1. Simon Despres Impresses in NHL Debut as Penguins Stymie Capitals

    The Washington Capitals may be mired in a funk, but that doesn't make them any less of an offensive threat. Sooner or later, they're going to start scoring goals again...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 444 reads 0 comments

  2. Sidney Crosby and Nick Foligno: Plenty of Smoke, but Where's the Fire?

    Brendan Shanahan has a tough job. The NHL 's senior vice president of player safety and his crew have the unenviable task of defining what is and isn't acceptable in terms of physicality in the post-lockout, post-concussion NHL era...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 725 reads 4 comments

  3. Pittsburgh Penguins Fans Finally Get a Look at the Lineup Shero Envisioned

    Sidney Crosby returned to the game of hockey Monday night in Pittsburgh and put on an amazing individual performance. Two goals. Two assists...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 1,221 reads 5 comments

  4. Avalanche at Penguins Live Blog: Tyler Kennedy, Dustin Jeffrey Return to Lineup

    The Penguins will get at least one player back from the IR Tuesday. Winger Tyler Kennedy, scratched since October with a concussion, is in the lineup against the Colorado Avalanche...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 238 reads 2 comments

  5. Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Cooke's Rehabilitation off to Quiet, Successful Start

    Lost in Sidney Crosby 's near return, Evgeni Malkin's wonky knee, James Neal's unlimited goals and injuries to just about everyone else on the team, Matt Cooke 's conduct—one ...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 1,284 reads 1 comments

  6. Mark Letestu to Blue Jackets for 4th-Round Pick; Sidney Crosby Implications?

    It was confirmed by TSN's Bob McKenzie late Tuesday the Pittsburgh Penguins had shipped center Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next summer's draft...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 1,455 reads 3 comments

  7. Evgeni Malkin, Not Sidney Crosby, Is Penguins' Most Important Player

    Evgeni Malkin is the Penguins ' most important player. The rationale is simple. Malkin, whether due to injury, sub-par linemates or simple underachieving, hasn't consistently brought the same level of production to the ice...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 1,831 reads 8 comments

  8. Marc-Andre Fleury: Tale of Two Seasons for Pittsburgh Penguins Franchise Goalie

    The Penguins currently rank third in the NHL in goals allowed (1.9 per game), they have the best penalty-killing unit in the league at 97.3-percent effectiveness, and they've lost 12 man-games to injury from their three best defensemen...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 608 reads 6 comments

  9. Pittsburgh Penguins: James Neal Soars, Penalty Kill Excels & Other Early Grades

    The Penguins have endured the busiest schedule of the early NHL season, playing 10 games in 17 days while most clubs have played just six or seven...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 497 reads 1 comments

  10. Penguins vs. Sabres: Pittsburgh Looks to Continue Hot Start

    The Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-2) will try to extend their five-game point streak Saturday night at CONSOL Energy Center against the Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0), the Northeast Division co-leaders...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about over 2 years ago 177 reads 8 comments

  11. Pittsburgh Penguins: Hot Start in Steep Contrast with Last Season's Lull

    Since reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins have met the beginning of every season with heightened expectations...

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  12. Arron Asham Fight: Bleeding Hearts Make Something out of Nothing

    There was nothing wrong with the fight between Pittsburgh's Arron Asham and Washington's Jay Beagle Thursday night. To agree upon this, we have to agree upon a few key factors: 1...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 1,535 reads 27 comments

  13. Sidney Crosby Cleared for Full Contact, but Penguins Fans Still Face Wait

    After Sidney Crosby was spotted donning a black helmet at Thursday's morning skate—the same color as the rest of his teammates—the assumption was safe. Sid had been cleared for contact...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 262 reads 0 comments

  14. Pittsburgh Penguins: Dupuis, Vitale, Cooke Get Some as Emerging Third Line

    Joe Vitale wasn't supposed to crack this lineup. In training camp, he established himself as a penalty kill specialist, dominated the faceoff circle and showed that he had the speed and work ethic to fit snugly into Dan Bylsma's very specific team DNA...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 224 reads 2 comments

  15. Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins Goaltenders of All Time

    Consider the Pittsburgh Penguins . One thinks of a history of offense, carried by such premier scorers as Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Sidney Crosby , Paul Coffey, Evgeni Malkin and Mario Lemieux...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 1,572 reads 9 comments

  16. Penguins vs Canucks: Pittsburgh May Finally Have Answers on Power Play

    The Pittsburgh Penguins ' power play unit has been god-awful for the better part of two straight seasons. In each regular season since the Pens won it all in 2009, the unit has finished outside the top half of the league in man-advantage conversion...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 52 reads 0 comments

  17. Penguins vs. Canucks Live Blog: NHL Opening Day Analysis and Reaction

    Evgeni Malkin 's Pittsburgh Penguins open the season in Vancouver to take on Roberto Luongo and the Canucks , last year's Western Conference Champions. Opening day's late game will pit early favorites from each conference against each other...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 270 reads 4 comments

  18. Penguins vs. Blackhawks: What To Watch for as Regular Season Nears

    The Pittsburgh Penguins will skate against the Chicago Blackhawks in their second meeting of the preseason Friday night at the United Center...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 284 reads 1 comments

  19. Pittsburgh Penguins Roster at 32: As Season Nears, Who Gets Cut?

    Wednesday morning, the Penguins announced a second round of training camp cuts, bringing their current roster to 32 players. The Penguins' team site broke the story...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 813 reads 1 comments

  20. Brendan Shanahan Bringing Overdue Direction, Authority to Player Safety

    When it was announced that Brendan Shanahan would be taking Colin Campbell's much-maligned post as the NHL 's Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, the ...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 307 reads 1 comments

  21. Joe Vitale: Penguins C Earning His Way with Tenacity, Penalty Kill Prowess

    With Sidney Crosby and Dustin Jeffrey unlikely to skate when the Penguins open their season October 6 in Vancouver , Dan Bylsma will find himself in familiar territory—with injuries at the center position...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 672 reads 8 comments

  22. Crosby Improves, Malkin Dominates and Other Penguins Preseason Impressions

    With over a week of practices under their belt and a 3-0 mark in preseason home games, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to pick up where they left off in December of last year—healthy, and with one of the most dangerous rosters in hockey...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 776 reads 2 comments

  23. NHL Exhibition: Malkin Dominates, Prospects Shine in Penguins' Win over Detroit

    The Penguins started the 2011 preseason as well as they could have hoped, beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at CONSOL Energy Center...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 325 reads 1 comments

  24. Pens' Despres, Morrow, Harrington Bring Glimpse of Future at Training Camp

    The Pittsburgh Penguins entered training camp with few roster uncertainties. Other than the shakeout of the forward lines in light of Sidney Crosby 's cloudy return date, only a spot or two remains up for grabs among the team's forwards...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 619 reads 9 comments

  25. Penguins Training Camp: Intensity Grows, Neal, Dupuis Impress

    Defense was the theme of the second day of Penguins training camp. The team once again opened the doors of CONSOL Energy Center to fans, who crowded the lower bowl of the arena for a second straight day...

    James Conley Written by James Conley about almost 3 years ago 522 reads 1 comments