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Penguin Call-Ups Doing the Job

00ppfront Let’s play a guessing game. We’ll call it “Name That Penguin.” Ready? Who’s scored eight goals and 12 assists (20 points), registered a plus-11, and leads the team with 64 penalty minutes this season? Stumped? I’ll give you a hint. The answer’s more it than individual. Kind of an on-ice kolkhoz, or collective, if you will. If you guessed “Rec [...]

Baby Penguins Update: February 11, 2017

00ppfront Led by coach Clark Donatelli, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins presently are in first place in the AHL Atlantic Division with a record of 35-11-3 and 73 points—best in the league. The Baby Pens have scored 170 goals (second most in the league) and allowed 118 (fourth fewest). Rookie Jake Guentzel leads the way with 21 goals and 42 points—se [...]

Hornqvist Paces Penguins Victory

00ppfront The date may not live in infamy. But Friday, June 27, 2014 was nonetheless a bellwether day in Penguins history. Barely three weeks into his new job, Pens GM Jim Rutherford swung his first major trade. He dealt James Neal—former 40-goal man, big and ornery, bomb of a shot—to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. “We wanted to chang [...]

Penguins’ Possession Numbers Dip

00ppfront While serving as Buffalo’s goaltending coach in the early 2000s, Jim Corsi sought to devise an accurate barometer for measuring a goalie’s true workload. Reasoning that his netminders had to physically react to a broader range of on-ice stimuli than merely shots on goal, Corsi decided to track missed shot attempts and blocked shots as well. L [...]

Penguins Kunitz Thrives in New Role

00ppfront Back in mid-January, I suggested in one of my follow-up comments that the Penguins consider moving Chris Kunitz at the upcoming trade deadline. To digress for a moment, I’ve been a huge Kunitz fan ever since he arrived from Anaheim in a trade for Ryan Whitney back in February 2009. They simply don’t come any tougher or grittier. Or classier, [...]

Fleury Shines as Penguins Bop Blues

00ppfront I must admit. Watching last night’s Penguins-Blues game on the big screen TV at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille, I was pulling like mad for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to do well. “I hope ‘Flower’ gets a shutout,” I repeated at least three or four times to my good friend, Dave Yelich, in an obvious breach of sports etiquette. Fleury almost did, too [...]

            

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