10:53 AM EDT, Thu April 27, 2017
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7 Thoughts before Pens/Caps: Guerin possibly to Buffalo, Sully snubbed, Nisky, Maatta and more!

7 Thoughts before Pens/Caps: Guerin possibly to Buffalo, Sully snubbed, Nisky, Maatta and more!

A look at news and notes on the day of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals Game 1. Might Bill Guerin be Buffalo's choice for GM? A look at Matt Niskanen in Pittsburgh and Washington, Olli Maatta, Nikita Kucherov's explosive off the ice as he is on it, and more! Gameday is finally here, but some thoughts first! #1: Billy G (possibly) to the Buffalo Sabres, say it ain't so! Hearing that Bill Guerin has interviewed for the Sabres GM job. Obviously several other candidates have as well or will. It's a process. — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 26, 2017 I'm on record in...
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Bryan Rust is the Penguins’ clutch war horse in postseason play

Bryan Rust is the Penguins’ clutch war horse in postseason play

It goes without saying that winger Bryan Rust proves himself as Mr. Clutch as soon as the stakes are heightened in the postseason. Hopefully he keeps the gravy train rolling against Washington. Ever since the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs began and Bryan Rust returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster after suffering from an injury via a slap shot to the hand, Rust has consistently shown his ridiculous offensive value in the postseason. Though this feature is late, his habit of being clutch when the stakes are high deserves the utmost recognition by this Penguins blog. It also goes without...
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Pens Points: The Moment We've Been Waiting For

Pens Points: The Moment We've Been Waiting For

Carl Hagelin is inching his way back into the lineup, there are some "X-factor" type players to look for in this series, and we'll look at the origin of the Pens-Caps rivalry. More on these topics, plus more stories in today's Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Thursday morning... The day has finally come. Tonight brings us the rematch of last year's second round match-up. The Pens are in Washington tonight for Game 1. For more insight on the Caps, check out Japers' Rink. Puck drop is set for 7:30! Here are six players (not named Crosby or Ovechkin) who could tip the scales...
Apr 26, 2017
Pens Points: This is Taking Forever

Pens Points: This is Taking Forever

Sit tight, the wait is almost over. Pens/Caps set to get underway tomorrow night in D.C. Pens fine with long rest as Caps battled Leafs. Guentzel providing spark alongside Sid. Series breakdowns aplenty. By the time the puck drops on Game 1 between the Penguins and Capitals on Thursday night it will have been a full week since we last saw the Pens in action. It feels like it’s been a month. For reference, the Pens eliminated the Rangers in five games last year but only had four days off before the second round. Anyways, the wait is almost over. Tomorrow night they’re back at it against...
Apr 25, 2017
Penguins vs. Capitals is the real Stanley Cup Final we’ll never get

Penguins vs. Capitals is the real Stanley Cup Final we’ll never get

The NHL’s lame playoff seeding has pitted the two best regular season records against each other in the second round. Will the Capitals rise to the challenge, or cripple under the pressure once again? Come Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will embark on one of the most intriguing and exciting second round playoff journeys of the cap era. There was no doubt that dedicated hockey fans across the country all saw this coming after the original playoff seeding and series were scheduled, and even though the young Leafs put on a tough showing and the rugged Blue...
Apr 25, 2017
Penguins vs. Capitals: What can 2016 teach us?

Penguins vs. Capitals: What can 2016 teach us?

Lessons learned looking back at the 2016 playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins and what we can apply to the upcoming series in 2017 For the tenth time overall (and third in the Sidney Crosby / Alex Ovechkin era) the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will lock horns in the NHL playoffs. History of course has smiled brightly on the Pens, but do you really think as a forechecker is barreling down on Olli Maatta that he's going to be comforted to know that Washington blew a 3-1 series lead in 1991 a few years before he was born? Yeah, probably not. In...
Apr 25, 2017
Pens Points: Two More Days

Pens Points: Two More Days

The Pens' injured players are examined once again before their series against Washington begins, Marc-Andre Fleury looks to be blossoming at the right time of the year, and the Penguin players have shown some praise to their heated playoff rival. More on these topics, plus many more stories in today's Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning... Here is the most recent update regarding the Pens' injured players. [Pensburgh] Marc-Andre Fleury looks to be at the top of his game at the right time of the year. [Trib Live] The Penguins gave a lot of praise to the Capitals...
Apr 24, 2017
Pittsburgh Penguins injury update: Carl Hagelin, Matt Murray, Chris Kunitz

Pittsburgh Penguins injury update: Carl Hagelin, Matt Murray, Chris Kunitz

Updates on the statuses of several injured Pittsburgh Penguins players This Mike Sullivan said Monday that he is "hopeful" that injured forward Carl Hagelin could return at some point for the second round series against the Washington Capitals. "He’s getting closer, he skated today [before practice]. He skated yesterday on his own. He’s making progress. We’re hopeful we’re going to get him soon. It’s one of those injuries that’s going to be a day-to-day thing. I can’t say for sure, but certainly we’re hopeful." That could be empty playoff gamesmanship, or it could be...
Apr 24, 2017
Pens Points: So, We Meet Again

Pens Points: So, We Meet Again

Pens will meet Caps in Round 2 for second straight year. Fleury will remain in goal. Sheary working to regain spot on top line. Malkin on fire after injury. Pens using long layoff to their advantage. A CHALLENGER HAS EMERGED. A thriller of a series between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs came to a close last night in overtime of Game 6. Marcus Johansson scored at 6:31 of the extra frame to eliminate the Maple Leafs and set up a second round series between the Penguins and Capitals for the second straight season. The Pens won last year’s meeting in six games on route to...
Apr 24, 2017
Calder Cup Playoffs Game 2 Recap: WBS 6, Providence 5 (OT)

Calder Cup Playoffs Game 2 Recap: WBS 6, Providence 5 (OT)

Josh Archibald nets the equalizer with 1:03 to go, and Derrick Pouliot scores in OT to send this first round series to Wilkes-Barre tied at 1. Two days after the Providence Bruins took a 1-0 lead over the WBS Penguins in their first round Calder Cup playoff series, the two teams contested Game 2 at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon. Providence was looking to do unto WBS what WBS did unto Providence last season, which is send their higher-seeded opponents back to their building down 0-2. Providence was bolstered in a huge way by the return of their captain, Tommy Cross, from...
Apr 23, 2017
Penguins vs. Capitals series starts on Thursday 4/27

Penguins vs. Capitals series starts on Thursday 4/27

The Pittsburgh Penguins know who they're playing in the 2nd round of the 2017 playoffs, and for the 10th time in history the Pens will meet the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins have seemingly been on a collision course this season since the very beginning of the year.  A clash in the playoffs has seemed inevitable from the conclusion of their second round series last spring, solidified over the summer with both teams basically returning the same exact groups from last year. Finally, after a little bit of delay by the Caps not putting away the Wild Card...
Apr 23, 2017
Pens Points: Matt Murray not yet back on the ice

Pens Points: Matt Murray not yet back on the ice

Sunday the Penguins get back to practice and they might find out by the end of the night who they will see in Round 2 Pinch hitting a little bit of Pens Points this Sunday morning to freshen the old blog up. So here we go with some links prior to the team taking back to the ice for practice for the first time since Thursday night: Matt Murray, injured in Game 1 warmup on 4/12, has yet to return to the ice but did some off-ice workouts on Saturday, according to coach Mike Sullivan. [Tribune-Review] Sullivan says he hopes for "timely returns" for all the injured players, but of course no real...
Apr 21, 2017
Calder Cup Playoffs Game 1 Recap: Providence 2, WBS 1

Calder Cup Playoffs Game 1 Recap: Providence 2, WBS 1

The Bruins use two power play goals against the AHL’s best regular season penalty kill to open a 1-0 lead on the WBS Penguins. Prior to the opening of the first-round series between the Providence Bruins and the WBS Penguins, Bruins head coach Kevin Dean told the Providence Journal, “I’m absolutely sick of losing to them″. Dean was behind the Providence bench as an assistant for all three of WBS’s prior series victories over the Bruins, so his frustration at the past and focus on the present were both palpable and justified. After the first game, he and his team have started the...
Apr 21, 2017
Calder Cup Playoffs Round 1 Preview: Providence Bruins vs. WBS Penguins

Calder Cup Playoffs Round 1 Preview: Providence Bruins vs. WBS Penguins

The Penguins and Bruins open the playoffs for the second year in a row. Here’s what you need to know. Hello, darkness, my old friend. It’s good to talk with you again. For the 15th straight spring and the 16th spring out of 18 in existence, the WBS Penguins will take to the ice in search of the one trophy that has thus far eluded them: the Calder Cup. They’ve won divisions, they’ve won conferences, they’ve made it to the championship round three times, they’ve won the regular season championship twice, but they’ve never won the big prize. Stepping to the line first to stop...
Apr 21, 2017
9 Thoughts on the Pens: Enjoying good times, rest vs. rust, and just Rust in general

9 Thoughts on the Pens: Enjoying good times, rest vs. rust, and just Rust in general

Appreciating the good times while they last, Fleury passes Barrasso, Rust being special, Phil turning it up and a lot more in this edition of some random Penguins thoughts after a first round series win against the Columbus Blue Jackets Some random thoughts: #1: It's a cheesy line, but reveling in the Pens playoff win over the Blue Jackets brought to mind the old 'Nard Dog. (I have a weird mind). Andy Bernard said in the last episode of The Office, "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them." The same thought can apply to playoff hockey....