View Full Version : Mounting injuries + losing streak = NJ battle for 1st place

11-12-2009, 08:34 PM
We lose Talbot.
We lose Gonchar.
We lose Malkin.
We lose Kennedy.
We lose Letang.
We lose Orpik.

We lose 3 games in a row for the first times since Michel Therrien was coach.

Suddenly, the Devils have tied us with 24 points (in 2 fewer games). It's a big game tonight (and not only for Marc-Andre Fleury, who is battling Martin Brodeur for the Canadian starting goalie spot in the Vancouver Games...especially after being outplayed the last time he went head-to-head with Marty in a 4-1 Pens loss).

We need the young reinforcements (Bourque, Conner, Engelland, Lovejoy) to step it up and show that they may belong at this level some day...starting tonight.

12-21-2009, 01:29 PM
That Jersey team continues to win games and we will be without the services of Mark Eaton tonight. Bylsma stated that he will be looked at by the doctors today, but that "It's not long term". I'm surprised after seeing the way he tucked it under himself in the second period of that Buffalo game. I was expecting a possible long term knee injury of some sort.

Eitherway, much like when Bylsma decides to give Fleury the night off in favor of Johnson, I'm more than comfortable with our depth to hold down the fort. In my opinion, Skoula has proven himself to be a fine replacement when needed. While he doesn't put up Gonchar type points or throw out Orpik type hits, he's been around the league long enough to know how to play a simple and smart style of defense. Overall, he's dependable and has proven to be just another smart signing by Ray Shero.

12-22-2009, 10:14 AM
It's unfortunate that we fell victim to Brodeur's record-breaking 104th shutout (then again, we were Sawchuk's 103rd shutout). I thought Sid had him when he clanked it off the post late. Oh well. I was impressed by Staal coming back to play after a fountain of blood was coming out of his nose when he was hit in the face with a puck. Even a lineman was treated for a bloody nose in this game.


12-22-2009, 01:12 PM
Leaving that game last night was a very odd feeling. It was very cool to witness history in the making, yet at the same time it was hard to watch this team completely struggle against the Devils for a third straight time at home this season. Hopefully we can figure them out before the regular season is over because there is a good chance we will meet up with them in a seven game series before all is said and done.

Oh well, put that game behind us and look to Ottawa. Hopefully we put on a better showing compared to the last time we played them back in mid-November, a 6-2 loss. The Sens seem to have consistency issues. One night they are beating the Sabres or Ducks and the next night they are losing to the Leafs or Habs.

12-30-2009, 10:42 PM
And Jersey beat us again and Brodeur shut us out again. We have not scored a goal on Brodeur in 168 minutes and 20 seconds.

Outside of Parise and Brodeur they do not have huge names on their roster. They do not see a big name, sign him for the hell of it and throw loads of money in his direction. They have excellent chemistry, are very well disciplined, play very well within their own system and have the best goaltender in the NHL.

Basically, they are everything teams like Philadelphia and New York are not. A very frustrating team to play against.

On to Tampa Bay.

12-31-2009, 11:11 AM
Playing against Jersey this year feels almost like playing against Detroit felt like a couple of years ago.

01-01-2010, 01:15 PM
And it's looking like Gonchar is back on the injured list...

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who blocked a shot with his foot two days ago in New Jersey, left Penguins practice after 15 minutes today at Southpointe.

He looked uncomfortable while skating and did not participate in any drills.

Gonchar's availability for games Saturday in Tampa and Sunday in Miami is unknown.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 60399.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_660399.html)

01-09-2010, 10:13 PM
Add Orpik to the recent list. He went down in the first and will not return. Not good at all.

01-11-2010, 12:56 PM
Some good news...

Defenseman Brooks Orpik almost certainly will not play tonight, but his injury doesn't appear as serious as originally feared. Orpik only played three shifts in Toronto before leaving the game. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma acknowledged afterwards that the injury could be serious. The coach changed his tune Sunday, saying he doesn't think Orpik's injury is going to be a long-term problem. "Not at this point, no," he said. "We're treating it day by day."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 61586.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_661586.html)

01-11-2010, 04:56 PM
Penguins recall Lovejoy
Monday, January 11, 2010
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Penguins today recalled defenseman Ben Lovejoy from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He was not at the morning skate but is expected to make it here in time for the Penguins' game tonight against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

The Penguins are expected to be without defenseman Brooks Orpik, who is out with an unspecified injury sustained Saturday night. Orpik is out on a day-to-day basis, according to coach Dan Bylsma, but that left the club with the minimum six healthy defensemen and four games to go on a road trip that will stretch across Western Canada.

This is the second recall this season and third overall for Lovejoy, 25. In eight games earlier this season, he had three assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10011/10 ... z0cL6TzXEo (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10011/1027445-100.stm#ixzz0cL6TzXEo)

01-11-2010, 05:05 PM
I like Lovejoy as a solid prospect on the blueline. He's not going to be a superstar or anything (doesn't have the raw skill of Letang or Goligoski), but he is a kind of guy who will stick up here in time on the basis of smarts and hard work (an overachieving type like Scuderi was).

01-11-2010, 08:57 PM
While I felt both Guenin and Engelland looked better than Lovejoy in camp, Lovejoy played a solid defense the last time he was called up earlier in the year. From what I'm hearing, they were not exactly thrilled with Skoula's play in that Philadelphia game.

Then again, the defense and goaltending in general looked horrible in that Philly game, so I guess it's kind of unfair to single out Skoula. While offseason signings like Rupp, McKee and Johnson have gained the most attention, Skoula has quietly filled in when needed and has done an admiral job for the most part in my opinion.