Penguins Rumors & News

  • Penguins clobber Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are making the most of their opportunities against the Washington Capitals. Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Penguins defeated the Capitals 6-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in..." April 30

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Penguins forward Carl Hagelin remains a game-time decision for Game 2

    Washington Post "Carl Hagelin was not on the ice for the Penguins’ optional skate Saturday morning, though it is still unclear if that will be the case when Game 2 starts at 8 p.m. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan said of Hagelin not participating. “This morning was an optional skate. So..." April 29

  • Speedy Pittsburgh forward Carl Hagelin a ‘game-time decision’ for Game 2 against Capitals

    Washington Post "With Pittsburgh already out to a 1-0 lead in this second-round series against the Washington Capitals, the Penguins could be getting a boost with speedy winger Carl Hagelin nearing a return to the lineup. In Friday’s practice, Hagelin, who has been nursing an undisclosed lower-body injury, was a..." April 28

  • Penguins already juggling fantastic Crosby line

    Sportsnet "The chess match is underway, and they haven’t even dropped the puck yet. Heading into Game 1 of Thursday’s second-round playoff series versus the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins hinted at a change to Sidney Crosby’s highly productive top line. Crosby and young wings Jake..." April 27

  • Bonino scores late as Pens top Caps in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bearing down on goal in the third period of a 2-2 game, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino kept things simple, and it worked. Bonino scored the go-ahead goal with 7:24 remaining, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots, and the Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on..." April 27

  • Malkin fine with Crosby-Ovechkin hype: I like to be quiet, just not on ice "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin sometimes seems forgotten when facing the Washington Capitals. That's fine by him. He knows the spotlight will fall on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. "I like to be quiet," Malkin said. "I just try not to be quiet..." April 27

  • Kunitz cleared for contact, available for start of Caps series

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pens may get back one of their most veteran skaters for their second-round series against Washington. Chris Kunitz, who missed the last five regular season games and all of Pittsburgh’s Round 1 win over Columbus, has been cleared for contact (per the Tribune-Review) and could return from..." April 24

  • Backstrom believes Caps are ‘underdogs’ against Pens

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy by seven points over the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, but someone forgot to tell Nicklas Backstrom. Heading into their second-round matchup against Pittsburgh, Backstrom believes the Capitals are the underdogs in the series, per beat..." April 24

  • Pens G Murray yet to skate since injury

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray has not skated since sustaining a lower-body injury in warmups ahead of Game 1 of his team's first round series. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan provided the update on Murray Saturday, but declined to put a timetable on any of the team's injured..." April 23

  • Marc-Andre Fleury likely to start in goal for Penguins in second round "Marc-Andre Fleury will likely be the starting goalie for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they begin their Eastern Conference Second Round series. Matt Murray, Pittsburgh's No. 1 goalie heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, has not skated since sustaining a lower-body injury during warmups for..." April 22

  • Penguins Re-Assign Three to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton "The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forwards Josh Archibald and Tom Sestito, and defenseman Cameron Gaunce, to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Gaunce must clear waivers..." April 21

  • Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets in Game 5

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins asked goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to go to a podium to speak with reporters Thursday night. Special treatment for a special performance. The seat on that little stage in the bowels of PPG Paints Arena was about the last place anyone expected Fleury to..." April 20

  • Blue Jackets remain alive with win over Penguins

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are not dead yet. Facing elimination against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Blue Jackets came out aggressively at the start and this time didn't falter in front of a boisterous home crowd. Five players scored goals and Columbus held..." April 18

  • Guentzel hat trick fuels Pens' comeback in Columbus

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Pittsburgh Penguins weathered an early storm on the road Sunday night and rallied from a two-goal deficit to put themselves on the brink of a first-round sweep in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Jake Guentzel scored his third goal of the game at 13:10 of overtime to send the..." April 16

  • Matt Calvert’s one-game suspension for breaking stick over Tom Kuhnhackl makes no sense

    The Comeback "The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has some explaining to do. On Saturday, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was given just a one-game suspension for viciously breaking his stick over the back/neck of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl late in Friday night’s 4-1..." April 16

  • Columbus newspaper cancels crying Crosby masks ahead of Game 3

    CBS Pittsburgh "A Columbus newspaper has reportedly canceled its plans to distribute masks mocking the Pittsburgh Penguins captain. The Columbus Dispatch tweeted on Friday that the newspaper would place “crying Sidney Crosby” masks inside their Sunday paper so that Columbus Blue Jackets fans could wear them to..." April 15

  • Calvert to have hearing for cross-checking Kuhnhackl

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s department of player safety announced on Saturday afternoon that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will have a hearing later in the day for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl in the closing seconds of Friday’s game. With the Penguins leading 4-1 and on..." April 15

  • No suspension expected for Jackets' Calvert

    TSN "It appears Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert could avoid a suspension for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl Friday night, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun says the sense right now is that Calvert could avoid a suspension from the NHL..." April 15

  • Columbus newspaper to give away crying Crosby masks

    Sportsnet "Deserved or not, Sidney Crosby has long been labelled a whiner in some corners of the hockey world. Now there’s artwork to depict that moniker, thanks to the Columbus Dispatch. The newspaper will include a “Sid The Kid” mask in its Sunday edition and is encouraging fans to wear it to..." April 15

  • Fleury, Crosby propel Penguins past Blue Jackets

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby was asked late in the season whether he liked the nickname that had been catching on for his new but cohesive line combination -- the Sid and the Kids Line. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain reacted tepidly. Call it what you want. When Crosby, the..." April 14

  • Letang undergoes successful neck surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some good news on the Kris Letang front — on Thursday, Pittsburgh announced that Letang underwent successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. The club also re-confirmed that his window for recovery is 4-6 months. Though losing Letang is a significant blow, the Pens have to be..." April 13

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • Penguins fan refuses treatment for stab wound to head until after game

    Sporting News "Like the tough players they worship, hockey fans are also known for their resilience. One Penguins fan in particular refused treatment for a stab wound to his head until the team's opening Stanley Cup playoff series game against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night was finished. According to..." April 13

  • After surprise start, Penguins say Marc-Andre Fleury will be in net again for Game 2

    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 "Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who started Game 1 on short notice after Matt Murray suffered a last-minute injury, will also be in net for Game 2 of Pittsburgh's playoff series against Columbus. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Thursday that Fleury will start again, with Tristan Jarry as his..." April 13

  • Fleury backstops Pens to Game 1 win over Jackets

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- To hear Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford tell it, back at the NHL trade deadline in March, he didn't really come close to moving veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. On Wednesday, that decision paid off in a big way. Fleury, a last-minute starter after..." April 12

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Malkin returns to practice ahead of game one against Columbus "The Pittsburgh Penguins title defense got underway Tuesday afternoon at the UPMC Lemieux Center in Cranberry with the return of Evgeni Malkin looking spry and eager for his game 1 tomorrow night. Malkin was paired with Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel during practice as it appears the big Russian..." April 11

  • Late surge sends Maple Leafs past Pens, into playoffs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs had two previous chances to clinch their first playoff spot in four years and could not close the deal, losing two games in a row. Although they left it late Saturday night, they got the job done with three third-period goals to defeat the Pittsburgh..." April 09

  • Olli Maatta returns to Penguins lineup vs. Rangers, Sidney Crosby sits out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Olli Maatta hasn’t played an NHL game in almost two months, but that will change today against the New York Rangers. Out since the middle of February following hand surgery, Maatta will return to the Penguins lineup for the regular season finale, which is good news for the defending champions..." April 09

  • Rangers beat Pens as both rest regulars

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Jimmy Vesey's third-period goal was the difference as the New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night in what was a tuneup for two teams that cared more about avoiding injuries than winning the regular-season finale. Both the..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Phil Kessel arrives with opportunity to hurt former team in a big way

    Sportsnet "Phil Kessel isn’t just back at Air Canada Centre for the biggest game the Toronto Maple Leafs have played since he was a member of the team. Phil Kessel is also due. The Pittsburgh Penguins winger carries a 10-game goal drought into Saturday’s encounter, but he’s shown signs of coming out..." April 08

  • Sidney Crosby had some high praise for Auston Matthews

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Toronto Maple Leafs need one win this weekend to secure their first playoff spot since the 2012-13 season. The biggest reason they are in a position to make the playoffs is a dominant rookie class led by Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner. That trio has burst onto the scene..." April 08

  • Penguins sweep Devils, clinch second in Metro

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- In a game that featured 11 goal-scorers and 25 players who recorded at least one point, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 7-4 on Thursday night at the Prudential Center to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins (50-19-11) won their..." April 06

  • Malkin "very close" to returning

    TSN "Superstar Evgeni Malki says he is "very close" to returning to action and could even see some game time before the playoffs kick off next week. "I feel very close. We still have after this game two games left. I hope I play. If I feel like I can play the last game or the last two, I will. It's..." April 06

  • Pens top Jackets, solidify hold on 2nd in Metro

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- There was the unexpected -- a goal from defenseman Brian Dumoulin. There was the expected -- tough, physical game. It added up to an important win for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who took a four-goal lead Tuesday night en route to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets..." April 05

  • Sullivan 'optimistic' Malkin will be ready for playoffs

    CBS Sports "Malkin (upper body) is aiming to return for the start of the postseason. Coach Mike Sullivan was "optimistic" that Malkin will be cleared in time for their opening-round matchup, although this news effectively rules the center out for the Pens' last three games of the year. " April 05

  • Letang's season over due to herniated disc

    TSN "Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang's season is over due to a herniated disc in his neck. Letang will undergo surgery on his neck and will need four-to-six months to recover. "Kris underwent an MRI in February that revealed a herniated disc in his neck," Penguins general manager Jim..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Crosby disappointed in NHL’s Olympic decision

    Pro Hockey Talk "The scorer of Canada’s golden goal won’t be headed back to the Olympics next year. Needless to say, he’s not happy about it. “It’s disappointing,” Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said on Tuesday, per Upgruv. “I think when you hear about the negotiations and things like that, I..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Penguins’ Kunitz out ‘longer-term’ with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "Chris Kunitz is out “longer-term” for the Pittsburgh Penguins with a lower-body injury, head coach Mike Sullivan announced on Sunday. Sullivan had said in an update on Saturday there’s no timetable for Kunitz’s return. The Penguins have four games remaining in the season after Sunday’s matchup..." April 02

  • Sheary, Penguins fend off Hurricanes

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins' power play hadn't exactly been living up to that description lately, but Pittsburgh scored on both of its man-advantage chances Sunday en route to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PPG Paints Arena. Conor Sheary's third-period, power-play goal gave..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Has McDavid passed Crosby as the best player in the world?

    Sportsnet "In the last couple of weeks, Connor McDavid has pulled away from the field and is now four games away from winning his first Art Ross trophy as the NHL leader in points. At 20-years-old, he is already in the ‘best player in the world’ conversation with Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney..." April 02

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