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More woes for Beau: Pens’ Bennett out for Game 3


Once again, it appears as though injuries are making life difficult for both Beau Bennett and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The oft-injured young forward won’t play against the New York Rangers in Game 3 thanks to an upper-body issue. It’s not immediately clear what caused Bennett’s most recent ailment.

The 23-year-old hasn’t had a point in his last four games, including Pittsburgh’s first two playoff contests. He only managed to play in 49 regular season contests in 2014-15, which still marks a career-high for the 20th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Scott Wilson will slide into Bennett’s spot on a line with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie.

Sickness and uncertainty prompt Pens to recall Pouliot, Chorney (Update)


It’s unclear which Pittsburgh Penguins players will be healthy enough to play against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, but it seems safe to say that it was necessary for the team to call up Derrick Pouliot and Taylor Chorney.

While skipping out on a morning skate doesn’t guarantee an absence from that evening’s game, it’s still stunning to observe the players who weren’t present: Christian Ehrhoff, Paul Martin, Beau Bennett, Robert Bortuzzo, Olli Maatta, Zach Sill and Scott Wilson.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe hits the nail on the head: good luck predicting the Penguins’ lineup for tonight.

Update: The latest word is that Ehrhoff will miss at least three games while Martin is out for sure tonight, among other omissions. Craig Adams’ iron man streak also appears to be at an end.

The upside is that the Penguins get an early look at Pouliot (pictured).

The 20-year-old generated an impressive 20 points in 23 games so far in the AHL, and with the pedigree that comes with being the eighth overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, there’s reason to be intrigued by what he can do (even at such an early point in his career).

At this point, the Penguins might have to hope that “hearty immune system” is on his scouting report, though.

At least it’s providing a venue for some humor, though, eh?

Pens’ place Letang on IR, Kunitz to miss 2 weeks with a foot fracture


The Pittsburgh Penguins may have squeezed out a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night thanks to a third period goal from Evgeni Malkin, but they’ll have to get used to life without two key pieces of their team.

Defenseman Kris Letang (groin) has been placed on injured reserve.

Letang has four goals and 18 points in 22 games this season while averaging over 25 minutes in ice time a night.

Meanwhile forward Chris Kunitz was a late scratch Tuesday due to a foot fracture.

According to coach Mike Johnston, Kunitz could miss two weeks.

“They decided to take a closer look at his foot, which has been bugging him,” Johnston said. “I don’t have a specific timeline for that right now. They don’t expect it will be long. He’ll be out for a couple weeks I would think.”

Kunitz has nine goals and 20 points in 23 games this season.

Rookie Scott Wilson replaced Kunitz in the lineup Tuesday night, but played a team-low 4:21 after suffering a leg injury in the second period.

“We’re going to take a closer look at it in the next 24 hours,” Johnston said of Wilson. “They’re going to examine him and see what’s wrong.”

Depth on the wing is being tested in Pittsburgh as Kunitz’s injury is in addition to Pascal Dupuis (blood clot) and Beau Bennett (lower body).

Kunitz a late scratch from the Pens’ lineup

Pittsburgh is without Chris Kunitz tonight as they play host to the New Jersey Devils.

Scott Wilson, who was recalled from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday has taken Kunitz spot in the lineup and is skating alongside Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie to start tonight’s game.

Wilson, 22, has three goals and 12 points in 21 AHL games this season.

Originally seventh-round pick (209th overall) in 2011 by the Penguins, Wilson is making his NHL debut tonight.

PHT’s Frozen Four preview

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This year’s Frozen Four in Pittsburgh offers up one of the great storylines for all the teams involved. One way or another, someone is going to win their first national championship in hockey.

For three out of the four schools (UMass-Lowell, Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State), it’s their first trip to the Frozen Four. Yale hasn’t made the national semifinals since 1952.

Thursday’s first semifinal matchup provides quite the contrast in styles. Hockey East champions UMass-Lowell bank on dogged defending and the play of budding superstar freshman goalie Connor Hellebuyck to lead them to glory. They’ve got some scorers in Scott Wilson, a Penguins prospect, as well as Joseph Pendenza, Derek Arnold, and Riley Wetmore. Make no mistake, if Lowell is going to win it all, it’ll be because of Hellebuyck.

Yale, on the other hand, loves to push play and use their speed to their advantage. Newly acquired Flames prospect Kenny Agostino (part of the Jarome Iginla deal) leads the way for them in scoring and has great support in a pair of seniors, Andrew Miller and Antoine Laganiere. Coach Keith Allain has helped Yale to become a consistent tournament team, but he’ll need senior goalie Jeff Malcolm to bring his “A” game to take out Lowell, something he’s done already in helping the Bulldogs upset Minnesota and North Dakota.

In the late game, Quinnipiac facing St. Cloud shows off a pair of regular season champions looking to prove that winning over the long haul of the season pays dividends.

source:  Quinnipiac has done their business all year thanks to a lineup that features 11 seniors. Making a run at the title is a heck of a way to go out with style. Goalie Eric Hartzell is a Hobey Baker finalist and the key to their season. The Bobcats have a host of talent up front in Lightning prospect Matthew Peca (not related to former Sabres/Islanders center Michael), Jets prospect Jordan Samuels-Thomas, senior Jeremy Langlois (pictured), and the super-twins Connor and Kellen Jones (the latter an Oilers prospect).

St. Cloud does things a bit differently. The bulk of their talent is made up of underclassmen with the lone exception being Hobey Baker finalist Drew LeBlanc. Junior and Kings prospect Nic Dowd has been a big time tournament player for them, but it’s a crew of freshmen that help steal the show. Jonny Brodzinski, Kalle Kossila, and Joey Benik have been big in the postseason. Senior and Flames prospect Ben Hanowski has stepped up big himself since being part of the Iginla deal.

If sophomore Ryan Farragher can keep holding things down in goal and silence the Quinnipiac attack, things are looking up for the Huskies.

Predictions: It’s impossible to pick against Connor Hellebuyck at this point. He and Lowell have been too strong. I like Lowell to take down Yale and then St. Cloud in the finals to win their first national championship.