecified injury

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will miss Tuesday night's game in Montreal with an unspecified injury. Coach Mike Johnston says Dupuis met with doctors Monday morning and will not accompany the team for the trip. Johnston says the team will have an update by Wednesday on Dupuis, who is from the Montreal suburb of Laval, Quebec. The 35-year-old has six goals...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins – “Pack Mentality”

By: Joe Guzy Mike Johnston’s pack mentality vision for the Pittsburgh Penguins is finally becoming reality. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHL via Getty Images) What a weekend for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Between hanging on to a one goal lead on the penalty kill in the final minute against the Toronto Maple Leafs, or winning in one of the most bizarre ways against the New York Rangers...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 15. Penguins win 2-1.

Another check mark for Mike Johnston. Good teams bounce back from bad losses. The Penguins bounced back in this game over a tough Leafs team playing the best hockey of their young, stupid season. Brief thoughts: Two big stories in this game. The Dion Phanuef Hit on Patric Hornqvist A lot of hot takes on this one. Even we were fighting amongst ourselves about it: Disagree that...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

How Corsi Stats Impact Mike Johnston's Offensize Zone Line Decisions by @DXTraeger

Zach Sill, O-Zone Master Superficially, it’s hard to find fault with new head coach Mike Johnston and his team’s torrid 10-3-1 start to the 2014-2015 NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins sit atop the Metropolitan Division with 21 points, and are third in the Eastern Conference overall standings with three games-in-hand against the front-running Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Johnston GIF of the night vs. Buffalo

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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: GAME 11. Know the rules, Wild Fans.

It was billed as the top offense vs. the stingiest defense. Going into the game, you had to be expecting a tight battle. The Pens winning a 1-0 or 2-1 game would be deemed a massive success. You want to win tight games against an elite defensive team, even if a blowout would be the more comfortable way to go about it. The Penguins dominated this game, but they had that weird thing...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Beating The Trap Doesn’t Have To Be Pretty

I’ve long felt that playing the New Jersey Devils in the early portion of fall is nothing short of appropriate. Much like the season itself, the Devils have a tendency to suck every ounce of life out opposing teams and fans with their lock-down neutral zone coverage and, you guessed it, dreaded trap. In years past, trailing the Devils in the second period of a hockey game meant...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 8. The powerplay rolls.

Just because it is interesting. This was the Penguins’ record under Dan Bylsma against the Devils: Record: 10-15-1 Goals for: 51 Goals against: 64 Not sure what it means that in Mike Johnston’s first game against the Devils, the Penguins scored 8 goals and won by 5 – something that hasn’t happened in the past five years – but we’ll take it. This was a nice test for...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens/Flyers, Pens/Red Wings Post-Mortems: Breaking Down Johnston's New Lines by @DXTraeger

On the heels of dual losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins and new head coach Mike Johnston find themselves assessing what has gone right- and what has gone wrong- for the team over the past 72 hours.As I have done previously, I will break down the production (success and failures) of the various line combinations Mike Johnston has used...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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