Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Garrett Wilson scored twice in Pittsburgh's 4-2 preseason loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

Wilson also got into a fight. The 25-year-old is doing everything he can to force his way onto the roster after inking a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins over the summer. He had no points and 24 penalty minutes in 29 contests with Florida in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 5:46 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 19 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

He played the first two periods of the game before being replaced by Casey Desmith at the start of the third period. It's not an ideal result for a guy who's battling Matt Murray for the starting gig. Regardless of tonight's outcome, we have to remember that this is just one preseason game. Fleury has plenty of time to redeem himself for this mediocre performance.
Sep 27 - 10:31 PM

Matt Murray's main challenge right now will be not to aggravate his thumb injury.

"At this time of the year, you don't want to rush back and push yourself when you don't need to and re-aggravate it," Murray said. "That's going to be the biggest challenge, not pushing myself too hard to come back and then reinjuring it." Murray is set to miss three-to-six weeks, which isn't a terrible amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but it comes at an inopportune moment. Murray had a chance to enter the campaign as the Penguins' top goalie off of his 2016 Stanley Cup-winning performance. Now Marc-Andre Fleury has a chance to reassert himself as the number one while temporarily uncontested.
Sep 27 - 6:07 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury will play between the pipes against Detroit on Tuesday.

Fleury is warming up for what will be a significantly different season for him. Rather than go into the campaign as the Penguins' clear number one goaltender as he has in the past, he'll have to compete for that spot with Matt Murray.
Sep 26 - 5:15 PM

Nick Bonino (foot) didn't participate in Monday's practice.

Bonino was struck in the foot by the puck on Sunday. The good news is that this doesn't sound like a significant problem. "He came in and was sore, so we held him off," coach Mike Sullivan explained. With that in mind, it sounds like this is just a day-to-day issue.
Sep 26 - 5:07 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) might not participate in any preseason games.

Kessel is on his way back from hand surgery in July. It's possible that he'll play in the Penguins' opener even if he doesn't get in any ice time during the exhibition schedule.
Sep 26 - 4:34 PM

Nick Bonino suffered a foot injury in practice.

It is not yet known how serious the injury may be. "We’ll see how he is overnight," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He obviously took a shot in the foot. I don’t think it’s anything serious. I think it just hit him in an unfortunate spot. We’ll have more of an update [Monday]." Stay tuned.
Sep 26 - 9:43 AM

Bryan Rust's injury is to the finger that he broke in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in June.

That's not good news as it has taken an awfully long time to heal. While Rust is likely to start the season, it looks like he may have trouble shooting and therefore his fantasy value will lessen despite his great playoff where he scored six times and added three assists in the Penguins 23 game Cup run.
Sep 26 - 9:37 AM

Leland Irving has a chance to backup Marc-Andre Fleury with Matt Murray out of action for three-six weeks.

Irving is on a PTO and is now battling Tristan Jarry for the opening night bench spot in Pittsburgh. Irving has bounced around since he was the Flames first round pick in 2006 and played for the Wild's farm team in Iowa last season where he played 41 games and was 12-22-6 with a 2.68 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Sep 26 - 9:13 AM

Oskar Sundqvist is out with an undisclosed injury.

Sundqvist skated before the start of practice and should be skating with his teammates in the not to distant future. He only appeared in 18 NHL games last season so he easily could start the season in the minors, especially if Matt Cullen is healthy.
Sep 25 - 10:34 AM

Matt Cullen missed practice on Saturday.

The veteran center has an undisclosed injury but there is little concern so early in training camp. The 39-year-old will have little-to-no fantasy value but is a solid fourth line center for the Penguins.
Sep 25 - 10:31 AM

Derrick Pouliot has come into camp much slimmer than last season.

Pouliot is trying to make the team and also seems to have a renewed confidence at the start of camp. "Maybe that was one of the things holding me back last year from performing at my best," Pouliot said of his physical transformation. "It’s my third year professionally now. I’m starting to learn how to learn how to be a professional and do the little things." Pouliot worked with Gary Roberts in the off-season and that seems to have worked. Pouliot has plenty of offensive upside but curb those thoughts a bit this season and expect a 7-10 goal season and 30 points from the former eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Sep 25 - 10:28 AM

Bryan Rust missed practice on Saturday for the second straight day.

No word on the injury but it's not expected to keep him out of the lineup for any significant period of time. Rust had a great playoff for the Penguins as the rookie had six goals and nine points in 23 games after 11 points in 41 regular season outings. Looking forward, he should be in the 25-30 point range if he is a bottom six forward.
Sep 25 - 10:26 AM

Encouraging news for Matt Murray, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their fans.

According to General Manager Jim Rutherford, Murray won't need surgery to repair his broken hand. He's still expected to miss three-to-six weeks, and we'd expect the youngster to get all the time he needs considering it'll be Marc-Andre Fleury in net.
Sep 24 - 2:04 PM

With Matt Murray set to begin the season on the shelf with a broken hand, Marc-Andre Fleury will get first rights at Pittsburgh's crease.

Murray suffered a broken hand during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, and will be out "three-to-six weeks" according to the Penguins. Fleury meanwhile is looking to have his third straight season of improvement. He's entering his age-32 season but the veteran netminder has arguably never been better than he's been over the last two campaigns. Pittsburgh was demonstrably hockey's best team in the 2017 portion of the calendar, and it's hard to imagine why that would change.
Sep 24 - 12:27 PM


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