Player News - Penguins

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Sidney Crosby was back in the Pittsburgh lineup Wednesday night but the Penguins were blanked 4-0 in Washington and the star center didn't have a particularly good night.

In his return from a lower-body injury, Crosby had 19:42 of ice time, got three shots on goal and lost 17 of his 24 faceoffs. Crosby wasn't eligible to play on Tuesday after skipping the All-Star Game last Sunday because of his ailment.
Jan 28 - 11:25 PM

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots but the Penguins were shut out 4-0 by the Capitals Wednesday night in Washington.

It was Fleury's first appearance since last Sunday's All-Star Game. He was on the bench in the Penguins' win Tuesday. After Wednesday's loss, Fleury's goals-against average rose to 2.36 and his save percentage is .920. His record dropped to 22-10-5. Should fantasy players give up on him? Of course not. Fleury's numbers, when all is said and done, will be among the best of NHL goalies this season. This was merely a night when his teammates couldn't do much to help him. They were without Evgeni Malkin (lower-body injury).
Jan 28 - 11:22 PM

Marc Arcobello will be watching from the press box Wednesday night.

With the acquisition of Maxim Lapierre and Sidney Crosby back in the lineup, it appears Arcobello will be the odd man out. He's participated in 45 games in the 2014-2015 season, scoring eight goals and adding six assists. Time will tell if he becomes a continuos scratch going forward.
Jan 28 - 7:53 PM

Maxim Lapierre will make his Penguins debut Wednesday night in Washington.

After being acquired by Pittsburgh on Tuesday in exchange for Marcel Goc, Lapierre will make his Penguins debut Wednesday night. The tough, gritty forward had played in 45 of the Blues’ 46 games this season, registering two goals and seven assists. He will center Steve Downie and Nick Spaling and be featured on the penalty kill as well.
Jan 28 - 6:54 PM

Sidney Crosby (lower body) will participate in Wednesday's game.

Crosby wasn't eligible to play on Tuesday after skipping the All-Star Game due to his ailment. With Crosby back in the lineup, Brandon Sutter will likely be taken off of the first line.
Jan 28 - 6:19 PM

Scott Harrington is once again listed as a healthy scratch Wednesday versus Washington.

The 21-year-old defenseman has yet to score a point at the NHL level in nine games this season. He skated in three of the Pens’ last four games but with Kris Letang healthy again, Harrington will have a hard time getting back on the ice.
Jan 28 - 5:17 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury will start on Wednesday against Washington.

Fleury got Tuesday's contest off after participating in the All-Star Game. He has a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage in 37 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 28 - 1:56 PM

David Perron had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 victory over Winnipeg Tuesday night.

Perron has six goals and nine points in nine games since joining the Pittsburgh Penguins. We were looking for him to get a big offensive boost following the trade that got him out of Edmonton and he hasn't disappointed. Look for him to stay very strong for the rest of the season.
Jan 28 - 11:31 AM

Paul Martin had two assists in a 5-3 victory against Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Martin has two goals and 12 points in 39 contests in 2014-15. He might do a bit better for the remainder of the season, but we wouldn't count on him having much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jan 28 - 11:28 AM

Simon Despres returned to action on Tuesday January 27.

He missed two games prior to the All-Star break due to an illness. Despres logged 21:04 of ice time and posted a minus-1 rating in 5-3 win over Winnipeg.
Jan 28 - 1:49 AM

The St. Louis Blues have traded Maxim Lapierre to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Marcel Goc.

It was trade for fourth line centers as each bring different elements from the position. Lapierre has two goals and seven assists for nine points in 45 games and is not a fantasy relevant player.
Jan 27 - 10:53 PM

Returning from a one-game absence due to a head injury, Kris Letang showed no signs of rust by registering five helpers in a 5-3 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Letang's fantasy owners have seemingly dodged a bullet since the blueliner missed just one game after he was hit by Zac Rinaldo last week and it looks like he'll pick up where he left off. Ride his hot hand for as long as you can.
Jan 27 - 9:41 PM

Thomas Greiss wasn't perfect, but he did enough to earn a victory in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Winnipeg.

Greiss ceded three goals on just 22 shots in the contest, but still rewarded fantasy owners who trusted him in a rare start by notching a win. His record improves to 5-2-3 with the victory while his GAA now stands at 2.60 and his save percentage is .916. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start against the Capitals Wednesday.
Jan 27 - 9:38 PM

Patric Hornqvist netted a pair of goals on Tuesday in a 5-3 defeat of the Jets.

Hornqvist missed about a month due to a lower body ailment, but he made his presence felt by counting twice in his first game back to give him 15 goals on the season in just 34 contests. Steve Downie, Nick Spaling and David Perron also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh in the victory.
Jan 27 - 9:34 PM

Scott Harrington, Bryan Rust, and Scott Wilson will all be healthy scratches on Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

Each were presumed fill-ins while David Perron, Patric Hornqvist, and Kris Letang were game-time decisions. Now with the three veterans all playing tonight, the three youngsters will take a seat.
Jan 27 - 7:07 PM

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