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Team W-L-OTL Pts
WAS 18-9-3 39
CLB 16-12-2 34
NYI 14-12-4 32
PIT 13-11-6 32
NYR 14-13-3 31
CAR 13-12-4 30
PHI 12-13-4 28
NJ 10-13-6 26

Top Penguins News

  • Penguins' Bryan Rust: Ends drought with hat trick

    Rust scored all of the Penguins' goals in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks.

    The 26-year-old hadn't found the back of the net in 21 games prior to Wednesday's eruption, managing only four assists over that stretch. Rust's spot on the third line doesn't provide him with a lot of opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet, and he now has just four goals and 10 points on the season.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Stumbles against Hawks

    DeSmith stopped 23 of 27 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Blackhawks.

    Chicago's last two tallies came into an empty net, softening the blow to DeSmith's stats. It's just the second time this season the 27-year-old has given up more than three goals in a game, and only his second regulation loss in his last 10 starts (6-2-2). The timing may not have been great with Matt Murray freshly off IR, but DeSmith has likely earned enough credit to hang onto the No. 1 job for now.

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  • Penguins' Matt Cullen: Taken off IR

    Cullen (lower body) has been activated off injured reserve ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Chicago, per the NHL media site.

    While technically still considered a game-time call based on coach Mike Sullivan's comments after practice Wednesday, the fact that the team removed Cullen's IR designation all but guarantees he will suit up versus the Hawks. The veteran figures to slot into a fourth-line center role, while Garrett Wilson is relegated to the press box.

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  • Penguins' Matt Cullen: Game-time call

    Cullen (lower body) will be a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Chicago.

    Cullen has been making strides in his recovery and could be ready to go versus the Hawks. If the veteran center is given the all-clear, which requires him to be activated off injured reserve, Garrett Wilson figures to be the odd man out of the lineup. In his return to Pittsburgh, Cullen has two goals, two assists and 26 shots in 18 games while averaging 11:46 of ice time.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: In goal Wednesday

    DeSmith will get the starting nod on the road versus Chicago on Wednesday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

    While Matt Murray (lower body) has been taken off injured reserve, DeSmith will continue to defend the cage while Murray serves as the backup. The 27-year-old Smith has registered a 9-4-4 record in 20 appearances this season, along with a pair of shutouts and a 2.34 GAA. The backup netminder was taking starts away from Murray prior to the Thunder Bay native getting hurt and may have played his way into a goalie split moving forward.

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  • Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Placed on injured reserve

    Hornqvist (upper body) has been designated for IR, per the NHL media site.

    Assuming the team utilized a retroactive placement on injured reserve, Hornqvist should still be eligible to be activated ahead of Friday's matchup with Boston. The decision could also be an indication that Matt Cullen (lower body) won't be ready in time to play versus Chicago on Wednesday and the club needed the extra roster spot to bring up a player from the minors.

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  • Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Sent back to minors

    Jarry was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.

    With Matt Murray (lower body) healthy, the club didn't need to carry three netminders, so Jarry returns to the Baby Pens. In his 11 minor-league appearances, the 23-year-old is 4-5-1 with a .909 save percentage. Given how well Casey DeSmith filled in for Murray, Jarry figures to spend the remainder of the year in the minors.

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  • Penguins' Matt Murray: Activated off injured reserve

    Murray (lower body) was taken off injured reserve Wednesday.

    While the Penguins have yet to name a starter for Wednesday's matchup with Chicago, the fact that Murray is back on the active roster means he is at least capable of serving as the backup. The Thunder Bay native will likely have to earn his job back from Casey DeSmith, who is 9-4-4 on the year with two shutouts and a .925 save percentage, which is significantly better than Murray's 4-5-1 record and .877 save percentage.

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  • Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Still considered day-to-day

    Hornqvist (upper body) has not made any significant improvement, as coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "We were hoping he would progress faster, but that hasn't happened. Right now he's status quo -- day-to-day with an upper body injury."

    The fact that Hornqvist was unable to take part in Tuesday's practice session likely means the winger will miss his third consecutive outing in Wednesday's matchup with Chicago. With the gritty veteran unavailable, Jean-Sebastien Dea was promoted from the minors, while Phil Kessel has been reunited with Evgeni Malkin.

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  • Penguins' Matt Murray: Could suit up Wednesday

    Murray (lower body) could dress against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

    Even if Murray is healthy enough to be included in the lineup, coach Mike Sullivan may opt to keep him on the bench in order to give him some more time to get back to 100 percent. Unless the Thunder Bay native rediscovers his game, he could be forced to share the net with Casey DeSmith even once he's back to 100 percent.

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  • Penguins' Derick Brassard: Finds back of net against Isles

    Brassard scored his fourth goal of the season in Monday's 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders.

    The 31-year-old's numbers has suffered through the early part of the season due to a lower-body injury that cost him almost three weeks of action in late October and November, but Brassard finally seems to have his legs under him again, scoring three points in the last four games. His spot on the Pens' third line and limited ice time with the man advantage put a ceiling on his fantasy value, but he's still capable of supplying decent production now that he's healthy again.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Comes up big against Isles

    DeSmith stopped 25 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime during Monday's 2-1 shootout win over the islanders.

    The 27-year-old only got beaten once during the five-round shootout to cap another strong performance. DeSmith has now allowed three goals or fewer in eight straight starts, posting a 6-1-1 record, 2.10 GAA and .927 save percentage over that stretch, and even with Matt Murray (lower body) close to returning to action, DeSmith will be tough to dislodge from the starting job given his current form.

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  • Penguins' Matt Murray: Sidelined Monday

    Murray (lower body) will not be in the lineup versus the Islanders on Monday.

    Murray split time in the non-starters net with Tristan Jarry at practice, so it would appear he is nearing a return to action. When the netminder is cleared to play remains to be seen, but he could struggle to pry the crease away from Casey DeSmith, who has performed well in the Thunder Bay native's absence.

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  • Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Unavailable Monday

    Hornqvist (undisclosed) will miss Monday's matchup with the Islanders.

    Hornqvist was able to get on the ice Monday, which is a step in the right direction, but the fact that he didn't stay for practice doesn't bode well for his availability against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. With the Swede out of action, Riley Sheahan will get a look on the second line with Evgeni Malkin while Phil Kessel suits up alongside Sidney Crosby.

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  • Penguins' Matt Cullen: Sporting non-contact sweater

    Cullen (lower body) won't be in the lineup against the Islanders on Monday, but did take part in the game-day skate in a non-contact jersey, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

    Cullen appears to be trending in the right direction and could slot back into the lineup sooner rather than late. Once given the green light, the veteran should take his spot as the fourth-line center, which will likely force Derek Grant to the wing. Prior to getting hurt, the Minnesota native notched four points in 18 outings and was a mainstay on the penalty kill.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Gets starting nod against Islanders

    DeSmith will be between the pipes on the road against New York on Monday, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.

    DeSmith is coming off a tough overtime loss, in which he gave up just two goals on 29 shots. The netminder has been solid in his previous three tilts, a 2-0-1 record and 2.32 GAA, and should continue to carry the load until Matt Murray (lower body) is cleared to return -- although the 27-year-old DeSmith had been starting over Murray before the Thunder Bay native was injured, so how coach Mike Sullivan deploys the two remains to be seen.

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