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Pens claim Arcobello off waivers from Preds


David Perron might soon have a familiar face in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins claimed Mark Arcobello — Perron’s former teammate in Edmonton — off waivers from Nashville on Wednesday, per ESPN.

Arcobello, 26, was acquired by the Preds on Dec. 29 from Edmonton in exchange for Derek Roy and proceeded to appear in four games for Nashville, scoring once in his team debut. Prior to his time with the Preds, Acrobello had seven goals and 12 points in 36 games for the Oilers, this after scoring four goals and 18 points in 41 games a season ago.

Though undersized — 5-foot-9, 165 pounds — “Arco” is a highly skilled player that scored routinely at the AHL level; the former Yale standout had 96 points in 89 games over parts of the last two seasons with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City, and could really benefit from playing with Pittsburgh’s offensively gifted forwards.

It’s not 100 percent clear where Arcobello will head first: Pittsburgh, or the Pens’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Per the Post-Gazette, Bryan Rust would be a potential candidate to be sent down to the farm should Pittsburgh decide to keep Arcobello at the NHL level.

Penguins get Perron from Edmonton for first rounder, Klinkhammer


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round pick, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Edmonton’s season has long since been lost and Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has been under a lot of pressure to make the type of bold moves that he promised when he assumed his current position in April 2013. Pittsburgh’s top pick will likely be towards the end of the round, which is problematic given Edmonton’s poor track record in recent drafts, but it’s still an opportunity for them to breathe new life into their floundering rebuild.

Moving Perron also makes it more likely that the team will end up with Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

For the Penguins, this move will help them fill the void in their lineup that’s existed since Pascal Dupuis was sidelined indefinitely with a blood clot in his lung. Perron will likely slide into a top-six spot after the Penguins found themselves often using Bryan Rust on the same line as Sidney Crosby in recent games.

Perron has just five goals and 19 points in 38 contests this season, but he should get a boost moving from one of the worst offenses in the NHL to one of the best.

He comes with an annual cap hit of roughly $3.8 million through the 2015-16 campaign, so this is more than just a rental for Pittsburgh.

NHL on NBCSN: Can Capitals take advantage of depleted Penguins?


NBCSN will kick off its post-holiday schedule with back-to-back rivalry games tonight. The first will feature the Penguins and Capitals in Pittsburgh and start at 7:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

Say what you will about the Penguins’ performance in their recent playoff runs — certainly there’s never a shortage of discussion on that subject — but they are an imposing team on paper and if nothing else, that has translated seamlessly in the regular season for years. They certainly have been an oppressive force against the Capitals, who haven’t beaten Pittsburgh since Jan. 11, 2012.

This is not a typical game for Pittsburgh though. The core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury should be on the ice, but a combination of injuries and the mumps have decimated the supporting cast. When the Penguins played against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, 22-year-old Bryan Rust spent his sixth career NHL game skating on a line with Crosby. Rob Klinkhammer, typically a bottom-six forward with 39 points in 137 career contests, was playing alongside Malkin. Their blueline featured three rookies that each made their NHL season debut this month in Derrick Pouliot, Brian Dumoulin, and Scott Harrington.

What a time it is for blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to make their return to Pittsburgh, especially when mixed with the fact that the Capitals are on a 7-1-2 run.

“We all feel really confident right now and we’re starting to climb in the standings,” Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner told CSN Washington. “It’s been kind of a perfect storm with important games, the Winter Classic coming up. It’s all coming together.”

Even still, it would be wrong to count the Penguins out. Despite the adversity that they’ve faced recently, the squad has remained competitive. Tampa Bay took a 4-0 lead against Pittsburgh, but even with its depleted roster and against one of the top teams in the league, the Penguins rallied back to at least make it a 4-3 loss.

“It says an awful lot about the leadership in this group,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Guys on the bench were into the game. They were down 4-0 but were talking about getting that first goal or about getting a power-play opportunity. We had them on their heels in the third period. That’s a good building block for us.”

So while this is a good chance for the Capitals to end their skid against Pittsburgh, it still won’t be easy.

Video: Dumoulin, Rust score first NHL goals in Pens’ win

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Pittsburgh Penguins rookies Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals Monday night in the Penguins 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The pair did something that hadn’t been seen in Pittsburgh colors since the 2006-07 season.

Rust, Pittsburgh’s 2010 third-round selection (80th overall), gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead 2:55 into the second.

Dumoulin, originally a 2009 second-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes (51st overall) made it 4-1 at 7:47 of the third period.

Video: Penguins cruise at home against Lightning


Steve Downie had a goal and an assist while rookies Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin each scored their first NHL goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Monday night.