Team USA using Pens’ power play model

Well, this is flattering. It has been reported that the United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team is using the Penguins’ set up and strategy when running their own team’s power play. The USA team has gone so far as to request tape from the Pens’ coaching staff in order for them to watch and replicate on the ice. If you’re going to take the playbook … Continue reading Team USA using Pens’ power play model

Road to the Rocket Richard

All the talk of Phil Kessel getting Hart Trophy votes and Sidney Crosby’s 400th goal have overshadowed another legitimate possibility.  Evgeni Malkin winning the Rocket Richard this season. Just two goals out from the top spot, it’s something to get excited for. Of course, being overlooked and taken for granted is not anything new for Malkin, but after winning player of the month in January and … Continue reading Road to the Rocket Richard

They’re Killing It! The Penalty, That Is

Momentum is a funny thing. It can be found in different ways and carried even further. A four game winning streak has brought the Pens that needed momentum. There’s been several components to getting the team back on their feet, with one of them certainly being how they killed the penalties. Special teams in general has attributed to the Pens getting their “swagger back”. During … Continue reading They’re Killing It! The Penalty, That Is

Is Mike Sullivan The Best at Challenges?

As a head coach there’s only so much you can do to lead a team to victory. It’s on you to make the proper lineups, the right game plan, the correct preparation and adjustments,  and of course, some motivation. At the end of the day though it’s all up to the players once they hit the ice. Coach Mike Sullivan, however, does everything he possibly … Continue reading Is Mike Sullivan The Best at Challenges?

Penguins In Unchartered Goalie Waters

Three somewhat seasons now into the Matt Murray era and three years in a row, we’re dealing with a finicky injury of his. From concussions to groin pulls and everything high and low, Murray seems to end up on the injury report more than a goalie should. We are all Matt Murray people. I mean, what’s not to love about the bright eye’d, bushy tailed … Continue reading Penguins In Unchartered Goalie Waters

Kessel Picking Up Crosby Production

In a season where the Penguins scoring has been consistently inconsistent, America’s favorite sweetheart, Phil Kessel, has been there to carry them. He’s providing a much needed jolt of point production. Kessel’s hot start could not have came at a better time as the Penguins have seen a dip in goals scored by their star leader, Sidney Crosby. Now hold your horses, Crosby has not … Continue reading Kessel Picking Up Crosby Production

Back End of Back to Back’s Ain’t Pretty

Usually when I hear “back to back” my thoughts go to a very happy place of championship joy. Now when I think back to back, I can’t get images of blowout losses out of my head. That’s right, the Penguins are having problems on the back end of their back to back consecutive games. It’s downright atrocious to be honest. In 5 opportunities of these … Continue reading Back End of Back to Back’s Ain’t Pretty

Feels Like Pittsburgh Even On The Road

It doesn’t get much more exciting than hearing “Pary Hard” by Andrew W.K. blaring through the PA after a Penguins goal. Sadly, you won’t hear that on a road game for obvious reasons, but it sure felt like a lot like a home one while I sat in Amalie Arena as the Pens took on the Lightning last Thursday. As I arrived on the scene … Continue reading Feels Like Pittsburgh Even On The Road

Letang Rightfully Given “A”

This was a long time coming, and very well deserved. There was a vacant spot for one of the alternate captain roles on the Penguins squad, that has now been filled by Kris Letang, and I couldn’t be any happier for the guy. Big congratulations to him. #KrisLetang – quick Instagram Story selfie with the Stanley Cup all seat belted in! @Letang_58 pic.twitter.com/Rpr1U0kj2q — KrisLetang.org … Continue reading Letang Rightfully Given “A”