Player News - Penguins

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The playoffs have not been kind to Sidney Crosby of late as he has only one goal in his last 19 games.

That's a pretty awful streak for the superstar center and the slump continued in Game 1 against the Rangers as he managed only one shot on goal for the Penguins against Henrik Lundqvist. He will need to be a lot better if Pittsburgh hopes to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Apr 18 - 9:03 AM

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

Sidney Crosby had just one shot on goal and a minus-one rating in Game 1 of the Penguins' first round series against the New York Rangers.

Crosby is one of the best players in the league and the Penguins need to him to play a big role going forward if they're going to make it past the New York Rangers. He had a rough time in the 2014 playoffs too with just one goal and nine points in 13 games.
Apr 17 - 11:25 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury was the best Penguin on the ice in Thursday night's Game 1 in New York, making 36 saves but was given the loss.

The Rangers beat Fleury twice in the first period, the latter coming on the power play, as Pittsburgh was only able to get one puck past Henrik Lundqvist. The 30-year-old had a strong season with a .920 save percentage and 2.32 goals against average, and will need to guide his struggling team if the Pens have any hope this season.
Apr 16 - 10:50 PM

Blake Comeau netted the Penguins' only goal of Game 1 on Thursday night as Pittsburgh fell 2-1 on the road in New York.

Comeau's second period marker was assisted by Ben Lovejoy and Nick Spaling. The 29-year-old managed 31 points in 61 games during the regular season.
Apr 16 - 10:37 PM

Craig Adams, Scott Harrington and Scott Wilson are healthy scratches in game one of Pittsburgh's opening round series against the Rangers.

The Penguins will be in tough because they are without Christian Ehrhoff, Kris Letang and Derrick Pouliot. Adams is a good defensive forward but he doesn't bring much to the table offensively.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 16 - 7:18 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for Thursday's series opener against the New York Rangers.

Fleury was solid during the Penguins Stanley Cup run in 2009 but his body of work in the post-season has been underwhelming since then. The Penguins haven't entered a playoff series as a heavy underdog in quite some time, so it'll be interesting to see how they respond to that in this series. The 30-year-old has a career playoff record of 52-40 with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage.
Apr 16 - 6:49 PM

Taylor Chorney will dress in Pittsburgh's playoff opener on Thursday versus the Rangers.

He will be paired with Brian Dumoulin in the match. Both blueliners will be making their NHL playoff debuts after Chorney played seven games during the regular season and Dumoulin appeared in eight.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 16 - 5:27 PM

Daniel Winnik is projected to begin the postseason alongside Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist.

He produced two goals and nine points in 21 games with the Penguins after he was obtained from Toronto.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 16 - 5:23 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) won't be available for Thursday's playoff opener.

Coach Mike Johnston said Pouliot is "moving in the right direction," but it's unclear if he'll be ready to play in Game 2. Pouliot sat out the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Apr 16 - 3:29 PM

Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) won't play in Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

He has been sidelined since Mar. 24 with an upper-body injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready to play in Game 2, but he is moving in the right direction.
Apr 16 - 3:26 PM

Brian Dumoulin might participate in his first playoff game on Thursday.

It depends on how Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) feels. Ehrhoff has been cleared for contact, but it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for the Penguins' playoff opener. Dumoulin has never played in an NHL postseason contest and has just 14 games worth of NHL regular season experience under his belt.
Apr 15 - 10:01 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury is naturally under a lot of pressure going into the 2015 playoffs.

Fleury is coming off of a 28-save shutout against the lowly Buffalo Sabres, but he allowed at least three goals in each of his previous four starts. Pittsburgh limped into the playoffs and are up against the highly regarded New York Rangers in the first round. It will be an uphill battle for the Penguins and Fleury in particular given the effectiveness of the Rangers' offense. Pittsburgh certainly has star power of its own though, which will make this an interesting series should the Penguins be able to break out of their recent funk.
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) is now able to participate in contact drills.

Ehrhoff is still day-to-day, but the chances of him returning in the not too distant future have ticked upwards. He had three goals and 14 points in 49 games in 2014-15. He hasn't played since March 24.
Apr 14 - 2:36 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) missed Tuesday's practice.

Pouliot was initially projected to be ready for Game 1 on Thursday, but that perhaps that has changed. He had two goals and seven points in 34 regular season games.
Apr 14 - 12:57 PM


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