Two wins in a row and a revitalized power play should have Pittsburgh Penguins fans pretty good heading into the weekend with a showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs on the menu. Back in November, the Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs in a 3-2 thriller on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and now they head to Toronto to make in two wins in two tries against the Leafs this season.
Kyle Dubas made a lot of moves this offseason, some big, some small. One of the seemingly small moves at the time was bringing in Alex Nedeljkovic, a move which has paid huge dividends. [Pensburgh]
Injuries and just overall struggles have forced the Penguins into call ups from the AHL. While those call ups are an easy way to plug holes, they need to show some production to hang around. [Pensburgh]
Wednesday night in Montreal was a vintage Sidney Crosby performance that carried with it a bit of history as the captain continues to climb the all-time scoring ranks. [The Hockey News]
It wasn’t just a history making night for Crosby, the Penguins also made some franchise history, competing in the longest shootout in team history and longest in the NHL since 2016. [Trib Live]
As the power play start to turn a corner, the Penguins penalty kill seems to have taken a slide back. Injuries to key penalty killers is not helping the cause at the moment. [The Hockey News]
At just nine years old, Mark Johnstone was in New Jersey for the debut of Sidney Crosby, and now he’s skating alongside him in the NHL. [Trib Live]
If the Penguins do knock off the Maple Leafs tomorrow night, the players may be looking to extend the annual ‘Dad’s Trip’ out of pure superstition. [Penguins]
NHL News and Notes...
Marc-Andre Fleury is becoming one of the last of a dying breed of elite Quebec-born goaltenders as the talent pool in Canada’s primarily French province is running dry. [The Hockey Writers]