Blueger signed a two-year contract extension with the Penguins on Wednesday. The deal is worth $2.2 million annually.
Blueger has become a mainstay in the Penguins' lineup over the last two seasons, posting 22 points in each campaign (43 games last year, 69 the season prior). The 26-year-old has proven to be a dependable depth forward and could push for something like 40 points over a full 82-game season if his current developmental trajectory holds.
Blueger produced an assist and won 10 of 12 faceoffs in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Flyers.
Blueger's helper came on an empty-net goal by Mark Friedman. The 26-year-old Blueger is up to 22 points in just 41 games this season -- he needed 69 contests to reach the same output in 2019-20. The Latvian center has added 47 shots on net, 51 hits and a plus-11 rating this year.
Blueger had a shorthanded goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Devils.
Blueger's pair of points came less than four minutes apart in the second period. He set up Kasperi Kapanen's goal, which chased Devils starter Aaron Dell, then scored the only goal against replacement netminder Scott Wedgewood on a Devils power play. Blueger's primarily deployed in a defensive role, but he clearly has some offensive acumen as well, as the bottom-six center has a three-game goal streak and four-game point streak going.
Blueger scored a goal on his only shot and dished out a pair of hits Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Buffalo.
Blueger wired a long shot past Dustin Tokarski from the top of the right circle to close out the scoring in the final minute of regulation. It was Blueger's fifth goal of the season and gave him a a point in three of the last four games.
Blueger notched an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
Blueger helped out on the opening goal by Colton Sceviour just 2:35 into the first period. The 26-year-old Blueger missed 13 games with an upper-body injury, but he ended up seeing 13:44 of ice time Sunday as Frederick Gaudreau left the contest with a lower-body injury. Blueger is up to 16 points, 30 shots on net, 42 hits and a plus-9 rating through 29 outings and should remain in a bottom-six role now that he's healthy.
Blueger (upper body) was activated from injured reserve, indicating that he'll play in Sunday's game versus the Devils.
Blueger is expected to return to the lineup after missing 13 straight games. Prior to this injury, the 26-year-old pivot recorded four goals and 11 assists across 28 games. He'll likely line up in the bottom six.
Blueger (upper body) remains unfit to play ahead of Friday's game versus the Devils.
Blueger will miss a 13th straight game Friday, and although his on-ice activity has been ramping up of late, he remains without a definite timetable for his return to action. The 26-year-old forward has picked up four goals and 15 points while posting a plus-8 rating in 28 games this campaign.
Blueger (upper body) won't play in Thursday's matchup with the Rangers. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Teddy will not play today. He continues to progress with the activity on the ice, but has not been cleared to play yet."
It will be the 12th consecutive game on the shelf for Blueger due to his upper-body issue. Prior to getting hurt, the 26-year-old Latvian garnered one goal on seven shots, three assists and five hits in five appearances. Until given the green light, Frederick Gaudreau figures to continue serving in a third-line center role. At this point, with a back-to-back on the schedule, Blueger should be a long shot to play Friday versus New Jersey, as well.
Blueger (upper body) remains out against the Rangers on Tuesday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Blueger joined the team on its six-game road trip but still hasn't been cleared for action. Once given the green light, the 26-year-old Blueger should immediately slot into a bottom-six role in addition to rejoining the penalty kill. Given his limited offensive upside, Blueger shouldn't be expected to produce much in the way of fantasy value the rest of the way.
Blueger (upper body) won't be an option against Boston on Thursday.
Blueger will be on the shelf for his ninth straight outing due to his lingering upper-body issue. With Evgeni Malkin (lower body) also on the sidelines, the Pens will utilize Jared McCann and Frederick Gaudreau on the second and third lines, respectively. Once cleared to play, Blueger should be back in a bottom-six role and could link back up with Zach Aston-Reese and Brandon Tanev (upper body).
Blueger (upper body) joined the club for Monday's optional skate.
Blueger isn't expected to be ready for Monday's clash with the Islanders, but the fact that he is skating with the team is certainly a step in the right direction. Prior to getting hurt, Blueger's offensive game was excelling with one goal and three helpers in his last five contests. With Blueger unavailable, combined with an injury for Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Jared McCann and Frederick Gaudreau figure to hold down spots on the second and third lines, respectively.
Blueger (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Blueger is expected to be out longer term, so this move wasn't surprising. The 26-year-old can be considered week-to-week at this point. Fellow center Evgeni Malkin (lower body) is also on IR, so the Penguins will need to get creative up the middle for the time being.
Blueger (upper body) is expected to be out longer term, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Blueger didn't dress for Tuesday's game versus the Bruins, and now there's more information. The 26-year-old forward should probably be considered week-to-week at this point. He could surface on injured reserve in the near future.
Blueger recorded an assist and four hits in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Blueger set up Zach Aston-Reese for a goal in the third period. The 26-year-old Blueger snapped a six-game point drought with his helper. Before his recent skid, he had a four-game point streak, so the Latvian forward tends to run a bit streaky. He has 12 points, 41 hits and 23 shots on net through 24 contests.
Blueger scored a goal on four shots and added a pair of hits Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Islanders.
Blueger notched the eventual game-winner when he banged home a Mike Matheson rebound with 1:59 left in the second period. The goal extended Pittsburgh's lead to 2-0 while snapping Blueger's nine-game goal drought. A bottom-six role player and penalty-killing specialist, Blueger has three goals and six assists through 15 games.
Blueger generated an assist and four hits in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Capitals.
Don't look now, but with two goals and six assists, Blueger stands above Evgeni Malkin in the points column. Granted, it's early in the abbreviated season, but the Latvian has done remarkably well in terms of flashing his deft passing skills to keep the Penguins productive offensively, even on a checking line.
Blueger scored a short-handed goal on his only shot and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Capitals.
Blueger was sprung by a perfect pass from goaltender Casey DeSmith and scored on the backhand to draw the Penguins to within 4-3 late in the second period. It was the first of three unanswered goals for the Penguins, who erased a pair of two-goal deficits.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/26||@ NYI||L 3-5||0||0||0||-1||7:24|
|05/24||vs NYI||L 2-3 (2 OT)||0||0||0||0||18:12|
|05/22||@ NYI||L 1-4||0||0||0||-1||12:09|
|05/20||@ NYI||W 5-4||0||0||0||+1||13:56|
|05/18||vs NYI||W 2-1||0||0||0||0||13:25|
|05/16||vs NYI||L 3-4 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||18:48|
|05/08||vs BUF||W 1-0||0||0||0||0||12:27|
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