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Penguins Show Heart

pp0522 I don’t know about you. But when Logan Couture misfired on his shootout attempt to clinch a win for the Penguins on Sunday, I stood and cheered. After all, victories have been hard to come by. So have heart-and-soul efforts. That’s precisely what we got against San Jose. Forced to skate with only five defensemen due to cap constraints and in [...]

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 [...]

            

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