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PLAYOFF GAMEDAY: Round 1, Game 2. Pens looking to even up the series.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers 8:00 PM – NBC Madison Square Garden, New York, New York It’s kind of unheralded for there to be optimism surrounding the Penguins after a playoff loss, but hanging with the Rangers the way they did in Game 1 wasn’t expected either. Outside of a start that couldn’t have been worse and the parade of dumb penalties, the Pens actually...
Via The Pensblog
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 2 Between the Rangers and the Penguins

Can the Penguins make this a series? By: Jim Meinecke The Penguins are coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference’s first round. After falling behind 1-0 28 seconds into the game and falling behind 2-0 after the first period, the Penguins played a much better final 40 minutes. The Penguins managed a goal in the second period by Blake Comeau, the...
Via The PensNation
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts: ECQ Game 1 – Pens can’t overcome poor start in 2-1 loss to Rangers

By: Meesh Shanmugam Rangers 2  Pens 1 Series: NYR leads 1-0 Goals Comeau (1) from Spaling, Lovejoy Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Kunitz (goalie interference) – Unnecessary (drives to the crease and gets tied up with a defenseman as he continues straight into the back of Lundqvist for a penalty) Chorney (interference) – Overly aggressive (throws a shoulder...
Via The PensNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 1 of Penguins vs Rangers: a ("The Simpsons") Recap by @DXTraeger

This series's underdog, Santa's Little Pittsburgh Penguins(photo from Fox's "The Simpsons")With last year's playoff series firmly etched into the mind of players and fans alike, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers kicked off their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series on Thursday night. Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins vs NY Rangers 2015 Playoff Predictions

Here we go again, It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off against the New York Rangers for the eight playoff game in a row for the Penguins.  Since the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy and they beat the Penguins last year, the NHL should just hand the series to the Rangers…  Right? We’ve put together an incredible group of writers to predict how the series will pan...
Via PenguinPoop
2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Round Preview: Rangers vs. Penguins

It’s hard to believe that perhaps just 5 years ago, the Rangers would ever be favored against a Crosby-led Penguins team, but here we are. The Penguins limped to the finish line losing 9 of their last 13 games, making the playoffs in the final day against a tanking Buffalo Sabres team and finishing the season at 43-27-12, good for 98 points. A year after the Rangers eliminated...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Playoff Primer #3: Can the Stubborn Pittsburgh Penguins Adjust in a 7 Game Series? by @DXTraeger

The NHL Playoffs are a, not literally Kris Letang.(photo from the 2015 Aces & Ice Casino Night for the Mario Lemieux Foundation via the Penguins' website) "Crapshoot" noun  1.   Informal. anything unpredictable, risky, or problematical; gamble. Even with advanced scouting, meticulous game-planning, and a burgeoning wealth of analytics, a NHL hockey game...
Via PensInitiative
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers Betting Odds

Betting odds for the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers.
Via Gamedayr
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How do the Penguins Stack up to the Rangers?

Can the Penguins avenge last year’s loss? (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) By: Jim Meinecke Joe Guzy did a great job at highlighting some reasons the Penguins can indeed avenge last year’s defeat to the Rangers in these 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs with a nice focus on Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist: Why Not the Pittsburgh Penguins? I was interested in breaking down...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: playoff preview, first round

The regular season has come to a close and the Penguins have squeaked into the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They have drawn a tough matchup as they will face their division rival, the New York Rangers. New York is coming off of a strong season having won the President’s trophy, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season. It will...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Evgeni Malkin Battling Through Pain to Keep Penguins Afloat

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 28: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot while getting tripped up by Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes at Consol Energy Center on March 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) The Pittsburgh Penguins are loaded with offensive talent with players like Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Kris...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the opposition: Marc-Andre Fleury

Finally, after 82 games and 187 days, the Rangers now know they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs. After a relatively strong start to the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, suffering from a number of significant injuries, limped into the 8th and final playoff spot on Saturday. In preparation for the start Read more → The post Scouting the opposition: Marc-Andre Fleury...
Via Blue Seat Blogs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Would You Trade Brandon Sutter For Frans Nielsen? by @ChicksDigHockey

I am a Brandon Sutter fan. I’ll always love Crosby and Malkin but give me a good bottom six guy any day. I guess I’m just partial to the gritty blue collar player who adds character as well as skill.  Give me a role player like Sutter or Max Talbot or Mike Rupp any day! Role players are as essential to a team’s success as goal scorers are. They won’t appear as such on...
Via PensInitiative
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins recalled Scott Wilson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Scott Wilson returns to NHL. (Photo/USA TODAY Sports)The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Scott Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday, April 14. Wilson is making his second trip up to the National Hockey League (NHL) this season after being recalled prior to Christmas. His NHL debut didn’t go as planned, suffering...
Via Mill City Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs first round schedule

The schedule and matchups for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs are set, with the action set to begin on Wed., April 15. EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 4 Ottawa Season series: 3-1 Senators Wednesday, April 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, NHL Network Friday, April 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7, CNBC Sunday, April 19 , Montreal at Ottawa, 7, NBC Sports Network...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Begin Plugging Roster Holes With no Salary Cap

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) stops quickly alongside Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (47), and left winger Nicolas Deslauriers (44), while goaltender Anders Lindback (35) makes a pad save during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Pittsburgh won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) The Pittsburgh Penguins finally will...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good is Fleury Compared to Other Playoff Goalies?

View image | The NHL playoffs begin this week.  I figured it’d be a good idea for TopSportsReport to have rankings to help fans understand the playoffs better, make their predictions better, and also, simply increase discussion surrounding this year’s playoffs. The goalie is one of the most important players on the ice, if not the most important.  Taking...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Analytics: Penguins are a much weaker team without Kris Letang

It took until the last night of the regular season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins have officially snuck into the playoffs after a 2-0 shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday evening. Unfortunately, they’re going to have to play for the chance to win the Stanley Cup without their number one defenseman, Kris Letang. The blueliner has been […] The post Analytics: Penguins are...
Via Along the Boards
6 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 82. Brandon Sutter and Marc-Andre Fleury save the season. Pens win 2-0.

Brandon Sutter is soft. He is probably one of the worst third-line centers in the NHL. But damn it all. He scored one goal, got hit in the face with a puck, got some stitches, and then came back and scored another. We’ve jobbed Sutter all year long. But he stepped up in the biggest game of the season. Nothing else you can say. But he wasn’t the number-one star. That was Marc...
Via The Pensblog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Patric Hornqvist Finds Himself Unable to Score but Plays Phenomenal Game

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist (72) cannot get the puck past New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) and Michael Grabner (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Patric Hornqvist has been one of the most consistent players on the Pittsburgh Penguins in this season. He has been a bright spot...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: playoff chances

The recent plummet of the Pittsburgh Penguins has left fans mystified and stunned as to how a one-time far off scenario has become a very possible reality. With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Penguins are clinging to a playoff spot. Let’s take a look at how exactly this team is in such a precarious situation. Lack of Leadership Sidney Crosby must provide...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How to defeat the “Trade Crosby or Malkin” argument in one simple question

With the entire Penguins world collapsing in on itself, there is one big thing to get ready for: suggestions of trading Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Get ready for it. It is going to happen everywhere. If they still have newspapers, it will be there. It will be on the radio. It will be on websites that have paywalls. LOL. Your grandma may suggest it. Your grandma sucks. It has...
Via The Pensblog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Pittsburgh Penguins in danger of not making the playoffs?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have made the playoffs for eight straight seasons now and they have been one of the best teams in the NHL over that timespan. The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to make nine straight playoff appearances, but it is a very real possibility the Penguins do not make the playoffs this season. While they are currently in the first Eastern Conference Wild Card...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Aftermath: (4/4/15) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Jackets continue to play spoiler. Racking up their franchise best 9th straight win, beating the rivaled Penguins 5-3. Yes the Penguins were shorthanded missing both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang but still it’s always great to beat a divisional rival (especially Pittsburgh). Highlights The Good, Better and Best  Good: Marko Dano Dano continues to impress me. It looks as if he’s...
Via BS Hockey
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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