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January 21, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins vs. Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

How important is this one? Well, pretty important. Pretty tough, too. The Chicago Blackhawks, as you’ve probably realized, are good at hockey. Check out these rankings: Goals per game: 3.05 (5th) Goals-against per game: 2.28 (2nd) Shots per game: 35.6 …

January 19, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Leftovers from a chat with the coach

Mike Johnston sees it, too. The Penguins have not played their best hockey over the past dozen games, a stretch where they’re 4-6-2. The coach especially isn’t a fan of the past two, lopsided losses to the Islanders and Rangers. …

January 17, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Penguins Roundtable III

Earlier Friday, Josh Yohe, Ken Laird and I talked about pucks for the third installment of the Penguins Roundtable show. Take a listen here. Be GRATEFUL to each other, Mackey

January 14, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame: Penguins 7, Wild 2

There was plenty that didn’t make Wednesday’s print story off of the Penguins’ 7-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. For one, I only covered the news aspect of Ryan Suter’s elbow to the chin of Pittsburgh’s Steve Downie, which will …

January 13, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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

Give the Penguins this: They’re saying all the right things. The Minnesota Wild are a mess right now. Coach Mike Yeo could be fired if this thing doesn’t turn around. Same for general manager Chuck Fletcher. But nobody on the …

January 11, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Revisit the Johnston story

One of the first things I did on this beat was write an introductory piece on Penguins coach Mike Johnston. How he loved football, specifically Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense. How he played music at practices. How he liked to play …

January 10, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Pregame: Penguins at Canadiens, 7 p.m.

MONTREAL — The two have been polar opposites. Dan Bylsma and Mike Johnston? Well, no. But you might want to pick up a Trib tomorrow to learn a little bit more — OK, a lot more — about the Penguins’ …

January 10, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Pens roundtable: episode 2

While I was literally flying from Toronto to Montreal, fellow beat man Josh Yohe joined Ken Laird to talk some Pens on TribLIVE Radio. Pens play at the Canadiens on Saturday. I’m told it’s an atmosphere unlike anything else. Hockey …

January 8, 2015
by Jason Mackey


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Postgame: Bruins 3, Penguins 2 (OT)

I chose in my game story to take a closer look at the Penguins’ power play, which is generating chances but no goals. This is problematic for a couple reasons. One is that games are decided by goals, not chances. …

 
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