Pittsburgh Penguins News
5-17-16: Sidney Crosby is just three goals away from 50 career playoff goals; his fourth of this postseason was an impressive one, as he knocked it in 40 seconds into the overtime period on Monday to give the Penguins the 3-2 victory and tie the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh has outshot Tampa Bay by a combined 35 shots in the first two games.
5-10-16: In Game 4, Patric Hornqvist scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Then, the Penguins got forward Eric Fehr back on the ice for Saturday’s Game 5. He did not get a shot on goal in the contest and posted a plus/minus of -1. The Penguins totaled 31 shots, but Chris Kunitz scored the only goal for Pittsburgh in the loss.
5-3-16: Marc-Andre Fleury has yet to return from his concussion, but Matt Murray looked fantastic in net in Monday’s Game 3. After allowing just one goal on 24 Washington Capital shots in Game 2’s victory, he took on 49 shots on Monday. Patric Hornqvist, Tom Kuhnhackl and Carl Hagelin made the score, 3-0, in favor of Pittsburgh, and the Penguins went on to win, 3-2.
4-25-16: The New York Rangers were no match for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first round of action, and the Pens were able to wrap the series up in just five games. Pittsburgh now advances to take on the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, who needed six games to expunge the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening round. The action kicks off this Thursday night at Verizon Center in D.C.
4-18-16; Phil Kessel scored two goals on Saturday. In addition, Evgeni Malkin returned to play his first game since March 11, and he assisted on one of Kessel’s goals, but the Marc-Andre Fleury-less Penguins fell to the Rangers, 4-2. The series is now even as it heads to Madison Square Garden for the next two contests.
4-4-16: On Saturday, Pittsburgh’s offense continued to play very well, as the Penguins won, 5-0, against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center and clinched their 10th straight playoff berth. Then, the Marc-Andre Fleury-less Penguins extended their winning streak with Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Filling in for Fleury, goalie Matt Murray won his fifth straight start.
3-22-16: The piping hot Penguins have some time to rest after Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the league-best Washington Capitals. Although Pittsburgh scored on just one of its seven power-play opportunities in the contest, the power-play goal by Justin Schultz gave the team its first one in its last four contests. The Penguins look for their seventh straight win on Thursday against the Devils.
3-8-16: On Sunday, defenseman Justin Schultz, who the Penguins acquired from the Edmonton Oilers, made his Penguins debut on Sunday against the Devils in New Jersey. He had one assist and a +2 plus/minus in the Penguins’ 6-1 victory. In addition, winger Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists at the Prudential Center.
3-3-16: The Penguins will host the Rangers tonight in a pivotal Metropolitan division battle. With 72 points the Penguins are right in the mix of the playoff hunt and currently own a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. With nine games remaining at Consol Energy Center the average price for Penguins tickets is $123.76 on the secondary market.
2-23-16: On Sunday, the Penguins continued to alternate wins and losses, as they won their 30th game of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals in his second consecutive game, but the Penguins’ offense got him his second straight victory. Defenseman Kris Letang, who had an assist in each of his two games prior to Sunday, tallied a whopping three assists in the 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
2-17-16: The Penguins’ two-game road trip included games with the same score. Both contests also ended in shootouts, but the Penguins were only victorious in one contest. They won, 2-1, at Carolina, but lost to the Panthers in Florida. Marc-Andre Fleury looks to continue his success in net in the upcoming two-game homestands that bookend a two-game road trip in Buffalo and Boston.
2-10-16: Sidney Crosby’s two goals and two assists led Pittsburgh to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Monday, and it was his second four-point performance this month. He already has 12 points in the Penguins’ four games in February, and Pittsburgh has a 3-1 record in those contests. The Penguins have been looking good, especially with Evgeni Malkin still being out due to a lower-body injury.
2-1-16: In search of their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since going to back-to-back ones in 2008 and 2009, the Penguins are hanging on to a playoff spot, as they are tied with the New Jersey Devils, who they defeated on January 26, in their last game before the All-Star break.
1-21-16: The on-ice woes continue for the Penguins, who now have gone just 4-2-4 over their last 10 games. They remain in the bottom half of the Metropolitan division with 49 points, trailing the league-leading Capitals by a whopping 24 points. Over 19 games left at Consol Energy Center this season the average price for Pittsburgh Penguins tickets is $127.09 on the secondary market.
1-13-16: Going 5-2-3 in their last 10 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins have closed the gap between them and the New Jersey Devils, only trailing by one point. The Penguins have two games remaining this week, on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning to close out a four-game road trip and a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
1-6-16: Still struggling to crack into the top four spots of the Metropolitan, the Pittsburgh Penguins have won two out of their last three games. They play the Chicago Blackhawks on the road to start a four-game road trip.
12-23-15: Thought of as a title contender before the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. The Penguins have four games remaining before the New Year, three of them coming on the road.
12-18-15: One of the most surprising stories in the NHL this season has been the mediocre play of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have gone just 15-12-3 over their first 30 games. They have experienced a poor last 10 games, going just 3-4-3 over that time and losing their last three straight. Over the final 26 games at CONSOL Energy Center the averaeg price for Pittsburgh Penguins tickets is $137.02 on the secondary market.
12-9-15: The Pittsburgh Penguins have one game remaining on their current four-game road trip before returning home for two games. The Penguins will look to climb in the standings against the Washington Capitals after welcoming in the Los Angeles Kings from the West Coast.
11-17-15: It hasn't been a relatively strong start for the Penguins, but they sit in the middle of the Metropolitan division at 10-7-0 on the season. They'll host four straight home games at Consol Energy Center through the beginning of next week in hopes of pushing up the standings. Over that time, the average price Pittsburgh Penguins tickets is $126.55 on the secondary market.
11-6-15: The Pittsburgh Penguins enter the weekend at 8-4-0 on the season. Over their remaining 35 games at Consol Energy Center this year, the average price for Pittsburgh Penguins tickets is $109.06 on the secondary market. They'll host their next home game against the Montreal Canadiens on November 11, where tickets average $109.06 and the get-in price is $37.
4-28-15: The Penguins stumbled in the final two weeks of the regular season, and were ousted in five games by the New York Rangers. The Penguins failed to play a full 60 minute hockey game which cost them the series. They blew leads and failed to get a spark on offense. Evgeni Malkin finished the playoffs without a point. Yes, their blue line was decimated with injuries, but that is no excuse.
4-20-15: The Penguins are in good spot tied at 1-1 heading back to Pittsburgh for games three and four. They played well in New York but need to stay out of the penalty box. Marc-Andre Fleury, who has had major issues in the playoffs before, has been Pittsburgh’s best player other than Brandon Sutter. The Pens are still waiting for Crosby and Malkin to make their presence known in the series.
4-13-15: Well, there isn’t much to like about the Pens heading into the playoffs. Kris Letang is done for the season. Their offense hasn’t scored more than three goals in 15 straight games. Their 1-4-1 finish over the final stretch of the season doesn’t inspire much confidence. Oh, yeah they also have to play the Rangers in the first-round.
4-7-15: The Pens have lost three straight games and are 3-8-1 in their past 12 games. It looks really bad, but Evgeni Malkin is back and healthy and Sidney Crosby is healthy too. Pittsburgh has Buffalo this week which means they shouldn’t miss the playoffs, but you never know. Anything can happen in the wacky NHL.
3-24-15: Pittsburgh ended a four-game losing streak by beating Arizona 3-1 this past Saturday.
As the top-four teams in the Metro are so evenly matched, home-ice advantage might not mean too much. As long as Malkin and Crosby are healthy they'll be dangerous. Nobody is really talking about them as Cup contender, and that’s exactly what Pittsburgh likes.
2-9-15: A three-game road swing through Western Canada started out well for Pittsburgh, with the Pens
shutting out both Edmonton and Calgary. It ended with a tired Penguins team falling 5-0 to the
Canucks. Pittsburgh in a four-way fight for the top spot in the Metropolitan. The Pens could
start the playoffs in the top spot in the Metro or could find itself in a wild-card slot. No room for error whatsoever.
2-4-15: The Pens have only two wins in their last eight games played. The Penguins have just one goal in regulation in their last three games played. They were shutout against Washington and Nashville this past week. Their 4-0 loss at the hands of Nashville this past Sunday could be a wake-up call for Pittsburgh.
1-26-15: The Pens have sputtering as of late. Pittsburgh went 4-3-3 in their last 10 games before the All-Star break, including a four-game losing streak. The health of their two superstars remains in
question. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin sat out the All-Star Game festivities this past
weekend due to injuries. If those two can’t go, then the Pens are as good as dead.
1-22-15: Pittsburgh has been scuffling for about a month now. After getting blown out by the Rangers 5-2 this past Sunday, the Penguins are 4-7-2 in their past 13 games. They followed that up losing to their in-state rivals 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night in Philadelphia. When the Penguins get healthy, they will be a force in the East come playoff time.
1-7-15: The Pens split their four games last week and were held to just two goals or less three times. The trade for David Perron from Edmonton for Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick should provide an offensive boost to a team that has had trouble this season. Pittsburgh currently sits first in the Metro with 53 points.
12-24-14: Pittsburgh is 4-1-2 in their past seven games despite playing without Sidney Crosby, Beau Bennett and Olli Maatta for parts of that stretch. Every year it’s a given the Pens will win their division. Not this year though. The Islanders are right behind them in the Metropolitan and are keeping them honest.
12-17-14: The Pens have been alternating wins and losses in December, but they keep picking up points. The team is 3-0-2 over its last five games, including a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay this past Monday. The Penguins currently sit first in the East, but the Islanders have given them a run for their money in the Metropolitan Division.
12-10-14: Pittsburgh is dealing with a rash of injuries to their forwards. They have won four out of their last five games despite playing without Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist, Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett. The Pens sit atop the East and still are one of the league’s most dangerous teams. As long Crosby and Malkin are in the lineup, Pittsburgh will be fine.
12-3-14: The Pens are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games played. They had a nice 1-0 victory over New Jersey Tuesday night. Three of the NHL’s top 15 scorers play for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin aren't surprising, but the third is Patric Hornqvist. He’s a solid player who had been a regular 20- to-25 goal guy for Nashville.
11-26-14: Losing back-to-back games to the Islanders would be embarrassing in any other season of the past decade. Not this year though. The Penguins are still 3-1-1 in their past five games with those defeats. The regular season is usually a lock for a division title for the Penguins, but maybe it won't be as easy this year. The Isles don't appear to be going anywhere.
11-19-14: Pittsburgh has won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 4-0 victory over Montreal Tuesday night. Seven of those 11 games have been on the road. The Penguins are always a regular season powerhouse team, and any doubts toward the club come out of its recent playoff record. Overall, the Pens will have to prove the doubters wrong come playoff time.
11-12-14: The Pens had won seven straight games prior to getting shutout 5-0 Tuesday night to the Rangers. However, they've beaten the lowly Sabres twice in that span but have impressive wins against the Predators, Wild and Kings. Sidney Crosby has a slim lead over Jake Voracek for the NHL lead in points with 24. As always, this team will be judged on their postseason performance.
11-5-14: The Pens have won five consecutive games, outscoring their opponents by a combined 23-4
margin over that stretch. Those wins included 3-0 wins over the Kings and Predators, an 8-3
blowout of the Devils, and a 4-1 win over Minnesota Tuesday night. The Penguins are one of the
top teams in the East, if not one of top teams in all of the NHL.
10-29-14: The Pens went 1-1-1 last week including a 3-0 win in Nashville two days after blowing a late 3-1 lead against the Red Wings. They torched the Devils on Pittsburgh Tuesday night 8-3. Scary news broke when defenseman Olli Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family during his time of need.
10-22-14: The Pens have won three of their first four games in and were just three seconds away from overtime in their lone loss against the Dallas Stars. New addition Patric Hornqvist is working out well early on. He has eight points through four games and is averaging seven shots per game. Pittsburgh will probably be one of the top teams in the NHL again this season. What they do in the postseason will tell all.
10-15-14: The Pens are averaging 5.5 goals per game with Pascal Dupuis and Patric Hornqvist coming up with big goals to complement Sidney Crosby. New head coach Mike Johnston’s offense is clicking. With Crosby and Malkin, the Penguins will never be out of contention. As long as Marc-Andre Fleury doesn’t breakdown like he has in the past, Pittsburgh will have a great season.
10-10-14: Though the Capitals finished last year on a high note, getting points in 12 of their final 15 games, they weren’t hot enough to eclipse the Blue Jackets, who soared into the playoffs and left the Caps in their dust. This offseason was all about defense for the Capitals; the team brought in Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. You can bet superstar Alex Ovechkin had plenty of time to reflect on the -18 he put up in the final two months of the season.
Few teams are more excited to have a fresh start this season than the Penguins. Who could forget their shameful ouster at the hands of the Rangers after leading the series three games to one? A new season brings a new coach, Mike Johnston, and a new GM, Jim Rutherford, who, this offseason, brought in the underrated Patric Hornqvist to compliment Evgeni Malkin on the Pens second line and Christian Ehrhoff to lead the Penguins’ powerplay unit on the blue line.
Penguins tickets against the Washington Capitals at the end of the year have an average price of $346.32 with a get-in price of $72.
5-12-14: Over the last couple of seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t done too well when forced to close out a series with a Game 7 on their home ice. With that being said, if they have hopes of moving on they will need to do that this Tuesday night. The Penguins are 2-6 all-time in Game 7’s on home ice. Since Dan Bylsma took over as coach in February 2009, the Penguins have gone 1-7 on home ice with an opportunity to close out a series and have been outscored 33-18.
5-5-14: With Sidney Crosby under fire for his less than stellar play this postseason, the Penguins responded in Game 2. Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his franchise-record seventh playoff shutout to lift the Penguins to a 3-0 victory this past Sunday, tying the series at one game apiece. Crosby has now failed to register a goal in 13 straight playoff games. Crosby did finish Game 2 with a game-high six shots.
4-28-14: Just like the Flyers, the Penguins are lucky this series is not over. Somehow they hold a 3-2 lead in the series with a chance to advance to the second round this Monday. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was god awful in game five where he gave up two horrendous goals that sealed the victory for Columbus. The Penguins two best players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been invisible in this series. They will need to show some life if the Pens want to make a deep playoff run.
4-21-14: The Penguins are lucky. Very lucky. Overall, they have played sloppy in the first two games of their series against the Blue Jackets. They came back from a 3-1 deficit in game one to beat the Blue Jackets. They followed that up by blowing a 3-1 lead in game two in double overtime. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has looked good in net, but it’s the Pens defense and bottom two lines that have been suspect.
4-14-14: With a massive lead on the rest of the Metropolitan Division, Pittsburgh had the ability to play subpar hockey. That turned out to be fortunate, given that the club managed only one regulation win in April. 28 active goalies have 20 games or more of playoff experience. Of those 28, none have a save percentage lower than Fleury's .903. The Pens' biggest postseason problem in recent years has been in goal. That needs to change this season against Columbus.
4-7-14: The Penguins are 4-2-1 in their past seven as they slowly get healthy. They are locked into the second spot in the Eastern Conference, which means they will draw the top wild-card team, which is currently Detroit. With Paul Martin out of the lineup after the Olympics, the Penguins went 7-7-1. His return to the lineup will be welcomed by the Penguins for the postseason. As always, the Pens are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
3-31-14: The Pens have been scuffling lately as they’re 5-5-1 in their last eleven games. They have been bitten by the injury bug as Evgeni Malkn is out two to three weeks with a toe injury. They had a big victory over the Blackhawks this past Sunday. The reality is, the Penguins will only go as far as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin take them this season. They’re still a dangerous team come playoff time, but can be beaten.
3-25-14: The Penguins bounced back from a home and home sweep at the hands of the Flyers two weekends ago to go 2-1-1 this past week. They won’t catch the Bruins for first place in the East. They appear to be the No. 2 seed and will likely face the top wild-card team in the first round of the playoffs. The Pens are 0-4 in March when Sidney Crosby fails to register a point. When he gets a point, the Penguins are 6-0.
3-17-14: The Penguins were the best team in the East for most of the year, but they have been caught and passed by the surging Bruins. They have not looked like a great team in recent weeks and the injuries to Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Paul Martin, and James Neal don’t help. Are the Pens one of the best teams in the NHL or have they benefited from a bad conference and division? I think it’s a fair question to ask. Not getting a top scoring winger at the deadline to play alongside Crosby could come back and haunt the Pens.
3-10-14: The Penguins will wrap up their five-game roadtrip this Monday in Washington with a chance to win three out of their last five. The Penguins were dominated by Chicago in the stadium series game. They did beat Anaheim in a shootout last Friday, but I think injuries are what is going to keep this team out of Stanley Cup Finals. No Paul Martin. No Kris Letang. No Pascal Dupuis. GM Ray Shero needed to make a splash and acquire a winger to play with Crosby. He did not. Instead, he picked up Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak.
3-3-14: Two games out of the Olympics and two losses in which the Pens allowed 10 goals. Pittsburgh could be in trouble defensively with Kris Letang and Paul Martin missing for long periods of time. Look for GM Ray Shero to be active. They will win the Atlantic even with a depleted lineup, but they could be in danger of giving up the overall lead in the East to Boston over the final six weeks. Four of the Penguins' next five games are on the road, where they are 17-12-2.
2-10-14: Pittsburgh continues to roll along, going 4-1-1 in their past six games played. They played the final five games of that stretch without defenseman Kris Letang, who was diagnosed with a stroke and will miss at least six weeks. The Pens will be no worse than the top team in the Metropolitan, which assures them home-ice advantage in the first two rounds. The key will be holding off the Boston Bruins, who are now five points back with one game in hand.
2-3-14: Pittsburgh has been winning roughly two-thirds of its games, but is just .500 over its last four contests, beating Los Angeles and Buffalo but falling to Dallas and Phoenix. The Penguins have a five point lead on Boston for the top slot in the Eastern Conference, and a 15-point lead on the Rangers for the Metropolitan Division crown. Pittsburgh will be active at the trade deadline and one name to watch out for is Nashville’s David Legwand. He’s the perfect Dan Bylsma type player.
1-27-14: The Penguins just keep on playing well as they went 2-1-0 last week and are 7-2-1 in the month of January. They continue to be the class of the East and either the Bruins or Lightning will need to heat up over the final 30 games to unseat them in the conference. Sidney Crosby was held without a point in the Penguins' 3-0 loss to the Stars on Saturday. It was the third time in 13 games he was held off the scoresheet.
1-20-14: The Pens have gone 5-0-1 since the New Year, with an overtime loss to Edmonton as the only blemish on their record. Pittsburgh has a healthy lead on Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference, but seems unlikely to catch up to Anaheim for the Presidents' Trophy. Sidney Crosby's having a mediocre season by his standards with his worst points-per-game total since 2009-10. However, he has 10-point cushion on everybody else in the NHL.
1-13-14: It is business as usual for the Penguins, who continue dominant. The Pens are 4-0-1 in January with their only loss coming in overtime with backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff in net. The top spot in the East appears to be in their future. The question will be if they can capture the Presidents' Trophy by virtue of playing in the weaker East. With a .918 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury is having his best season in that category since he had a .921 save percentage in 2007-08.
1-7-14: Pittsburgh has four regulation wins in its last five games played and is 16-3-1 in its last 20.With 63 points, the Penguins have a 17-point lead on Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division and sit only four points out of first place in the NHL. Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers last season and then was dealt to Pittsburgh in exchange for a draft pick. Since that trade Jokinen has 41 points in 54 regular-season games for the Penguins.
12-30-13: The Pens are an unstoppable force. They are 14-2 in their past 16 games. They've also done a lot of that damage with an injury-riddled defense corps and key offensive guys out as well. Everyone in the East is chasing the Penguins, and that will likely be the case throughout the season. Since returning from a five-game suspension for kneeing the head of Boston's Brad Marchand, left winger James Neal has four goals and six assists in five games.
12-23-13: The Pens have won seven straight games and 12 of their last 13, with the lone loss by a single goal at the hands of the Bruins. Pittsburgh's incredible has propelled the team to first in the East by a healthy five-point margin. In the Penguins' last game against Calgary, the team dressed eight skaters who spent significant portions of last season in either junior or the minors. Just wait until this team is full healthy again.
12-16-13: Pittsburgh is crippled with injuries to their blue line as Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi are all out. The Pens are 8-1 in their past nine contests and they won 4-1 in Detroit this past Saturday with backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff in net. Pittsburgh is a lock to win the Metropolitan division, so the question becomes if they'll finish with the conference's best record or not. Evgeni Malkin’s injury could be a concern for Penguins fans.
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.