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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
21-4-1 43
14-6-6 34
14-8-4 32
16-11-0 32
13-10-5 31
12-12-4 28
9-13-5 23
8-15-2 18

Top Penguins News

  • Penguins' Ryan Poehling: Practicing Thursday

    Poehling (upper body) is practicing Thursday in a non-contact jersey, Penguins' radio announcer Josh Getzoff reports.

    Poehling sat out Tuesday's tilt against Columbus, the first game he has missed this season. The 23-year-old has four goals and seven points in 25 games and should be considered day-to-day.

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  • Penguins' Kris Letang: Practicing Thursday

    Letang (stroke) is practicing with a regular jersey on Thursday, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Wow! Only 10 days after suffering a stroke, Letang is back and participating in a full practice. While he has not yet been cleared to play in a game, this is a huge step forward in his recovery. The 35-year-old defenseman has a goal and 12 points in 21 games this season.

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  • Penguins' Samuel Poulin: Taking leave of absence

    Poulin will take a leave of absence from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Poulin will return to his home in Quebec and continue to workout there. Penguins GM Ron Hextall said that Pittsburgh supports "Sam's decision to take time away from hockey to focus on himself." Poulin has an assist in three games with Pittsburgh this season. The 21-year-old was assigned to the AHL on Nov. 11.

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  • Penguins' Danton Heinen: Back in lineup

    Heinen recorded one hit in 9:18 of ice time versus Columbus on Tuesday.

    Heinen was back in the lineup for the injured Ryan Poehling (upper body) after having been a healthy scratch for the previous three contests. The 27-year-old Heinen figures to remain a fringe roster option for Pittsburgh this year.

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  • Penguins' Chad Ruhwedel: Held off scoresheet again

    Ruhwedel was blanked against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

    Ruhwedel has been pressed into service with Kris Letang (illness) sidelined indefinitely but shouldn't be expected to replace Letang's offensive production. In his 10 appearances this year, Ruhwedel has just one helper, seven shots and 13 hits while averaging a mere 13:36 of ice time.

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  • Penguins' Jan Rutta: Records three shots

    Rutta registered three shots, four blocks and one hit against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

    Rutta has been getting shots on net, recording nine shots in his last three contests, but remains stuck in a six-game pointless streak. The 32-year-old Czech isn't exactly known for his offensive production, having reached the 10-point mark in just one of his last four seasons.

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  • Penguins' Josh Archibald: Pointless streak continues

    Archibald failed to record a point against Columbus on Tuesday, his fifth straight game without getting on the scoresheet.

    Archibald has logged less than 10 minutes of ice time in two of his last five outings, so his lack of offensive production shouldn't come as a shock. More of a defensive specialist, Archibald is averaging 1:47 of ice time on the penalty kill this year and figures to remain in that role long term, limiting his opportunities to provide fantasy production.

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  • Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Records helper Tuesday

    Dumoulin registered an assist versus the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

    Dumoulin has never been known for his offensive acumen, as evident by the fact that he has yet to score this season and has just eight shots in his last 18 contests. The veteran defenseman has reached the 20-point mark just once in his eight-year NHL career and probably shouldn't be expected to do so this season either.

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  • Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Makes 38 saves in victory

    Jarry stopped 38 of 39 shots in a 4-1 win against Columbus on Tuesday.

    Jarry surrendered the first goal of the game at 1:00 of the first period, but he was perfect after that to earn the victory. He's won his last three games, and has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last seven games. He's 11-3-3 record with a 2.75 GAA and .919 save percentage in 17 starts this season.

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  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Extends point streak to three games

    Malkin (illness) registered a power-play assist in a 4-1 win versus Columbus on Tuesday.

    Malkin's availability for Tuesday's contest was in question after he missed Monday's practice because of the illness. He recorded an assist on Sidney Crosby's goal at 10:14 of the second period. That brings Malkin up to eight goals and 25 points in 26 contests in 2022-23. The 36-year-old is on a three-game point streak.

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  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Nets two goals vs. Columbus

    Crosby (illness) scored two goals in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Columbus.

    Crosby was a game-time decision because of the illness, but he ended up having a big night. He scored the game-winning goal at 2:02 of the second period and a power-play marker later in the same frame. He's up to 15 goals and 35 points in 26 contests in 2022-23. The 35-year-old is on a six-game point streak.

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  • Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Gets two assists Tuesday

    Guentzel registered two assists in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Columbus.

    Guentzel extended his point streak to five games. Through 22 contests this season, he's contributed 12 goals, 26 points and 69 shots. Guentzel's a top-tier forward who averaged 1.08 points per game from 2019-20 through 2021-22, so as good as his current scoring pace is, it's possible that the 28-year-old can maintain it.

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  • Penguins' Teddy Blueger: Scores first goal of 2022-23

    Blueger provided a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win versus the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

    Blueger's goal came at 16:33 of the third period. It was his first marker and fifth point in 11 contests this season. The 28-year-old entered Tuesday's game averaging 12:38 of ice time, and he's unlikely to make regular offensive contributions unless his role significantly expands.

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  • Penguins' Bryan Rust: Records two points Tuesday

    Rust scored a goal and registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win against Columbus.

    It was Rust's second straight multi-point game, giving him seven goals and 16 points in 26 contests this season. Even with his recent success, Rust's scoring pace is well below 2021-22 when he finished with 24 goals and 58 points in 60 games. The 30-year-old is trending in the right direction though, and it wouldn't be surprising to see his overall scoring pace continue to increase.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Clear of illness

    DeSmith (illness) is set to serve as backup to Tristan Jarry in Tuesday's game versus the Blue Jackets.

    DeSmith was a game-time decision with the illness, but he'll be at least healthy enough to play. The 31-year-old should be good to serve in the backup role going forward.

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  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: In Tuesday's lineup

    Malkin (illness) will play Tuesday versus the Blue Jackets.

    Malkin won't have to miss time after his absence from practice Monday. The 36-year-old has been in strong form this season with eight goals and 16 assists in 25 contests, and he has yet to sit out a game this season.

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  • Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Ready to rock

    Crosby (illness) will play Tuesday versus the Blue Jackets.

    Crosby was initially a game-time decision, but there was little doubt he'd suit up. The 35-year-old has yet to miss a game this season while racking up 13 goals and 20 assists in 25 contests.

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  • Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Game-time call versus Jackets

    DeSmith (illness) was labeled a game-time decision against Columbus on Tuesday, with coach Mike Sullivan telling reporters, "We anticipate that they will play, but they are all game-time decisions."

    DeSmith's potential absence likely didn't impact the starting goalie decision as Tristan Jarry will be between the pipes. Still, with no other goaltender currently on the roster and the Penguins tight up against the cap, they may be forced to use their EBUG as the backup if DeSmith can't dress.

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  • Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Deemed game-time decision

    Malkin (illness) was labeled a game-time call by coach Mike Sullivan ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Jackets, telling reporters, "We anticipate that they will play, but they are all game-time decisions."

    Malkin was in attendance for Tuesday's optional skate and the team hasn't elevated anybody from the minors, so all signs would seem to point to Malkin and Sidney Crosby (illness) being available. If Malkin does suit up, he will no doubt be eager to end his six-game goal drought during which he has registered 18 shots and four helpers.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 3.51
(8th)
3.01
(14th)
18.4
(26th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Letang D Kris Letang D Illness
S. Poulin LW Sam Poulin LW Not Injury Related
R. Poehling C Ryan Poehling C Upper Body

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