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November 26, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins vs. Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.

After playing eight of their past 10 games on the road, the Penguins return home and will host the Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center tonight at 7:30. “It seems like we’ve been out of town for awhile,” forward Nick …

November 25, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame: The goal that delivered No. 300

BOSTON – I wrote about Marc-Andre Fleury for Tuesday’s paper, and rightfully so. He did, after all, win his 300th game with a 3-2 overtime decision over Boston at TD Garden. Did it faster than everybody except for Martin Brodeur …

November 24, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m.

BOSTON – It hasn’t been worse than this. The Penguins went 0-1-1 against Philadelphia and Detroit Oct. 22-23, same as they are after the Islanders swept them in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday. One was in a shootout, the …

November 24, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: Penalty minutes are dumb

When it comes to penalty minutes, we’re all a bunch of toddlers. We want them, until we have them. This struck me after I reported and wrote today’s story on Steve Downie finding a balance between toughness and excessiveness. Downie …

November 23, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: Some postgame thoughts from Nassau

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The easiest thing might be to freak out. And maybe that’s what most will do after the Penguins managed one point out of a home-and-home series with a Metropolitan Division rival. Those inside the locker room, though, …

November 22, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Five questions from Uniondale

No gameday skate for either team, given the back-to-backs, so I thought I would post five things to think about throughout the day. 1. What was up with scratching Simon Despres and will we see him tonight? I would think …

November 20, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: Some bang-on advice

Credit fellow beat man Josh Yohe with the line, but it’s still one of the best pieces of advice I’ve received throughout this whole Penguins beat thing. If you don’t get along with Pascal Dupuis, you’re doing something wrong. As …

November 18, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Marshall: Quantifying Crosby’s Hot Start

Local analytics expert Jesse Marshall chimes in on Sidney Crosby’s dominance thus far … Another year, another case of finding Sidney Crosby among the NHL’s elite point producers. Through 16 games this season, Crosby’s 26 points trail only Philadelphia’s Jakub …

November 18, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Mackey: What to do with Beau Bennett?

The Penguins need more from forward Beau Bennett. It wouldn’t hurt to give him more first, however. Look at Bennett’s ice time in the three games he’s played. It’s not pretty: 9:35, 10:16 and 10:56. He’s recorded no points and …

November 16, 2014
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame: Extras after Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win

I really wanted to blog about this game serving as a proper response to Tuesday’s 5-0 loss at Madison Square Garden. Or even Evgeni Malkin getting two minutes for a nasty – but clean – hit because he defended himself …

 
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