Oilers at Penguins, 7PM ET, Mellon Arena.
Oilers, 6-5-1, 13 pts., 9th in Western Conference
Penguins, 6-4-2, 14 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
Way back during the 2006-2007 NHL season, Pittsburgh Penguins fans certainly had visions of offensive domination for years to come.
Sidney Crosby had 36 goals and 120 points, plus the Hart, Art Ross and Pearson trophies. Evgeni Malkin had 33 goals and 85 points, quickly establishing him as one of the league’s most feared snipers.
And then there was Jordan Staal. He burst on the scene in impressive fashion, scoring his NHL first goal short-handed in Madison Square Garden. He ended up scoring seven of his 29 goals short-handed, tying the NHL rookie record and led the NHL in that category. He also led the NHL in shooting percentage with 22.1%.
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So we’re 12 games into the Penguins’ annual mediocre start of their season. Fans have been talked out of jumping off the Roberto Clemente bridge (slight exaggeration). Wild rumors are circulating about Mario Lemieux, once again, being in the best shape of his life (OK, I made that one up too).
That said, there are some valid criticisms that deserve to be leveled towards this incarnation of the Penguins. Maybe it’s in the Pittsburgh water, but the Penguins do a great impression of Adam LaRoche, who always seem to take the first couple months of the season off.
So without further ado (in a somewhat half-assed order):
Well, that didn’t last long.
The Penguins are now off until Thursday, at which time it’s widely believed that both Pascal Dupuis and Ruslan Fedotenko will be able to play against the Edmonton Oilers.
As a result, the Pens have reassigned Chris Menard and Janne Pesonen back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Perhaps it was simply a matter of time. I would say rather it was a complete effort, finally.
The Penguins played one of their best games of the season to date, erasing two one-goal deficits in defeating the Blues tonight, 6-3.
It was certainly a wacky game in terms of the times of the goals. On three separate occasions, two goals were scored by either team under 37 seconds apart.
Penguins at Blues, 8:30PM EST, Scotttrade Center.
Penguins, 5-4-2, 12 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference
Blues, 5-4-0, 10 pts., 9th in Western Conference
From the New York Times’ Lynn Zinser:
By LYNN ZINSER
Published: November 1, 2008
They flopped. They wobbled. They looked different, and not just because they blocked pucks with their faces. For years, hockey goalies were an oddball assortment of body shapes and playing styles. Today, goalies are among the sport’s most fit and skilled players. Witness the Pittsburgh Penguin’s Marc-André Fleury. Drafted No. 1 overall in 2003, Fleury, 23, became a star last season, leading his team to the Stanley Cup Final (his 1.97 goals-against average was second-best in the playoffs). Here’s what makes the man behind the mask.
The Penguins, hamstrung with both pesky injuries and a stagnant offense, recalled perhaps their best offensive prospect, Janne Pesonen from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight.
NOTE: The recall is not official, the Penguins have not announced it. However, according to a thread on Let’s Go Pens, Scott Stuccio on the Baby Penguins’ radio broadcast reported the recall. In addition, according to tonight’s WBS game summary so far, Pesonen is not in the lineup.
Aaaah yes, more fuel to the Capitals-Penguins rivalry fire.
It’s a good interview with Semin, with several subjects discussed. However, the section that Penguins fans will no doubt find intriguing (some others will use more harsh adjectives) concerns Sidney Crosby.
The current four game road trip for the Penguins is quickly turning into a disaster.
With all due respect to the Phoenix Coyotes, this is a game the Penguins should win. They’re a young team that’s still a couple of years away from contention. But as it is quickly appearing, it doesn’t seem to matter who the Pens are playing nowadays.
The Coyotes took full advantage of more shoddy play by the Penguins to get the win 4-1.
The outcome was compounded by the loss of Pens’ captain Sidney Crosby, who left the ice early in the third period with an unspecified injury, although it’s not believed to be serious. He’s listed as day-to-day.
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