Player News - Penguins

Date: Team: Pos:

Nick Bonino returned to action on Saturday February 25.

Feb 26 - 2:56 AM

Matt Murray made 36 saves on 38 shots Saturday night as the Penguins downed the Flyers 4-2 in an outdoor stadium game.

Murray was perfect on 14 shots in the first and lasted 11:14 into the second before giving up a goal to Jakub Voracek. This raises his recent record to 6-2-2 in the last 10 games with a save percentage of .935. Murray has been sharing the net with Marc-Andre Fleury and has overshadowed him so far this season with a 23-7-3 record compared to Fleury’s 15-7-2. That makes him a great differentiator on a fantasy player’s lineup.
Feb 25 - 11:26 PM

Matt Cullen scored the game winning goal in a 4-2 victory by the Penguins over the Flyers Saturday night.

Cullen snapped a four-game goalless streak during which he had only one assist. He added to his fantasy production with two more shots on goal, giving him three for the game and making him the second most prolific Penguin in Saturday night’s outdoor contest.
Feb 25 - 11:05 PM

Justin Schultz will indeed return to Pittsburgh's blue line for the Stadium Series match against the Flyers on Saturday.

Through 74 games now with the Penguins dating back to last season he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks.
Feb 25 - 7:39 PM

Matt Murray will get the Stadium Series start against the Flyers on Saturday.

As if one expected otherwise. Murray has a 22-7-3 record with a 2.27 GAA and a .926 save percentage this season. He's only played the Flyers once in his career, winning once while stopping 39 of 41 shots.
Feb 25 - 12:54 PM

Justin Schultz is a game-time decision for Saturday's Stadium Series game against the Flyers.

However he "feels really good", which may be your tip off to whether or not he'll play. We'll keep you posted on the official word as it comes down.
Feb 25 - 12:34 PM

Unfortunately, Kris Letang (upper body) will not play in Saturday's Stadium Series against the Flyers.

The talented defender is still considered day-to-day, and his next chance to play will be Tuesday against Dallas.
Feb 25 - 12:33 PM

Kris Letang (upper body) is a game-time decision for Saturday's match against the Flyers.

Through 41 games this season Pittsburgh's top defender has posted five goals and 34 points with 70 blocks and hits.
Feb 24 - 6:14 PM

Justin Schultz (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's match with the Flyers.

Through 74 games now with the Penguins dating back to last season he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks.
Feb 24 - 6:12 PM

If GM Jim Rutherford has it his way, Justin Schultz won't be going anywhere this summer.

We have not [discussed an extension with Justin Schultz], but he will definitely be a priority for us in the offseason." A restricted free agent this summer, the 26-year-old has been resurgent with Pittsburgh. Through 74 games now he has 10 goals and 47 points along with 50 hits and 81 blocks. He's been a boon to their power play behind Kris Letang, posting a goal and 13 points this season with the man-advantage. Making just $1.4M this season, Schultz should see a nice raise for his contributions to the club.
Source: Sam Werner
Feb 24 - 3:09 PM

Ron Hainsey has played in more games without a playoff appearance than any other active player.

Hainsey has participated in 891 career games. The lack of postseason action on his resume is about to change though after being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. "It's not just a playoff team, right? It's a team that obviously won last year, and I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by saying it's a team that expects to win this year," Hainsey said. "That's certainly the most exciting part of it. (Carolina GM Ron Francis) told me this morning it was Pittsburgh, and if you could pick a spot where you say, ‘If we don't win the Stanley Cup, we're going to be disappointed,' this would certainly qualify."
Feb 24 - 7:13 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to trade Marc-Andre Fleury.

While Fleury isn't expected to be part of the Penguins' long-term future anymore, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would rather have the goaltending depth going into the playoffs. "I'm going to say what I've said all along. I'd prefer to keep him," Rutherford said. "We play a lot of games in March. You don't know when players are going to get hurt. He's handled the situation very well. I'm going to have some communication with him in between now and the [deadline] and see exactly where he sits and how he feels. That will play a part in the final decision. But I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself because he very well could be a part of our team going down the stretch." This situation will likely be dealt with in the summer as the Penguins will want to protect Matt Murray in the expansion draft and they don't have the option of protecting both goaltenders.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 4:51 PM

Ron Hainsey should join the Penguins in time for Friday's practice.

That might set the stage for Hainsey to play for the Penguins on Saturday. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection and Danny Kristo. With the Penguins' blueline decimated by injuries, Hainsey will be a very welcome addition.
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Justin Schultz (concussion) took part in Thursday's practice.

Schultz is hoping to get the green light to return on Saturday. He's missed the Penguins' last three games.
Feb 23 - 1:53 PM

Kris Letang is dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Penguins didn't offer any further details other than to say that Letang is day-to-day. Unfortunately injury troubles are nothing new for Letang and this season has been no exception as he's been limited to 41 games so far. The Penguins are also missing blueliners Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta though, so the timing of Letang's injury is particularly brutal. The silver lining is that the Penguins acquired Ron Hainsey, so at least they have a much needed reinforcement.
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM


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