12-9-13: The Penguins won two games early last week, including a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, but those wins are overshadowed by what happened in last Saturday's game against Boston. Brooks Orpik is injured after being punched in the head by the Bruins Shawn Thornton, and James Neal is facing a suspension after a nasty knee to the head shot at Brad Marchand. Rearguard Matt Niskanen has a surprising plus-15 rating on the season.
12-2-13: The Penguins won three of the four games they played this past week and picked up a point for an overtime loss to Boston in the other game they played. Aside from Boston, the Pens' opponents weren't that tough. Pittsburgh destroyed Florida and Tampa Bay and outshot Toronto by a 2:1 ratio, including 19-0 from the end of the second period on, in a 6-5 shootout win. Evgeni Malkin had nine points in four games this past week and now has four goals, 13 assists for 17 points in his last eight games.
11-25-13: The Penguins had a good overall week going 3-1, picking up wins over Anaheim, Washington, and the New York Islanders. They did lose a game to Montreal though. They have a huge game in Boston versus the Bruins this week. This game will be true measuring stick to how well the Pens stack up against the B’s. Sidney Crosby’s 30 points lead the NHL and Evgeni Malkin’s 22 assists are tops in the entire league.
11-18-13: The struggles continue for the Pens as they dropped two out of three games last week. They lost a close 2-1 game to the Flyers and followed that up by losing 4-1 to New Jersey. Their lone win came against Nashville. Marc-Andre Fleury started off the year well, but his play has slipped lately. He won his first seven games and had a 0.930 save percentage in that stretch. Fleury suffered his first loss on October 21 and since then has gone 4-7-0 with a 0.909 save percentage.
11-12-13: It was another tough week for the Pens as they dropped both games they played to the Rangers and Blues. Surprisingly, Pittsburgh has struggled to score recently as they were outscored by a 7-2 margin this week. Despite their struggles, the Pens still have the second best record in the East. Evgeni Malkin quietly has 15 points in 17 games this season. The Pens should get some more scoring to their lineup as James Neal returned last week from injury.
11-5-13: The Penguins has a perfect week beating Carolina, Boston, and Columbus twice outscoring their opponents 13-5. Crosby’s 23 points in 15 games gives him a three point lead over Steve Stamkos for the NHL point lead. He’s the most dominant player in the NHL. Pittsburgh is still banged up but they continue to win. Marc-Andre Fleury is having a bounce back year and is the first goalie in the NHL to record double digit wins this season.
10-29-13: After their hot start, the Pens have dropped three straight. It all started with a 1-0 shutout loss to the hands of the red hot Colorado Avalanche. They outshot Colorado 34-14, they outshot the Islanders 42-25 in a 4-3 loss, and outshot the Leafs 38-29 in a 4-1 loss. Sometimes good teams lose games. That’s exactly the case with the Penguins. They will be fine. Once they get James Neal and Kris Letang back from injury, the Penguins will be a scary force.
10-21-13: Right now, the Penguins are class of the Eastern Conference. Sidney Crosby leads the NHL with 17 points and once again is proving why he’s the best player in the world. The line of Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis have combined for 36 points this season. Sky’s the limit for the Penguins. Just think about how much more deadly this team will be once Kris Letang and James Neal return from injury. It’s a scary thought for opposing goaltenders.
10-14-13: No one should be surprised that the Pittsburgh Penguins currently sit atop the Metropolitan Division. Sidney Crosby leads the NHL in points early on and is second in goals behind San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl. Crosby has a point in all five games this season, which is his longest point streak to start a season since a six-game stretch in October of 2005. Defenseman Kris Letang is still nursing a lower-injury and there in no timetable for his return.
10-7-13: There is not much to say about the Penguins. They have been workmanlike in their two victories against New Jersey and Buffalo. Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world. The only concern the Penguins have is star winger James Neal is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
8-23-13: After being swept out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals last season by the Boston Bruins, the Penguins have their eyes set on Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Penguins are the favorites once again to hoist the Cup, but there are question marks in the Steel City. Can goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury regain his old form? Will Crosby remain healthy? Is head coach Dan Byslma on the hot seat? All these questions remain to be seen. The Pens welcome the Bruins to the Consol Energy Center on Oct. 30 in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final. The Penguins will visit the Blackhawks on Mar. 1 at Soldier Field.
8-22-13: The Penguins have hired longtime NHL head coach Jacques Martin to be an assistant under Dan Bylsma. Martin, 60, was a head coach in the NHL for 17 seasons St. Louis, Ottawa, Florida and Montreal. During his time as a head coach, Martin compiled a record of 613-481-119. The 613 wins are the 10th most for a head coach in NHL history.
Penguins 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #44: Tristan Jarry, G
Pick #77: Jake Guentzel, C
Pick #119: Ryan Segalla, D
Pick #164: Dane Birks, D
Pick #179: Blaine Byron, C
Pick #209: Troy Josephs, C