It’s another game day for the Pittsburgh Penguins and another tough road test in the Sunshine State as the Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers await. The Penguins, losers of three in a row and four of five, are desperate for to get back in the win column and in search of any type of consistency. This game will also bring an end to a three game road trip that began in Philadelphia on Monday.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on Sportsnet Pittsburgh.
Patric Hornqvist will be honored by the Florida Panthers before tonight’s game, and while the Panthers may be who he ended his career with, his time in Pittsburgh will not soon be forgotten. [Penguins]
Radim Zohorna has lost his spark in the lineup, the Penguins need an Oilers-like turnaround and quick, and it’s time for Kyle Dubas to make some moves to save the season. [Pensburgh]
There is not a simple fix to rectify what ails the Penguins, but whatever Kyle Dubas decides his next move to be, it will have serious ramifications across the franchise. [Pensburgh]
There are several different directions Dubas could choose from when making a move, from firing the coaching staff to making a trade, but it needs to happen sooner than later. [The Hockey News]
As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, and right now the Penguins are stuck in a torrential downpour that keeps getting worse with the news of a potential Bryan Rust injury. [The Hockey News]
As injuries continue to mount for the Penguins they will need to rely more heavily on callups from the AHL and will need those players to produce when they get a shot. [Trib Live]
NHL News and Notes...
If the NHL decides to send players to Italy for the 2026 Winter Olympics, a stacked United States team should be in prime position to bring home gold for the first time since 1980. [ESPN $$]
Tuukka Rask back in the NHL? Well kind of, but not really. Rask served as an emergency backup for the Bruins in practice after Jeremy Swayman was ruled out with injury. [TSN]