Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz notched two points during Wednesday's victory against the Capitals.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots and two penalty minutes. Kunitz now has 16 goals, 37 points, and 30 penalty minutes through 53 games this season. Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, and Brandon Sutter also tallied for Pittsburgh.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is just on fire, having allowed just seven goals in his last seven starts.
Insight: More importantly, he won on Sunday as Pittsburgh routed Florida, 5-1. The Panthers really played hard in the first two periods, but Fleury made some excellent saves to keep Pittsburgh in the lead. Then the Penguins offense took over with four goals in the final 21 minutes. Fleury is 27-13-6 this season.
Description: Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin broke out of his slump as he scored a pair of goals on Sunday versus the Panthers.
Insight: In his first seven games this month, Malkin had just two points, but he has three goals and two assists in his last three games. Malkin scored in the final minute of the second period, which really turned the tide against the Panthers. Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final period to win, 5-1. Malkin has 24 goals and 34 assists in 55 games this season.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist scored a pair of goals and added an assist as Pittsburgh defeated Florida, 5-1.
Insight: Hornqvist has been scoring some dirty goals lately, which is exactly what the Penguins needed to jump start their offense. Hornqvist has also scored on the power play twice in the last two games after Pittsburgh entered the weekend scoreless on its last 19 power-play attempts. Hornqvist has 18 goals and 19 assists in 47 games this season.
Description: Penguins winger Blake Comeau had a big night during Saturday's victory against the Blues.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots and a plus-three rating. Comeau is a not a worthy fantasy option, as he is ranked outside the top 390 in standard leagues, but does have double-digit goals (12) on the season.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was spectacular again on Thursday but had nothing to show for it.
Insight: At the end of the first period, Columbus could have easily led Pittsburgh, 3-0 or even 4-0, but Fleury made some spectacular saves to keep the Blue Jackets to a, 1-0, lead. In the final three minutes and the game tied, 1-1, the Penguins turned the puck over in their own zone on the power play. Fleury made the first save on Matt Calvert but was unable to make the second save after teammate Blake Comeau ran into him. Fleury drops to 26-13-6 this season.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played well, but Pittsburgh lost again to Washington, 3-1.
Insight: Fleury stopped 30-of-32 attempts in the game. The only goals he allowed were a breakaway from Alex Ovechkin and a five-on-three power-play goal. The Penguins, however, have been unable to score on Branden Holtby this season. They have scored just one goal against him in nine periods. Fleury falls to 26-12-6 this season.
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett registered nine shots on goal to lead all skaters in the Pittsburgh versus Chicago matchup on Sunday.
Insight: Bennett was everywhere, recording five shots on net in the first period alone. Bennett took a shot that hit off Corey Crawford's pad and redirected right to Nick Spaling, who scored on the play. Bennett was credited with an assist. At this rate, Bennett could begin to see some more power-play time as Pittsburgh tries to break its 0-for-15 streak it has on the man advantage in the last seven games.
Description: Penguins center Nick Spaling scored on Sunday versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Pittsburgh did a good job of creating scoring chances, but Corey Crawford was excellent for Chicago. In the third period, Crawford finally allowed a juicy rebound off a Beau Bennett shot that Spaling was able to then turn into a goal. Spaling has nine goals and 13 assists in 56 games this season.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury took a very tough loss versus the Blackhawks on Sunday.
Insight: Fleury played extremely well, stopping 31-of-32 Chicago shots, but he couldn't get a stop in the shootout. Chicago's shooters, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, all had tremendous moves and beat Fleury. Chicago won, 2-1.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's fast start to the 2014-2015 season is pretty much a distant memory.
Insight: Fleury has allowed at least four goals in his last six starts. Pittsburgh has won just one of those games. On Sunday, Fleury allowed four goals on 24 shots. Hopefully Fleury can turn it around again soon.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal in Friday's overtime victory in New Jersey.
Insight: New Jersey frustrated Pittsburgh all night, keeping them off the scoreboard for nearly 57 minutes despite the Penguins having the puck in the Devils zone for much of the game. The Penguins finally broke through on the power play when Kunitz drove home a loose puck in front of the net. Pittsburgh won in overtime, 2-1. Kunitz has 15 goals and 16 assists in 41 games this season.
Description: Penguins left wing David Perron continued his hot start in Pittsburgh, scoring a goal and an assist in the victory on Tuesday.
Insight: Perron has six goals and three assists in nine games with Pittsburgh. Before the trade, Perron had five goals in 38 games with Edmonton. It's safe to say he is fitting in nicely with the Penguins.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had a big night in his return on Tuesday, recording an assist on every single Pittsburgh goal.
Insight: Letang had five assists in Pittsburgh's, 5-3, victory over Winnipeg. Three of the assists came in the third period with two of them on the power play and the last one on an empty-net goal. Letang has nine goals and 28 assists in 41 games this season.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will return to the ice on Tuesday against the Jets.
Insight: Hornqvist missed nearly a month with a lower body injury. He will be a nice boost to the Penguins lineup that will be missing Evgeni Malkin for the first time this season. Hornqvist has 13 goals and 16 assists in 33 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will undergo further tests for a concussion according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The All-Star break has hit the Penguins at the right time as the team is on a four-game losing streak and superstars Letang and Evgeni Malkin both suffered injuries on Tuesday. Letang will likely not be available for Pittsburgh's first game back after the break.
Description: Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is unsure if Evgeni Malkin will return immediately after the All-Star break according to Bleacher Report. UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazett reports Malkin will not return immediately after the All-Star break. The team should have a better time frame by Monday.
Insight: This is an update from a note earlier. Malkin missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after suffering an undisclosed injury versus the Flyers on Tuesday. Malkin will not participate in All-Star weekend coming up and could be out longer.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh rallied from down, 2-0, to tie the game and send it into overtime. Despite picking up another point, the Penguins really could have used the victory. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games, two of which were in overtime or in a shootout. Fleury is 22-9-5 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Letang might have suffered a concussion on a hit from Zac Rinaldo on Tuesday. He skated on Wednesday morning, but the medical staff needs to clear him. Despite maybe not playing Wednesday, this is great news considering the violence of the hit from Rinaldo.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left Tuesday's game after taking an illegal hit from Flyers skater Zac Rinaldo.
Insight: Letang did not return. Rinaldo received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. It is possible Rinaldo and Letang both miss significant time, but that is pure speculation at this point. Check back later for updates on both players.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals and an assist versus the Islanders on Friday.
Insight: The first goal and the assist came on the power play, and the second goal came on a delayed penalty call. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, however, the Penguins generated very little on even strength and were blowout again on the island, 6-3. Crosby has 14 goals and 36 assists in 40 games this season.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby had three assists versus the Wild on Tuesday.
Insight: This will certainly help put Crosby's owners minds at ease. Crosby came into the game eighth in the league in scoring, but in five games this month, he has a goal and eight assists. Everyone got involved in the scoring for Pittsburgh's, 7-2, victory over Minnesota on Tuesday. Six different Pittsburgh skaters had multiple points.
Description: Penguins left wing David Perron easily had his best game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Insight: Perron scored two goals and recorded an assist while skating on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz verus the Wild. He seems to be settling in nicely with his new team. Perron has four points in four games with Pittsburgh.
Description: Penguins left winger Steve Downie left Tuesday's game versus the Wild after taking an elbow in the face from Minnesota's Ryan Suter.
Insight: Downie took the elbow in the second period and has yet to return to the bench. Suter did not receive a penalty on the play but is still likely to face league discipline for the hit. It was clearly illegal.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal on the power play in overtime as Pittsburgh defeated Montreal, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: The power play has gone dry for Pittsburgh in the last few weeks as the team has dropped to seventh in the league with the man advantage. Prior to overtime, Pittsburgh was 0-for-3 on the power play. Crosby could have scored on the power play in regulation, but Carey Price had a fantastic save on a slap shot. Crosby has 12 goals and 32 assists in 38 games this season.
Description: Penguins left winger Steve Downie scored two goals in his return to the ice Friday.
Insight: Downie's presence was felt all over the ice in his first game back. He scored two third-period goals to hold off any Lightning comeback. The last goal was an empty-netter to seal the, 6-3, victory. Downie also played enforcer, moving into a faceoff circle to protect Sidney Crosby. That move eventually led to a penalty, and although it was a dumb penalty, fantasy owners don't mind since it game them two minutes of PIM. Pittsburgh killed the penalty anyway.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby had four assists on Friday night.
Insight: It was nice to see Pittsburgh explode for six goals in a victory over Tampa Bay. In the last 20 games, the high-flying Penguins have scored more than three goals just three times. That is the most assists Crosby recorded in a single game since Nov. 8 with he had five assists against the Sabres. Crosby was also plus-three.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a goal on Monday as the team lost its fourth straight, 3-1.
Insight: Pittsburgh and, surprisingly, Crosby have struggled to score as of late, particularly on the power play. Crosby came into the game with one goal in his last 12 games. He also missed a couple games during that stretch due to the mumps, so perhaps the illness is still bothering him. Either way, it was nice to see Crosby finally score again.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is expected to be ready to go Monday night.
Insight: Letang left Saturday's game due to a bruised leg, but the team's site says he's going to play. He has eight goals and 23 points and a solid plus 6 rating in 30 games. Keep him in your lineups.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist took a shot in the foot from a teammate in the first period and did not return on Saturday.
Insight: Hornqvist tried to return, but ultimately left for the locker room and did not return. Hopefully, it's nothing but a bruise as Hornqvist has been sensational during his first season in the Steel City. Hornqvist has 13 goals and 16 assists this season.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin had two assists on Tuesday versus the Lightning.
Insight: Malkin was plus-two and again, one of the best skaters on the ice. He was tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead with five shots on goal, but Crosby did not register a point. Malkin has 16 goals and 25 assists in 34 games this season.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby has the mumps according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Insight: After his tests came back negative on Friday, second tests have apparently said Crosby has the disease spreading through the league. Crosby will miss Monday's game against the Lightning, which is a big loss for fantasy owners, but hopefully he returns shortly after that.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is still feeling ill and there is no word yet what is wrong according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Crosby underwent tests for the mumps, which has been spreading around the league, and when the tests came back negative, Crosby practiced Friday. Then on Saturday, he sat out again to undergo further tests. Pittsburgh next plays Tampa Bay on Monday and would really like to have Crosby back, along with all fantasy owners, but Sid's status is up in the air.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played extremely well on Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Letang scored two goals and finished plus-three. His first goal came on a beautiful two-on-one opportunity with the Penguins short handed. Craig Adams chipped the puck to himself off the boards, which started the break and then found Letang in front of the net. Letang faked the forehand shot and quickly flipped a backhanded shot over Sergei Bobrovsky's glove. Letang's second goal tied the game at three with 10 seconds left in regulation. The defenseman also scored in the shoootout, but Pittsburgh lost, 4-3.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games, and possibly more, due to an illness.
Insight: While some have speculated Crosby is dealing with the mumps, there is no official diagnosis on what he is dealing with. We will update you as news comes out about Crosby over the next few days.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will not play on Saturday against the Senators.
Insight: Hornqvist is undergoing tests for a concussion and we syhould know more Tuesday. He is having a fantastic start with 11 goals and 14 assists with a plus-eight rating in 25 games, so hopefully he isn't out long.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in his 15th victory of the season.
Insight: Fleury allowed two goals as Pittsburgh fell behind, 2-1, but the team rallied to win, 3-2. After the Penguins took the lead with under two minutes to play, Fleury had to make a couple more big saves to ensure the victory. Fleury moves all alone to fourth in the league in wins.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored another key goal for Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Insight: Ehrhoff has just two goals on the season, but both are game-winners. The defenseman was the Penguins best skater against the Senators on Saturday, and he led the team with seven shots. Sidney Crosby found him wide open on the opposite side of the ice late in the third period. Ehrhoff wound up and released a slap shot that beat Craig Anderson high and on the glove side. Pittsburgh won, 3-2.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Fleury continued his hot start to the season, stopping all 29 shots he faced. His five shutouts already ties a career-high, and the season is just over 25 percent done. Fleury is 14-4-1 this season.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play against the Devils on Tuesday despite the flu.
Insight: Crosby missed the team's morning skate with his illness, but he will still dress. The Penguins tweeter account has a picture of the captain warming up for the game, so it is safe to leave him in fantasy lineups.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored his first goal in 12 games.
Insight: Kunitz has recently moved down to Pittsburgh's second line, but he isn't missing Sidney Crosby that much playing with Evgeni Malkin. Despite not scoring, Kunitz had five assists over the goal drought. He had nine goals and 11 assists this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Pittsburgh uniform on Saturday.
Insight: It proved to be an important score as the goal put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, late in the third period. Carolina added a late power-play goal as Pittsburgh held on to win, 3-2. Ehrhoff has seven assists and is plus-14 in addition to scoring once.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will beout for six months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung.
Insight: We now know why he missed Monday's game, as the news is tough for Pittsburgh to hear. The good news however is that Dupuis is stable, and will now need the six months for the blood thinning treatment to work.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in a victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was ready for the rematch after Tuesday's 5-0 loss in New York. His defense was that let him down in that first meeting was ready as well. In one of the most exciting November hockey games a fan could ever see, Fleury allowed two goals on 31 shots and stopped three out of four attempts in the shootout to win.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Malkin played his best game of the season Saturday. He was flying all over the ice. He had an assist on Blake Comeau's goal to start the scoring and tied the game in the second period. Pittsburgh won in a shootout, 3-2.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will sit Friday's game against Toronto.
Insight: As always Marc-Andre Fleury has seen a heavy workload. He's 9-3 with a 2.15 GAA and .924 SV% including three shutouts. Thomas Greiss has a 2.42 GAA and .923 save percentage this season in three starts.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will have to wait to get revenge for last season's playoff lost against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
Insight: Pittsburgh played its worse game of the season, allowing five goals and being held scoreless. Fleury allowed all five goals on 35 shots but made some fantastic saves that kept it from being 7-0 or even 8-0. Even still, it was a horrible night for Fleury in fantasy.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang exited Monday's game and went into the locker room during the first period. UPDATE: Letang returned to the ice early in the second period.
Insight: Letang had a big collison with a Rangers player and looked to be experiencing some pain in his leg. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Letang has not returned to the ice since the hit. Stay posted for updates.
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist was part of the puzzle in the team's 6-1 win over the Sabres.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with four shots on goal, two penaly minutes, and a +3 rating. Hornqvist now has nine goals and 18 points on the season, and assuming he continues to play next to Sidney Crosby, Hornqvist will have a great chance to surpass his career-high total of 53 points, from a season ago.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals in a, 4-3, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: This victory was a little bit more awkward as Fleury back-to-back shutouts coming into the game, but it was still Fleury's fifth straight victory. He stopped 34-of-27 shots and made two saves in the shootout.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury signed a four-year, $23 million contract extension with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Insight: Many in Pittsburgh were surprised new general manager Jim Rutherford did not extend Fleury's contract in the offseason, and some thought that was a sign Rutherford was not sold on Fleury being the team's goaltender long-term. This contract puts that to rest. It was a wise move by Pittsburgh being that he would have been the best goalie available on the market this coming summer and would have likely deemed a higher price than what the Penguins just signed him to.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second-straight shutout on Saturday.
Insight: Fleury was busy on Thursday, making 36 saves against the Kings in a 3-0 victory. On Saturday, his defense did all the work. Fleury stopped all 18 shots he faced in the 5-0 win. Pittsburgh is on a four-game winning streak, and Fleury has won every game.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby leads the league with 18 points after 10 games this season.
Insight: That's not much of a surprise. Crosby's Penguins have also played fewer games than most teams through Nov. 1, so that makes it a little big more impressive. Pittsburgh leads the league in scoring and power-play scoring. Crosby had three assists in Saturday's, 5-0, victory over the Sabres.
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a sub-par outing on Tuesday against the Devils.
Insight: He stopped just 16-of-19 shots, but the Penguins won, 8-3. Fleury looked a lot better in the last 35 minutes of the game. He helped Pittsburgh kill three penalties and one goal he allowed was a break away, so he really can't be blamed for that.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh scored, incredibly, the last seven goals of the game to beat New Jersey, 8-3. Crosby scored at the end of the second period and then the final goal of the contest with just over three minutes left. The captain finished with a plus-two rating and six shots. Crosby has seven goals this season.
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin looks completely healthy to start the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Fantasy owners are relieved to hear Malkin was all over the ice on Saturday against the Islanders. He scored the team's first goal with a wrist shot on the 5-on-3 power play. With still a man advantage, Malkin set up the next goal with a slap shot that Patric Hornqvist tipped into the net. Malkin also looked great defensively, which fantasy owners might not care much about, but is an excellent sign in terms of his health.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis left Thursday night's game on a stretcher after taking a puck off the back of his neck, but according to beat writer Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review he's already been cleared to play.
Insight: Pretty amazing. Dupuis has four points in the first three games playing with Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter, but they all came in one game against Anaheim.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis tied a career-high with four points on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: Dupuis scored to make the game 3-0 midway through the first period. Dupuis then added an assist on a Sidney Crosby power play goal and another helper on Brandon Sutter's short-handed goal. Dupuis also had five shots and was plus-three.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby scored a pair of goals and added an assist in an opening night victory against the Ducks.
Insight: Crosby scored on a pass from his old friend Chris Kunitz in the first period to put the Penguins up, 2-0. Crosby then scored on the power play to snap a 3-3 tie. The Penguins captain finished with five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in addition to his three points.
Description: Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin is in the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks.
Insight: There were rumors that Malkin would miss the season opener since he missed all of training camp and preseason with a disclosed injury. Malkin is playing, had an assist and posted a plus-one rating in the first period as the Penguins took an early 3-1 lead.
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter is still looking for his scoring touch he had with Carolina five years ago.
Insight: At just 20-years-old, Sutter scored 21 goals and 40 points in 72 games during 2009-2010. He did score five goals and two assists in 13 playoff games last spring, so Pittsburgh hopes he can built upon that. Sutter will lliekly be the team's third-line center.
Description: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has played in just 87 games over the last two seasons.
Insight: Dupuis missed 43 games last year due to a torn MCL and ACL. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports his knee feels 100 percent in training camp. Although Dupuis and Sidney Crosby had great chemistry when Dupius was healthy, we would suggest owners to use the wait-and-see approach.
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta had a very nice rookie season with nine goals and 20 assists.
Insight: Pittsburgh would love to give Maatta some more playing time, but the Penguins have plenty of good defenseman. Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff will get the power-play minutes and Paul Martin is likely still the team's best overall defenseman. Maatta might not be a start worthy defenseman on draft day, but check back if one of those first three players get injured.
Description: Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has a great chance to play on the team's power-play line this year.
Insight: Ehrhoff scored six goals and 27 assists with the Sabres last year, so it is safe to expect those numbers or even greater based just on the fact Ehrhoff will benefit from playing with Sidney Crosby and company. At the very least he should see a huge improvement in plus/minus. Ehrhoff's was -27 a year ago.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be back at full strength in 2014-2015.
Insight: Letang missed significant time last season after suffering a stroke in January, but he returned for the playoffs. Letang is one of the best offensive defenseman in the league, and even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff, who could take some time away from Letang on the power play, Letang is a top-15 defenseman.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a career-high 35 goals and 68 points last season.
Insight: Kunitz has averaged 0.81 points per game in his five-plus seasons with the Penguins. It is hard to assume those numbers will again go up this year, but even at 35 years old, Kunitz has shown no signs of slowing down.
Description: The only concern surrounding Evgeni Malkin for fantasy owner's is his health.
Insight: Malkin has not played a full season since the team won the Stanley Cup in 2008-2009. His talent speaks for itself, however, and the there is just too much skill to not take Malkin at least in the first five picks.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the top fantasy option once again in 2014.
Insight: The only other player owners should really consider with the No.1 pick is Alex Ovechkin but that is because Ovechkin provides higher value as a winger than Crosby does as a center. Crosby is the best hockey player in the world and is feeling good after offseason wrist surgery.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it cannot be good either. Malkin will now go into the regular season without playing a single exhibition game, and one has to wonder about whether he will be ready to go on opening day.
Description: Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston.
Insight: Anther bad break for Bennett who missed 51 games last season with a wrist injury. He was set to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin which is always a good thing for his fantasy value, but now he could miss 20 games.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
Insight: Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Description: The Penguins didn't get much out of Sidney Crosby in this year's postseason.
Insight: Crosby disappeared over the final three games of the Rangers series, missing all six of his shots on goal while recording a -2 rating. Dating back to last season, Crosby has just one goal in his last 18 playoff appearances.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik returned from an undisclosed injury Wednesday night against the Rangers but ended up suffering an apparent knee injury, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Orpik missed the last two games of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus and the first three games of its second-round series against the Rangers. He only played 5:15 Wednesday in Game 4.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby handed out two assists in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over New York.
Insight: Crosby had been having a quiet series prior to Wednesday, at least by his standards (one point in three games). The Penguins are in the driver's seat now. They lead the Rangers three games to one with Game 5 Friday night in Pittsburgh.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin led his team to a series win against Columbus with his second-career playoff hat trick in Game 6 Monday night.
Insight: Malkin missed the last few weeks of the regular season due to a fractured foot and didn't have a goal in the first five games of the series. Pittsburgh will play the winner of the Rangers-Flyers series (New York leads 3-2) in the second round.
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (hairline fracture in his foot) practiced Tuesday for the first time since his injury, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Malkin hasn't played in a game since March 23rd and is questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs against the Blue Jackets. The superstar center totaled 72 points (23 goals) in 60 games this season.
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby (rest) was a healthy scratch for Sunday's regular season finale.
Insight: Pittsburgh is preparing for the postseason. Crosby missed just two games this season and won the Art Ross Trophy (most points in the NHL) for the second time in his career with 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists). He'll likely capture his second Hart Trophy as well.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will return Wednesday against Detroit. It's his first game since suffering a stroke two months ago. SOURCE: Piitsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: He may not play his usual 24 minutes a game but Letang is always a strong fantasy option when healthy. Even without playing the last two months, he's still tied for the team lead in goals by a defenseman (ten).
Description: Penguins center Brandon Sutter provided two goals Sunday in a win against the Avalanche.
Insight: He logged a season-high 23 and a half minutes of ice time. Sutter (13 goals, 13 assists) will probably see a similar workload Wednesday if head coach Dan Bylsma decides to rest Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz again.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz won't be on the ice Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Penguins on Twitter
Insight: He's sitting out with a lower-body issue. The Penguins are already locked into the No. 2 seed and will probably look to rest some of their starters between now and the end of the regular season.
Description: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett (broken wrist) scored a goal in his return to the lineup Friday against Columbus.
Insight: Bennett has taken over Evgeni Malkin's spot on the second line with Malkin out for the next few weeks. It's a talented line with Jussi Jokinen and James Neal, so Bennett may be able to help some fantasy owners.
Description: Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-to-3 weeks with a foot injury, according to NHL.com.
Insight: Malkin's regular season is likely over. The 27-year-old has 23 goals, 49 assists, 62 PIM and 191 SOG in 60 games and is impossible to replace. His absence will also lessen the fantasy value of linemate James Neal.
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby reached the 90-point mark for the fifth time in his career Tuesday night.
Insight: Crosby had two goals and one assist, giving him 33 goals and 91 points in 68 games. He had 100+ points in four of his first five NHL seasons but didn't have higher than 66 in the past three due to injuries.
Description: Lee Stempniak has produced six points in seven games since the Flames traded him to the Penguins.
Insight: Stempniak had a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Stars. He has been skating on Sidney Crosby's line, which got even better Tuesday with the return of Chris Kunitz from a two-game absence.
Description: Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz (lower body) participated in warmups prior to Tuesday's game and it appears he will play, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Kunitz (31 G, 28 A) missed the last two games after crashing legs-first into a goal post last week, but practiced Monday and skated Tuesday morning. He just needed to get medical clearance to play in a game, and it appears he has done that.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) participated in pre-game warmups Tuesday night, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Neal (22 G, 27 A) missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend before returning to practice Monday. He still needed to get clearance to play in a game, however, which is why he was a game-time decision.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) skated Tuesday morning but still needs medical clearance to play Tuesday night.
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend but was cleared to practice Monday and may be able to get clearance to play before Tuesday's contest. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang returned to practice Monday less than two months after having a stroke. It's still unclear if he'll return this season, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Letang was not limited in any way at practice, though some of his teammates were hesitant to be physical with him and he had to urge them to hit him because he wanted to get used to contact again.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (concussion) surprisingly received clearance for full participation in Monday's practice and could play as soon as Tuesday against the Stars. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Neal missed both games against the Flyers over the weekend. He has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season, so fantasy owners will be happy to have him back so quickly.
Description: Penguins left wing James Neal (maintenance) missed Thursday's practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His status for Saturday's game is unclear.
Insight: Chris Kunitz also sat out. Both are dealing with bumps and bruises. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Neal has 22 goals, 27 assists, 43 penalty minutes, 170 shots on goal and 19 power-play points in 44 games this season.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz missed practice Thursday for maintenance and is questionable for Saturday's game at Philadelphia. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: James Neal sat out for the same reason. "We'll re-evaluate (Friday) and, hopefully, see both back with us," coach Dan Bylsma said. Kunitz collided with the goal post during Tuesday's game and hurt his leg.
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz delivered two goals in Monday's win against the Capitals.
Insight: Sidney Crosby assisted on both including the game-winner with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period. Kunitz (31 goals, 28 assists) is two points away from tying his career-high in scoring.