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Penguins Get Hagelin from Ducks for Perron, Clendening

00ppfront The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new left wing. Burning the midnight oil in the wake of last night’s 5-4 overtime loss to Tampa Bay, general manager Jim Rutherford swapped underachieving forward David Perron and spare defenseman Adam Clendening to Anaheim for left wing Carl Hagelin. Impetus for the deal? Struggling offenses and disappointing ov [...]

Penguins Hornqvist Keeps Bangin’

!504209824_slide As our Penguins enter the second half on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture looking in, it’s safe to say the season hasn’t gone as planned. Dreams of an offensive dynamo were dashed early on as a squad built to score goals struggled to produce under former coach Mike Johnston. Stars like Sidney Crosby experienced epic droug [...]

Sullivan vs. Johnston: Comparing the Penguins’ First-Half Numbers

pp0569 With a couple of days between games and nothing in particular to write about, I thought I’d compare the Penguins’ stats under new coach Mike Sullivan to those compiled under former skipper Mike Johnston. While the impromptu analysis didn’t expose anything earth-shattering, it did reveal a few surprises. First, the expected. Based on the numb [...]

Penguins Not Ready for Prime Time

pp0568 After watching Chicago’s dynamic rookie Artemi Panarin shred our Penguins to the tune of four goals over the past two nights, the difference between the organizations became painfully apparent. The Blackhawks sign studs like the undrafted Panarin. We sign duds who struggle to score. Indeed, last night’s ugly 3-1 defeat in the Windy City serv [...]

Penguins Come Alive with Sullivan

pp0567 There must’ve been times early in his tenure as Penguins coach when Mike Sullivan wondered what he’d gotten himself into. Especially after watching his new charges fold up like a cheap suit during a dismal 6-2 loss to Boston on home ice a week before Christmas. Fortunately for the Pens, “Sully” resisted the temptation to pack his bags and je [...]

Murray Saves Penguins Bacon in Shootout Loss

pp0566 It’s one of the golden rules. If you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all. As our present Pittsburgh Penguins continue to reveal more flaws than a botched plastic surgery, it’s increasingly difficult for me to find positives to write about. I suppose if you dig deep enough through the rubble of the team’s recent 3 [...]

Baby Penguins Update: December 26, 2015

00ppfront Including games played through Christmas Day, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Pens lead the AHL Atlantic Division with a 21-5-1 record and 43 points (second overall). They’ve scored 98 goals (third most in the league) and allowed the second fewest (53). Rookie Dominik Simon leads the Baby Pens with 27 points. He ranks fourth in the AHL in scor [...]

Penguins Show Fight; Crunch Blue Jackets 5-2

pp0565 It was a night of firsts on Monday evening at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins won their first game in five tries under new coach Mike Sullivan, beating Columbus for the first time this season. Rookie goalie Matt Murray made 22 saves to notch his first NHL win. Fellow rookie Scott Wilson registered his first NHL point. Defenseman David Wars [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: December 20, 2015

00ppfront Here’s a look at how former Penguins have performed thus far in 2015-16. Stats reflect games played through Saturday, December 19. Lee Stempniak tops the list in points (25) and assists (17). James Neal leads the ex-Pens with 13 goals and 43 penalty minutes. Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr have nine goals each. Jake Muzzin (2007 draft pick) pa [...]

Penguins Primed for a Freefall

pp0564 The disintegration of our Pittsburgh Penguins has begun. By my unofficial time table, a season or two early. It isn’t as much a prediction as a statement of fact. With a 1-5-1 record over the past seven games—including a pair of dismal losses to the Bruins—the Pens are hurtling toward the infernal regions of the NHL standings at breakneck spe [...]

            

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