Any lessons learned from Saturday night’s thumping at the hands of the Maple Leafs did not help the Penguins last night as they were once again on the wrong end of a lopsided loss against the New Jersey Devils. After tying the score at 1-1 courtesy a Jamie Oleksiak goal, the Penguins surrendered four unanswered tallies leading to a 5-1 defeat at PPG Paints Arena. [Pensburgh Recap]
The Penguins will have another shot to get back in the win column on Wednesday night when they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals.
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Through numerous fundraising initiatives the Penguins franchise undertook in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting they team has helped raise thousands of dollars to support the victims of their families. One of the most popular has been the individual sale of the patches worn last week. [Trib Live]
As this new NHL season hits the one month mark, the league has already experienced 21 games that included 10+ goals. The Penguins have featured in four of those such games this season but they are far from the only ones finding themselves in the middle of some rather high scoring affairs. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
When the Penguins won the Stanley Cup back in 2016, they did it with Mike Sullivan’s system that relied on speed and a relentless forecheck. At the time, Sullivan’s system gave the Penguins a unique advantage because most teams were not suited to keep up. Now however, teams around the league have caught up to the Penguins style and leveled the playing field. [Pensburgh]
Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs highlighted some glaring weaknesses in the Penguins approach and the effort left much to be desired. None of that was lost on the Penguins coaching staff and put the team through a rigorous practice on Sunday in hopes of getting the issues resolved as quickly as possible. [Trib Live]
Formerly a member of the Penguins organization, Jean-Sebastien Dea was a mainstay in the AHL for a few seasons while making the occasional call-up appearance with the Penguins. He scored his first career goal with the Penguins last season but was waived coming out of training camp this season. He was scooped up by New Jersey Devils off waivers and has found a consistent spot in the their lineup this season. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
While the Penguins bottom six has been much maligned for most of this season, head coach Mike Sullivan is trying his best to put a positive spin on what he has seen from them to this point. There is no question the bottom six will need to improve if the Penguins have any hope of making a deep run come playoff time. [Pittsburgh Sports Now]
If you have not already done so, make sure you listen to episode five of the Pensburgh podcast which came out over the weekend. Bob Grove joined the show to talk Penguins history with the crew. [Pensburgh]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week four his eight point performance in his team’s four games last week. Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks and Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named the second and third stars respectively. [Sportsnet]
In an effort to increase scoring, the NHL instituted strict regulations on the size of goalie chest protectors this season. This led to many complaints from the league’s goaltenders but it does not appear that any changes will be made. Instead, it will be up to the goalies themselves to adjust to the new pads. [Yahoo! Sports]
Winnipeg Jets forward Brendan Lemieux is the latest player to be handed a suspension by the Department of Player Safety for an egregious head shot. Lemieux has been suspended two games for an elbow to the head of Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck on Friday night while the teams were playing in Finland. [ESPN]