Where Penguins’ 2017-18 Trades Ended Up
With his goal in the Vancouver Canucks’ 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, former Pittsburgh Penguin Derrick Pouliot became the first player in NHL history to have all five career goals be game-winners. #Canucks Derrick Pouliot is the first player in NHL history to score 5 career goals, with all of them […]
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Crosby’s Shot Totals Are Paying Off
Sidney Crosby is a long-time veteran of this game, so it should come as no surprise that he knows just when to peak. With five matches left for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby is looking to tie his longest goal streak this season with tallies in each of the past four games. If he scores in […]
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Guentzel Surging at the Right Time, Again?
Jake Guentzel saw his first NHL call-up and received his first Stanley Cup ring all within in the same season. In the 2017 playoffs, he was a rookie standout for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 21 points in 25 games, earning him a permanent roster spot and a Conn Smythe vote from the NHLPA. Even within […]
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Penguins Need to Maintain Scoring Surge
The rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster is joining in on a surge started by their three stars as the they continue to roll through 2018. With a victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday evening, they’ve now won five straight. After the first few wins were created purely by a push from the roster’s […]
Penguins: Cole or Hunwick?
On Jan. 25, Ian Cole knocked Matt Hunwick off the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster with his return from a seven-game stint as a healthy scratch. In the eight games since, he’s had four assists and is a plus-8. His performance in this past stretch is evidence enough for the Penguins that Cole, and not Hunwick, should […]
Crosby’s Point Streak Extends to 10
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won eight of their last ten games, and it’s no coincidence that Sidney Crosby has at least one point in every one of those matches. Since the Penguins’ win against the New York Islanders on Jan. 5, Crosby has scored 20 points in ten games in the form of three goals […]
Penguins’ Big Three Surge Ahead
They’ve been called the “Three-Headed Monster“. They are the Penguins’ most recognizable, expensive and skilled players. They are also reason that going into the All-Star Break, the Penguins sit in the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. Yes, all of the teams below the Penguins have games in hand. In fact, the four teams […]
Penguins Fourth Line Finds a Spark
Jean-Sebastien Dea’s go-ahead goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night was a happy story for the Pittsburgh Penguins in more ways than just being Dea’s first tally in the NHL. Dea’s goal, coming in his fourth NHL game, gives the Penguins hope that they have a chance at once again rolling out four solid […]
Is Sidney Crosby Heating Up?
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins faced the Boston Bruins in their last opportunity for points before their bye week. The Bruins were a formidably hot team — 8-0-2 over their last 10 games, with seven goals against the Hurricanes the night before — but the Penguins fought their way to an overtime win, two precious […]
Face-Offs Remain Weakness for Penguins
Six games into the 2017-18 regular season, the Penguins continue to struggle on the face-off dot. Although they average the fifth highest number of face-offs per game in the league, they rank just 24th in face-off wins. The Penguins are seeing just under 68 face-offs per game, and are losing well over half of them. […]
Ian Cole’s Injury Impacts the Penguins
Ian Cole took a puck to the mouth on Saturday against the Nashville Predators. Viewers of the game could actually see his teeth flying in the slow-mo replays. There’s a reason they call hockey the beautiful game. Cole lost a few teeth and, as he said in a terrifyingly casual statement, “some jaw”. He has […]
Pouliot’s Time with the Penguins: A Look Back
Reeling from the sting of their second first-round playoff exit in a row, the Pittsburgh Penguins went into the 2012 NHL Draft under a fair amount of pressure. The draft was in home territory at their very own PPG Paints Arena. The team, who three years before had hoisted their first Stanley Cup in decades, […]
Rowney Poised to Grow in 2017-18
Carter Rowney may be 28 years old and a Stanley Cup winner, but he will be entering the 2017-18 season as a rookie. That’s because his 27 regular season games played in the 2016-17 season are just under the league minimum (32 games) to count as a full season. Despite Rowney only playing a portion […]
Penguins Should Treat Game 1 as a Loss
In the words of defenseman Justin Schultz, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was “weird”. The Pittsburgh Penguins ended the game with abysmal statistics, including a barrel bottom-scraping 12 shots. They broke several records, becoming the first team in franchise history not to record a single shot in a period of a Final game […]
Have Penguins Found Their Next Matt Cullen?
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Cullen is 40 years old, and he’s been in the league since 1997. He’s been places. He’s seen things. Cullen has played for eight teams total, including all four of the teams currently left in the playoffs. Thirty-nine-year-old defenseman Mark Streit joked that his assist on Cullen’s tally in Game 5 against […]
5 Positives from Penguins Game 3
Allowing a goal in the first minute of play isn’t the best way to start a game. Allowing three more in a two-minute span doesn’t help either. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-1 loss in Game 3 against the Ottawa Senators wasn’t good. In Matt Cullen’s eloquent words, the team “played like shit.” But every dark cloud has […]
Relax, Penguins Will Adjust
Stop freaking out about the Pittsburgh Penguins dropping Game 1 of their series against the Ottawa Senators. Seriously. Yes, the Penguins were at home. Yes, the overtime goal was scored on a bad breakaway that got past a slow Olli Maatta. But that doesn’t call for panic—and it certainly doesn’t call for cutting criticisms of Maatta’s overall […]
Penguins’ Faceoffs a Glimmer of Hope
Statistically, the Washington Capitals have dominated most aspects of their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Comparing them to the Penguins on paper hasn’t been favorable for the Pens even when they had a 3-1 series lead. The Capitals have a better power play percentage, a better penalty kill percentage, and are averaging many, many more shots […]
Good, Bad and the Ugly Going into Game 6
Game 6 of the second-round series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight is undoubtedly a crucial match. If the Penguins lose, they’re headed back to Washington for an elimination game on enemy ice. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly going into the game as the Penguins struggle to hold onto a […]
What Happened to Conor Sheary?
Something has changed for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Conor Sheary. In these past six playoff games, he’s not only produced an uncharacteristically low two points and earned the lowest plus-minus rating on the team with -4, but his play has also declined significantly enough that he was moved off the first line. After spending most of the […]
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