8:30 AM EDT, Thu October 19, 2017
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Pens Points: Another Back-to-Back on Deck

Pens Points: Another Back-to-Back on Deck

Pens head south for another back-to-back set. Cole adjusting to missing teeth and new headgear. Power play clicking clicking on all cylinders. Hunwick diagnosed with concussion. Another off day for the Penguins before they head back to Florida for yet another back-to-back set featuring the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend. Now, here is your daily dose of Pens Points... October is a busy month for the Penguins with 13 games, including eight of those games being played away from home. Consistency on the road will be key for the Pens all season long if they hope to...
17 hours ago
Thoughts on Thoughts: Is there a center trade market for Pittsburgh?

Thoughts on Thoughts: Is there a center trade market for Pittsburgh?

We mine Friedman’s column for Penguin related notes about the possibilities of trading for a center, and it’s never too early to think about NCAA free agents Only a few Penguins inspired thoughts about the latest Elliotte Friedman 31 Thoughts column, which is very good as always just not much about Pittsburgh this week. 1. There’s a GM who has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard about life in sports: “There are only two moods — winning and hell.” In conversations over the last week, one theme stood out: This league is tense. “Well, it’s always tense,” one executive...
Oct 18, 2017
Pens Points: Superstars Come to Play in the Big Apple

Pens Points: Superstars Come to Play in the Big Apple

There’s a recap of last night’s game against the Rangers, Ian Cole has returned to the lineup, and the Penguins are offering an insane promotion for one lucky winner. More on these topics, as well as more stories in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Wednesday morning... The Pens and Rangers engaged in a fun, back-and-forth game last night, one that needed a last-minute goal from Sidney Crosby and an OT winner from Evgeni Malkin. [Recap] Before the game, it was announced that Ian Cole was taken off of Injured Reserve and was promptly placed back into the lineup....
Oct 17, 2017
Penguins vs. Rangers Recap: Malkin wins it in OT

Penguins vs. Rangers Recap: Malkin wins it in OT

The Penguins and Rangers play a seesaw game that ends with Crosby scoring late in regulation to force OT, then Malkin scoring to win it for Pittsburgh. Lineup Welcome back, with a full shield, Ian Cole, less than two weeks after losing some teeth to blocking a shot. Cole slots in for Matt Hunwick who has an undisclosed injury and hits IR so he will be out at least until the weekend. 1st period The fans are hardly in their seats when Phil Kessel scores the classic Kessel-on-the-rush goals, shooting against his body and beating Henrik Lundqvist up high. Isn't it beautiful? ...
Oct 17, 2017
Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 10/17/17

Game Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 10/17/17

The Penguins hit the road to meet, surprisingly, the worst team in the East so far in this young season Basics Who: Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-1) @ New York Rangers (1-5-0) When: 7:00 PM Eastern, locally televised on AT&T Sports Net Recent History: The Pens won last year’s season series with a 3-2-0 record which seems even better considering one NYR win was Game 82 when both teams were resting all key players for the playoffs. Pittsburgh took the wood to New York with 6-1 and 7-2 wins on 11/23 and 12/20 respectively to show what the 2016 playoffs made clear in the difference in quality...
Oct 17, 2017
Pens Points: On the Road Again

Pens Points: On the Road Again

Pens begin three game road trip in New York with divisional showdown against Rangers. Cole returns to practice with full face shield. Back-to-back scenarios will be key for Pens. Malkin looking for more production with Phil. Newest Pens promotion is franchise’s biggest. Following short trip back to Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Penguins will head out on a three game road trip this week. The trip begins this evening the New York City where the Pens will face-off against the New York Rangers for the first time this season. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast locally on AT&T...
Oct 17, 2017
Introducing a new podcast: ‘Watch The Game: presented by Pensburgh’

Introducing a new podcast: ‘Watch The Game: presented by Pensburgh’

We did a thing — a podcast thing Yes, you read that correctly. Something that we’ve been wanting to do for a while here at Pensburgh but never got around to doing was putting a podcast together to talk about the Penguins. Over the summer and recently over the last couple months, it came together, and it happened to do so in a nontraditional way. Jimmy and I decided to team up with Pat and Leah from the Pensblog, who have their own hockey podcast, and thought we could put together something a little different, working together to have created what we are calling “Watch the Game:...
Oct 16, 2017
Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Week 2

Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Week 2

Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action! Well, we’re two weeks deep into this fresh new season. Raise your hand if you saw the Devils in first place and scoring goals like crazy. On the flip-side, raise your hand if you saw the Rangers stumble out to a 1-5 record. Will these story lines continue throughout the year, or is this just some early season success/adversity? Meanwhile, in D.C., the Caps lost one of their key defenseman with an uncalled slash on Matt Niskanen that resulted in a trip to the IR for him. The Capitals were already spread very thin on defense, and lost...
Oct 16, 2017
WBS Weekly: Kicking off the season

WBS Weekly: Kicking off the season

The first three-in-three of the season ends with the WBS Penguins solidly at .500. Another season kicking off, and here we go... October 13th: Lehigh Valley Phantoms 0 @ WBS Penguins 5 Not going to lie to you all...I would have liked very much to have been in a place to listen to, tweet along with, or otherwise follow the first game of the 3 in 3 weekend for WBS this past weekend, the first of 12 they will contest against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but... ...for as beautiful and awe-inspiring as Zion National Park in Utah is, it doesn’t have a HINT of phone reception. So I...
Oct 16, 2017
Monday Mailbag: Kris Letang, petty slashing calls, debate on kicked in goals

Monday Mailbag: Kris Letang, petty slashing calls, debate on kicked in goals

Our third edition of Monday Mailbag sets up a lot of opportunity for debate, with big-time topics like Kris Letang, how outrageous slashing calls have become, and whether or not the NHL should allow kicked in goals. Welcome back, folks. I dreadfully admit it’s Monday once again, and that means a fresh mailbag full of answered questions awaits you. The Pittsburgh Penguins did some very good things this week, winning two out of their three games, and it’s prompted you guys to come up with some interesting topics just itching for debate. Firstly, let’s get this blurb out of the way for...
Oct 16, 2017
Pens Points: Peeking at the Power Play and Penalty Kill

Pens Points: Peeking at the Power Play and Penalty Kill

Mike Sullivan is sending a message to his team, Bryan Rust is proving to be more than just a clutch goal-scorer, and the Penguins look to be adjusting their special teams. More on these topics, as well as more stories in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Monday morning... Mike Sullivan has always given off the impression that he demands a lot out of his players, even when dealing with a roster full of stars. Never one to rest on his laurels, Sullivan wants his team to shoot even more. [Post-Gazette] Bryan Rust has created quite a legacy as a Penguin in his relatively...
Oct 15, 2017
Recap: Hoooooold. Pens hang on for 4-3 win over Florida Panthers

Recap: Hoooooold. Pens hang on for 4-3 win over Florida Panthers

The Penguins win Saturday night on the back of 2 Sidney Crosby goals and 43 Matt Murray saves The Pittsburgh Penguins got to a lead on Saturday night and then clung to it for dear life, and when the clock expired it was finally safe as they defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3. Highlights Sidney Crosby opened the scoring in the first period with his second goal of the season. Nice job to lose himself (right in front of the net) and Phil Kessel did well to fire a hard shot/pass right along the ice that Sid was able to deflect over the pad of goaltender James Reimer. Top notch skill here, but of...
Oct 14, 2017
Penguins/Panthers preview

Penguins/Panthers preview

Saturday night hockey in Pittsburgh! Basics Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins SBN Blog: Litterbox Cats Expected lines: Penguins forwards:Guentzel-Crosby-ShearyRust-Malkin-KesselHagelin-McKegg-HornqvistKuhnhackl-Rowney-ReavesExtras: Archibald, Wilson— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) October 14, 2017 —Sid and the Kids are back, which is cool. Bryan Rust is actually the leading scorer of the team five games into the season (7 points, 1g+6a) and now gets a shot to give the Malkin+Kessel line a shot in the arm. —Greg McKegg gets to play with the Swedish best friends and the 4th line...
Oct 13, 2017
Friday 5 Thoughts: Wingers, Malkin + Phil, back-to-backs and more

Friday 5 Thoughts: Wingers, Malkin + Phil, back-to-backs and more

A list of things on our mind on a Friday afternoon. #1 Notice who the wingers were to start the game with Sidney Crosby? It was Conor Sheary and Patric Hornqvist, who a night earlier in DC were centered by Greg McKegg. Sheary and Hornqvist were probably the two best forwards in Wednesday night’s win over the Washington Capitals (though they got all their production on the power play). Anyways the message seems clear, play well and coach Mike Sullivan is sure to reward with plum Crosby minutes. If anything, so far, Sullivan has latched onto duos with his forward combinations....
Oct 13, 2017
Pens Points: Bolts Break Back-to-Back Bid

Pens Points: Bolts Break Back-to-Back Bid

There’s a recap of last night’s game against Tampa, smaller defensemen are becoming more noticeable in today’s NHL, and there is a possibility for a 32nd NHL team in the near future. More on these topics, as well as more stories in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Friday morning... Last night, the Penguins finished off another back-to-back set by traveling to Tampa Bay to take on old friend, Chris Kunitz, and the Lightning. Goals were scored seemingly every other second. Defense was rather nonexistent for both clubs, but in the end, the Lightning struck and...