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Old 10-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #561
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here are the dates the Penguins are scheduled to wear their new alternate sweaters during the upcoming season

Oct. 15 -- Buffalo

Oct. 27 -- New York Islanders

Nov. 15 -- Colorado

Nov. 25 -- Ottawa

Dec. 27 -- Carolina

Jan. 6 -- New York Rangers

Jan. 7 -- New Jersey

Jan. 20 -- Montreal

Feb. 11 -- Winnipeg

Feb. 12 -- Tampa Bay

Mar. 7 -- Toronto

Mar. 22 -- Nashville
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Crosby unlikely to be cleared during road trip
Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 2:15 PM / NHL Insider
By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby doesn't expect to be cleared for contact during the Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opening road trip.

Crosby, out with a concussion since Jan. 6, accompanied the Penguins on Tuesday as they left to open the season Thursday night in Vancouver. The Penguins also stop in Calgary and Edmonton, and Crosby plans to take part in all three scheduled game-day skates and two practices during the trip.

Because Crosby won't be seeing any of his doctors until the Penguins return home, it isn't likely he'll switch his white practice helmet -- which signifies no contact -- to the team's regular black helmet.

"I'm happy to be out there, and when the time comes (for contact) I'll make sure I'm ready," Crosby said after practicing Tuesday. "To be honest, I'm just happy to be out there and working hard. It was a long time I wasn't able to do that. It's nice to be out there and go hard."

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Oh, and apparently Malkin is twittering now...and mostly in English! http://twitter.com/#!/malkin71_

Not a huge twitter fan myself...but there's a few folks I like to follow, and he's just become one of them.
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Penguins vs. Canucks Scouting Report
Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 8:00 AM / Features
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks



(so many possibilities for captioning this image of Staal and Sedin )
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The Penguins drew quite a formidable foe for their 2011-12 season opener: the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are certain to be hungry and highly motivated after advancing all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season – and suffering a heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in their own arena.

Despite getting so close to the promised land and having nothing to show for it, the Canucks have returned most of their roster from a season that saw them finish at or near the top of most notable statistical categories, showing just how deep of a team Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has assembled.

The Canucks’ first line – composed of wonder twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin and winger Alexandre Burrows – is intact. Left wing Daniel won the NHL scoring title (Art Ross) last season with 102 points, while center Henrik won it in 2010 with 112 points. The gritty Burrows played big during the Canucks’ Cup Final run, netting nine goals and 17 points – including the Game 7 overtime winner in their opening-round series vs. Chicago.

But the Canucks will be entering Thursday’s contest potentially missing two-thirds of their second line, as there’s a chance they’ll be without Ryan Kesler – the 2011 Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defensive forward – to start the season as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery. The 26-year-old center had a career year in 2010-11, scoring 41 goals, 73 points and finishing with a plus-24 rating.

They’ll also be without winger Mason Raymond, a fixture on the Canucks’ second line beside Kesler, as he suffered a vertebrae compression fracture during the Cup Final and isn’t expected back until November.

But while the Canucks will miss (potentially) Kesler and Raymond, they’ll have both Mikael Samuelsson and Manny Malhotra back in the lineup for opening night.

Samuelsson underwent surgery to repair his adductor tendon and sports hernia in the middle of the Western Conference Finals, sidelining him for the remainder of the playoffs. The veteran Swedish sniper has scored a combined 48 goals the past two campaigns and should add to Vancouver’s already potent offense.

Malhotra, meanwhile, is back to full health after suffering a scary eye injury in March. He’s one of the game’s best defensive centers and is known for his faceoff proficiency – finishing last season with a 61.7-percent success rate in the dot, ranked second in the NHL.

They’ve also added Marco Sturm and Chris Higgins to the mix. Sturm, who entered the league in 1997, is a seven-time 20-plus goal scorer, while Higgins has shown flashes of offensive spark at the NHL level

Vancouver sustained their biggest offseason departure on the blue line in the form of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who inked a 10-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Ehrhoff’s offensive production from the back end (a combined 28 goals and 94 points in his two seasons with Vancouver) will be hard to replace. He was also a workhorse – logging 23:59 minutes per game, second-most on the team – and quarterbacked Vancouver’s top-ranked power play.

But Gillis made sure the rest of his blue line remained intact, re-signing Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo and Andrew Alberts after inking Dan Hamhuis to a six-year extension last summer. Bieksa, who finished last season with a staggering plus-32 rating, is the team’s heart and soul on the back end and will likely be joined by Hamhuis on the top pairing. Keith Ballard, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev round out the back end.

Finally, Vezina Trophy finalist Roberto Luongo is back between the pipes for the Canucks. Vancouver is also returning highly capable backup Corey Schnieder, who went 16-4-2 with a .949 save percentage in his relief appearances.


  • Last season Vancouver reached the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in franchise history (1982, 1994, 2011), losing to the Boston Bruins in seven games. The Canucks, who joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team, have yet to win the Cup.
  • The Canucks were the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the playoffs in 2010-11, and clinched their division just two weeks later, winning their fourth Northwest Division title in five years.
  • With a 54-19-9 record and 117 points, the Canucks also captured their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history, which guaranteed them home-ice advantage for the duration of the 2011 playoffs.
  • Vancouver proved to be one of the most well-rounded teams in the league in 2010-11, finishing first in both goals for (258, an average of 3.17 per game) and goals against (180, an average of 2.20 per game). They were the first team since the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens to manage such a feat.
  • In addition, the Canucks had the NHL’s No. 1-ranked power play last season, capitalizing on 24.3 percent of their opportunities. To top it off, their penalty kill finished tied for second in the league with an 85.6-percent success rate.
  • For the first time in franchise history the Penguins finished the 2010-11 regular season with the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit with a success rate of 86.1 percent. Prior to last season, the Penguins’ best finish was fourth overall in 1992-93. The Penguins’ 86.1-percent success rate was the highest percentage in team history (86.4 percent; 1997-98).
  • Canucks winger Daniel Sedin captured the 2011 Art Ross Trophy after finishing the regular season with 104 points (41G-63A). He accomplished the feat just one year after his brother, Vancouver captain Henrik, did so in 2010. Henrik finished the season ranked fourth in the league with 94 points (19G-75A).
  • The Canucks had an impressive 11 players finish with a plus-minus rating in the (positive) double digits, led by Kevin Bieksa (plus-32) and Daniel Sedin (plus-30). Close behind them: Dan Hamhuis (plus-29), Henrik Sedin (plus-26), Alexandre Burrows (plus-26), Ryan Kesler (plus-24), Christian Ehrhoff (plus-19), Alexander Edler (plus-13), Jannik Hansen (plus-13), Jeff Tambellini (plus-10) and Keith Ballard (plus-10).
  • The Penguins concluded their 43rd National Hockey League campaign in 2010-11 by earning the second-most points (106) and wins (t-49) in franchise history. Pittsburgh’s 49-25-8 overall record placed it second in the Atlantic Division behind the Philadelphia Flyers (although the two teams were tied in points).
  • Pittsburgh’s 106 points were five more than it recorded the previous season and seven more than the 99 it had during its 2009 Stanley Cup championship season. All that was accomplished despite the team suffering 350 man-games lost due to injury, including 119 to the team’s top-three offensive threats in Sidney Crosby (41 games missed), Evgeni Malkin (39) and Jordan Staal (39).
  • As a result of the Penguins’ success, head coach Dan Bylsma became the first head coach in franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s most-outstanding coach. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was one of the three finalists.
  • The Penguins finished with the third-most (tied) points in the NHL and earned the No.-4 seed in the Eastern Conference, earning home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh fell to the Lightning, 4-3, in a closely-contested matchup.



D Robert Bortuzzo, lower-body (indefinitely)
F Sidney Crosby, concussion (indefinitely)
F Dustin Jeffrey, knee (indefinitely)
F Nick Petersen, concussion (indefinitely)
D Boris Valabik, knee (indefinitely)

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Pens' Orpik closer to returning to action
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 6, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — There is a chance, albeit a small one, that defenseman Brooks Orpik will play Wednesday (Thursday) night when the Penguins open the season against the Canucks.

Orpik, who had hernia surgery this summer and did not play in any exhibition games, has practiced with the team three times in the past week and reported no lingering issues with the injury.

Although it would register as a surprise if Orpik plays against the Canucks, it would not be a shock.

"I wouldn't say there's zero chance I'll play," Orpik said Wednesday.

He has stressed all along that he won't force the issue with this injury. Given the Penguins' depth on the blue line and the reality that the postseason doesn't begin for another six months, there is hardly a need to force the veteran into the lineup until he's completely healthy.

Still, Orpik made it clear that his return is coming soon. Maybe even tonight.

"You never want to miss opening day," Orpik said.

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It's a Hockey Night in Vancouver!!

Will there be riots when they lose?

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