Player News - Penguins

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Beau Bennett (lower body) could start limited practices in the next 7-10 days.

He was expected to be out of action until the middle of November so it sounds like he is right on schedule. The talented winger keeps on getting hurt so his fantasy value is up in the air since he rarely plays and cannot stay in the lineup.
Oct 19 - 8:49 AM

Coach Mike Johnston thinks that defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (undisclosed) can start practicing next week.

Bortuzzo has been out of action since September 28 and while it was expected he would miss three-four weeks, it certainly is going to be at least four. He had 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes in 54 games so his value is in the penalty minute category.
Oct 19 - 8:47 AM

Nick Spaling played center on Saturday.

Spaling moved from the wing to center on the third line as he was between Blake Comeau and Steve Downie while usual center Marcel Goc moved down to the fourth unit between Zach Sill and Craig Adams. "I don't think it changes anything," Spaling said. "Same gameplan. Same thing. Hopefully take advantage of a little more ice or whatever it brings. It doesn't change any way I'm approaching the game." Spaling is pointless in four games after getting 13 goals and 32 points for Nashville in 71 games last season.
Oct 19 - 8:40 AM

Patric Hornqvist registered two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in the Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

It’s still very early, but the returns on Hornqvist with two of the best centers in the game in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are very promising. Granted, the final goal came via the empty net, but Hornqvist is clearly thriving in Pittsburgh, with points in all four games and eight in total. Oh yeah, he also had a whopping 12 shots on goal in Saturday’s win. Malkin also had a strong game with a power-play goal and an assist. Crosby had two assists.
Oct 18 - 11:34 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury set aside 34 shots in the Penguins’ 3-1 win against the Islanders on Saturday night.

It looked like it could be a rough night for Fleury, who gave up the game’s first goal 5:46 into the game. But Fleury settled down against a very good offense, stifling a power play that had 10 shots on goal. He has a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.
Oct 18 - 11:33 PM

Remarkably, Pascal Dupuis will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Despite a scary injury, Dupuis will end up only missing part of Thursday's action after being stretchered off the ice. He's been fantastic so far this season, scoring one goal and four points in three games with a healthy amount of shots (12 SOG).
Oct 18 - 6:50 PM

Pascal Dupuis (neck) will partake in the morning skate on Saturday after which time it will be decided upon if he is able to go Saturday night.

Dupuis suffered what looked to be a serious injury on Thursday when he took a puck to the back of his neck after he was crosschecked and he had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. But the winger skated on Friday and he could be ready to go when the Penguins take on the undefeated New York Islanders Saturday. Stay tuned.
Oct 18 - 8:55 AM

Pascal Dupuis (neck) skated for 14 minutes on Friday morning after he left Thursday night's game on a stretcher.

He took to the ice before the Penguins practiced and he didn't join the session. Dupuis was struck in the back of the neck by a Kris Letang shot after he was knocked down by Dallas defender Alex Goligoski. His status hasn't been determined yet, but there appears to be a chance that he could play Saturday.
Oct 17 - 12:49 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Crosby extended his season-opening point and goal streaks to three games. He has four goals and three assists in 2014-15.
Oct 17 - 5:39 AM

Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after getting crosschecked to the ice in front of the net and taking a slap shot to the back of the neck.

Dupuis gave the thumbs up as he was exiting the game, but it's a tough play for the often-injured winger. His head was facing down while the puck deflected off his backside, somewhere between the top of his jersey and his helmet. We will keep you posted on the severity of his injury.
Oct 16 - 11:31 PM

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 28 shots in Thursday night's loss to the Stars, the 29-year-old's first defeat of the season.

Fleury has not been anything to rave about this season despite his 2-1 record. His goals against average is at 3.00 with a save percentage of .890. The veteran should be a serviceable fantasy option however on a strong Penguins team unless he falls out of favor with coach Mike Johnston.
Oct 16 - 11:12 PM

Chirs Kunitz chipped in with a goal and an assist in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the stars, giving him four points over three games so far this season.

Kunitz has been fighting off an illness but it hasn't affected his point output in the early goings of the season, as the 35-year-old has collected two goals and four points in three games in the opening week.
Oct 16 - 11:04 PM

Evgeni Malkin will serve as a right winger for at least two more games.

It looks like Penguins coach Mike Johnston will reevaluate the situation after that. Shifting Malkin to the wing has allowed him to play with center Brandon Sutter as well as Pascal Dupuis. So far that line has done very well, although any line with Malkin in it will typically succeed.
Oct 16 - 9:00 AM

Patric Hornqvist is capitalizing on the opportunity to play alongside Sidney Crosby.

"Oh yeah, for sure. Playing with Sid makes it easier out there," said Hornqvist. "He's one of the best players in the world. He can make things happen from nothing. He’s so strong on the puck, and you just have to skate a lot and try to get open when you play with him." Hornqvist has two goals and four points in two games. If he stays on the top line, Hornqvist should surpass his previous career-high of 53 points.
Oct 15 - 6:13 AM

Sidney Crosby has been selected as the NHL's third star of the week.

Crosby got off to a hot start with three goals and six points in two games. He's an incredible offensive talent and a great bet to win the Art Ross Trophy if he stays healthy.
Oct 13 - 12:31 PM

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