Wednesday is a second straight day off for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they prepare to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. This will mark the final home game before the Christmas break which runs from December 24-26 and includes a roster freeze. The Penguins final game before the break is on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday evening.
Penguins fans wanted to see Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday night but he did not get the start for Minnesota and it may have been Fleury’s call not to be in net. [Pensburgh]
With bad depth and injuries mounting, the Penguins will take any help they can get from their call ups and it’s safe to say Valtteri Puustinen has provided that and more. [Pensburgh]
As Sidney Crosby keeps racking up the points this season the farther up the all-time scoring list he goes, now surpassing former teammate Mark Recchi and setting his sights on Joe Thornton. [The Hockey News]
It’s a small sample size, but it appears the Penguins power play has found its footing in the last week after a near historic drought saw them go a full month without scoring on the man advantage. [The Hockey News]
Besides the win, one of the key takeaways from the Wild game was the return of lineup regulars Rickard Rakell and Noel Acciari, both back from extended time off recovering from injury. [The Hockey News]
Two roster moves for the Penguins on Tuesday as players continue to get healthy. Forward Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Ryan Shea were both reassigned to the AHL. [Trib Live]
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Goalie masks are a vehicle of personal expression not just for the player wearing it, but also for the artists tasked with creating the art masterpieces worn across the game. [ESPN]