Player News - Penguins

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Christian Ehrhoff (upper body) will not resume skating until next week.

Ehrhoff will obviously miss Saturday and Sunday's games, but if he's not even skating until next week then his availability for Wednesday's contest is presumably in question too. He has three goals and 14 points in 43 games in 2014-15.
Mar 27 - 5:30 PM

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) might be back in the Penguins' lineup on Saturday.

Malkin felt good on Friday, but the Penguins will wait to see if he experiences any soreness before a final determination is made regarding his availability. He has 28 goals and 68 points in 63 games in 2014-15.
Mar 27 - 3:02 PM

Ben Lovejoy had an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to Carolina on Thursday.

It was Lovejoy's second assist in 12 games with the Penguins in 2014-15. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Anaheim Ducks on March 2 in exchange for Simon Despres.
Mar 27 - 11:39 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 28 shots in a disappointing 5-2 loss to Carolina on Thursday night.

It's been a rough first week of fantasy playoffs for the veteran netminder, as he's allowed eight goals in two losses in the past three days. Fleury will have a golden chance to redeem himself to fantasy owners on Saturday when the Pens take on the basement-dwelling Arizona Coyotes. This season, Fleury is 32-17-8 with a .921 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average.
Mar 26 - 10:28 PM

Brandon Sutter scored against his former team, but the Penguins were smacked 5-2 by the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Sutter now has 17 goals and 29 points through 72 games, three points shy of his career high he set in 2011-2012 with Carolina.
Mar 26 - 10:19 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in Thursday's game against Carolina.

The 30-year-old has dropped three of his last four starts but his performance has been good throughout the season. Fleury has a 32-16-8 record with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage in 57 games this season.
Mar 26 - 6:03 PM

Daniel Winnik has been skating alongside Sidney Crosby and David Perron.

He has produced a goal and an assist in his last two games. "I just have to play my game," Winnik said. "Quick on pucks and be strong on it down low, create space for them when I can. It's about winning one-on-one battles, especially board battles." He has five points in 12 games since joining the Penguins from Toronto.
Mar 26 - 4:58 PM

Christian Ehrhoff is slated to be sidelined for several days, according to coach Mike Johnston.

He was injured on Tuesday night in his return from an undisclosed ailment. In 43 games this season, Ehrhoff has three goals and 14 points. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 26 - 4:49 PM

Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) didn't take part in contact drills on Wednesday.

Hornqvist will miss his fifth straight game on Thursday as a result. There's still a good chance that he'll return on Saturday or Sunday though.
Mar 26 - 10:23 AM

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) will miss Thursday's contest.

Malkin has already missed five straight games. The good news is that Malkin might return on Saturday or Sunday. He has 28 goals and 68 points in 63 contests this season.
Mar 26 - 10:22 AM

Christian Ehrhoff was hurt again on Tuesday.

Ehrhoff was returning from an undisclosed injury, but his head collided with the boards as a result of a hit from St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko during the first period of Tuesday's game. Ehrhoff left the contest and didn't return. The Penguins defenseman recently dealt with a concussion unrelated from the undisclosed injury he was returning from.
Mar 25 - 11:32 AM

Steve Downie looked like a first line All-Star when he pulled out a swift backhand-to-forehand plus 180 degree turn for his 13th goal of the season on Tuesday night.

The maneuver has become somewhat common among crease-crowding power play forwards, but no one expected the league's leading penalty minute (223) getter to pull it off. Downie also did not take a penalty for the third time in four games. For the season, Downie now has 13 goals and 27 points this season.
Mar 25 - 12:50 AM

Blake Comeau recorded his first goal in nine games when he opened the scoring mid way through Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues.

Comeau was the beneficiary of Daniel Winnik's extra efforts to create a scoring opportunity as Comeau simply readied himself for the tap-in. He now has 16 goals and 29 points through 52 games this season.
Mar 25 - 12:46 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury was unable to hold onto a 2-0 lead, eventually falling to the Blues 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Fleury was beaten only on two intense scrambles in front of the net, and in overtime off a heavy screen. While one could argue Fleury should still make the stops, and the Pens should win a game they were up by two in, sometimes you just have to hand it to the opponent. The loss drops his record to 32-16-8 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA.
Mar 25 - 12:20 AM

Just to confirm, Christian Ehrhoff (undisclosed) will return on Tuesday.

As expected, the Penguins are going with seven defensemen and 11 forwards tonight. Ehrhoff will be paired with Ben Lovejoy. Forward Andrew Ebbett has obviously been taken out of the lineup given that he was sent to the minors.
Mar 24 - 6:41 PM

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