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Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Getting assists but in goal slump
Malkin picked up two assists in Saturday's 6-4 loss to Ottawa.
He has 25 points in 18 games, which is an amazing pace. But Malkin has now gone seven games without a goal, which is a surprise for such a prolific goal scorer. The Pens are scuffling right now, but the best is still delivering. You know what to do.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Continues to thrill
Kessel's two assists Saturday in a 6-4 loss to Ottawa extended his current point streak to four games and seven points (two goals, five assists).
The Pens may be in a major slump right now, but Kessel keeps putting up points. And his 23 points in 18 games put him on track for a 100-point season. Phil really is a thrill. He's just that good.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Allows three goals in relief
DeSmith replaced starter Matt Murray after one period of play Saturday and allowed three goals on 15 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Senators.
The Penguins couldn't get their stuff together all night long, so neither goaltender really stood a chance. DeSmith's fantasy value is limited right now, but there's always a chance Murray misses time to injury. And DeSmith will be the top dog in that situation. Keep him rostered for now. Just in case.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Gets the yank after one period
Murray allowed three goals on 10 shots and was replaced at the start of the second period of Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Senators.
Casey DeSmith replaced him. Murray got into his own head and his game fell apart. He should rebound, but may need to step up his sessions with the team's sport psychologist. Trying too hard is counterproductive.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Riley Sheahan: Surprise scratch Saturday
Sheahan won't play in Saturday's game versus the Senators.
It's unclear if this is injury-related, but it's plausible he's a healthy scratch since he has just two points and a minus-9 rating through 17 games. That's not the production the Penguins expect out of Sheahan after he produced 32 points last year. If he is injured, there will be a report after the contest.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Starting in Ottawa
Murray will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Senators, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Murray struggled in his last start Thursday against Tampa Bay, surrendering four goals on 26 shots en route to a 4-3 loss. The 24-year-old netminder will look to bounce back and snap his five-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Senators team that's averaging 3.64 goals per game at home this campaign, sixth in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Derick Brassard: Activated off IR
The Penguins activated Brassard (lower body) off injured reserve Saturday.
Brassard is still technically a game-time decision for Saturday night's matchup with the Senators, but all signs point to the veteran pivot making his return to the lineup in Ottawa. The 31-year-old is expected to jump into a top-six role Saturday, centering Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel on Pittsburgh's second line.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Garrett Wilson: Reassigned to minors
Wilson was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday.
Wilson's demotion corresponds to Derick Brassard (lower body) getting taken off injured reserve for the evening's road contest against the Senators. The former has yet to record a point through 38 career NHL contests between the Panthers and Penguins.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Officially ruled out Saturday
Crosby (upper body) will not play Saturday evening against host Ottawa, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Per Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it looked like Crosby was "skating pretty hard" near the end of Saturday's morning skate, but Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that the future Hall of Famer will miss the next contest. Fortunately for the Pens, Derick Brassard said he'll be ready to go against the Sens.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Derick Brassard: Says he's ready to go
Brassard (lower body) said he'll return against the Senators on Saturday, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Brassard, of course, needs to be activated from injured reserve, but it appears the move is imminent based on the center's own words. We'll also get a better idea of the Penguins' lineup configurations once Brassard officially comes off IR.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Skates solo
Crosby (upper body) skated ahead of Friday's practice session, but he didn't join his teammates on the ice, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Coach Mike Sullivan originally told reporters he felt Crosby would be out for a week, so it seems unlikely he will be ready to go against Ottawa on Saturday. Prior to getting hurt, the Cole Harbour native notched five points in three outings. The Pens may get Derick Brassard (lower body) back for Saturday's game, which would help bolster their center depth with Sid the Kid sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Derick Brassard: Game-time call Saturday
Brassard (lower body) will be a game-time decision ahead of Saturday's clash with Ottawa, with the player telling reporters, "There's a good chance, but it all depends on how I feel tomorrow. Probably going to be a game-time decision," Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Brassard took part in his first practice session Friday, but it would seem that if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, the center will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's contest. Getting the 31-year-old back would be a huge boost for the middle of the Pens' lineup, as Sidney Crosby (upper body) is unlikely to be healthy in time.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Pots goal, assist
Kessel tallied a goal and an assist versus Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Kessel has bagged two points in back-to-back games and it gives him five in his last three on the heels of a brief three-game pointless streak. The Madison, Wisconsin native has moved up to the second line with Sidney Crosby (upper body) out of action and seems to be gelling with linemates Jake Guentzel and Riley Sheahan.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Snags two assists
Malkin garnered a pair of helpers in Thursday's 4-3 defeat from the Lightning.
While he has three assists in his last two games, Malkin is bogged down in a six-game goal drought. With Sidney Crosby (upper body) sidelined, the Russian power forward is going to have to carry the scoring load for the Pens if they want to turn their season around. A trip to Ottawa on Saturday to face a Senators squad allowing 4.05 goals per game this season could be what Geno needs to get back on track.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: Skid continues
Murray made 22 saves Thursday in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Murray's skid continues -- he hasn't recorded a win since Oct. 25 and is 0-4-1 in five games since then. He's talented, but inconsistent. We're not saying he's a Cam Ward clone, but we are monitoring the similarities -- early playoff excellence and depressed value afterwards.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Factors in all Penguins' goals
Hornqvist led the Penguins on Thursday with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Lightning. One goal and one assist came on the power play.
Hornqvist has had a slow start to the season -- he only had seven points in 16 games prior to Thursday's tilt. But he's a usual 50-point guy (give or take) with more than 20 goals. This season, Hornqvist is on pace for his first 30-plus goal season since 2009-10. His year-to-year consistency makes him a solid fantasy guy.... See More ... See Less
Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Thursday
Murray will get the starting nod at home versus the Lightning on Thursday.
Murray will return to the crease following a three-game stint on the bench in favor of Casey DeSmith. The 24-year-old Murray has been off his game this season, as he is 4-4-1 with a 3.87 GAA, .886 save percentage and one shutout. Tampa Bay is currently scoring 3.50 goals per game (second highest in the league) and will look to challenge Murray early and often.... See More ... See Less