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Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  () / 1/1/2050

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost six of their last eight games.
That's part of a larger streak of mediocrity for Pittsburgh as they've gone 6-8-4 after a 22-6-4 start to the campaign. The Penguins had built up such an impressive cushion for itself that missing the playoffs still seems unlikely, but they're starting to lose ground when it comes to positioning. The Islanders have taken the lead in the Metropolitan Division and Pittsburgh is just four points ahead of the Rangers and Capitals. It's not outside the realm of possibilities that Pittsburgh could end up in a Wild Card spot if they don't start to turn things around. Feb 2 - 11:29 AM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are only 6-7-3 against their Metropolitan divisional rivals this season.

This is in sharp contrast to their 20-4-3 mark against the rest of the team's in the NHL. Unfortunately, the Penguins take on the Rangers today and will have to go head-to-head against Metropolitan division teams in the early rounds of the playoffs if four teams from each division make it.
Jan 18 - 9:49 AM

The Penguins have called off their morning practice Saturday due to poor road conditions in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens Saturday and it was hoped that David Perron would get in at least one practice with his new teammates. He won't.
Jan 3 - 10:09 AM

Pittsburgh has the best power play in the league, but they haven't been getting many opportunities lately.

The Penguins had 4.2 power plays per game in October, but it dropped to 2.7 opportunities in November. "We haven't had many power plays, and it has become a problem," assistant coach Rick Tocchet said. "We had one stretch where we had one power play in two games. It's hard to stay sharp when that happens. We'll probably practice it more this week. It's hard to practice with full pressure on the power play because you don't want people getting hurt, but we need it."
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 04:10:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins worked on their penalty killing in practice on Friday after giving up three power play goals to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

"With special teams, I always believe at the beginning of the year, the first three or four weeks, unless you’ve had the same unit, you’ve had the same coach from the year before, then you’ve got to get in sync, Johnston said. "It takes a series of eight to 10 games before you get your special teams in sync." If that is the case, expect the Penguins to be hurting throughout the month of October on the penalty kill.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:54:00 AM

The Mike Johnston era kicked off on Thursday in Pittsburgh with the start of training camp, and one early focus the rookie coach plans to implement will be maintaining puck possession.

"The one thing I keep hearing is the puck possession, kind of the analytics of the game and being able to hold onto the puck instead of giving it away," said forward Chris Kunitz on Thursday. "If you keep the puck your shots go up, and I think we have a team that can skate up and down the ice." While the Pens made a few moves in the off-season to their roster, the most sweeping changes over the offseason came in shuffling off-ice personnel. "It's going to take a bit to learn a new system and to understand the expectations of our coaching staff," said Kunitz. "But I think we're all eager and excited to get into that process."
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston has been prepping for training camp by watching video of the Penguins from the 2013-14 season.

"As far as player personnel for me and the style we want to play -- the up-tempo style, the puck-moving style, good decisions with the puck, play with pace, play with speed -- I like the personnel," he said. "I like it from the defensive point of view, where we've got defensemen who can escape the zone really quick. Make good decisions. Good skaters who can jump up into the play and create on the attack. From a forward's perspective, I think right now that ... we have some real quality players returning. Then we have some more depth than maybe they had at the end of last year through[out] the lineup." He's already thinking about potential line tinkering and he's looking forward to trying out different combinations during camp. Read more:
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 01:23:00 PM

Jacques Martin has been promoted to the role of senior advisor of hockey operations.

Martin's duties will include scouting and assessing how the team stacks up to its competition. He served as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Gary Agnew has been hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins to serve as an assistant coach.

Agnew spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues. Before that he spent four campaigns as an assistant with Columbus. "I am very excited to add Gary Agnew to our coaching staff," head coach Mike Johnston said. "He is a long-time NHL assistant who has worked with both forwards and defensemen, along with having extensive special team's experience. I like the fact that Gary has also had head coaching experience, including very successful stints in the AHL and at the junior level. Gary has been a career coach and is well known for his communication and teaching abilities."
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Look for the Pittsburgh Penguins to be active in looking for bottom-six forwards as free agency approaches on July 1.

The Penguins filled one spot by acquiring Nick Spaling on Saturday but still have a spot open on the third unit and a couple open on the fourth line. The lack of depth up front hurt the Penguins all last season and new GM Jim Rutherford wants to address the need this off-season.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 08:38:00 AM

Mike Johnston has officially joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as their head coach.

Johnston has roughly a decade worth of experience as an assistant/associate coach at the NHL level. More recently, he spent the last six seasons as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach/GM. "Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be a good for the players we have here with the Penguins -- it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We're very excited to have him."
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 12:40:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed Mike Johnston to serve as the team's new head coach.

Johnston has been serving as the WHL Portland Winterhawks' head coach and brought them to the 2013 Memorial Cup Final in 2013. He's also served as an NHL assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings. His contract with the Penguins is reportedly a three-year deal.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Maxim Lapierre
5Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2David Perron
3Beau Bennett
4Blake Comeau
5Daniel Winnik
6Nick Spaling
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Bryan Rust
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Derrick Pouliot
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss