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Penguins in a Bind

pp0521 Thanks to Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Arizona, the Penguins’ prospects are a little brighter. With the postseason just around the corner, the black and gold moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division. They hold a seemingly insurmountable seven-point cushion over Ottawa. Don’t be fooled. This team isn’t a legit Cup contender…not by [...]

Are the Penguins Primed for a Collapse?

pp0520 It was a pretty goal. Especially by recent black-and-gold standards. Beau Bennett cruised into the slot, gathered up a loose puck, and slipped it through the goalie’s five-hole. Problem is, it was Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. Bennett’s wrong-way play seems to epitomize the plight of the Penguins, who’ve lost four straight. A team built to [...]

Baby Pens Update: March 20, 2015

pp0519 Since our February 7 update, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s been on a tear. Riding the red-hot goaltending of Matt Murray (four shutouts in his past eight starts) and timely scoring from Conor Sheary, Jayson Megna, and present Penguin Andrew Ebbett, the Baby Pens are 11-2-2 in their last 15 games. Overall, coach John Hynes’ crew is 36-20-6, g [...]

Penguins Update: The Small Dog Syndrome

pp0518 Ever observe the behavior of a little dog when it comes within close proximity to a bigger one? It yips. It yaps. It strains at the leash and gnashes its teeth. All the while the larger dog looks on with a mixture of bemusement and disdain. Like so many Chihuahuas having a conniption at the sight of a Rottweiler, the Penguins have adopted a [...]

Penguins Update: Sutter on the Rise

pp0517 It’s been an up-and-down year for the Penguins Brandon Sutter, to say the least. A streaky scorer by nature, the 26-year-old struggled mightily through the middle part of the season following a solid start. During a 31-game stretch from November 22 through early February, the Huntington, New York native was a minus-11 with a paltry four goal [...]

Penguins Update: How Important is Building Through the Draft?

pp0516 A while back I read an article that downplayed the importance of building through the Entry Draft. I beg to differ. Developing young talent is the life blood of any hockey team. Fail to do so, and eventually your team will collapse like a house of cards. Ever since the Penguins won the Cup in 2009, they’ve used draft picks as fodder to trade [...]

Ex-Penguins Update: March 8, 2015

pp0515 Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the NHL. Stats include games played through Saturday, March 7, 2015. Marian Hossa tops the ex-Pens in scoring with 48 points, while Jarome Iginla and James Neal lead the expatriate pack with 21 goals apiece. A number of former Pens changed teams at the trade deadline, including a [...]

Penguins Update: Rutherford Pulls Two Shockers

pp0514 Just when you thought it was safe to toss your old Ben Lovejoy jersey, GM Jim Rutherford pulled off two buzzer-beaters at the trade deadline. Seeking to improve the Penguins’ defense for the postseason, JR swapped rugged Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th-round pick in the upcoming draft to St. Louis for sturdy Ian Cole. He followed up by dealing tal [...]

Penguins Land Winnik

pp0513 Determined to get a jump on the March 2 trade deadline, GM Jim Rutherford moved boldly yesterday to reinforce the Penguins’ bottom six for a postseason run. JR dealt a fourth-round pick in 2015, a second-round pick in 2016, and rugged forward Zach Sill to Toronto for forward Daniel Winnik. The swap capped off prolonged negotiations between R [...]

Penguins Update: The Unsung Heroes

pp0512 It’s been a topsy-turvy season in Penguin-land. For starters, there’s a new coach and GM. Not to mention tons of personnel changes and the usual spate of injuries and illnesses to contend with. Even team captain and reigning Art Ross and Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby hasn’t been immune, enduring an uncharacteristically epic scoring drought [...]

            

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