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RECAP: Game 33. Rats.

View image | gettyimages.com This was a strange game. The Penguins found themselves down 3-1 late in the third period. While they didn’t play great, they didn’t exactly **** the bed either. Florida scored two really quick goals in the first five minutes of the third, and all seemed shot. Especially since the Penguins lost another player, Blake Comeau, a little later in the...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 33, Penguins vs. Panthers Recap by @DXTraeger

Evgeni "Bingo" Malkin Came Up Big Late in the Third PeriodThe Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers met for the second half of a home-and-home series on Monday night.  The Penguins had won a tough and physical 3-1 game on Saturday night behind the goals of Nick Spaling, Derrick Pouliot, and Sidney Crosby.Pittsburgh’s battle with the mumps virus continued on Monday night...
Via PensInitiative
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 32 – Hockey and Panthers make Downie go crazy in Pens 3-1 win

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Panthers 1 Record: 22-6-4 Goals Spaling (5) from Downie, Goc Pouliot (1) from Downie, Spaling Crosby (10) from Letang, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Harrington (high-sticking) – Careless (tries to lift his stick...
Via The PensNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 31 – Fleury outlasts Pickard as Pens beat Avs 1-0 in OT

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 1  Avalanche 0 Record: 21-6-4 Goals Comeau (11) from Malkin, Scuderi Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Unnecessary (cross-checks McLeod in the back and knocks him over before the puck gets there for interference...
Via The PensNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 29 – Decimated roster falls short as Pens lose 4-3 (SO) to Columbus

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Blue Jackets 4  Pens 3 (SO) Record: 19-6-4 Goals Comeau (10) from Martin, Klinkhammer Letang (6) (SH) from Adams, Goc Letang (7) from Ehrhoff, Malkin Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Ehrhoff (holding) – Bad (tries to pin Jenner to...
Via The PensNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

The New York Rangers (12-10-4) defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins (18-6-3) by a score of 4-3 in OT. For a box score, click here. Another game, another blown 2 goal lead. The Rangers still found a way to win which is fine and all, but that came with several top Penguins out of the lineup. Didn’t need fancy stats to see how badly Pittsburgh possessed the puck over the Rangers. Outside...
Via NY Rangers Blog
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 26: Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins

Ottawa Senators (10-10-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-6-2) 1:00 PM – TSN, ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA   During the preseason, it was presumed that some combination of Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Patric Hornqvist and Beau Bennett would be flanking the wings of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. All four are currently injured.  In the wake of it all...
Via The Pensblog
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Judging the Neal Trade: Q1 by @BrianK_PI

***All stats through Wednesday, November 26 (21 GP each)*** When Jim Rutherford took over the Penguins this past spring, the first major move he made was a draft day shocker. James Neal had been rumored to be on his way out of Pittsburgh before Rutherford even arrived in town, and he dealt the talented, but troubled, winger to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. The...
Via PensInitiative
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 7 Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire; Brayden Schenn, Jared Spurgeon & Nick Spaling

Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire There are six teams scheduled to play four games during Week 7 (Nov. 24 – Nov. 30) of the Fantasy Hockey season. Week 6 saw us lose Pascal Dupuis for at least six months after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung. Unfortunate injury for Dupuis and the Penguins, but an injury to a top-six player usually means a Fantasy boost for somebody else...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild endure rare home defeat, at hands of Penguins

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Thomas Greiss made 33 saves while extending Pittsburgh's shutout streak to 205 minutes and 28 seconds, guiding the Penguins to a 4-1 victory Tuesday over Minnesota that handed the Wild their first defeat in six home games. Nick Spaling, Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, whose run of unanswered goals also ended at 18 when Nino Niederreiter...
Via AP on Fox
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

With Greiss in goal, Penguins glide past Wild 4-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Thomas Greiss made 33 saves while extending Pittsburgh's shutout streak to 205 minutes and 28 seconds, guiding the Penguins to a 4-1 victory Tuesday over Minnesota that handed the Wild their first defeat in six home games. Nick Spaling, Brandon Sutter and Chris Kunitz scored for the Penguins, whose run of unanswered goals also ended at 18 when Nino Niederreiter...
Via AP on Fox
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 9 Between the Penguins and Kings

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey) Over the past summer a major topic of conversation for the Penguins was the bottom-six forward corps.  Jim Rutherford did what he could do to repair the group by retaining Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter and bringing in Nick Spaling, Blake Comeau, and Steve Downie.  This was a welcome relief for a team that spent the last two seasons in the bottom...
Via The PensNation
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A Good Week?

The Nashville Predators have officially turned a corner. When the team can garner four of six possible points and you still have a sense of disappointment, you are dealing with a different level of expectations. The Preds started the week with what had become a bad habit of lackluster Tuesday night efforts. They found a way to dig in and recover for a shootout 4-3 win over the...
Via The Predatorial
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators 0, Penguins 3

Thoughts: Well, a regulation loss was bound to happen before too long. The Penguins have the best power play squad in the league, and the Preds continue to have one of the worst. Pittsburgh capitalized on two of their man-advantage opportunities to take the 3-0 lead, and despite the Preds picking up the pace in the third, they were unable to capitalize on several solid scoring...
Via The Predatorial
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 7: Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators

Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) at Nashville Predators (5-0-2) 8:00 PM – ROOT Sports Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennessee Some familiar faces squaring off against their former teams is the big storyline tonight in Nashville. The offseason trade has benefited both teams to this point in the season.  James Neal currently leads Nashville in goals and shots –he’s actually...
Via The Pensblog
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Feature Friday: Nick Spaling

  Throughout the 2014-2015 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Nick Spaling. By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)   Nick Spaling (right) after his first goal as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Photo Credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP     During the offseason, forward Nick Spaling was acquired from the Nashville Predators (along with...
Via The PensNation
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 6 Between the Penguins and Red Wings

By: Nick Richter (@PensNation_Nick) Special Teams It’ll be a matchup of the NHL’s best tonight, as Pittsburgh, the NHL’s #1 team on the power play, goes up against Detroit, the #1 team on the penalty kill. The Pens power play is absolutely lethal right now, clicking at 42.1%. While Detroit has stopped every power play awarded to its opponents this season. Things aren’t coming...
Via The PensNation
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 5 – Pens Dress Well and Play Sloppy in 5-3 Loss to Flyers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Flyers 5  Pens 3 Record: 3-2 Goals Spaling (1) from Ehrhoff, Comeau Dupuis (2) from Martin, Malkin Goc (1) from Spaling, Downie Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Despres (interference) – Stupid (was about to win a race for a puck and decided to ignore the puck and hit Couturier for interference) Despres (fighting) – Inconsequential (was...
Via The PensNation
October 23, 2014  |  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 the...
Via Flyerdelphia
October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Hornqvist: Exactly the Player We Thought He Was by @PandaPSU

(Photo Courtesy of PittsburghPenguins.com)When the Penguins finally decided on new general manager Jim Rutherford this summer, it did not take very long for him to make some waves. Rutherford was hired June 6, and on June 27, just three weeks later, James Neal found himself with a one-way ticket to Nashville. The return surely had to be a king's ransom, right? The Penguins found...
Via PensInitiative
October 13, 2014  |  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
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pens’ roster for Monday night vs. Red Wings

It hasn’t sunk in yet, but the Pens play their first preseason game Monday night. Here’s the roster. FORWARDS Anton Zlobin Beau Bennett Blake Comeau Bobby Farnham(?) Brandon Sutter Jason Megna Jean-Sebastien Dea Josh Archibald Nick Spaling Oskar Sundqvist Patric Hornqvist Scott Wilson DEFENSEMEN Paul Martin Reid McNeill Rob Scuderi Robert Bortuzzo Simon Despres Taylor Chorney...
Via The Pensblog
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Roster For First Preseason Game

Photo Credit: Penguins.NHL.com 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

Letters to the Metro: Outlook and Predictions for the East's Toughest Division (Part 2)

How will the top half of the Metropolitan Division shake out this season?  In case you missed it, here is part one of my outlook and predictions.  Pittsburgh Penguins Additions:  Christian Ehrhoff, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, Steve Downie, Thomas Greiss, Blake Comeau, Dan Carcillo (tryout) Subtractions:  James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Jussi Jokinen, Lee Stempniak...
Via Puckrant.com
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators announce single-game ticket promotions for 2014-2015 season

Nashville’s already bringing back bobbleheads this season to please the masses that have been clamoring for their return for quite some time, so what else does the team have in store? Via a press release sent by the team just moments ago, plenty of things. From the Nashville Predators PR department: “Students, families, “hometown heroes” and everyone in between will be...
Via The Predatorial
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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