Player News - Penguins

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Linus Olund has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Olund had eight goals and 23 points in 51 Swedish Hockey League games last season. He was taken by the Penguins with the 155th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 25 - 3:07 PM

Carl Hagelin (upper body) won't travel with the Penguins to Washington.

Hagelin has officially been ruled out for Game 1. His status for Game 2 hasn't been announced yet, but we're taking the fact that he isn't traveling with the team as a sign that they don't expect him to return that quickly. He didn't practice with the Penguins on Wednesday, but he was on the ice before the rest of the team.
Apr 25 - 12:59 PM

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) won't play in Game 1 of the second round.

The good news is that Malkin will be traveling with the team, so there's a chance that he'll return for Game 2. Malkin was on the ice Wednesday morning prior to the Penguins' practice.
Apr 25 - 12:56 PM

The second-round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will begin on Thursday night.

Game 1 will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. This is the third year in a row that these two teams will go head-to-head in the second round. The Penguins managed to top the Capitals in each of the last two years.
Apr 24 - 6:57 PM

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Carl Hagelin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Hagelin exited Sunday's Game 6 contest against Philadelphia after he was hit hard by Claude Giroux. He did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
Apr 24 - 12:29 PM

Evgeni Malkin is listed as day-to-day due to a lower-body injury, according to coach Mike Sullivan.

That shouldn't come as a surprise. Malkin did not take part in Tuesday's practice after he sat out Game 6 against Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 24 - 12:26 PM

Evgeni Malkin (leg) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

Malkin was not available to play in Game 6 against Philadelphia. It's unclear at this time if he will ready to play in Game 1 versus Washington in the second round of the postseason.
Apr 24 - 11:32 AM

Carl Hagelin (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

Hagelin was injured in Game 6 against Philadelphia. His status for Round 2 is unclear at this time.
Apr 24 - 11:28 AM

This will be the third straight year that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals have met in the playoffs.

If you like Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, then you've certainly been getting your fill. Pittsburgh of course beat Washington each of the last two years en route to winning the Stanley Cup. That's brought Crosby up to three championships over his career while Ovechkin hasn't ever seen his Capitals get past the second round. While Ovechkin himself has excelled in the playoffs just as he has in the regular season, the Capitals lack of success in his era is the big blemish compared to Crosby. Perhaps that narrative will be altered with this series.
Apr 24 - 5:19 AM

Kris Letang contributed three assists in Game 6 against Philadelphia.

Letang finished with a plus-3 rating and one shot in 25:33 of ice time in Pittsburgh's series-clinching 8-5 victory. He notched one goal and seven points in the opening round of the postseason. Letang didn't get to play at all last year in the playoffs when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.
Apr 23 - 4:10 PM

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in Sunday's clinching game.

Crosby is tied with teammate Jake Guentzel for the NHL scoring lead in the playoffs as each has six goals and 13 points in six contests. It is not an unusual height for Crosby who has been the NHL's best player during his career. The 30-year-old should be drafted high in the first round in most pools next season.
Apr 23 - 8:35 AM

Olli Maatta was a stud on the blueline for the Penguins Sunday.

Maatta ended the game with a plus-four rating and was a big part of the Penguins win. Maatta also chipped in with an assist in 21:54 of ice time. Maatta tied his career mark of 29 points this season and should be counted on for a similar point total next season if he remains healthy.
Apr 23 - 8:32 AM

Carter Rowney made his series debut in Game 6 against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Rowney had been out with an upper-body injury since Mar. 15. He got a chance to play Sunday because of an injury to Evgeni Malkin. Rowney logged just 8:39 of ice time in the contest.
Apr 22 - 8:32 PM

Carl Hagelin was injured in Game 6 against Philadelphia.

Hagelin was hurt on a big hit by Flyers captain Claude Giroux at around the midway mark of the contest. He was not able to return to the contest and coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update on the forward's status following the game.
Apr 22 - 7:12 PM

Matt Murray stopped 21 of 26 shots in an 8-5 win over Philadelphia in Game 6.

It was far from an ideal showing out of Murray, but the Penguins are advancing to the second round regardless. Murray did record two shutouts in the first round, so he was certainly a contributor to the Penguins' overall success, but Pittsburgh might need a more consistent performance out of him as we get deeper into the postseason.
Apr 22 - 6:00 PM

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