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Posted On Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 12:16 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins will use virtually the same lineup for the fifth consecutive game to start the season when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA SPORTS2).

The Penguins have made minor tweaks to their lineup through the early portion of the season, including moving defenseman Olli Maatta from a pairing with Paul Martin to playing alongside Kris Letang, and swapping their third- and fourth-line centers, with Nick Spaling replacing Marcel Goc on the third.

"Both players [Spaling and Goc], the first thing that both provide is they're key penalty killers for us," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "I just thought on those lines, just to flip them around and really, I'm not big on third, fourth, getting into those types of things. If you look at the minutes that both have played, they're probably within a minute or 30 seconds of each other by the end of the night.

"So I just see both of those lines, just trying to get the right combinations."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.18.2014 / 12:38 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Pascal Dupuis participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins first morning skate since being taken off the ice on a stretcher Thursday.

Dupuis could play against the New York Islanders at Consol Energy Center on Saturday. He resumed his normal position alongside forwards Brandon Sutter and Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins second line Saturday morning.

Dupuis said the decision on his playing status will be made Saturday afternoon. Penguins coach Mike Johnston called Dupuis a game-time decision.

"I saw him on the ice and I thought he looked pretty good," Johnston said.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 1:00 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are aware their penalty kill must improve.

Despite two wins in as many games, the Penguins have been susceptible when down a man. They will attempt to rectify that when they face the Dallas Stars on Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh enters play Wednesday 30th in penalty killing (54.6 percent) after wins against the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs by a combined score of 11-6. Five of the six goals it has surrendered have been scored during an opponent's power play.

"We have a lot of guys who haven't killed penalties together," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. "[They're] working together on that unit to get in sync and to get the understanding of the couple changes that we're doing on the penalty kill to make sure that we tidy them up."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 12:56 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Cam Fowler participated in the Anaheim Ducks' morning skate Thursday prior to their season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

Fowler, who returned to skating Monday after sustaining a lower-body injury during practice last week, had been listed as day-to-day prior to Thursday. He was the first Anaheim player on the ice Thursday morning and could return to the Ducks' top defensive pairing alongside Ben Lovejoy to start the season.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Fowler is cleared to play and will leave it to him to decide if he is ready. Fowler said he felt good during the skate, but that he is a game-time decision.

"You want to be at 100 percent and you don't want to do any harm to yourself or to the team either," Fowler said. "You have to be at full capacity when you play these games. So, we're going to make sure everything falls into place and we'll see how things go [Thursday]."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 2:31 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Malkin could play in opener

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin practiced Tuesday for the first time since the Stanley Cup Playoffs and said there's a "50/50" chance he could play in the season opener Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. .

Malkin had not skated with the team due to an undisclosed injury sustained during his offseason workouts. With forward Chris Kunitz absent, Malkin skated on Sidney Crosby's left wing with Patric Hornqvist at right wing during line drills.

Kunitz was held out of practice due to an illness that Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he does not expect to linger. Forward Kasperi Kapanen, who also missed practice, returned to Finland to spend time with his family while the Penguins make a decision on their young players, Johnston said.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 1:50 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Malkin skates for first time at camp

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin returned to the ice Saturday for the first time since Pittsburgh announced his undisclosed injury.

Malkin, who has been sidelined throughout training camp, skated on his own prior to practice but did not join his teammates when they took the ice at Consol Energy Center. He worked out Thursday and Friday and "the steps are in motion" for him to participate in his first practice since the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said.

Johnston said he hopes Malkin can work with a skills coach Sunday in addition to another skate.

"We're just taking it day by day and seeing how he progresses," Johnston said. "I know everybody, when we talked to everybody at the beginning of training camp, we weren't sure how long he may be out. And it did progress a little bit longer than we thought, but for sure it's exciting to get him working out the other day when we were heading up to the team building."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 1:08 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby skates at first camp workout

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins' first practice Friday, a day after it was announced he would be held out of the start of training camp.

Crosby took the ice just before the start of Pittsburgh's 9 a.m. practice at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins captain, who did not wear a red no-contact jersey, skated for about 50 minutes before leaving practice as Pittsburgh began a 3-on-3 scrimmage between the blue lines.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford had announced Thursday that Crosby and center Evgeni Malkin would be held out of training camp practices due to unspecified injuries sustained during their offseason training. Coach Mike Johnston said neither injury was believed to be long-term. He said Crosby's issue was not related to the wrist injury that Crosby played through last season.

Crosby said the decision for him to practice was made Friday morning, and that he does not think the injury would have held him out of a regular-season game.

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Posted On Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 12:32 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Rangers series blog

Penguins bringing road mentality into Game 7

PITTSBURGH -- A Game 7 will be played at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing as if they are on the road.

The Penguins are 1-7 in their past eight home elimination games entering Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). Their record is nearly reversed in road elimination games, with six wins in their past seven.

Although Pittsburgh will play in front of a home crowd Tuesday, its pregame preparations have mirrored how it would treat a road trip. The Penguins stayed at a Pittsburgh-area hotel Monday night and traveled to the arena on a bus for their Tuesday morning skate.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen said the Penguins attempted to build camaraderie.

"We're all in this together, so let's hang out together before the biggest game of the season," Niskanen said. "Hopefully, we do bring that road mentality. Sometimes there's extra pressure to win at home or something. I don't think that's the case tonight.

"It's a Game 7. It is at home, so we should use that to our advantage. … I think everyone will pull together and try to play our best game for each other."

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Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 5:45 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Rangers series blog

Penguins put rest of series in past, focus on Game 7

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins would have rather avoided a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. But after allowing a 3-1 series lead to evaporate, they want to embrace the moment.

Pittsburgh seemed to be playing its best hockey in several weeks after winning three straight games to take a 3-1 series lead. They regressed in the following two games, losing them by the combined score of 8-2, with the Rangers evening the series 3-3 entering Game 7 on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I think a little bit, you can look at Games 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 as mirror opposites of each other," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "That was a team after Game 4 that was a little bit frustrated and a little bit disappointed with how they played and vowed to be better in Game 5 and were. … We can't live in Games 3 and 4. We certainly can't live in Games 5 and 6.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 1:46 PM

By Wes Crosby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Penguins-Rangers series blog

Penguins' Scuderi remains confident despite criticism

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi has been criticized for his underwhelming performance during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coach, Dan Bylsma said he thinks that perception is unfair.

Scuderi is a minus-3 through 11 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which ranks last among Pittsburgh defensemen. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has struggled since returning in December from a broken leg that sidelined him for two months.

That continued Friday, when Scuderi made a miscue that led to one of the New York Rangers' two power-play goals during Pittsburgh's 5-1 loss in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Game 6 of the best-of-7 series, which Pittsburgh leads 3-2, is Sunday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Bylsma said Scuderi does not receive the credit he deserves because he is not a high-octane offensive performer.

"He's a fairly unassuming defenseman in how he plays," Bylsma said of Scuderi. "He's a guy who defends and is always thinking defense. The PK is a big part of that. We had some unforced errors and that was one of them. You don't get it cleared, it's in the back of the net a few seconds later.

"That's not the only mistake in the game. But I think Rob's played some of his best hockey for us in these playoffs."

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