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Penguins' Marcus Pettersson: Generates assist
Pettersson logged an assist and two blocked shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Pettersson has two goals and 16 points in 48 games with the Penguins after a trade from the Ducks. The blueliner has 22 points in 75 total games this season, along with 88 hits, 102 blocked shots and 72 shots on goal. He can provide a little depth to owners in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Supplies assist
Kessel grabbed a helper and fired six shots on goal in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers.
Kessel has three goals and six assists in 10 games in March, with seven of the nine points coming with the man advantage. He's on a point-per-game pace this season, with 24 goals and 49 assists in 73 games, as well as 192 shots, but his minus-19 rating has put a slight drag on his fantasy value. Still, the winger is almost always a threat to produce points.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Teddy Blueger: Opens scoring against Flyers
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.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Can't hang on against Flyers
Murray surrendered two goals on 38 shots in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers.
The two goals couldn't have come in a worse way for Murray, as James van Riemsdyk scored with 18 seconds left in the third period, only to be followed by Sean Couturier's overtime dagger with 3.4 seconds remaining. The result dropped Murray's record to 24-12-4 with a 2.83 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Penguins begin a road trip Tuesday against the Hurricanes, although it's unclear if Murray will draw a third straight start in that contest.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Listed as week-to-week
Malkin is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
It's a huge blow for the Penguins and fantasy owners alike to lose the Russian center for any length of the time this late in the season. In Malkin's absence, Teddy Blueger or Nick Bjugstad seem most likely to fill the second-line center role.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Will not play Sunday
Malkin (undisclosed) will not suit up for Sunday's contest against Philadelphia, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Malkin took a big cross-check against the Blues on Saturday that apparently had a lingering effect. The 6-foot-3 Russian should be considered day-to-day until a further update is available.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Bryan Rust: Expected to return Sunday
Rust (lower body) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Flyers.
Rust missed the last nine games after suffering an injury in a Feb. 26 matchup against Columbus. The 26-year-old has a career-high 17 goals this season and will be a welcomed addition to the Penguins' deep forward group.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Bryan Rust: Game-time decision Sunday
Rust (lower body) is a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Flyers, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Rust has missed the last nine games with this injury, but was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since sustaining the injury. Of course, more information should become available closer to puck drop. If the 26-year-old winger is a go, he should slide back into a top-six role.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Kris Letang: Still not ready to return
Letang (upper body) will not play against the Flyers on Sunday.
Letang has now missed the last 11 games after being injured the last time Pittsburgh faced the Flyers. In his absence, the team has gone 7-2-1, so there's no need to rush him back just yet.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Sunday
Murray will take on the Flyers on Sunday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Murray will look to bounce back from Saturday's horrible outing against St. Louis where he allowed four goals on 13 shots before getting the hook. He had a .929 save percentage and 2.37 GAA in his previous 10 appearances, going 7-1-2 in the process. The 24-year-old should be deployed as usual for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Needed in relief
DeSmith stopped 12 of 13 shots after replacing Matt Murray early in the second period of Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Blues.
The only goal the 27-year-old gave up came on the power play. DeSmith is dialed in right now -- he was coming off a shutout of the Sabres on Thursday -- and while Murray's recent play has been mostly sharp as well, the Penguins should be confident they can give their backup a little more work down the stretch if they want to try and get Murray some extra rest before the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Bounced by Blues
Murray allowed four goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Casey DeSmith early in the second period of Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Blues.
Murray had won four of his last five starts, not giving up more than three goals in any of them, but he looked sluggish in this home matinee. The 24-year-old now sports a 2.54 GAA and .925 save percentage through eight games in March.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Kris Letang: Remains out Saturday
Letang (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Blues.
The venerable rearguard was able to ditch his non-contact jersey for Friday's practice to raise hope that he'd be good to play Saturday, but the Penguins pretty much have secured a playoff spot, and it seems like a wise decision not to press Letang into the first game of a back-to-back set. Zach Trotman should continue holding down a premium spot on the top pair with Letang not quite ready for game action.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Bryan Rust: Won't play Saturday
Rust (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against St. Louis.
Rust was a full participant at practice for the first time since suffering his lower-body injury Friday, so he's clearly trending in the right direction, but he'll have to wait for Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Once cleared, the 26-year-old winger will likely return to a top-six role.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Saturday
Murray will post up between the pipes for Saturday's home game against the Blues.
One more victory will help Murray reach the 25-win plateau for a third straight year. His only other start against the Blues this season was an absolute gem, as the Ontario native denied 30 of 31 shots for a 6-1 win in St. Louis on Dec. 29. While the Blues have lost three straight games, they're a shoo-in for a playoff berth out of the Central Division.... See More ... See Less