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December 20, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins vs. Panthers, 7 p.m.

What is it about this time of year? As I wrote for today’s paper, the Penguins, from Dec. 16-23 of last year, relied on a group of young defensemen. They will again, hence the story. Even younger, too, given the …

December 19, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame ramblings: 1-0 over Colorado

The game plan was to generate second- and third-chance opportunities against Colorado goaltender Calvin Pickard, a rookie playing his 11th NHL game. The Penguins followed the game plan perfectly and wound up with a season-high 48 shots on goal. Only …

December 18, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins vs. Avalanche, 7 p.m.

Few people know much of anything about Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard, who’s 10 games into his NHL career. Penguins coach Mike Johnston is one of them. Johnston coached against Pickard in the Western Hockey League from 2008-09 through 2011-12, …

December 16, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: Leftovers from Monday’s win

The Penguins’ first period against the Lightning Monday was not their best. Far from it, actually. Yet they hung around, and a lot of credit goes to goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. His save, the one where he used his left armpit …

December 15, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins vs. Lightning, 7 p.m.

For much of the season, the Penguins have been the preeminent offensive team in the NHL. That’s not the case anymore. And the team directly above them in goals per game – Tampa Bay – visits Consol Energy Center on …

December 14, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame: Comeau thriving with Malkin

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Who said general manager Jim Rutherford didn’t get Evgeni Malkin a winger? Blake Comeau has found a himself a nice niche playing with Malkin and scored his 10th goal of the season during Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss …

December 13, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Brief update from Columbus

Greetings, all, from Columbus, a place I always thought was an underrated city. Sort of wish the Penguins had a three-game road trip here, instead of just one game tonight. In any case, big one tonight for the local hockey …

December 13, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Final thoughts on Friday’s win

Playing a team that’s also in the middle of a stretch of three games in four nights, the Penguins got off to a strong start during Friday’s 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at Consol Energy Center. It was key. …

December 12, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Previewing tonight’s game vs. Calgary

The Penguins welcome what will surely be a surly Flames tonight at 7 o’clock at Consol Energy Center. Following Thursday’s 4-3 loss at Buffalo, Calgary (17-11-2) has dropped its past three games, putting a damper on what could be considered …

December 8, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m.

NEW YORK – Center Brandon Sutter said the Penguins’ poor start was largely responsible for a 5-0 loss at the New York Rangers on Nov. 11. Can’t argue. Of course, the finish wasn’t much to speak of either. “We definitely didn’t …

 
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