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Sidney Crosby Considers Connor McDavid The Best Player In The NHL

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby considers Connor McDavid to be the top player in the National Hockey League.

"I think McDavid has set himself apart just based on the awards and the accolades he's gotten and the consistency he's had," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told NHL.com on Wednesday. "I think it's fair to say it's an easy pick just because of that."...

Crosby, 31, said the influx of young talent in the League has produced highlight-reel moments from young skilled players like centers Auston Matthews (21) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nathan MacKinnon (23) of the Colorado Avalanche. But it's McDavid's resume in his first three-plus seasons in the NHL that has allowed the Oilers forward to separate himself from the pack.

"There are so many different guys," Crosby said. "Matthews has emerged this year and it really looks like he's taken even another step. I think there's a lot of guys in the conversation. But it's hard to argue (McDavid). He's been really consistent. He's won scoring titles, MVPs. So yeah, that's an easy one to pick."

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Video- Justin Schultz May Have Suffered A Fracture To His Leg/Ankle Last Night


Video of the injury is below.

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Video- Matt Murray Has A Concussion

The Pittsburgh Penguins announce Matt Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion.  He won't practice today and they will update after practice.

From Saturday night, this may be the play that caused the concussion.



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Afternoon Line- Sidney Crosby On Tom Wilson

“We’ve talked about it a lot with him. He still chooses to make those hits. I’m sure the league’s well aware of tha. I just don’t know how many opportunities you need. Obviously the point hasn’t been made yet.”

“I think this is kind of a unique situation where you got someone who continues to do it, I’m just pointing out the obvious. That’s all I’m doing.”

“He’s a good player. He’s got speed. He goes hard to the net. He’s a tough guy to play against. There’s really no reason to continue to hit like that.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tom Wilson.  Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more from Crosby.

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The Reshaped Pittsburgh Penguins Defense

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Only 11 teams in the NHL gave up more goals than the Pittsburgh Penguins in the regular season last year, and none of them made the playoffs.

That’s a problem.

As part of an effort to fix it, general manager Jim Rutherford changed up his personnel mix on the blue line over the summer, adding Jack Johnson and Juuso Riikola in free agency....

Forwards can’t score goals when they’re looking for their teeth between the hash marks. When the Penguins began reshaping their defense in the offseason, why didn’t they go get a couple of road graders who can clear out opponents from the front of the net?

The answer: That’s just not how the NHL works anymore.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Appear To Be A More Balanced Team

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

They were the first words out of general manager Jim Rutherford’s mouth back in May when he was asked about his offseason priorities.

“I think we will probably look at getting a little more balance throughout the whole lineup,” Rutherford said. “We want to make sure we have the four lines that can produce.”

Well, here we are, a week until the start of the 2018-19 season, and Rutherford again has proved prophetic. The strikingly honest GM called it: The Penguins do indeed have more balance throughout their lineup.

Four lines that can produce. Defensemen who can chip in and play either side. Nary a Carter Rowney- or Ryan Reaves-sized offensive hole to be found.


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Evening Line- Sidney Crosby

“I find it hard as a fan watching. You don’t really know what’s legal and what’s not. ’m sure, as players, it’s even more frustrating when they’re trying their best to not hurt the quarterback and they’re still getting penalties for it.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.

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Phil Kessel A Different Kind Of Star

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

There are things you come to expect from athletes who are the best of the best, like pre-game routines born for bizarre reasons only their elite authors can truly comprehend. And so, when Jamie Oleksiak joined these Pittsburgh Penguins last December, he was a little surprised at the behaviour of one of the team’s stars. Kessel, Oleksiak discovered, is a different bird. “What he does is unique to hockey players, and it definitely has its advantages,” the towering defenceman says. He points out Kessel isn’t one for superstitions or routines like most, but rather, “he just listens to his body,” which must explain why No. 81 is an iron man who hasn’t missed a single game in eight seasons. Says a grinning Oleksiak: “Rest is a weapon, right?”

Well, the benefits of a leisurely approach sure fit with Kessel’s reputation. Cue the memes of the Wisconsin-born winger slamming hot dogs while he sleeps and scores goals (fiction), or slumped over on the bench and breathing heavily after a shift while a teammate playfully nudges him back to life (reality). Kessel has become a fan favourite because of his everyman ways coupled with otherworldly hockey ability. The two-time Stanley Cup champion turns 31 the day before the season starts, and he’s coming off a career-high 92-point campaign, 10 better than the previous best he hit in 2011–12 as a Toronto Maple Leaf. You can point to Kessel’s linemates on the most productive power-play unit in hockey to find the root cause for that extra production, but Crosby and Malkin are also the chief reasons why Kessel’s as comfortable in black-and-yellow as he’s ever been in his pro career. No longer the lone star a Toronto franchise depends on, Kessel is a star among stars. And does the constellation ever suit him.

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Who’s On The Right Side With Sidney Crosby?

from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Crosby’s style will likely keep him productive well into his 30s. He doesn’t have to temper his game much, or think of anything new. Foes obviously have a read on Crosby, but it doesn’t matter. He just needs to stay fit.

He will. Crosby is likely doing push-ups right now.

Crosby’s style makes selecting linemates more challenging than one might think. Here’s what Crosby expects (requires) from his wingers:

•Defensive acumen;

•Quick and accurate puck movement through the neutral zone;


•Support down low.

Be ready for plenty of in-game guidance, too. Personal coaching from hockey’s best.

Jake Guentzel is an easy choice at left wing. A great match stylistically. That’s no surprise. He’s a coach’s kid.

But who’s going to play right wing on Crosby’s line?

The accurate answer: Many will.


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Morning Line- Joe Starkey

So again, under normal circumstances, I’d say Rutherford was way out of line. But that would be ignoring the fact that John Tortorella coaches the Blue Jackets — and Tortorella has never been one to mind his business. So why should anyone else?

Tortorella’s mere existence invites antagonism. He had a chance to be the bigger man here, but at 5-foot-8 and with skin as thin as tinfoil, he is rarely the bigger man. He may, in fact, be the all-time best example of “Napoleon Complex,” maybe better than Napoleon himself (although Napoleon won more big games).

-Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the yesterday's back and forth between Jim Rutherford and John Tortorella.  Read more on this topic.

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