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Kris Letang Out After Suffering A Stroke

11/30/2022 at 5:22pm EST

from Wes Crosby of NHL.com,

Kris Letang will be out indefinitely for the Pittsburgh Penguins after he had a stroke.

The 35-year-old defenseman is not experiencing any lasting effects of the stroke but will have tests over the next week, general manager Ron Hextall said. The condition is not believed to be career threatening.

Letang did not take part in an optional morning skate Tuesday and was scratched prior to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He attended that game, talking to Hextall and going into the locker room after.

"I think, first and foremost, Kris is doing well considering what happened," Hextall said on Wednesday. "He was at the game last night. I chatted with him for a while, actually the whole second period. When [coach Mike Sullivan] addressed the team after the game and let the players know exactly what happened, Kris actually came into the room.

"He wanted to assure everybody that he's doing as well as possible. There's no lingering effects right now at this point from the stroke. … Thus far, everything is looking as positive as it could be."

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Imagine Pittsburgh, St. Louis And Washington Missing The Playoffs

11/07/2022 at 9:07am EST

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

The Penguins are winless in their past seven games. The Blues have lost six straight in regulation. The Capitals are playing .462 hockey.

Oy.

Three programs with lengthy histories of being winners, going back more than a dozen years, that have combined for four Stanley Cups since 2016, are fighting it big time. Which is not to say they won’t come out of it. There’s too much institutional knowledge to write any of them off yet. But there are clearly some question marks.

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Video - Afternoon Line Mike Sullivan

11/06/2022 at 1:55pm EST

The Penguins have lost seven straight games.

Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Start Playing A Safe Game

11/05/2022 at 8:53am EDT

from Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t have a good, hard think about doing what’s needed instead of what they prefer, they could be buried by Thanksgiving. No playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Penguins are too old, not fast enough and not good enough to play a high-octane blitzkrieg attack style for 60 minutes vs. every foe every night. It’s not 2017.

The blown leads confirm that. So do the turnovers. So does the general sloppiness. The list of problems is lengthy. The stench is overwhelming.

Indulge ego, go splat. That’s what’s happening.

It’s not an arrogant form of ego. The Penguins, particularly their coach and core, sincerely believe they can operate as they always have. They’re convinced, not conceited.

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Losing Streak Hits Six For The Pittsburgh Penguins

11/03/2022 at 12:31am EDT

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

As Penguins players funneled out of the cramped visitors’ dressing room here, chucking equipment bags onto a cart without anyone uttering a single syllable, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin sat a few feet from one another, heads down, their frustration not hard to detect.

“It’s not easy,” Malkin said. “It’s a tough situation.”

“It’s not a great feeling,” Crosby continued. “We have to find a way to get out of it.”

The escape plan for the Penguins’ current funk could take on any number of forms and might soon require a heavy equipment operator, but at this point it’s impossible to ignore that there’s a large hole developing after what transpired at KeyBank Center, the Penguins blowing another third-period lead and suffering a 6-3 loss to the Sabres.

It extended Pittsburgh’s losing streak to six, something that has happened only one other time in the Mike Sullivan Era (Feb. 20-29, 2020). Furthermore, it’s the third time the Penguins have lost when leading after two periods in the past 17 days, already matching their total from the 2021-22 season. It’s the third time a Sullivan-coached team coughed up five-plus goals in the third period.

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