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Rob Scuderi | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/30/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 212
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One of the Penguins' big issues in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers was their lack of discipline in the first period.
Pittsburgh took four minor penalties in the first 20 minutes and entered the first intermission down 2-0. That led to the Penguins falling behind in the first round series 1-0. "Short-handed for seven, eight minutes of a 20-minute period, you're not doing yourself any favors," said Rob Scuderi. "You're taking half your lineup out of the equation. Those guys sit on the bench and they get cold. It's hard to keep your legs going. It's hard to keep any momentum going when you're constantly killing penalties and in your own end." This is nothing new for the Penguins as they took the second most minor penalties in the league in the regular season. Apr 17 - 11:29 AM

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Rob Scuderi scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday night.

This has been quite a collapse down the stretch. The injury bug has taken a huge chunk out of the Penguins but they aren't doing themselves any favours. The Eastern Conference Wild Card spots will be determined on the final day of the regular season. They will be claimed by two of Pittsburgh, Boston and Ottawa. Scuderi's goal late in the second period tied the game at one but the Pens eventually allowed two goals in the final frame. Sidney Crosby and Paul Martin picked up the assists on Scuderi's goal. The 36-year-old now has one goal and 10 points in 81 games this season.
Apr 10 - 9:46 PM

Rob Scuderi suggested the Pittsburgh Penguins have been a "fragile group for the last couple of weeks."

His statement was made after the Penguins blew a 3-0 lead in a critical game against the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh went on to lose that game in overtime. Some would argue that Scuderi's comment is accurate, but the timeframe is off. Given the Penguins' shortcomings in the playoffs in recent years, they've begun to build something of a reputation for themselves as a team that struggles when the stakes are raised. At the same time, while the Penguins have struggled in recent months, the odds of them making the playoffs are still favorable. Advancing to the postseason would give them a shot at redemption. After all, no one is going to talk about their regular season issues if they enjoy a lengthy playoff run.
Apr 8 - 11:50 AM

Rob Scuderi missed Tuesday's practice due to an illness.

Scuderi still traveled with the Penguins to Denver for Wednesday's game against Colorado. Consider him questionable for that contest.
Mar 4 - 9:29 AM

Rob Scuderi is making a difference this season on the Penguins blueline.

The veteran defenseman struggled upon his return last year but has been a solid veteran this season on a depleted Penguins blueline. "This guy is such a professional," assistant coach Gary Agnew said. "Having that kind of presence is huge for us. It really is. He's been outstanding all season." Fantasy-wise he has only eight assists and a plus-nine rating but that is not why the penguins inked him to a four-year deal last season.
Feb 14 - 11:12 AM

Rob Scuderi had two assists in Pittsburgh's 4-1 victory on Tuesday.

It was Scuderi's first two points of the season. He's a defensive defenseman that rarely chips in offensively, so we wouldn't count on him having another night like that in 2014-15.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Rob Scuderi appreciates the simplicity of new coach Mike Johnston's defensive system compared to Dan Bylsma's.

"It's not completely different from Dan's system," Scuderi said. "But sometimes when you're going back to get the puck, it's nice to have two options in your head instead of maybe three or four. It makes a big difference." Scuderi is a stay-at-home defenseman and consequently doesn't have much value in standard fantasy leagues. He had just four points in 53 contests in 2013-14.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Rob Scuderi will be looking to rebound from a disappointing year in 2014-15.

"I feel like I need to have a bounce-back year," he said. "I struggled after my injury." He missed 29 games from Oct. 26 to Dec. 29 due to a fractured ankle that required surgery and said he didn't feel the same for the rest of the season. Scuderi picked up four assists and a minus-8 rating in 53 games last year.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Defenseman Rob Scuderi did not enjoy a good season in 2013-14 but the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins likes him.

"I know he didn't play as well here last year, but you can't always go, based on one year," he said. "Sometimes, it's one year off, and then they're back on track. He's a key factor in this."
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Rob Scuderi has never lost a Game 7.

The Penguins have to hope that trend continues when Pittsburgh hosts the Rangers Tuesday night. Scuderi, 35, has been in three previous Game 7s. "Here's the biggest thing for us right now," Scuderi said. "We need to be confident in the game plan that our coaches give us. That's it. It's important for us to have more faith in the system that's gotten us here."
Tue, May 13, 2014 06:28:00 AM

Coach Dan Bylsma came to the defense of Rob Scuderi after he was criticized by former Penguins blueliner Peter Taglianetti on Twitter.

"Rob has probably played some his best hockey for us in these playoffs and this year," Bylsma said. "It's a fairly unassuming type of role in how he defends and what he does for our team." Taglianetti commented that Scuderi should be moved to the press box, but the current Pittsburgh defender isn't concerned with the comment. "I don't worry about outside influences much," he said. "I just try to do what I know has worked for me in the past and what I think will continue to bring me success."
Sat, May 10, 2014 05:40:00 PM

Rob Scuderi feels that the Pittsburgh Penguins have been lacking passion lately.

The Penguins are 6-6-2 since the Olympic break, but the team hasn't been in any danger of losing their spot as the Metropolitan Division leaders. That might be the reason for their motivational problems, but they need to find a way to stay motivated otherwise they might end up getting upset by a hot Wild Card team that competed hard until the bitter end of the season.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Rob Scuderi saw 18:01 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Sunday from a fractured ankle.

He finished the match with a minus-2 rating and he was credited with two blocked shots. "I felt OK. Conditioning, it wasn't a problem," said Scuderi, who was making his first appearance since Oct. 26. "Skating, it wasn't a problem. The only thing that's very awkward for me was just trying to get your bearings, where you're supposed to be, positioning, where the puck is. I struggled with that." He should get his timing back soon after he shakes off some rust.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi is back in action against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

He had missed 29 straight games with an ankle injury. With Kris Letang & Co. healing up, Pittsburgh's defense might be healing up as 2013 turns to 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:13:00 PM

Rob Scuderi (ankle) has received medical clearance and he could play as soon as Sunday evening in Columbus.

He has been sidelined since Oct. 26 because of a fractured ankle. Coach Dan Bylsma expects Scuderi to play soon even if his return doesn't come on Sunday.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 05:06:00 PM

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2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Maxim Lapierre
5Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2David Perron
3Daniel Winnik
4Beau Bennett
5Nick Spaling
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Blake Comeau
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Ben Lovejoy
7Ian Cole
8Taylor Chorney
9Brian Dumoulin
10Scott Harrington
11Derrick Pouliot
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss