Blueger scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The Penguins' fourth line showed some speed, as Brandon Tanev and Zach Aston-Reese combined for a shot on the rush. The rebound came out to the trailing Blueger, who cashed in to put the Penguins ahead 3-1. The goal is Blueger's first NHL playoff point. He had nine goals and 22 points in 69 games during the regular season, the Latvian's first full campaign.
Blueger scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Toronto, bringing his point streak to three games.
Blueger's offensive game has exploded of late, as he's racked up two goals and three helpers in his previous seven contests. The Latvian continues to hold down a third-line center role but could be dropped down once Nick Bjugstad (groin) is cleared to play.
Blueger notched an assist in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Washington.
Blueger continues to provide solid depth scoring for the Penguins, as he's racked up seven points in his last 12 outings while averaging 17:11 of ice time. The Latvian is getting a look at the third-line center role but remains locked into a line with Zach Aston-Reese and Brandon Tanev. The eventual return of Nick Bjugstad (abdomen) likely won't be enough to convince coach Mike Sullivan to break up one of his most consistent defensive lines.
Blueger scored a goal on four shots and was plus-2 with two PIM in a 4-3 win over Boston on Sunday.
Blueger was on the receiving end of a no-look centering pass from Sidney Crosby and he made it count, drawing Pittsburgh to within 3-2 in the final minute of the second period. A mainstay in the Penguins' bottom six and on the penalty kill, Blueger has produced seven goals and 17 points in 49 games as a sophomore.
Blueger tallied a goal and served up an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.
Blueger got the Penguins on the board at 13:29 of the second period. He then set up Jared McCann's overtime tally to lock up the win. Blueger added five shots on goal and three hits in the contest. With five points in his last four games, the Latvian is beginning to heat up. He's at 16 points, 63 shots and 63 hits in 44 outings this season.
Blueger notched an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Golden Knights.
Blueger is up to 14 points, 60 hits and 58 shots on goal in 43 games this season. The Latvian is playing bigger than his third-line role with three assists in his last three games, but it's unlikely he'll keep up such a pace long-term.
Blueger picked up two assists Saturday in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal.
It was Teddy's first multi-point effort of the season. His value is limited, unless he becomes an option at wing to replace the injured Jake Guentzel. We don't think Blueger is an option for that, but keep an eye on that situation, just in case.
Blueger scored a goal on two shots and had three hits in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win versus the Kings.
Blueger gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead midway through the period, collecting his fourth goal of the season. An important penalty-killer for the Penguins, Blueger is establishing himself as a bottom-six role player capable of chipping in offensively from time to time. In 61 NHL games over his first two seasons, the 25-year-old has 10 goals and 19 assists.
Blueger scored the game-winning goal and had two shots in a 3-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Blueger opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game, snapping a 17-game goal drought with his first since Oct. 22. A mainstay on Pittsburgh's penalty-killing unit, Blueger logged a team-leading 4:07 of ice time while short-handed. If he can chip in semi-regularly at even strength, it will only further enhance his role with the Penguins.
Blueger has registered just one point in his previous nine games.
Blueger continues to be a mainstay on the fourth line, a role he has cemented himself into, so he shouldn't have to worry about being replaced. Still, the Latvian will need to show the coaching staff something if he wants to take on a bigger role outside of killing penalties.
Blueger registered one assist, two shots and a plus-1 rating versus the Lightning on Wednesday.
Blueger, who was tagged as the team's fourth-line center in training camp, has been forced into a bigger role following injuries to Evgeni Malkin (lower body) and Nick Bjugstad (lower body). The youngster has performed well this far with four points in 11 games and shouldn't have to worry about spending time in the minors this season, even once Malkin and Bjugstad return to action.
Blueger scored a goal on his lone shot in Saturday's 7-2 victory over Columbus.
Blueger saw an uptick in ice time Saturday after Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) and Nick Bjugstad (undisclosed) were forced to leave the game. If either of those guys is out long term, the 25-year-old Blueger will likely slide into a third-line role while Jared McCann moves into Malkin's spot on the second.
Blueger agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.5 million contract with Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Blueger made his NHL debut last season in late January and quickly secured his spot in the lineup. The youngster logged 28 games for the Pens, in which he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots while averaging 11:03 of ice time. With a one-way deal in place, the Latvian center won't have to worry about spending time in the minors and should provide solid scoring depth in a fourth-line role.
Blueger was handed a qualifying offer from the Penguins on Tuesday, Taylor Haase of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.
If Blueger were to sign his offer, he would be playing on a one-year, two-way contract worth $715,000. Despite playing in just 28 games this season, the youngster's performance, six goals and four assists, could see him take over the fourth-line center role, assuming Matt Cullen opts to retire.
Blueger will play for Latvia at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Blueger made a strong impression with his first foray into the NHL, as he tallied six goals, four assists and 33 shots in 28 games this season. The 24-year-old figures to have the inside track on the Penguins' fourth-line center spot next season, assuming Matt Cullen decides to retire rather than return for 2019-20.
Blueger scored two goals, one short-handed, in Monday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
The rookie is beginning to flash his speed and talent, scoring three goals and six points in the last nine games with a plus-6 rating. Blueger's seeing more ice time, in part because of Evgeni Malkin's upper-body injury, but if the the 24-year-old keeps producing, he just might hang onto a top-six role when Malkin returns.
Blueger notched a helper versus Dallas on Saturday.
Blueger found himself back in a second-line role with Phil Kessel and Jared McCann as Evgeni Malkin (upper body) remains out of the lineup. In just 22 games this season, the 24-year-old Blueger has tallied four goals, four helpers and a plus-6 rating. If the Latvian continue to produce, he will make a strong case for a full-time spot on the 23-man roster next season.
Blueger potted his fourth goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers on Sunday.
Blueger's beginning to heat up a bit, with a goal and two helpers in his last five games, to go with 11 hits and eight shots on goal. Naturally a left wing, Blueger was pressed into action at center due to Evgeni Malkin (upper body) being out. It's unclear if Blueger will assume that role indefinitely with Malkin listed as week-to-week, or if Nick Bjugstad or Jared McCann will ultimately hold down the fort. Blueger has seven points in 19 appearances this season.
Blueger registered an assist while down a man in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
Blueger was able to spring Jared McCann while penalty killing, and the latter buried the puck behind Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak to extend the lead to 2-0 at the time. The helpers was Blueger's first point in six games since being recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 27. He has three goals and two assists, as well as 35 hits, in 15 appearances at the NHL level this season.
The Penguins recalled Blueger from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Bryan Rust is facing an extended absence due to a lower-body injury, so Blueger will round out Pittsburgh's depth up front for the foreseeable future. The 24-year-old Latvian has notched three goals and four points in nine appearances with the big club this campaign.
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