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Penguins' Derek Grant: Brought up to big club
The Penguins recalled Grant from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Sidney Crosby is currently being evaluated for an upper-body injury, so if he's unable to go Thursday against Tampa Bay, Grant may draw into the lineup against the Lightning. The veteran pivot has potted three goals in four AHL appearances this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Being evaluated for injury
According to coach Mike Sullivan, Crosby is being evaluated for an upper-body injury.
It isn't clear when Crosby may have suffered an injury, as he looked fine while logging a whopping 21:32 of ice time Tuesday against New Jersey, but this is definitely a situation worth monitoring ahead of Thursday's matchup with Tampa Bay. Another update on the superstar's status should surface prior to puck drop against the Lightning.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Scores in minor-league game
Jarry scored an empty-net goal for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against AHL Springfield on Wednesday.
It was the first goalie goal in the history of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton organization. The netminder is currently sitting with a 4-4-2 record for the Baby Pens, but is unlikely to replace Casey DeSmith as the backup behind Matt Murray any time soon.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Tanner Pearson: Officially traded
Pearson's move to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles in exchange for Carl Hagelin has officially gone through, the team announced Wednesday.
Pearson could get a look on the top line with Sidney Crosby or he could replace Hagelin straight up on Evgeni Malkin's line. The 26-year-old winger has managed just one helper in 17 games this season and is still looking for his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign. The Ontario native did hit the 20-goal mark back in 2016-17 and could do so again playing with some of the Penguins' top stars.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Tanner Pearson: Headed to East Coast
Pearson, reportedly, was acquired by the Penguins from the Kings on Wednesday, per Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pearson will bolster Pittsburgh's left-wing depth, which has been lacking of late -- other than Jake Guentzel -- and should provide an additional depth scoring option. The Ontario native has yet to tally a goal this season and has just one assist in 17 games, which likely explains why the Kings were willing to offload him. While he may not start there, Pearson could see time playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby, which would certainly give him significant fantasy value as long as he remained in that role. Considering his $3.75 million cap hit, Los Angeles almost certainly had to retain some of his salary.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Posts first multi-point game of November
Kessel scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Devils on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old started the season strongly, but he only had one assist in his last four games, so it was nice to see Kessel back on the score sheet. Part of his recent struggles could be connected to the fact the Penguins have moved Kessel down to the third line in an attempt to give the Pittsburgh forward lines some balance. That doesn't entirely explain the scoring drought, though, as coach Mike Sullivan has jumbled his lines quite frequently, and Kessel has received some playing time with Sidney Crosby as well. Hopefully, though, Sullivan choses to keep Kessel on one line soon. The best case scenario for his fantasy owners would be to see Kessel back with center Evgeni Malkin.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Can't keep Penguins on winning track
DeSmith allowed three goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Devils on Tuesday.
With Matt Murray struggling, the Penguins have turned to DeSmith to pull them out of their recent rut. It worked Saturday night, but after Tuesday's loss, the Penguins have dropped six of their last seven. DeSmith has lost just one of those games, though, as he has been pretty spectacular. He is 3-2-2 with a .938 save percentage and 2.04 GAA in 10 games this season. Even with the loss Tuesday, DeSmith has likely earned another start.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Gets starting nod Tuesday
DeSmith will make his third consecutive start for the Penguins on the road against the Devils on Tuesday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
With starter Matt Murray struggling -- he is 0-3-1 in his last four games with a 4.65 GAA -- and DeSmith coming off a 39-save, shutout performance against the Coyotes, coach Mike Sullivan will ride the hot hand into New Jersey. It's unclear what the New Hampshire native's workload will be the rest of the season, but he will certainly top his 14 games played from last year and has already set a career high with two shutouts.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Derick Brassard: Could practice soon
Brassard (lower body) is expected to begin practicing with the team soon, as coach Mike Sullivan told reporters the center "is making significant progress," Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Coach Sullivan and the Penguins have been very tight lipped about the nature or severity of Brassard's injury, despite the fact that he has been out of action since Oct. 25 and has missed the past seven games. Even if the Quebec native returns to practice Tuesday, the matchup with New Jersey is likely too soon. At best, Brassard might be available Thursday versus the Lightning, although even that seems unlikely given the length of his absence.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Dominik Simon: Posts two points versus Coyotes
Simon recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-0 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday.
On his goal, the 24-year-old made himself available for a tip-in score, and Bryan Rust found him right in front of net for the easy second-period goal. Then to end the period, Simon hit an open Patrick Hornqvist, who one-timed the puck past Darcy Kuemper. Simon looks good on Sidney Crosby's wing, and if he stays there, he should be on every fantasy team in deeper leagues. Simon has four goals and 10 points in 15 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Finds back of net
Dumoulin scored his first goal of the 2018-19 season Saturday during a 4-0 victory against the Coyotes.
Not only was the score his first of the season, it snapped a four-game pointless streak. Dumoulin is a better real-life hockey player than fantasy asset, but he does have a goal and six points through 15 games. He's on pace for a career-high 32 points. He's never had more than 18 points, so by his standards, Dumoulin could see huge jumps in the scoring categories in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: On ice for four goals
Crosby tallied a goal and an assist with a plus-4 rating in a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes on Saturday.
The Penguins captain was in full form, as he got his team going with a beautiful backhand goal in the second period. The Penguins used multiple line combinations Saturday, but whomever skated with Crosby looked good. Crosby was on the ice for all four Pittsburgh goals, and he assisted the last one to Brian Dumoulin. After a slow start, Crosby now has eight goals and 17 points in 15 games.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Posts second shutout of 2018-19
DeSmith recorded his second shutout of the season, stopping 39 shots in a 4-0 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday.
After playing pretty well in Washington on Wednesday, DeSmith started his second straight game and performed well again. DeSmith has won three of his six starts this season, and with the shutout, he improved his save percentage to .942 and his GAA to 1.89. With DeSmith heating up, it wouldn't at all be a surprise to see him start again Tuesday. That will really disappoint Matt Murray owners, but the Penguins' No. 1 goaltender has really struggled this season.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Patrolling crease Saturday
DeSmith will start in goal Saturday evening against the visiting Coyotes, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
DeSmith is 2-1-2 with a 2.22 GAA and .929 save percentage over eight games this season. His stellar play has seen Tristan Jarry return to the AHL after the two goalies appeared to be neck-and-neck in a battle for the No. 2 spot behind Matt Murray in training camp. DeSmith will face a Coyotes team that is 6-3-1 over its past 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Derick Brassard: Returns to ice
Brassard (lower body) skated on his own prior to Friday's practice.
Friday marked the first time Brassard has skated in over two weeks, which is obviously a big step in the right direction in his recovery. The 31-year-old pivot will need to return to practice with his teammates before getting the green light to return to game action, but he's definitely trending in the right direction.... See More ... See Less