The Penguins put another win in the books thanks to an overtime goal by Jake Guentzel, so let’s roll into your Tuesday with a new Pens Points...
Alex Galchenyuk was never going to replace the offense lost by trading Phil Kessel, but no one could have foreseen a drought quite this bad. The Penguins have to hope Galchenyuk can find a way to break out of his slump and soon, with last night being a pretty good start to that. [Pensburgh]
With their best face-off guy in Sidney Crosby on the shelf for the time being, the Penguins are looking for other ways to get better on the draw. Without Crosby at their disposal, the Penguins are winning a paltry 44.4% of draws. [Trib Live]
In an attempt to fill the void left by Crosby, his top line parter Dominik Simon has been switched to his natural position at center, playing on the third line. Through two games, SImon has shown some positives anchoring his own line. [Trib Live]
It’s been quite the journey for Bryan Rust, going from little known rookie to becoming a key player for the franchise. While his height may be viewed as his biggest obstacle, it’s actually something else that he overcame to become a leader in the locker room. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
It’s been a positive start for the new top line of Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, and Bryan Rust in their short time together. With Crosby out, this trio will be counted on to continue making hay and keep the Penguins afloat. [Yahoo! Sports]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Connor McDavid once again made the list for the NHL’s “3 Stars of the Week” but he has to settle for second this time around. McDavid is sandwiched between first star Brad Marchand and third star Brock Nelson for this week’s honors. [NHL]
The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins are off to a hot start this season but they will have to keep that momentum going without a key piece. Center Patrice Bergeron will be out indefinitely recovering from a lower body injury. [ESPN]
With the Carolina Hurricanes turning into what looks to be a sure fire perennial contender, it should come as no surprise the NHL is looking at options for the budding franchise to potentially host an outdoor game in Raleigh. [Yahoo!]
With the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Kuznetsov on the roster, it makes sense the Washington Capitals may entertain the idea of playing a game in Russia. That idea could come to fruition in the very near future. [Washington Post]