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Breaking: Letang To Return To Penguins Lineup Tonight

In a brief and sudden press conference on Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero announced that defenseman Kris Letang will be returning to the lineup.

Letang, 26, suffered a stroke in January while the Penguins were on a road trip out west. It is important to note that once Letang had successfully underwent treatment, including blood thinners; he would be medically cleared to play.

“He's at no further risk to suffer a stroke playing hockey than going to grocery store.” Said Ray Shero at the press conference

He is correct in saying so. Letang has a heart condition that doesn’t change with elevated heart rates, unlike the heart condition...

The Writing is on the Wall; Pittsburgh's Depth Does Not Spark Confidence Towards a Cup Run

It is a tough pill to swallow, knowing that your team no longer has a quality shot at a Stanley Cup.

With injuries hampering the return of a two top six forwards and a top four defensemen the Penguins are just not fully equipped to go through the rigors of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is just not a feasible request.

To beat a team like the Boston Bruins or the Philadelphia Flyers without Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Paul Martin, the Penguins would have to have their depth come through in major ways. This is assuming the Penguins currently have the depth to pull this off.

Although Beau Bennett has returned and played well since his return, he is not enough. Pittsburgh ...

Blackhawks extend losing streak to 3 after loss to Penguins

Both the Blackhawks and Penguins talked about needing to win Sunday night's match prior to the game; both teams had lost their last two games.

Pittsburgh just sold what they were saying better in the first period, going up 2-0 halfway through the period with goals just 21 seconds apart by James Neal and Lee Stempniak.

Sheldon Brookbank got the Blackhawks on the board 11:10 into the second period.

But any elation that Chicago might have felt over finally scoring was punched in the gut a few minutes later when Brooks Orpik checked Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hard into the boards. Though the hit was called legal on the ice, Toews hit the boards hard...

Blackhawks and Penguins indoors face-off

The Blackhawks (42-18-15) are visiting Pittsburgh to face the Penguins (47-22-5), one of the yearly big Stanley Cup contenders. It’s almost the end of the regular season, with all teams having under 10 games to play and playoffs spots being claimed. The Penguins have earned theirs during the week, and at the time this preview was written, the Blackhawks were a point behind clinching a playoff berth themselves.

 

The last time these two teams faced each other was for the Stadium Series outdoor game in Chicago’s Soldier Field,...

The Pens and the Curse of Changing Expectations

The reactions and fallout from both Pens fans and scribes varied a bit after the unexpected sweep from the Eastern Conference Finals at the hands of the Boston Bruins last spring. The clamoring for large scale change rung far and wide that had fans calling for Head Coach Dan Blysma’s head on a platter and jettisoning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to parts unknown using any method available to General Manager Ray Shero’s disposal among other “blow it up and start again” knee jerk reactions. In fact, Shero himself didn’t escape the shark jumpers and over analyzers this time as his deadline acquisitions had impacted the roster negativel...

Firing Dan Bylsma? Penguins Fans Have This One Backwards.

There is currently a movement in the city of Pittsburgh that is headstrong on firing coach Dan Bylsma. Despite having the most injuries in the league and the likely probability of finishing second in the conference, the fans seem to have had enough.

Enough, you hear it time and time again. The callers on talk radio say they have had enough of Dan Bylsma, that his system clearly doesn’t work.

Enough of the consistent playoff appearances despite the massive injuries this team has suffered in the recent seasons?

Enough of the team overachieving despite having a clear lack of back end talent left from subpar drafting strategies?

In 2010-2011, the Penguins lost bo...

Peaking at the Proper Time; The Penguins Paradox of Finding Health and Consistent Play

Mediocrity, it is certainly one way to describe the Penguins play of late.

Their wins can be broken down into simply taking advantage of what is in front of you, while their losses have come from little effort and lack of dictating play. Some claim it is the toll of so many injuries finally taking its toll on the team, others quote from the book of a post Olympic slump, but either way the team is not improving.

Or are they?

While it is an argument that is destined to fall on deaf ears of aggravated fans, the Penguins are in a better position than they have been the past three seasons.

At 6-5-1 in March the Penguins are barely breaching the plateau of average. This ...

Peaking at the Proper Time; The Penguins Paradox of Finding Health and Consistent Play

Mediocrity, it is certainly one way to describe the Penguins play of late.

Their wins can be broken down into simply taking advantage of what is in front of you, while their losses have come from little effort and lack of dictating play. Some claim it is the toll of so many injuries finally taking its toll on the team, others quote from the book of a post Olympic slump, but either way the team is not improving.

Or are they?

While it is an argument that is destined to fall on deaf ears of aggravated fans, the Penguins are in a better position than they have been the past three seasons.

At 6-5-1 in March the Penguins are barely breaching the plateau of average. This ...

Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight; Beat Up Penguins Get Thrashed By Surging Flyers

Fleury was strong despite allowing seven goals.

Yah, you read that correctly. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed seven goals in just four periods of hockey, but he was good. He was actually really good. In Sunday’s game, there were at least five amazing saves that stoned the Flyers, only to let them score shortly after from poor defensive coverage. Fleury never lost his cool. Something that shows a more mature, prepared Fleury. If he can have a strong bounce back week after this weekend, then all will be fine in the Steel City.

Taylor Pyatt should be back in the minors.

He is big. That is about all I can say when it comes to a proper scouting report.

Since coming to ...

No Luck of the Irish this Weekend; Updated Penguins Injury Report and Preview of the Pens Back to Back with Philly.

Injury update: James Neal has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely as of today. Having missed practice on Thursday from “a maintenance day”, Neal revealed to the public that he had to see a doctor regarding his concussion.

Neal has had multiple career concussions, including one from just last season. There is no timetable currently set for Neal, however it is highly unlikely that he plays this weekend.

Chris Kunitz is banged up after taking a fall into the goal post on Tuesday night. In a similar scenario to that of Steven Stamkos, Kunitz was upended when heading toward the net. His shin smashed into the post, which resulted in instant pain...