Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for Pittsburgh on Thursday.

He will face Colorado because Marc-Andre Fleury is dealing with an illness. The Penguins' number one goalie is being tested for the mumps, so Greiss will occupy the crease in his place and Jeff Zatkoff will back him up.
Dec 17 - 6:40 PM

Pittsburgh has summoned Jeff Zatkoff from the minors.

Marc-Andre Fleury is being tested for the mumps, so Zatkoff will join the big club as a precaution. He could back up Thomas Greiss on Thursday if Fleury is unable to play.
Dec 17 - 5:49 PM

Chris Kunitz (foot) participated in Wednesday's practice.

"He was back to take all drills except for contact drills, so that was the normal step," coach Mike Johnston said. "So he was into really the first step of coming back into practice. Tomorrow he'll do the game-day skate full out, then I don't expect that he's going to be playing at all tomorrow. And Friday will give us another chance to get a good quality practice for him." Kunitz has been out of commission since Nov. 29 with a foot fracture, but he's hoping to resume playing before Christmas.
Dec 17 - 2:48 PM

Sidney Crosby (mumps) skated on his own before practice on Wednesday.

"He looked good on the ice. It was a full skate," said coach Mike Johnston. "He worked on some extra conditioning drills." He isn't infectious anymore and has resumed skating, so it probably won't be long before he's back in the lineup. Thursday's match against Colorado is a possibility.
Dec 17 - 2:43 PM

Robert Bortuzzo is being tested for the mumps after he was feeling ill on Wednesday.

He suffered an upper-body injury on Saturday and now he's been quarantined as a precaution because of an illness.
Dec 17 - 2:39 PM

Olli Maatta is sidelined with an undisclosed injury and now he's being tested for mumps as well.

He has been sidelined since Dec. 6 and was quarantined as a precaution on Wednesday because he was feeling sick.
Dec 17 - 2:34 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't feeling well on Wednesday, so he didn't practice.

He was quarantined as a result and is being tested for mumps as a precaution. The Penguins have been the latest team to experience the illness that has made its way to several clubs this season.
Dec 17 - 2:30 PM

Bobby Farnham is making a good first impression with the Penguins.

Farnham, 25, has played in two games and is known for his physical play. He recorded five hits on Monday and logged 9:17 minutes, including some early shifts. "Early in the game, when we didn't have a lot going on, he was the one bright light," coach Mike Johnston said. Pittsburgh has quite a few injured forwards and once some of them start coming back, Farnham could find himself back in the minors. For now though, he's likely to continue to serve on Pittsburgh's fourth line.
Dec 17 - 9:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have confirmed that Beau Bennett has the mumps.

Bennett was previously under suspicion because he was displaying mumps-like symptoms. He was already on the sidelines due to a lower-body injury.
Dec 16 - 5:25 PM

Bryan Rust scored his first career NHL goal in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

Rust was playing in his second game with Pittsburgh. He beat goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on a hard, top shelf shot. "I always kind of pictured going to the crease and having it hit off of me, get a lucky one and start rolling from there," Rust said. "I'll definitely take the one I got (Monday)."
Dec 16 - 11:22 AM

Brian Dumoulin scored his first career NHL goal on Monday.

It was Dumoulin's 10th career game. He fired a shot that deflected off of a Tampa Bay Lightning player before heading into the net. "That first one is always exciting," Dumoulin said. "It doesn't matter how it goes in. Just the fact that it went in, that's the biggest part. Getting the win and playing as well as we did was just as good as scoring."
Dec 16 - 11:19 AM

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his seventh consecutive win against the Lightning Monday night as the Penguins defeated visiting Tampa Bay 4-2.

Fleury made 28 saves in this one, nine in the third period. He is enjoying a first-rate season, with a goals-against average of 2.10 and a save percentage of .927. He also is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts with five. Fleury can help you win in your fantasy league. If you have him, keep him.
Dec 15 - 10:09 PM

Steve Downie scored a goal and added an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-2 triumph over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night.

Downie's goal, scored on a Pittsburgh power play late in the second period, was his fifth of the season. His assist was his 10th. Also notching goals for the Pens were Brandon Sutter, with his seventh of the season, Bryan Rust, with his first, and Brian Dumoulin, also his first.
Dec 15 - 9:55 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury will be the starting netminder for the Penguins Monday versus the Lightning.

The Pens will roll out with their usual goaltender between the pipes Monday as they take on the Lightning. Fleury has been great this year, posting the fifth best goals-against-average (2.10) and seventh best save percentage (.926) in the NHL. He is also tied for the league lead in shutouts with five. In 30 career games against Tampa Bay, Fleury has a 15-10-3 record, 2.39 GAA, and .911 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 15 - 5:30 PM

Brian Dumoulin will continue to dress for the Penguins Monday versus the Lightning.

Dumoulin will be playing in his fourth consecutive game and will look to record his first point of the season Monday. Scott Harrington will remain a healthy scratch for the Pens as they take on the Lightning in a battle between two of the top records in the Eastern conference.
Dec 15 - 5:26 PM


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