The Perfect Power-Play Breakout

The Penguins power-play hasn’t been all that good this season and that might be the understatement of the century. On a roster oozing with talent, it’s almost inconceivable that the Penguins have struggled as much as they have with the man-advantage. Between early season coaching decisions to split up one of the best scoring duos […]


Penguins Fall to 11th on Forbes’ Annual List Of NHL Team Valuations

Today Forbes released their annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. The New York Rangers are at the top of that list for the first time since 2004, coming in with a value of $1.2 billion. According to Forbes… “The Rangers generated the most revenue ($229 million) in the league during the 2014-15 season, cashing in on […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 08:  Penguins alumni Bryan Trottier waves to the crowd during the pre game ceremony to celebrate the final regular season game at Mellon Arena on April 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Islanders 7-3.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Must-read of the week (and year): Bryan Trottier’s letter to his younger self

The Players Tribune has had some of the best pieces of the year. But Bryan Trottier’s letter to his younger self might top them all. Especially if you grew up a Penguin fan. Trottier’s letter is riddled with incredible Penguin stories. On Badger Bob; Your coach in Pittsburgh will be “Badger” Bob Johnson. Appreciate this […]


Thoughts: Game 20 – Unfortunate Bounces Lead to Unfortunate 3-1 Loss for Pens

Sharks 3  Pens 1 Record: 12-8-0, 24 pts Goals Kessel (7) (PP) from Hornqvist, Crosby Penalties Hornqvist (interference) – Unnecessary (skates along the blue line and collides into Braun to take him down as Braun is backing up into that same area with Malkin carrying the puck) Kunitz (interference) – Unnecessary (lets his skate hit […]


Thoughts: Game 19 – Offense is Fun. Pens Win 4-3.

Pens 4  Avalanche 3 Record: 12-7-0, 24 pts Goals Perron (3) from Cole, Bennett Malkin (7) (PP) from Letang, Kessel Kunitz (3) from Bonino Crosby (3) from Dupuis, Cole Penalties Hornqvist (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scrum with McLeod and several other players that leads to each team getting a minor) Bennett (high-sticking) – […]


Game 19 Recap: The West is the best to beat on. Pens win again.

It’s kind of shitty to say, but who knows if the Penguins are really playing better. It looks like it — they’ve scored eight goals since being shut out last Saturday night — but is it really true? The Avs are now four games under .500. The Wild didn’t have Zach Parise in their lineup. Or maybe […]


Thoughts: Game 18 – Malkin Leads the Way to Pens 4-3 Victory

Pens 4  Wild 3 Record: 11-7-0, 22 pts Goals Perron (2) from Malkin, Letang Bennett (3) (PP) from Malkin, Hornqvist Malkin (5) (PP) from Letang Malkin (6) from Kessel, Clendening Penalties Clendening (holding) – Unnecessary (lets a puck get past him in the neutral zone and ends up getting his hand/stick wrapped up around Bulmer […]

Game 18 Recap: Malkin, a man of his word. Pens beat Wild 4-3

Leadership is a big subject everywhere. We’ve always heard about it since we were kids. We hear about it at work. A leader is a lot of things to different people. But in our view a leader is someone that speaks the truth and then delivers on those very truths.

Evgeni Malkin did that tonight. He had a hand in every Penguins goal, scoring two himself and recording the primary assist on the other two by Beau Bennett and David Perron.

Here are the Primetime highlights:

  • The biggest story in this game, other than Evgeni Malkin’s life-changing puck drag, is the Maatta injury and Mike Johnston’s old man jam reaction. The Maatta play was no question dirty, but it was the worst possible sequence.

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  • A Wild player was going for a change at the same moment Maatta is getting jobbed.
  • The Wild’s backup goalie is anticipating the change and he opens the door. Awful stuff. Still a dirty play. Maatta had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher.

  • Which reminds us of this clip…

  • Old Man Jam:

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  • David Perron is weird:

  • Adam Clendening with 11 minutes of puck moving. Great stuff. He set up a goal with a beautiful 81-foot pass. Rob Scuderi probably threw up.
  • Party Hard feels stale already. Pens should play HBK’s music after goals.

  • How about we just fix the players we have on the current roster?

Peace. Meesh up next.


Examining the Metropolitan Division

With eighteen games under their belt, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 20% of the way through their 2015-16 campaign.  With that in mind, now is a good time to take a look and assess the Pens’ place within the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.  The Penguins currently sit at the middle of the pack, in 4th place, with […]


Read of the day: Joe Starkey on the Penguins scoring issues

Really good read here. If you’re coaching the Penguins and constantly entangled in low-scoring scrums, you better win a ton of ’em and bring home another Cup. Otherwise, you’ll end up like Kevin Constantine and Michel Therrien — cast aside, rightly or wrongly, for not giving the paying customers a good enough show.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 25:  (L-R) Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant Coach Rick Tocchet, Head Coach Mike Johnston, and General Manager Jim Rutherford pose for a photo after a press conference on June 25, 2014 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL doesn’t have a goal-scoring problem; the Penguins do

So, here we are. It’s late 2015, and the Penguins are barely watchable at times. Goals are d0wn a bit, and everyone is blaming the NHL. And while there are some concerns league-wide, don’t confuse them with what is going on in Pittsburgh.   What’s the point? An article caught our attention over the weekend. From […]


Thoughts: Game 17 – Scheduled Game Off, Pens Lose 4-0.

Devils 4  Pens 0 Record: 10-7-0, 20 pts Goals None Penalties Letang (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets into a scuffle with Farnham around the Penguins net and each receives a minor) Malkin (tripping) – Lazy (follows Schlemko behind the Devils net and lazily reaches into his skates for a trip as he’s multiple strides behind Schlemko) […]

Game 17 Recap: Let the dumpster fire keep us warm. Devils smoke Penguins 4-0

Trying out video recaps with NFL primetime music. Here is what happened in this one:

  • The Penguins had a players only meeting after the game:

  • It gets worse, Evgeni Malkin with some very concerning quotes after the game. Here is the audio.

  • You have to listen to the audio to understand the tone there. Honestly, it is refreshing to hear that from Malkin. A lot more than you hear from the Captain.
  • This game was as fun as trying to read wikileaks.
  • Other awful things:

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  • Patric Hornqvist left with an injury sometime in the second period. Not a good sign if he is out.
  • Ben Lovejoy and the defense were a complete an utter disaster.
  • OVEREACTION: The Penguins powerplay is so bad it is easily a firable offense and complete disgrace from the coaching staff.
  • APOLOGIST REACTION: Third game in four nights
  • REALITY: It is only November.
  • Mood:
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  • Strangest picture:

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  • Other notes:



  • The Black Crowes are no longer the biggest disgrace Kate Hudson has seen.





Thoughts: Game 16 – Fleury Unable to Tie the Game in Pens 2-1 Loss.

Blue Jackets 2  Pens 1 Record: 10-6-0, 20 pts Goals Hornqvist (4) from Letang, Perron Penalties Kunitz (tripping) – Overly Aggressive (goes for a stick-check on Foligno skating around him and ends up taking down Foligno for a trip) Hornqvist (tripping) – Overly Aggressive (widens up his stance to use his right skate to get […]


Despite What You’ve Heard, The Penguins Are Not Good Defensively

Yesterday I posted a poll on Twitter that asked the simple question, “Are the Penguins good defensively, or is Marc-Andre Fleury superhuman?” Congratulations, internet. There’s no fooling you! We’ve all heard the narrative. Someone, somewhere, takes the Penguins low goals-against totals (1.6GA/60 at even-strength, 2nd in the NHL) and trumpets that piece of data as […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks on against the Dallas Stars during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Handicapping hockey stats & What’s Wrong with the Penguins This Year

While there isn’t nearly as many statistics in hockey than there are for football, basketball and especially baseball, there are some numbers that NHL handicappers do need to pay attention to wager successfully. If you have been betting against the Penguins scoring goals so far this year then you have been making money despite your […]

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What They Said: Pens Vs. Habs

Holy sh*t that was fun. Duper shoots to score early.  Hornqvist gets demoted and gets on the board.  Flower was solid again, even after getting his eye dotted.  Sid was “back” and was plucky and won it in the shoot out. 3 on 3 is so much butt-clenching fun.  Just so tense the entire five minutes.  […]


Thoughts: Game 15 – Yes, Call it a Comeback. Pens Win 4-3 (SO).

Pens 4  Canadiens 3 (SO) Record: 10-5-0, 20 pts Goals Dupuis (2) from Crosby, Bennett Maatta (2) from Kessel, Malkin Hornqvist (3) from Crosby, Letang SO Winner: Crosby Penalties Malkin (slashing) – Overly aggressive (tries to get a loose puck in the offensive zone and slashes Weise’s stick out of his hands during the pursuit) […]