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McKenzie: Penguins’ Alex Galchenyuk suffered setback because of allergic reaction to a SPIDER BITE!

Photo by Justin Berl/ Like....are you kidding? The Pittsburgh Penguins have had some awfully weird injuries over the years, but an update about Alex Galchenyuk could be the strangest happening for an organization that has nothing but strange and unfortunate things happen. “This is going from the sublime to the ridiculous,” McKenzie said on NBCSN during the first intermission of Wednesday night’s game. “Galchenyuk was dealing with a soft tissue injury, believed to be a groin injury suffered in training camp. His rehab and recovery from that has been stalled because —get this —...


Avalanche suffer first loss as Penguins triumph in OT

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan believes his undermanned Penguins can beat any team right now, despite missing five of their top nine forwards. The host Penguins proved it on Wednesday night by knocking off the Colorado Avalanche, the league’s last unbeaten team. Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed goal in overtime and the Penguins beat Colorado 3-2. “When you have the number of injuries that we have, I think it creates a level of urgency among our group, and these guys have responded,” Sullivan said. “They never look for excuses. There’s an expectation that we can win games...


Breaking down the Penguins’ new big three in 2019-20: Crosby, Guentzel, Letang

Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Have shot rates changed from last year? How are Crosby, Letang and Guentzel shouldering so much of the burden? Take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and it’s no secret right now that a lot of their success so far this season, despite heavy injuries, is due to the play of their top players. With all due respect to the rest of the roster that’s pitching in when they can, the story of the Pens through seven games is that it’s Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang...and then whatever else is able to step up from game to game. ...

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NHL Rumours: Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes, New Jersey Devils

Now that the season has commenced there remain moves that teams need to make due to injuries or roster needs not yet addressed. We will dig into some NHL rumours here as we check in with what is going on with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes, and New Jersey Devils. NHL Rumours Pittsburgh Penguins Rumour: Pierre LeBrun reports that the Pittsburgh Penguins are still carrying nine defencemen and GM Jim Rutherford is still trying to move one of them. The Penguins have gotten off to a better than expected start without the services of Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad out due to injuries....


Penguins’ injury situation gets worse, Jared McCann now day-to-day

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Another key forward for Pittsburgh is hurt, this is not ideal! The Pittsburgh Penguins practiced Tuesday morning after a well-earned day off on Monday, and unfortunately there was a key player missing from the ice. Jared McCann wasn’t with the team and afterwards coach Mike Sullivan provided an update: Coach Sullivan confirms that Jared McCann (who missed practice this morning) is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. pic.twitter.com/ARrgBncKH1— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 15, 2019 Without McCann, here’s how the Penguins looked in...

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PODCAST: Is Penguins' hot start sustainable or a small sample size?

Despite a litany of injuries, the Penguins are off to a high-flying start. Can they keep it up?

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Pulse of the Penguins: Winning Streak, Depth Scoring & Milestones

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a busy week with a four-game slate against Western Conference opponents. After a sloppy loss to the Winnipeg Jets, they caught fire and finished the week 3-1-0 with a plus-6 goal differential. Injuries slowed the offense down but they bounced back big time with 14 goals in their two weekend games. […] The post Pulse of the Penguins: Winning Streak, Depth Scoring & Milestones appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Another Penguins trade rumor update: “Rutherford is still trying to move a defenseman”

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Carrying nine defensemen, it only seems like a matter of “when” and not “if” Going on two weeks into a season already filled with injuries, the Penguins continue to hobble along with 12 healthy forwards and a pretty grotesque nine defensemen. From local reports to Darren Dreger to Elliotte Friedman to Bob McKenzie, the chatter about the Pens’ interest in moving a defenseman has been strong. Add Pierre LeBrun to the endless mix: For the time being, [the Pens winning] takes a bit of pressure off veteran GM Jim Rutherford to rush out...


Weekend Takeaways: Penguins’ depth keeping them alive after injuries

We’re always wondering about the window to win closing in Pittsburgh, but there are a lot of hands — and not just the golden ones — trying to keep it pried open. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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Minnesota Wild Mats Zuccarello Out With Lower-Body Injury

The Minnesota Wild have announced that forward Mats Zuccarello did not travel with the team to Ottawa to start their three-game road trip. Zuccarello is out with what the club is calling a lower-body injury. Wild Mats Zuccarello Out with Lower-Body Injury #mnwild forward Mats Zuccarello did not travel with the team to Ottawa and is out for this week’s road trip due to a lower body injury. — Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) October 14, 2019 Zuccarello sustained the injury during the team's 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Coach Bruch Boudreau stated the forward sustained "bumps...

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NHL Predictions: October 13th – Including Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks

Welcome to NHL Game Day Predictions! Each day, Last Word on Hockey will break down every game and give our prediction for who will win. This will also include a featured game that should be must-watch hockey. Today's featured game is the Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks. NHL Predictions Including Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks Pittsburgh Penguins vs Winnipeg Jets Head-to-Head: Penguins 0 - 1 Jets The Pittsburgh Penguins have been in deep trouble lately. Injuries to multiple players, including newcomer Alex Galchenyuk and star centre Evgeni Malkin, have left the team's roster with a...


Headlines: NHL looking at changes to All-Star skills formats

During Headlines the panel discussed how patient the New Jersey Devils are with Taylor Hall. They also spoke on Evgeni Malkin’s injury and that there is not a set timeline for his return to the Penguins. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.


With the Penguins’ backs against the wall, ‘the kids’ are stepping up

David Berding-USA TODAY Sports Lafferty, Marino, A. Johnson, and Blandisi have really filled in some gaping holes. It seemed as if a dark cloud settled over downtown Pittsburgh the night Evgeni Malkin accidentally tripped over Kris Letang and skidded awkwardly into the boards. Before that untimely crash, Malkin was surging. He looked like a man hell-bent on making sure his disappointing 2018-19 season performance was ancient history. And in one shift, all of that exciting revenge tour noise came to a thundering halt. Then even more injuries started piling up. Bryan Rust was already...


PensBurgh Podcast: Injuries, Injuries, And More Injuries

Photo by Justin Berl/ Hooks and I are back to give you our latest thoughts surrounding the Pens and the bumps the team is already facing. The Penguins are already battling the injury bug, and we have only played a week of meaningful NHL hockey. Fun, fun times. Topics on this episode of the podcast include... Recapping the last game against the Winnipeg Jets and looking forward to tonight’s contest with the Ducks Looking at the current injury situation, now without the services of Alex Galchenyuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Nick Bjugstad We also talk about the trade rumor that never dies....

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Pittsburgh Penguins Patric Hornqvist and Alex Galchenyuk Out With Injuries

The injuries on the Pittsburgh Penguins are mounting. After losing Evgeni Malkin for the foreseeable future, the Penguins have suffered another couple of injuries. Wingers Patric Hornqvist and Alex Galchenyuk sustained injuries in their last game on Tuesday. They are listed as day-to-day, both missed the practice on Wednesday and may miss some time for Pittsburgh. Per Mike Sullivan, Alex Galchenyuk and Patric Hornqvist are day to day with undisclosed injuries. Galchenyuk aggravated a prior ailment. — Seth Rorabaugh (@SethRorabaugh)  oCtober 9, 2019 Penguins' Patric Hornqvist and Alex...


Penguins’ Galchenyuk, Hornqvist day-to-day with lower-body injuries

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ injury woes continued Wednesday with head coach Mike Sullivan announcing that forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Patric Hornqvist are both day-to-day with lower-body injuries. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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Penguins’ 3 Stars of the Week

Week 1 of the 2019-20 season is complete and the Pittsburgh Penguins had a roller-coaster week. With all three games at home, the Penguins fell flat against the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets but looked really good against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The biggest takeaway of Week 1 was the injuries. Centers Evgeni Malkin and […] The post Penguins’ 3 Stars of the Week appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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NHL Rumors: Penguins, Boyle, Pietrangelo, More

In today’s NHL rumors, how will the Pittsburgh Penguins handle injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad? Will the Patrick Marleau signing lead to other veteran free agents, including Brian Boyle, being signed? What are the St. Louis Blues’ expectations for an Alex Pietrangelo extension and why is Roman Josi still without an extension? Plus, […] The post NHL Rumors: Penguins, Boyle, Pietrangelo, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Penguins’ Injury update: Patric Hornqvist and Alex Galchenyuk absent, but day-to-day

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Some bad but good news regarding the Penguins’ injury situation The Penguins lines today at practice were pretty ugly. Could this have been the first ever 10 forward, 9 defenseman practice in NHL history today? #Pens workflow...Guentzel-Crosby-SimonKahun-McCann-TanevZAR-Blueger-Lafferty(Ruhwedel)-Agozzino-(Riikola)Dumoulin-LetangPettersson-SchultzJohson-Gudbranson-Marino-SK— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 9, 2019 Two forwards got hurt last night and were missing in the form of Patric Hornqvist and Alex...

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Penguins Place Alex Galchenyuk on Injured Reserve

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Alex Galchenyuk on injured reserve after he aggravated an undisclosed injury that limited him during the preseason. Galchenyuk joins centre Evgeni Malkin and forward Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad on IR... The post Penguins Place Alex Galchenyuk on Injured Reserve appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Pens Points: When It Rains, It Pours

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via There’s a recap of last night’s game, Sam Lafferty realized a dream, and a d-man might still be traded. All that and more in today’s Pens Points! Here are your Pens Points for this Wednesday morning... The Winnipeg Jets came to Pittsburgh last night for the Penguins’ third game this season. With recent injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad, the Penguins had to fight even harder for a win. All looked hopeful within the first minute of the game when Sidney Crosby scored the first goal. And after that, it all went downhill. A...

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Penguins’ Injuries Cast Doubt on Early-Season Success

There usually aren’t too many negative takeaways after earning a 7-2 victory over a division rival. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ big win over the Columbus Blue Jackets left fans holding their breath and waiting for more info on the in-game injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad. Both forwards were placed on injured reserve Monday […] The post Penguins’ Injuries Cast Doubt on Early-Season Success appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Pens Points: Injury Bug Strikes

Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Major injury news strikes the Penguins just two games into the news season. Catch up on that news and much more in a new Pens Points for your Tuesday morning. There will be a new look to the Penguins when they take on the Winnipeg Jets this evening at PPG Paints Arena. With Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad out for the foreseeable future, the Penguins will need to implement some early season line shuffling and we will see the results of those decisions for the first time this evening. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on...


Could it be Juuso Riikola as the next Penguin player traded?

Elliotte Friedman dishes on that in his latest column It’s always fun to scan the league-wide chatter, and some of the best is in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts column. A fresh one dropped today with a couple of Penguins related nuggets: 7. Soft-tissue injuries are tricky, which is why Pittsburgh didn’t originally give an exact timeline on Evgeni Malkin. Depending on the damage, recovery can take a month or longer, especially if it’s a meniscus. Hopefully, it’s not bad — we all want to see Malkin playing. His health has a huge effect on the Metropolitan Division in general, and...

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Winnipeg Jets Place Bryan Little On IR, Sami Niku Recalled

The last thing the Winnipeg Jets needed to start the season was more injuries, especially to their defence. We will get to that in a moment. The Jets announced a couple of roster moves before their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. First, the Jets recalled defenceman Sami Niku and Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose. In order for these moves to happen the Jets placed forward Bryan Little on injured reserve and granted defenceman Dmitry Kulikov a personal leave from the team. #NHLJets have recalled defencemen Sami Niku and Nelson Nogier from the @ManitobaMoose. Jets have also placed...

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Winnipeg Jets Lose Kulikov & Morrissey

PITTSBURGH — The Winnipeg Jets' short-handed defence has received more bad news. Jets coach Paul Maurice said Josh Morrissey would miss a second straight game on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an undisclosed injury suffered Su... The post Winnipeg Jets Lose Kulikov & Morrissey appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Adam Johnson, Sam Lafferty, Joseph Blandisi among the names of expected Penguins’ call-ups

Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via With long-term injuries to Rust, and now Malkin and Bjugstad, AHL re-calls are inevitable. It hasn’t been the most healthy start to the 2019-20 season by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team was already facing a long-term injury to Bryan Rust, as the speedy, versatile winger had his hand broken by a puck a couple of weeks ago. His absence hurt for sure—it was definitely noticeable during the season opener—but given the outrageous amount of forward depth the Penguins have, it was easily managed. Now, with reports of long-term injuries to Evgeni Malkin and...


Penguins re-call forwards Sam Lafferty and Andrew Agozzino

Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Injury fill-ins for Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad With the breaking news on Monday that centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be out “longer term”, the Penguins were only left with ten healthy forwards. That’s not enough for the normal minimum of 12 that traditionally play an NHL game, so it was only normal that the first injury call up from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would be necessary. The Penguins have recalled forwards Sam Lafferty and Andrew Agozzino on an emergency basis from the @WBSPenguins.Forwards Nick Bjugstad and...

Penguins’ Tristan Jarry exits game with wrist injury

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry left the game against the Philadelphia Flyers after hurting his wrist while stopping a shot.

Bonino reveals his injury is a broken tibia

Nick Bonino told David Amber the injury that kept him from playing was a broken tibia and discussed the injuries the Penguins had to deal with.

Letang on Penguins overcoming adversity: We care about each other

Kris Letang talked about how the Penguins battled through injuries to multiple star players, saying it comes down to caring about the other guys in the room.