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January 5, 2016
by Bill West

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Blackhawks pregame (kind of)

I am greatly amused by the [projected] state of the east 2nd wildcard race. NJ 90.9 TB 90.4 PIT 90.0 CAR 89.6 TOR 89.1 Not even 2pt span. — Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) January 3, 2016 No big news from today’s morning skate, which was …

January 4, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Not a lot of news coming out of Penguins practice today. Same line combinations as last game. No injury updates or call-ups or any of that. So I’ll tell you what you can watch for online and in the paper …

January 3, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Islanders postgame

I think taking a look at’s advanced stats for tonight’s 5-2 Penguins win over the Islanders is very illuminating. You can look here, but I’ll summarize. The Islanders held a huge 68-48 Corsi advantage in five-on-five situations. The only …

January 2, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Islanders pregame

Marc-Andre Fleury has recovered from his concussion and is scheduled to start tonight against the New York Islanders. Now here are some numbers you might not believe. It’s a comparison of Fleury before the concussion this season to Jeff Zatkoff and Matt …

January 1, 2016
by Jonathan Bombulie

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What it means to play smart

A very optional New Year’s Day practice in Cranberry today. Ian Cole and Scott Wilson shooting on Marc-Andre Fleury under the watchful eye of goalie coach Mike Bales at one end of the ice and Trevor Daley skating with his young …

December 31, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Toronto postgame

So, Matt Murray stole the Penguins a point tonight. He was a little bit upset that he couldn’t steal them two. Murray made saves on three breakaways — plus the rebound of the last breakaway — in the final 21 minutes of …

December 29, 2015
by Bill West

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Ben Lovejoy and Major Facepain

okay let me get this straight: THIS *is* Lovejoy getting cut in the face by a skate. — Stephanie (@myregularface) December 28, 2015 Several of the ailing Penguins at practice on Tuesday looked sharp and close to lineup-ready. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury …

December 28, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Winnipeg postgame

When a hockey player talks about his team failing to get the bounces they need, it’s almost always a lame loser’s lament. But look closely at this Sidney Crosby comment after a Penguins 1-0 loss to Winnipeg on a Bryan …

December 27, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Minnesota postgame

The headline tonight is about Sidney Crosby, for obvious reasons. After six days off – two due to a lower-body injury and four due to Christmas break – his jump was obvious. He had a goal and an assist and …

December 26, 2015
by Jonathan Bombulie

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Minnesota pregame

Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang are expected back in the lineup when the Penguins end a four-day Christmas break with a game against the Minnesota Wild at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight. Crosby skated with Chris Kunitz on his left and …

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