Skating before a capacity crowd at CONSOL Energy Center on Thanksgiving Eve, the Penguins seemed anxious to get into the holiday spirit. So much so that they felt compelled to share the puck with St. Louis at every opportunity. How else do explain a pair of ghastly giveaways by defensemen Paul Martin and Kris Letang that contributed mightily [...]
When Penguins general manager Ray Shero acquired promising power forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from Dallas last February for Alex Goligoski, there was no doubt he was anticipating good things.
“This is the hockey trade we’ve been looking for,” he declared with an air of expectation. “Neal’s a young, up-and-coming winger. His [...]
The moment all of Pittsburgh—if not the entire hockey universe—anxiously awaited finally came to pass on Monday evening. After missing 61 games due to a concussion and related symptoms, Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby at long last made his triumphant return to action.
When Sid stepped onto the ice for the first time in 320 days before a sell [...]
It’s been about 11 months since hockey fans have seen the NHL’s best player Sidney Crosby play. With his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup tonight versus the New York Islanders. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the changes, if any, the NHL has made to protect players since the beginning of January.
On Ja [...]
Here’s a quick glance at how former Penguins are faring around the league. Stats are updated through November 19, 2011.
Forwards and Defensemen
Sergei Gonc [...]
Each year the Penguins invite the fathers to join their sons on a road trip. And while the “Dads’ Trip” is undoubtedly one of the most popular events of the season, the Pens’ brass may want to consider inviting the moms next time in the wake of this year’s 0-for-Florida trip.
Determined to atone for Thursday night’s disappointing loss to Tamp [...]
If you’d spent the past six months marooned on a tropical island and tuned into the Penguins-Lightning game at St. Pete Times Forum on Thursday night, you’d have sworn you were watching an extension of last spring’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up. Employing their nettlesome 1-3-1 trap to perfection, coach Guy Boucher’s crew rode th [...]
Beware all you unsuspecting NHL clubs. The banged-up Penguins are finally getting healthy. With 20-goal man Tyler Kennedy returning to action (and Sidney Crosby sure to follow), the Pens spotted Colorado a 3-1 lead before roaring back to dismantle the Avalanche, 6-3, at CONSOL Energy Center.
Paced by rising star Matt Duchene, the frisky Avs p [...]
The Penguins have afforded Sidney Crosby all the time he needs. There are many documented cases of players around the NHL coming back to soon after concussions. It would be stupid to push Sidney Crosby back onto the ice too soon at a time when the Penguins are tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference and have lost the least amount of game [...]
Through the first 17 games of the season Paul Martin has, quite literally, served as the Penguins’ defensive anchor. He’s registered a team-worst plus/minus rating of minus-11—and it’s sinking fast. On a club packed with overachievers Martin sticks out like a sore thumb, for all the wrong reasons.
This could hardly be what Pens general manage [...]