Pittsburgh Penguins Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Evgeni Malkin, C12/23/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had two assists on Tuesday versus the Lightning.
Insight: Malkin was plus-two and again, one of the best skaters on the ice. He was tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead with five shots on goal, but Crosby did not register a point. Malkin has 16 goals and 25 assists in 34 games this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C12/22/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored the game-tying goal with a little over three minutes remaining in regulation.
Insight: Malkin now has 16 goals and 23 assists this season. Malkin, however, was not able to score in the shootout, and Pittsburgh lost to Florida, 4-3.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G12/20/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury faced 46 shots on goal during Saturday's win against Florida.
Insight: He stopped 45 of those shots, and continues to be a Vezina candidate, Fleury is now 19-4-2 on the season.
Sidney Crosby, C12/20/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and had seven shots during Saturday's win against the Panthers.
Insight: It was his first goal since returning from dealing with the mumps. Crosby now has 10 goals and 36 points through 29 games.
Blake Comeau, LW12/18/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Blake Comeau scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Avalanche on Thursday.
Insight: Comeau's score lifted Pittsburgh to a, 1-0, victory. Comeau had a really good game with six shots on net. He has 11 goals and eight assists in 30 games this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G12/18/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 34th career shutout on Thursday.
Insight: It was also Fleury's sixth shutout of the season as he continues the best campaign of his career. He stopped all 29 shots he faced and is now second in the league with 18 victories.
Sidney Crosby, C12/18/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will return on Thursday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Crosby has missed the last three games with the mumps, but he skated with the team Thursday morning and will play. Crosby has 35 points in 27 games and should return to every fantasy lineup.
Steve Downie, RW12/15/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Penguins left winger Steve Downie had a goal and an assist during Monday's victory against the Lightning.
Insight: Downie has played well with Pittsburgh, and now has five goals and 15 points through 30 games.
Sidney Crosby, C12/14/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has the mumps according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Insight: After his tests came back negative on Friday, second tests have apparently said Crosby has the disease spreading through the league. Crosby will miss Monday's game against the Lightning, which is a big loss for fantasy owners, but hopefully he returns shortly after that.
Sidney Crosby, C12/14/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is still feeling ill and there is no word yet what is wrong according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Crosby underwent tests for the mumps, which has been spreading around the league, and when the tests came back negative, Crosby practiced Friday. Then on Saturday, he sat out again to undergo further tests. Pittsburgh next plays Tampa Bay on Monday and would really like to have Crosby back, along with all fantasy owners, but Sid's status is up in the air.
Kris Letang, D12/13/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played extremely well on Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Letang scored two goals and finished plus-three. His first goal came on a beautiful two-on-one opportunity with the Penguins short handed. Craig Adams chipped the puck to himself off the boards, which started the break and then found Letang in front of the net. Letang faked the forehand shot and quickly flipped a backhanded shot over Sergei Bobrovsky's glove. Letang's second goal tied the game at three with 10 seconds left in regulation. The defenseman also scored in the shoootout, but Pittsburgh lost, 4-3.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G12/12/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in Friday's win versus Calgary.
Insight: He faced 27 shots and has now won five of his past seven games. Fleury has been solid this season. He is 16-4-2 overall.
Kris Letang, D12/12/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang scored his fifth goal of the season during Friday's victory against the Flames.
Insight: Letang now has 19 points through 23 games, and should be active in all lineups.
Sidney Crosby, C12/12/2014 4:31:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games, and possibly more, due to an illness.
Insight: While some have speculated Crosby is dealing with the mumps, there is no official diagnosis on what he is dealing with. We will update you as news comes out about Crosby over the next few days.
Patric Hornqvist, RW12/8/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will not play on Saturday against the Senators.
Insight: Hornqvist is undergoing tests for a concussion and we syhould know more Tuesday. He is having a fantastic start with 11 goals and 14 assists with a plus-eight rating in 25 games, so hopefully he isn't out long.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G12/6/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in his 15th victory of the season.
Insight: Fleury allowed two goals as Pittsburgh fell behind, 2-1, but the team rallied to win, 3-2. After the Penguins took the lead with under two minutes to play, Fleury had to make a couple more big saves to ensure the victory. Fleury moves all alone to fourth in the league in wins.
Christian Ehrhoff, D12/6/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored another key goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Insight: Ehrhoff has just two goals on the season, but both are game-winners. The defenseman was the Penguins best skater against the Senators on Saturday, and he led the team with seven shots. Sidney Crosby found him wide open on the opposite side of the ice late in the third period. Ehrhoff wound up and released a slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high and on the glove side. Pittsburgh won, 3-2.
Patric Hornqvist, RW12/6/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will not play on Saturday against the Senators.
Insight: Hornqvist is undergoing tests for a concussion. He is having a fantastic start with 11 goals and 14 assists with a plus-eight rating in 25 games, so hopefully he isn't out long.
Kris Letang, D12/4/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is expected to miss about two weeks.
Insight: Letang has missed the last two games with a groin injury. He has four goals and 14 assists this season. Letang should be properly stored in the injured reserve spot.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G12/2/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Fleury continued his hot start to the season, stopping all 29 shots he faced. His five shutouts already ties a career-high, and the season is just over 25 percent done. Fleury is 14-4-1 this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C12/2/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored the lone goal of Tuesday's game as Pittsburgh won, 1-0.
Insight: It was an even-strength goal. Blake Comeau and Jason Megna assisted the score. Malkin has 12 goals and 18 assists in 24 games this season.
Chris Kunitz, LW12/2/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz is not playing on Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury.
Insight: This was unexpected. Check back for more details later. Hopefully, he isn't in too many lineups already on Tuesday.
Sidney Crosby, C12/2/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play against the Devils on Tuesday despite the flu.
Insight: Crosby missed the team's morning skate with his illness, but he will still dress. The Penguins tweeter account has a picture of the captain warming up for the game, so it is safe to leave him in fantasy lineups.
Mark Letestu, C12/2/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (groin) will have six weeks added to his return timetable after undergoing groin/abdominal surgery on Tuesday.
Insight: Letestu hasn't played since Oct. 28. he has scored five points in the nine games he played before the injury.
Sidney Crosby, C12/2/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby missed the Tuesday morning shootaround due to illness.
Insight: He's a scoring maching with 33 points in just 23 games, so this would be a disaster for fantasy owners. Stay tuned.
Kris Letang, D11/30/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang did not play on Saturday due to a minor lower body injury.
Insight: Letang suffered the injury on Friday when a Hurricanes player fell on him. Coach Mike Johnston does not consider the injury to be serious.
Chris Kunitz, LW11/29/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored his first goal in 12 games.
Insight: Kunitz has recently moved down to Pittsburgh's second line, but he isn't missing Sidney Crosby that much playing with Evgeni Malkin. Despite not scoring, Kunitz had five assists over the goal drought. He had nine goals and 11 assists this season.
Christian Ehrhoff, D11/29/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Pittsburgh uniform on Saturday.
Insight: It proved to be an important score as the goal put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, late in the third period. Carolina added a late power-play goal as Pittsburgh held on to win, 3-2. Ehrhoff has seven assists and is plus-14 in addition to scoring once.
Patric Hornqvist, RW11/28/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored on a pass from Sidney Crosby to tie the game towards the end of the second period on Friday, but Pittsburgh lost to Carolina, 4-2.
Insight: Pittsburgh allowed an early power-play goal in the third and then an empty-netter. Hornqvist continued his strong start though as he now has 11 goals, 14 assists and a plus-seven rating.
Blake Comeau, LW11/26/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Blake Comeau had one of the best games of his career on Wednesday.
Insight: Not only did he record a hat trick, but Comeau also tallied the overtime winner. He now has 13 points through 20 games, making him a decent option for owners.
Sidney Crosby, C11/24/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded three points during Monday's win against the Bruins.
Insight: He had one goal and two assists, and is now tied with Jakub Voracek for the league-lead, with 29 points.
Evgeni Malkin, C11/24/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, including the overtime winner on Monday.
Insight: He now has 10 goals on the season, and continues to be a major force for fantasy owners.
Evgeni Malkin, C11/22/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Islanders.
Insight: It was his eighth goal of the season, but Malkin was also -1 on the night. He now has 23 points through 19 games.
Patric Hornqvist, RW11/21/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored late in the third period to send Friday's game against the Islanders into overtime.
Insight: The Penguins went on to lose in the shootout. Hornqvist also had an assist, but still finished minus-one. He had five shots on goal as well.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/18/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury continued his hot play by shutting out the Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Insight: He has now won eight of his past nine games after stopping all 27 shots on goal. Fleury is now an impressive 11-3-0 on the season.
Sidney Crosby, C11/18/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal in Tuesday's win against the Canadiens.
Insight: It was his eighth goal of the season, and Crosby is now tied for the league-lead with Jakub Voracek with 26 points overall.
Pascal Dupuis, LW11/18/2014 1:34:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will beout for six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung.
Insight: We now know why he missed Monday's game, as the news is tough for Pittsburgh to hear. The good news however is that Dupuis is stable, and will now need the six months for the blood thinning treatment to work.
Pascal Dupuis, LW11/17/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has been ruled out for Tuesday but the reason is undisclosed.
Insight: Dupuis missed Monday's practice to see a doctor so perhaps we will know more soon. He's a solid scoring option with six goals and five assists in 16 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/15/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in a victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was ready for the rematch after Tuesday's 5-0 loss in New York. His defense was that let him down in that first meeting was ready as well. In one of the most exciting November hockey games a fan could ever see, Fleury allowed two goals on 31 shots and stopped three out of four attempts in the shootout to win.
Evgeni Malkin, C11/15/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Malkin played his best game of the season Saturday. He was flying all over the ice. He had an assist on Blake Comeau's goal to start the scoring and tied the game in the second period. Pittsburgh won in a shootout, 3-2.
Pascal Dupuis, LW11/14/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis scored both goals in Friday's win over Toronto.
Insight: He also had eight shots on goal, and was +2 on the night. Dupuis now has a solid 11 points through 15 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/14/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will sit Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: As always Marc-Andre Fleury has seen a heavy workload. He's 9-3 with a 2.15 GAA and .924 SV% including three shutouts. Thomas Greiss has a 2.42 GAA and .923 save percentage this season in three starts.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/11/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will have to wait to get revenge for last season's playoff lost against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
Insight: Pittsburgh played its worse game of the season, allowing five goals and being held scoreless. Fleury allowed all five goals on 35 shots but made some fantastic saves that kept it from being 7-0 or even 8-0. Even still, it was a horrible night for Fleury in fantasy.
Kris Letang, D11/11/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang exited Monday's game and went into the locker room during the first period. UPDATE: Letang returned to the ice early in the second period.
Insight: Letang had a big collison with a Rangers player and looked to be experiencing some pain in his leg. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Letang has not returned to the ice since the hit. Stay posted for updates.
Chris Kunitz, LW11/9/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz had two assists and was +3 in Pittsburgh's win over the Sabres, on Saturday.
Insight: He now has 16 points on the season, and should continue to shine, playing on the same line as Sidney Crosby.
Patric Hornqvist, RW11/9/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist was part of the puzzle in the team's 6-1 win over the Sabres.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal, two penaly minutes, and a +3 rating. Hornqvist now has nine goals and 18 points on the season, and assuming he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby, Hornqvist will have a great chance to surpass his career-high total of 53 points, from a season ago.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/8/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury earned a rather easy win, Saturday versus Buffalo.
Insight: Pittsburgh won 6-1, and Fleury faced only 21 shots, and is now 9-2-0 on the season.
Kris Letang, D11/8/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had a big night in Saturday's victory over Buffalo.
Insight: He had two goals, two assists, five shots on goal, and a +3 rating on the night. Solid performance from Letang.
Sidney Crosby, C11/8/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby had five more assists in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Insight: He was also +3 on the night, and continues to lead the NHL in points, with 24.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/6/2014 11:14:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals in a, 4-3, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: This victory was a little bit more awkward as Fleury back-to-back shutouts coming into the game, but it was still Fleury's fifth straight victory. He stopped 34-of-27 shots and made two saves in the shootout.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/5/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury signed a four-year, $23 million contract extension with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Insight: Many in Pittsburgh were surprised new general manager Jim Rutherford did not extend Fleury's contract in the offseason, and some thought that was a sign Rutherford was not sold on Fleury being the team's goaltender long-term. This contract puts that to rest. It was a wise move by Pittsburgh being that he would have been the best goalie available on the market this coming summer and would have likely deemed a higher price than what the Penguins just signed him to.
Chris Kunitz, LW11/4/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz now has five goals in the last three games.
Insight: He has been on fire of late, and now has 14 points on the season. Any player who plays next to Sidney Crosby will have the opportunity to produce big numbers.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G11/1/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second-straight shutout on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was busy on Thursday, making 36 saves against the Kings in a 3-0 victory. On Saturday, his defense did all the work. Fleury stopped all 18 shots he faced in the 5-0 win. Pittsburgh is on a four-game winning streak, and Fleury has won every game.
Sidney Crosby, C11/1/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads the league with 18 points after 10 games this season.
Insight: That's not much of a surprise. Crosby's Penguins have also played fewer games than most teams through Nov. 1, so that makes it a little big more impressive. Pittsburgh leads the league in scoring and power-play scoring. Crosby had three assists in Saturday's, 5-0, victory over the Sabres.
Chris Kunitz, LW11/1/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored two goals in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Insight: Sound familiar? It should as he also scored two goals against the Kings on Thursday. Both games were shutouts. Kunitz has seven goals and six assists in the first 10 games of the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G10/30/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury posted a shutout on Thursday versus Los Angeles.
Insight: He played extremely well, stopping all 35 shots. Fleury is now 6-2-0. on the young season.
Chris Kunitz, LW10/30/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored two goals in Thursday's win over the Kings.
Insight: He added an assist as well, and now has five goals and 10 points on the season. Kunitz is in line for a big season.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G10/28/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils.
Insight: He stopped just 16-of-19 shots, but the Penguins won, 8-3. Fleury looked a lot better in the last 35 minutes of the game. He helped Pittsburgh kill three penalties and one goal he allowed was a break away, so he really can't be blamed for that.
Sidney Crosby, C10/28/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh scored, incredibly, the last seven goals of the game to beat New Jersey, 8-3. Crosby scored at the end of the second period and then the final goal of the contest with just over three minutes left. The captain finished with a plus-two rating and six shots. Crosby has seven goals this season.
Olli Maatta, D10/27/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta will play in all three home games this week according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Insight: Maatta will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his neck, but until the surgery, he will play. Maatta is expected to miss four weeks after the surgery.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G10/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut out Nashville for fourth win of the season.
Insight: He made 25 saves and is now 4-2-0, after winning three of his past four starts.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/25/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored his third goal of the season.
Insight: He helped Pittsburgh win 3-0, and now has three goals and nine points thus far. Malkin is showing no ill-effects of missing the preseason.
Sidney Crosby, C10/25/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby recorded three points in Saturday's win over Nashville.
Insight: He had a goal and two assists, along with a +1 rating and two shots on goal. Crosby now has 12 points on the season, and will continue to be one of the best players in the game.
Beau Bennett, RW10/23/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett lower body) could begin practice in a week, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.
Insight: Bennett is expected back sometime in mid-November. He's only played 47 games over the past two seasons and fantasy owners obviously can't count on him.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G10/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 32 shots against the Flyers on Wednesday.
Insight: That is a .875 save percentage. It wasn't really Fleury's fault as the Penguins played a pretty sloppy defensive game in front of their goaltender. Fleury is 3-2 this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/18/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Fantasy owners are relieved to hear Malkin was all over the ice on Saturday against the Islanders. He scored the team's first goal with a wrist shot on the 5-on-3 power play. With still a man advantage, Malkin set up the next goal with a slap shot that Patric Hornqvist tipped into the net. Malkin also looked great defensively, which fantasy owners might not care much about, but is an excellent sign in terms of his health.
Pascal Dupuis, LW10/17/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck, but according to beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review he's already been cleared to play.
Insight: Pretty amazing. Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Pascal Dupuis, LW10/17/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck.
Insight: Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G10/16/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury suffered his first loss of the season.
Insight: He let up three goals on 28 shots, but owners should not be too worried, as Fleury remains an elite option.
Chris Kunitz, LW10/16/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz had two points on Thursday against Dallas.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with six shots on goal. Kunitz should be in line for another 30-goal season, as he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby.
Sidney Crosby, C10/16/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored his fourth goal of the season.
Insight: He now has seven points through three games, and is well on his way to another monster season.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/12/2014 12:45:00 AM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin posted a goal and two assists Saturday night.
Insight: Nothing unusual there except that he didn't play all preseason so his fast start is good news.
Sidney Crosby, C10/12/2014 12:43:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal and a pair of assists.
Insight: Ho hum. Three goals and three assist in two Penguins wins. What else is new?
Pascal Dupuis, LW10/9/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis tied a career-high with four points on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: Dupuis scored to make the game 3-0 midway through the first period. Dupuis then added an assist on a Sidney Crosby power play goal and another helper on Brandon Sutter's short-handed goal. Dupuis also had five shots and was plus-three.
Sidney Crosby, C10/9/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in an opening night victory against the Ducks.
Insight: Crosby scored on a pass from his old friend Chris Kunitz in the first period to put the Penguins up, 2-0. Crosby then scored on the power play to snap a 3-3 tie. The Penguins captain finished with five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in addition to his three points.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/9/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: There were rumors that Malkin would miss the season opener since he missed all of training camp and preseason with a disclosed injury. Malkin is playing, had an assist and posted a plus-one rating in the first period as the Penguins took an early 3-1 lead.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/7/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin finally got in a practice, Tuesday, his first of the season.
Insight: Malkin is unlikely to play in the season opener, but with superstar athletes you never know. He has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009.
Brandon Sutter, C10/1/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter is still looking for his scoring touch he had with Carolina five years ago.
Insight: At just 20-years-old, Sutter scored 21 goals and 40 points in 72 games during 2009-2010. He did score five goals and two assists in 13 playoff games last spring, so Pittsburgh hopes he can built upon that. Sutter will lliekly be the team's third-line center.
Pascal Dupuis, LW10/1/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has played in just 87 games over the last two seasons.
Insight: Dupuis missed 43 games last year due to a torn MCL and ACL. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports his knee feels 100 percent in training camp. Although Dupuis and Sidney Crosby had great chemistry when Dupius was healthy, we would suggest owners to use the wait-and-see approach.
Olli Maatta, D10/1/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had a very nice rookie season with nine goals and 20 assists.
Insight: Pittsburgh would love to give Maatta some more playing time, but the Penguins have plenty of good defenseman. Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff will get the power-play minutes and Paul Martin is likely still the team's best overall defenseman. Maatta might not be a start worthy defenseman on draft day, but check back if one of those first three players get injured.
Christian Ehrhoff, D10/1/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year.
Insight: Ehrhoff scored six goals and 27 assists with the Sabres last year, so it is safe to expect those numbers or even greater based just on the fact Ehrhoff will benefit from playing with Sidney Crosby and company. At the very least he should see a huge improvement in plus/minus. Ehrhoff's was -27 a year ago.
Kris Letang, D10/1/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015.
Insight: Letang missed significant time last season after suffering a stroke in January, but he returned for the playoffs. Letang is one of the best offensive defenseman in the league, and even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff, who could take some time away from Letang on the power play, Letang is a top-15 defenseman.
Chris Kunitz, LW10/1/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a career-high 35 goals and 68 points last season.
Insight: Kunitz has averaged 0.81 points per game in his five-plus seasons with the Penguins. It is hard to assume those numbers will again go up this year, but even at 35 years old, Kunitz has shown no signs of slowing down.
Evgeni Malkin, C10/1/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: The only concern surrounding Evgeni Malkin for fantasy owner's is his health.
Insight: Malkin has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009. His talent speaks for itself, however, and the there is just too much skill to not take Malkin at least in the first five picks.
Sidney Crosby, C10/1/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the top fantasy option once again in 2014.
Insight: The only other player owners should really consider with the No.1 pick is Alex Ovechkin but that is because Ovechkin provides higher value as a winger than Crosby does as a center. Crosby is the best hockey player in the world and is feeling good after offseason wrist surgery.
Evgeni Malkin, C9/29/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it cannot be good either. Malkin will now go into the regular season without playing a single exhibition game, and one has to wonder about whether he will be ready to go on opening day.
Beau Bennett, RW9/27/2014 3:07:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston.
Insight: Anther bad break for Bennett who missed 51 games last season with a wrist injury. He was set to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin which is always a good thing for his fantasy value, but now he could miss 20 games.
Evgeni Malkin, C9/18/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
Insight: Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby, will miss the start of training camp with minor injuries. Neither one is supposed to be serious. The Penguins will be holding them out as a precaution.
Sidney Crosby, C9/18/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
Insight: Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Christian Ehrhoff, D7/1/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Sidney Crosby, C6/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Olli Maatta, D5/22/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta needs 4-to-6 months to recover from shoulder surgery. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: If that timetable holds true, Maatta may miss the beginning of next season. The 19-year-old logged nine goals and 20 assists during his rookie campaign.
Sidney Crosby, CCold5/14/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: The Penguins didn't get much out of Sidney Crosby in this year's postseason.
Insight: Crosby disappeared over the final three games of the Rangers series, missing all six of his shots on goal while recording a -2 rating. Dating back to last season, Crosby has just one goal in his last 18 playoff appearances.
Brooks Orpik, D5/12/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is doubtful for Game 7 against the Rangers on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Orpik has only appeared in one game this series because of a knee injury. We're not counting on him for Game 7.
Brooks Orpik, D5/8/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against the Rangers but ended up suffering an apparent knee injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Orpik missed the last two games of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus and the first three games of its second-round series against the Rangers. He only played 5:15 Wednesday in Game 4.
Sidney Crosby, C5/7/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby handed out two assists in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over New York.
Insight: Crosby had been having a quiet series prior to Wednesday, at least by his standards (one point in three games). The Penguins are in the driver's seat now. They lead the Rangers three games to one with Game 5 Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Evgeni Malkin, C5/7/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin netted his fifth goal of the playoffs Wednesday in a win over New York.
Insight: He also added an assist. The Penguins can close out the Rangers Friday night in Game 5. Malkin has five points this series (two goals, three assists in four games).
Marc-Andre Fleury, GHot5/5/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury shut out the Rangers for the second night in a row Monday in Game 3.
Insight: He's stopped 57 shots over that span. Tonight was Fleury's eighth career postseason shutout. Game 4 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Brooks Orpik, D5/2/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik is doubtful for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Friday against New York.
Insight: Orpik didn't play in Game 5 against Columbus. The 11-year veteran had two points in the first four games of the series after 13 regular season points.
Brandon Sutter, C4/28/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter had three goals and two assists during Pittsburgh's 4-2 series win over the Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Insight: The 25-year-old had 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 games this season, but he has turned up his game in the postseason.
Evgeni Malkin, C4/28/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin led his team to a series win against Columbus with his second-career playoff hat trick in Game 6 Monday night.
Insight: Malkin missed the last few weeks of the regular season due to a fractured foot and didn't have a goal in the first five games of the series. Pittsburgh will play the winner of the Rangers-Flyers series (New York leads 3-2) in the second round.
Chris Kunitz, LW4/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz recorded two points (one goal and one assist) in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Kunitz has now scored in back-to-back games after being held without a goal in Games 1-3. Pittsburgh can wrap up the series Monday in Game 6.
Brooks Orpik, D4/26/2014 6:35:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik is not on the ice for warmups. SOURCE: Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Orpik left Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury and now he's doubtful for tonight's Game 5 against Columbus. The 11-year vet has one goal in the series.
Marcel Goc, C4/25/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Marcel Goc says he feels good enough to play in Game 5 of the series, but the decision is up to the coaches.
Insight: The 30-year-old had 25 points (11 G) in 74 games with the Penguins and Panthers this season. The Penguins have given up 14 goals in the first four games of the series and Goc might help.
Beau Bennett, RW4/21/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett had two helpers Monday in a 4-3 win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: That gives Bennett four points for the series. Before the playoffs started, Bennett had just two points in his previous seven games.
Paul Martin, D4/21/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin distributed two assists Monday in a Game 3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: The win gives Pittsburgh a 2-1 series advantage. Martin now has 31 assists in 70 career postseason appearances.
Marcel Goc, C4/21/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Marcel Goc continues to skating but is unlikely to play in Game 3 of the series.
Insight: The 30-year-old had 25 points (11 G) in 74 games with the Penguins and Panthers this season.
Brian Gibbons, C4/21/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Brian Gibbons is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Columbus with an upper body injury.
Insight: Gibbons posted five goals and 12 assists in 41 games, but isn't on fantasy radars.
Evgeni Malkin, C4/15/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) practiced Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd and is questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C4/14/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) is questionable for Game 1 of the postseason against Columbus, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Matt Niskanen, D4/13/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
Sidney Crosby, C4/13/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (rest) was a healthy scratch for Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Pittsburgh is preparing for the postseason. Crosby missed just two games this season and won the Art Ross Trophy (most points in the NHL) for the second time in his career with 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists). He'll likely capture his second Hart Trophy as well.
Brooks Orpik, D4/12/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) returned to the lineup Wednesday, but will sit out Saturday, according to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The 33-year-old has two goals and 11 assists in 71 games, so has limited fantasy value even when healthy.
Chris Kunitz, LW4/12/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game with Philadelphia.
Insight: Kunitz (35 G, 32 A) sat out last Sunday with a minor lower-body issue, but did play Wednesday. Sounds like they just want to make sure he's healthy for the playoff run.
Evgeni Malkin, C4/12/2014 2:09:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) was skating with his conditioning coach on Friday before practice.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd, but could be ready for the start of the playoffs. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Sidney Crosby, C4/9/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (upper body) returned to action Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Insight: Crosby (36 goals, 66 assists, +16) missed his first game of the season Sunday due to an upper-body injury.
Chris Kunitz, LW4/9/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He sat out Sunday with a minor lower-body issue.
Brooks Orpik, D4/9/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body) returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Orpik missed Sunday's game. The 33-year-old came into Wednesday's game with two goals and 11 assists in 70 games.
Olli Maatta, D4/9/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta (upper body) returned to the lineup Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta has hit a wall lately, producing just two points over his last 14 games. He missed the last two games.
Kris Letang, D4/9/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return Wednesday against Detroit. It's his first game since suffering a stroke two months ago. SOURCE: Piitsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He may not play his usual 24 minutes a game but Letang is always a strong fantasy option when healthy. Even without playing the last two months, he's still tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (ten).
Brandon Sutter, C4/6/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter provided two goals Sunday in a win against the Avalanche.
Insight: He logged a season-high 23 and a half minutes of ice time. Sutter (13 goals, 13 assists) will probably see a similar workload Wednesday if head coach Dan Bylsma decides to rest Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz again.
Sidney Crosby, C4/6/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (upper-body) won't be suiting up Sunday versus Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: This will be the first game Crosby (36 goals, 66 assists, +16) has missed this season. He's the front-runner for MVP.
Chris Kunitz, LW4/6/2014 7:16:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be on the ice Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: He's sitting out with a lower-body issue. The Penguins are already locked into the No. 2 seed and will probably look to rest some of their starters between now and the end of the regular season.
Evgeni Malkin, C4/6/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is still dealing with a hairline fracture in his foot and might miss the start of the postseason. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: This means it's safe to drop Malkin from most fantasy leagues. He hasn't played in a game since March 23rd.
Olli Maatta, D4/6/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta missed Saturday's game due to an upper-body injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He's questionable for Sunday's contest.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta has hit a wall lately, producing just two points over his last 14 games. He has 29 points in 75 games this season.
Jussi Jokinen, LW4/5/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Jussi Jokinen (undisclosed) will miss Saturday's game at Minnesota, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviw.
Insight: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said his injury is not serious but didn't specify further. Jokinen has 18 goals and 35 assists in 77 games this season.
Paul Martin, D4/3/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin (broken hand) is expected to be activated from injured reserve Thursday against Winnipeg.
Insight: Martin has two goals and 10 assists in 33 games in 2013-14. He's always been a viable fantasy option, averaging 23 points over his last five seasons.
Lee Stempniak, RW3/30/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Penguins right wing Lee Stempniak scored a goal Sunday against the Blackhawks. It was his first point in six games.
Insight: Stempniak had seven points in his first eight games with the Penguins, but he has cooled off.
Sidney Crosby, CHot3/30/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby is one point away from reaching 100 for the fifth time.
Insight: Crosby scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season Sunday against the Blackhawks. He leads the NHL in points by 18 over Ryan Getzlaf.
Beau Bennett, RW3/28/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett (broken wrist) scored a goal in his return to the lineup Friday against Columbus.
Insight: Bennett has taken over Evgeni Malkin's spot on the second line with Malkin out for the next few weeks. It's a talented line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal, so Bennett may be able to help some fantasy owners.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/28/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Kunitz' production has waned since the start of February. Over his last 18 games, he has notched just nine points.
Olli Maatta, D3/28/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta will not play Friday against the Blue Jackets, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta will be a healthy scratch as the team looks to get him some rest. He's recorded zero points and a -3 rating his last nine games.
Marcel Goc, C3/28/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Marcel Goc will miss three weeks with an ankle injury, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Goc suffered the injury Thursday night. The 30-year-old has two points in 12 games with the Penguins after picking up 23 in 62 games with the Panthers.
Jussi Jokinen, LW3/25/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Jussi Jokinen scored a power-play goal Tuesday against Phoenix.
Insight: With Evgeni Malkin out for 2-3 weeks, Jokinen (18 G, 33 A) is going to have to get more of his points with the man advantage. Ultimately, Malkin's absence will hurt Jokinen's value.
Evgeni Malkin, C3/25/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-to-3 weeks with a foot injury, according to NHL.com.
Insight: Malkin's regular season is likely over. The 27-year-old has 23 goals, 49 assists, 62 PIM and 191 SOG in 60 games and is impossible to replace. His absence will also lessen the fantasy value of linemate James Neal.
Evgeni Malkin, CHot3/22/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin went off for four points Saturday against the Lightning and now has 72 points this season.
Insight: Malkin scored two goals Saturday after potting two Thursday, bringing him to 23 this season. He's done all that in just 59 games.
Joe Vitale, C3/22/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Penguins fourth-line center Joe Vitale is expected to miss both weekend games, according to the team's website.
Insight: With one goal and 13 assists, Vitale hasn't provided much offense for fantasy owners.
Evgeni Malkin, C3/20/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin netted two goals in Thursday's loss to the Red Wings.
Insight: Somehow he managed a -1 rating for the game. Malkin's goals Thursday were his first since March 7th versus Anaheim. That ends a five-game scoring drought for the 27-year-old.
Matt Niskanen, D3/18/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had an assist Tuesday against Dallas, his former team, to hit the 40-point mark for the first time in his career.
Insight: Niskanen has taken over for Kris Letang (out due to a stroke since January) as the Penguins top fantasy blueliner. He has 10 goals, 30 assists, 130 SOG, 45 PIM and a +31 in 68 games.
Sidney Crosby, C3/18/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby reached the 90-point mark for the fifth time in his career Tuesday night.
Insight: Crosby had two goals and one assist, giving him 33 goals and 91 points in 68 games. He had 100+ points in four of his first five NHL seasons but didn't have higher than 66 in the past three due to injuries.
Lee Stempniak, RW3/18/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Lee Stempniak has produced six points in seven games since the Flames traded him to the Penguins.
Insight: Stempniak had a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Stars. He has been skating on Sidney Crosby's line, which got even better Tuesday with the return of Chris Kunitz from a two-game absence.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/18/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz had two points, including a goal, in his return from an injury Tuesday against Dallas.
Insight: Kunitz (32 G, 29 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week. He has 61 points in 66 games this season.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/18/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in warmups prior to Tuesday's game and it appears he will play, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week, but practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning. He just needed to get medical clearance to play in a game, and it appears he has done that.
James Neal, LW3/18/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) participated in pre-game warmups Tuesday night, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Neal (22 G, 27 A) missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend before returning to practice Monday. He still needed to get clearance to play in a game, however, which is why he was a game-time decision.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/18/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday, as he still needs medical clearance to play.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week, but practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning.
James Neal, LW3/18/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) skated Tuesday morning but still needs medical clearance to play Tuesday night.
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend but was cleared to practice Monday and may be able to get clearance to play before Tuesday's contest. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Kris Letang, D3/17/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Monday less than two months after having a stroke. It's still unclear if he'll return this season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Letang was not limited in any way at practice, though some of his teammates were hesitant to be physical with him and he had to urge them to hit him because he wanted to get used to contact again.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/17/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) may play Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week.
James Neal, LW3/17/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) surprisingly received clearance for full participation in Monday's practice and could play as soon as Tuesday against the Stars. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season, so fantasy owners will be happy to have him back so quickly.
Kris Letang, D3/16/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang will practice with the team Monday, according to the Penguins on Twitter.
Insight: Letang suffered a stroke in late January and is still out indefinitely. There's no guarantee he'll be back this season.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/16/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be in action Sunday against the Flyers. SOURCE: Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He's still out with a leg injury. Fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Tuesday's meeting with Dallas.
James Neal, LW3/14/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to the Penguins on Twitter.
Insight: Neal is out indefinitely. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season, so he's impossible to replace on fantasy teams.
James Neal, LW3/13/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (maintenance) missed Thursday's practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His status for Saturday's game is unclear.
Insight: Chris Kunitz also sat out. Both are dealing with bumps and bruises. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Neal has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/13/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz missed practice Thursday for maintenance and is questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: James Neal sat out for the same reason. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz collided with the goal post during Tuesday's game and hurt his leg.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G3/11/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (32 saves) captured his fifth shutout Tuesday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Two of the five have been against the Capitals. Overall, Fleury is 3-0 against them this season. The Penguins aren't in action again until Saturday.
Sidney Crosby, C3/10/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby would not be denied Monday against Washington.
Insight: Crosby exploded for three points as the Penguins were able to capture a 3-2 victory. He now has a 17-point cushion over Toronto's Phil Kessel in the NHL scoring race.
Chris Kunitz, LW3/10/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz delivered two goals in Monday's win against the Capitals.
Insight: Sidney Crosby assisted on both including the game-winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period. Kunitz (31 goals, 28 assists) is two points away from tying his career-high in scoring.
Lee Stempniak, RW3/5/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: The Flames have traded Lee Stempniak to the Penguins for a third-round pick, according to Darren Dreger of tsn.ca.
Insight: Stempniak has just 23 points in 52 games. His -21 rating will improve with the Penguins but he won't see time with the top-six forwards or top power-play unit.
Marcel Goc, C3/5/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: The Penguins have acquired Marcel Goc from the Panthers.
Insight: Goc (11 G, 12 A) has never been a fantasy option and isn't about to become one now while serving as depth for Pittsburgh.
James Neal, LWHot2/27/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal extended his points streak to six games Thursday against Montreal.
Insight: The first five games came before the Olympic break. Neal had a goal, an assist, four SOG and a +2 Thursday and has 21 goals, 47 points, 147 SOG, 39 PIM and a +16 in just 38 games this season. He's a top-notch fantasy asset.
Olli Maatta, DHot2/27/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta had a goal and an assist Thursday against Montreal.
Insight: The 19-year-old Maatta has 13 points in his last 16 games. The Penguins will need him to keep it up with both Kris Letang and Paul Martin sidelined for an extended period of time.
Sidney Crosby, CHot2/27/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Fresh off another gold medal performance for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics, Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby had no problem with jet lag Thursday night.
Insight: Crosby reached 80 points on the season with his 29th goal and 51st assist against the Canadiens. Nobody else has even hit 70 yet.
Kris Letang, D2/27/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is unsure if he'll return this season after suffering a stroke in January, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Letang is training but hasn't returned to his normal workout regimen. He'll undergo more tests in two or three weeks to determine if he'll be able to come back.
Beau Bennett, RW2/25/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett (broken wrist) will miss another three-to-four weeks after suffering a setback, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Bennett was expected to return following the Olympic break but he'll be out until late March. He's played just 12 games this season with three points, but did post 14 points in 26 games last season.
Paul Martin, D2/25/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, an injury he sustained during the Winter Olympics.
Insight: Martin missed nearly two months with a broken leg this season and now this. He has two goals and 10 assists in 33 games and may not play again until the playoffs. With Kris Letang still out after having a stroke, the Penguins will use Matt Niskanen (7 G, 27 A) and Olli Maatta (6 G, 17 A) as the top defensive pairing.
Tomas Vokoun, G2/19/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) has been medically cleared to play and just needs to get in shape, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The veteran missed the entire season to this point after he had a blood clot in his pelvis back in September. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV% last season as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.
Kris Letang, D2/7/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss six weeks according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Letang's recent illness was revealed to be a stroke.
Insight: Letang has 10 goals and 100 shots on goal this season. He remains one of the best scorers among fantasy defensemen and his absence will be felt.
Beau Bennett, RW2/7/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh winger Beau Bennett (broken wrist) should return to the Penguins lineup after the Olympic break, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
Insight: Bennett could be teamed up with Sidney Crosy which is always good for fantasy totals. He's played just 12 games this season with three points, but did post 14 points in 26 games last season.
Jussi Jokinen, LW2/5/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Jussi Jokinen picked up five points in his last three games.
Insight: Jokinen has converted a top-six role with one of the best teams in the NHL into 41 points (16 goals), 128 SOG and 14 power-play points.
Kris Letang, D2/4/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game. It will be his fourth straight absence.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Kris Letang, D2/4/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed Monday's game against Ottawa, his third in a row due to illness.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scoring defenseman. As of yet, no timetable has been announced.
Kris Letang, D2/3/2014 1:03:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (illness) is expected to miss Monday's game against Ottawa.
Insight: He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season, but still a top-scroing defenseman.
Kris Letang, D1/31/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (illness) is doubtful for Saturday's game, according to pittsburghpenguins.com.
Insight: Letang sat out Thursday and is not expected back for Saturday. He has 10 goals, 18 points and 100 SOG in 34 games this season, down from the 38 points he had in 35 games last season.
Brian Gibbons, C1/28/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Brian Gibbons has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan 11. with a lower body injury.
Insight: Gibbons posted two goals and four assists in 13 games, but isn't on fantasy radars.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G1/27/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was on point Monday against Buffalo.
Insight: Fleury saved all 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. He's been alternating wins and losses lately so fantasy owners may want to start someone else when Fleury heads to Los Angeles Thursday for a game against the Kings.
Jeff Zatkoff, G1/23/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff will start Thursday against the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Insight: Zatkoff is 1-1 against the Islanders this season yielding seven goals so you may want to skip him tonight. He's a respectable 7-2-1 with a 2.67 GAA and .906 SV%.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G1/23/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will get a night off after winning for the 28th time on Wednesday night.
Insight: Fleury improved to 28-11-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .916 SV%. Jeff Zarkoff will get the nod, his first since Jan. 10, and he's a respectable 7-2-1 with a 2.67 GAA and .906 SV%.
Jussi Jokinen, LW1/22/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Jussi Jokinen knocked home two goals Wednesday in a win over Montreal.
Insight: It's Jokinen's third multi-goal effort of the season. He's scored six times since the start of January, which makes this Jokinen's most productive month of the 2013-14 campaign.
Matt Niskanen, DHot1/22/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen has six goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Insight: Niskanen has held down the fort while teammates Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik have missed time due to injuries in the past six weeks. His +25 differential is tied for the NHL lead.
Tomas Vokoun, G1/21/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh netminder Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) will skate for the first time on Wednesday, according to Penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: He also missed a large portion of the 2006-07 season while dealing with a blood clot. He's not taking shots yet, but this is a big step in the right direction. Vokoun was 13-4-0 with a 2.45 GAA and .919 SV%.
Paul Martin, D1/20/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin is active Monday, according to penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: Martin has missed almost two months with a broken leg. Before his injury, he had two goals and nine assists in 23 games.
James Neal, LW1/20/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) is active Monday against the Panthers, according to penguins.nhl.com.
Insight: Neal only had to miss one game due to his injury because of Pittsburgh's light schedule from Jan. 12-19. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season, so make sure he's back in your lineups.
James Neal, LW1/20/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) sat out Wednesday's game against the Capitals and is questionable for Monday's game against Florida.
Insight: He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was feeling better. Neal has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season. Get him back into your lineups.
Jayson Megna, C1/20/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Jason Megna may be activated from injured reserve for Monday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Megna has played just 15 games this season with four goals and a pair of assists.
Paul Martin, D1/18/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin expects to return Monday versus the Panthers. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: Martin has missed almost two months with a broken leg. Before his injury, he had two goals and nine assists in 23 games.
Mark Letestu, CHot1/17/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu extended his scoring streak to four games with a goal Friday against the Capitals.
Insight: Letestu has scored four goals in his last three games and produced six points in his last six games. He came into January with just 14 points and one goal.
James Neal, LWHot1/15/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (upper body) sat out Wednesday's game against the Capitals.
Insight: According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Neal made it sound like he was going to play Wednesday morning, so his absence is a bit surprising. He has 17 goals, 36 points, 29 PIM, 108 SOG and a +9 in just 27 games this season.
James Neal, LWHot1/14/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal is questionable for Wednesday's game against Washington due to an upper body injury.
Insight: Neal is a stud fantasy weapon and makes up a deadly second line with Evgeni Malkin and Jussi Jokinen. The winger has 17 goals and 19 assists in 27 games this season.
Paul Martin, D1/12/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Paul Martin is hoping to return Wednesday against the Capitals. He's missed the last month and a half with a broken leg. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Martin has been skating for over a week. If for some reason Martin (two goals, nine assists in 23 games) is still available in your league, now would be the time to pick him up.
Chuck Kobasew, RW1/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh right wing Chuck Kobasew (lower body) is questionable for Friday's game against Edmonton.
Insight: Kobasew isn't a particularly appealing fantasy option with just 31 goals in his last five seasons and two points in 25 games this season.
James Neal, LWHot1/5/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal was instrumental in Sunday's victory over the Jets.
Insight: He netted two goals while also adding an assist. That gives Neal six goals and six assists in his last five games. The 26-year-old is scoring at a rate of 1.42 ppg this season.
Evgeni Malkin, C1/5/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin provided three points Sunday in a win over Winnipeg.
Insight: It was Malkin's first game back after missing three weeks with a leg injury. Even after missing all that time, Malkin (two goals, one assist on Sunday) still ranks ninth in the league in scoring with 44 points in 33 contests.
Jussi Jokinen, LW1/3/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Jussi Jokinen had a pair of goals Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: With Pascal Dupuis out for the season, Jokinen is locked into a top-six role. However, he doesn't have the benefit of playing with Evgeni Malkin at the moment. The 30-year-old has 11 goals and 28 points in 43 games on the season.
Chris Kunitz, LWHot1/3/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz has 23 goals and 46 points in 43 games this season.
Insight: Kunitz potted two goals and had one assist Friday against the Rangers. He's +23 this season and an impeccable +150 for his career.
Chris Conner, RW1/3/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh winger Chris Conner is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after hand surgery.
Insight: Conner wasn't much of a fantasy asset with just four goals and one assist in 19 games.
Brooks Orpik, D12/27/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) will play Friday, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Boston's Shawn Thornton knocked Orpik off his feet and knocked him unconscious with a punch to the head on Dec. 7. Thornton was given a 15-game suspension for the act. Orpik has a goal and seven points in 31 games and has minimal fantasy value.
Evgeni Malkin, C12/27/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin (leg) will miss Friday's game, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Malkin skated Friday morning but didn't take part in line rushes. He'll miss his sixth straight game due to a left leg injury.
Pascal Dupuis, LW12/27/2013 1:27:00 PM
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has a torn ACL and is almost certainly done for the season, according to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Dupuis (7 G, 13 A) will undergo surgery in two weeks. The 34-year-old suffered the injury during Monday's game at Ottawa.

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