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Old 12-27-2013, 11:42 AM   #121
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Default Re: 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Penguins Regular Season Thread

Good news so far from the game day report...


SKATE PONDERINGS
These questions will be answered soon, hopefully, in the locker room, but it looks like Orpik and Glass will be returning to the lineup tonight. Glass skated on the fourth line during rushes at the morning skate. Malkin skated, but didn't work rushes so he's unlikely to play. Orpik worked with Engelland (who returns from his five-game suspension tonight). They're a pair that has played a lot together. The odd D-man out appears to be Dumoulin.

--Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
Some interesting developments from the Pens' morning skate. Pascal Dupuis, who left the team's game Monday in Ottawa with a lower-body injury, is not on the ice. We hope to get an update on his status after practice. Some good news was that Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury, was on the ice, though he did not skate in a line.

Below is the team's workflow...
Kunitz-Crosby-Vitale
Conner-Jokinen-Neal
Zolnierczyk-Sutter-Kobasew
Glass-Sill-Adams

Orpik-Engelland
Niskanen-Maatta
Bortuzzo-Despres
Scuderi-Dumoulin

PP1: Jokinen, Niskanen on points. Kunitz, Neal, Crosby down low.
PP2: Maatta, Despres on points. Conner, Sutter, Kobasew down low.

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Default Re: 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Penguins Regular Season Thread

Well, just as I was getting used to the idea of good news, the Pens released this statement on Dupuis.


Dupuis to Have ACL Surgery
Friday, 12.27.2013 / 1:00 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will undergo ACL surgery for his knee and could miss the rest of the season.

Dupuis, 34, suffered the ACL injury Monday night in Ottawa after Sidney Crosby fell into his knee following a hip check from Senators defenseman Marc Methot.

“Pascal Dupuis will be going for ACL knee surgery in a couple of weeks and is out indefinitely,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said. “The timetable is likely that he’ll be out for the remainder of the season, but we’ll see after the surgery in a couple weeks.”

Joe Vitale assumed Dupuis’ spot on the team’s top line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz at Friday's morning skate.

Dupuis has a rest period before having surgery. The veteran forward's presence will be missed both on and off the ice.

“There’s a lot that he brings,” Bylsma said of Dupuis. “He’s also a big part of that dressing room. That is part of what we’ll miss from Pascal.”


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That'll do it for his season. HUGE loss for the Pens.
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Other updates:

LINEUP UPDATES
Head coach Dan Bylsma had a few updates on his lineup that he shared with the media...
  • Dupuis will have ACL surgery and may miss the rest of the season
  • Orpik and Glass are being removed from IR
  • Letang skated back in Pittsburgh
  • Fleury will start in net


And for a bit of humor...


ZATKOFF GOES SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
At the end of practice with goalie Zatkoff laying facedown to make a save, the goal was knocked over and landed above him. The Pens took the opportunity for an ambush and pushed the goal against the end boards, trapping Zatkoff. With the help of a rock hammer (and a Selena Gomez poster), he was able to escape and crawl to freedom.


The warden is coming down hard on Zatkoff


Another month in the hole


Zatkoff crawls through a hole in the wall from his cell


Zatkoff crawls through 500 yards of a sewer pipe


Zatkoff rejoices his freedom. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.





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Saw this on Facebook tonight, and I couldn't help but think of our crazy hockey nut, @SteelCityMom!

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Nice outing (again) last night by Zatkoff. After losing his first two career starts, he's won 7 in a row! That is quite a feat for a rookie. He looks more confident in net, too. That's something I've noticed with each start. Looks like it will be another decision for Shero to make when Vokoun returns from injury.
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Been busy and haven't been able to pay much attention to the past few games. I know they lost to stoooopid Ottawa, and the Devils. Looked like junk. Maata got benched for a game. He looks better. Got some people back (Orpik and Scuderi), lost some more people (Kobasew, Conner...because Pittsburgh). Beat the pants off the Rags last night. Beat someone else and I can't remember who.

-Got Taylor Pyatt from the Rangers off of waivers. He played decent in his first game.
-Letang and Malkin are both POSSIBLE to play tomorrow against Winnipeg.
-Paul Martin passed his bone scan test and skated for the first time today since breaking his leg.
-Chuck Kobasew is day to day with a lower body injury.
-Conner had his hand surgery. 6-8 weeks for him.
-Fleury leads the league with 23 wins.

Highlights from last nights game if you missed it. It was pretty good...Henrik was having fits.

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I was reading up and there were some Penguins 'fans' who were angry that Crosby and Neal weren't on Team USA. Did you guys hear anything like that? I mean, c'mon.
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Had to miss the game again yesterday afternoon, but looked like a good one (well, would have liked a few less goals against the Pens, but a win is a win).

Letang was back on the ice, which I kind of have mixed feeling about. Despres (who got scratched) has been playing spectacularly and Letang has had a lot of flubs this year. Hopefully he's fully healthy now and ready to not be a turnover machine. I honestly wouldn't mind using Letang as trade bait. If there's anything the Pens have, it's some serious depth on defense. Letang is expendable right now IMO. Orpik is getting there too.

Malkin returned yesterday as well, and scored 2 goals and had an assist. Neal also had 2 goals and an assist. Glad they are back on line together!

Highlights of the game.

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A good article on how spoiled Pens fans are. It does amaze me the amount of complaining I see in comments and such.

Kovacevic: Anyone excited about Penguins?
By Dejan Kovacevic
Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 10:09 p.m.
Updated 10 hours ago

Generally speaking, your favorite hockey team has had a rough day when, after scoring six goals and rallying to win late, the opposing coach can take a wholly justified jab.

“I'm disappointed in how we defended,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel was huffing Sunday before a bank of reporters at Consol Energy Center. “But they gave us five goals, so it's not like they were putting on a clinic, either.”

Yikes.

Penguins 6, Jets 5.

Hide the women, the children, the stumbling Brooks Orpiks, the bumbling Dustin Byfugliens, the knuckleball/ricochet goals and the last-minute meltdowns. It really was that ugly for both sides.

But you know what?

The Penguins won again.

Know what else?

It's pretty much all they do.

And yet, I'm going to predict right here that, especially after laying an egg like this, the complaints among the fan base — social media, talk shows, the whole deal — will outnumber the compliments by, oh, a 6-5 margin.

Am I right?

Because that's how we roll. Nothing in our town spoils us quite like the local hockey franchise.

These Penguins are 31-12-1, they're comfortably in first place, they've won 16 of 19, and they just matched a team record with a 12th consecutive home win. They've beaten the NHL's best, taken care of business against the worst. Their power play is ranked No. 1 in the NHL, the penalty-killing No. 2. And they've done all this despite a ridiculous run of injuries and suspensions.

And the reaction?

Well, of course they're good. They're always good.

Sidney Crosby's career was feared over not all that long ago, but he's producing his league-best 63 points with a consistency that, unfortunately, actually downplays his brilliance. It's one or two points per game rather than five-point outbursts, and that's more valuable than running it up against weaklings.

Well, of course we have the best player in the world. We've had one guy or another being the best player in the world for, what, 30 straight years now?

Marc-Andre Fleury leads the league, too, with his 25 victories, as well as ranking 10th in goals-against average at 2.23. He's logged the second-most ice time, much of it behind a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-level defense, and all he's done is win. On Sunday, that came in the form of protecting the late lead with a mind-bending pad save on Andrew Ladd, of which Winnipeg's Evander Kane said, “I don't know if there's another goalie in the league who stops that.”

Well, of course Fleury's playing great now. Just wait till Game 1 against the Flyers.

Dan Bylsma's doing the best coaching of his career, and it's been built at least partly on a newfound openness for strategic adjustments and — gasp — the occasional line matchup. I'm not wild about some of his personnel choices, notably the continued mishandling of young defensemen, but wins are wins.

Well, of course he's winning. There's no Claude Julien on the other bench night after night.

I could do this all day.

No, it's not a perfect team. Yes, Ray Shero has work to do. But whether it's Evgeni Malkin's Mario-like return from injury Sunday or James Neal scoring with or without Malkin, or Chris Kunitz joining Neal as a richly deserving candidate for Team Canada, or summertime afterthought Matt Niskanen's plus-21 rating and winning blast past Al Montoya on Sunday, or Olli Maatta looking as poised as any 19-year-old defenseman in these parts since … um, never, it just seems to me this is a season worth appreciating so much more than it has been.

“Yeah, we've kind of noticed that,” Niskanen was saying after the game. “I understand it, too. I think we've all felt the way the fans are feeling with how stuff went down last summer. We felt there was more to this group, too.”

He was referring, of course, to being swept out of the Eastern Conference final by Boston, a still-festering memory that beyond a doubt is most responsible for all this blah. Even all this time, no goals seem to matter except all those that weren't scored against Tuukka Rask.

“I understand where the fans are coming from,” Niskanen continued. “But I think there might also be a few that are a little bit spoiled and expect us to win every game. That's OK. We have high expectations, too. But it's hard to win in this league. Really is.”

Long pause.

“We're doing that right now. We're winning. And you'd better believe we're enjoying it.”

The guy shoots straight in more ways than one.


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Nobody new coming back or leaving because of injury (as of now) for the Pens. Game night tonight in Vancouver @10pm.

  • The Penguins begin a three-game trek through Western Canada against the Vancouver Canucks (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio: 105.9 the X) at Rogers Arena.
  • Pittsburgh enters tonight’s game having won 11 of its past 13 games and 16 of its past 19 contests.
  • The Penguins have won 20 of their last 26 games dating back to Nov. 15. During that stretch, only four teams have defeated Pittsburgh (Boston, 2; New Jersey, 2; Ottawa; Montreal).
  • Pittsburgh is 7-3 in its last 10 road games.
  • The Penguins have won three straight games and four of the past six meetings against the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Three of the last seven games played between these teams have gone to a shootout. The Penguins have been victorious in all three.
  • Each of the past two games these two teams have played have been 4-3 shootout wins for Pittsburgh –on Oct. 19 of this season at CONSOL Energy Center and Oct. 6, 2011 –Pittsburgh’s most-recent visit to Rogers Arena.
  • Pittsburgh’s 6-5 defeat of the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 5 marked the team’s 12th-straight home victory, equaling the franchise record originally established between Feb. 22-March 30, 2013.
  • During its home winning streak the Penguins are outscoring foes, 49-27.
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