Pittsburgh Penguins Player News: All Positions

News: The Penguins reassigned Blandisi to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.
Impact: The 25-year-old was designated for waivers Dec. 2, but with no team staking a claim, he'll shift down to the Penguins' minor league affiliate. Blandisi's demotion likely won't shake things too much from a fantasy perspective, as he's scored one goal and three points in 11 games this year.
News: Murray made 25 saves in a 5-3 win over Detroit on Saturday night.
Impact: It was Murray's first win since Nov. 9. Yes, he has struggled. And yes, Tristan Jarry has been a better play in the blue paint. But Murray is still a Stanley Cup winner who's athletic, controls rebounds well and has an elite glove. Give him time.
News: Guentzel scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday.
Impact: Guentzel is proving that his 40-goal, 76-point campaign last season was no fluke. He's actually pushing along at a slightly better pace this season. You know what to do.
News: Malkin scored a goal and added two assists Saturday in a 5-3 win over Detroit.
Impact: Malkin has eight goals and 18 assists in just 19 games. Geno is a beast, but doubly so when Sidney Crosby is sidelined. Take every point you get right now. He's healthy and that's not always a given.
News: Murray will start Saturday's game versus the Red Wings, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Impact: Murray will be attempting to snap a losing streak that's seen him post a 0-2-3 record in his last six appearances. His last victory came back on Nov. 9, but a matchup with the lowly Red Wings could be just what Murray needs to get back in the win column.
News: Malkin scored a goal with two shots on net in a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes on Friday.
Impact: The Russian broke a scoreless tie about seven minutes into the third period. It was the only score of the game until Brandon Tanev added an empty-netter with one second remaining. Malkin has been terrific lately, posting three goals and nine points in the last five games. He has seven goals and 23 points in 18 contests this season.
News: Jarry recorded his second straight shutout, stopping 33 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Coyotes on Friday.
Impact: The 24-year-old was sensational again, running his consecutive saves streak to 61 in the last two games since a rough outing last weekend against the Blue Jackets. Jarry made 10 of his saves against the power play Friday, and with this second consecutive shutout, Jarry improved to 7-4-0. His other numbers are sparking, as he owns a .943 save percentage and 1.82 GAA in 11 games this season.
News: Rust (lower body) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Coyotes.
Impact: The Penguins and fantasy owners will both be happy to have Rust back in their lineups Friday, as he's been highly productive when healthy this season, racking up nine goals and 17 points in 16 games. The 27-year-old is expected to return to a prominent role, skating on Pittsburgh's first line and top power-play unit against Arizona.
News: Jarry will guard the cage during Friday's home clash with the Coyotes, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Impact: Matt Murray has struggled recently, so Jarry will make a second straight start Friday. The 24-year-old netminder was razor sharp during his last appearance Wednesday against St. Louis, stopping all 28 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 victory and his first shutout of the season. He'll look to keep rolling in a tough home matchup with an Arizona team that's 10-3-3 on the road this year.
News: Johnson (illness) is projected to be in the lineup against Arizona on Friday, per Wes Crosby of NHL.com.
Impact: With Jack Johnson and Justin Schultz (undisclosed) both back in action, Zach Trotman was shipped back to the minors and Juuso Riikola will head up to the press box. In 26 appearances this year, Johnson has recorded one goal, three assists and 19 shots, but perhaps most importantly, he's sporting a plus-8 rating. Until Brian Dumoulin (ankle) is able to return, it appears Johnson will link up with Kris Letang on the top pairing.
News: Trotman was demoted to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday.
Impact: Trotman became the odd man out with Justin Schultz (undisclosed) coming off injured reserve. The 29-year-old has logged just 15:36 of ice time in five games for the Pens this year and will likely spend the rest of the season in the minors, barring another run of injuries in Pittsburgh.
News: Schultz (undisclosed) was removed from injured reserve Friday ahead of the Pens' clash with Arizona.
Impact: Schultz should slot back into the second power-play unit, where he's averaging 3:09 of ice time. Injuries have limited the 29-year-old to just 21 games this year, but he's managed to record eight points in those outings. With the blueliner ready to go, Zach Trotman has been shipped down to the minors and Juuso Riikola figures to be back up in the press box.
News: Rust (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with Arizona, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: Rust practiced on the top line alongside Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guntzel, which should set him up to pick up where he left off. Prior to getting hurt, the winger racked up 10 points in his last six games, including a four-point performance versus Vancouver. As long as he continues to play alongside Malkin, the 27-year-old Rust should be considered a top-end fantasy option.
News: Schultz (undisclosed) will be a game-time call versus Arizona on Friday.
Impact: Schultz missed the previous seven games due to his undisclosed injury, but he appears to be nearing a return to the lineup. If the blueliner does suit up, he will almost certainly rejoin the power play, where he is averaging 3:09 of ice time and has recorded three of his eight points. If he can avoid any more stints on the sidelines, Schultz should be capable of challenging for the 30-point mark this year.
News: Aston-Reese (illness) had two shots on goal and three hits in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blues.
Impact: Aston-Reese did not practice on Tuesday because of his illness but he was healthy enough to be in the lineup Wednesday. While he didn't hit the scoresheet, Aston-Reese managed to take his regular shift, including a significant role on the penalty kill. The 25-year-old has four goals and seven points in 28 games.
News: Noesen scored his first goal of the season and had two shots in Wednesday's 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Signed on Monday and in the lineup for the first time Wednesday, Noesen made an immediate impact with his new club. The 26-year-old banged home his own rebound to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead late in the second period, registering his first goal since last March. Noesen has played parts of five seasons with Anaheim and New Jersey, his best year coming in 2017-18 when he scored 13 goals and 27 points in 72 games with the Devils.
News: Galchenyuk scored on his lone shot in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blues.
Impact: Galchenyuk only saw 9:05 of playing time Wednesday, but managed to pick up his second goal of the season early in the second period. It's been a rough start to the year for the first-year Penguin, who was coming off back-to-back 19-goal campaigns.
News: Blueger scored the game-winning goal and had two shots in a 3-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Impact: Blueger opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game, snapping a 17-game goal drought with his first since Oct. 22. A mainstay on Pittsburgh's penalty-killing unit, Blueger logged a team-leading 4:07 of ice time while short-handed. If he can chip in semi-regularly at even strength, it will only further enhance his role with the Penguins.
News: Jarry stopped all 28 shots he faced in Wednesday's 3-0 win over St. Louis.
Impact: Jarry continues to take advantage of his increased opportunities while No. 1 netminder Matt Murray battles through a slump. Jarry has received the starting nod in four of the last six games and has held the opponent to two goals or fewer in three of those four starts. In 10 games this season, Jarry is now 6-4-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .936 save percentage. It's entirely possible Pittsburgh continues to ride the hot hand here.
News: Johnson (illness) won't play in Wednesday's matchup against the Blues.
Impact: Johnson will miss his second game of the season, and John Marino will fill in on the top unit alongside Kris Letang. The veteran blueliner will look to get well for Friday's game against the Coyotes.
News: Jarry will protect the home net in Wednesday's matchup against the Blues.
Impact: Jarry will start for the fourth time in six games, and he's had a solid run with a 4-1-0 record and .929 save percentage over his last five starts. If he can notch a few more notable outings, Jarry could wrangle the starting job from Matt Murray. The Blues offer a tough test, however, as they've won four straight games and averaged four goals per contest in the process.
News: Rust (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blues, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.
Impact: Rust will miss a third straight game Wednesday, and the Penguins have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for his recovery. The 27-year-old winger has been highly productive when healthy this season, racking up nine goals and 17 points in 14 games, so fantasy owners should plan on keeping a close eye on his status ahead of Friday's matchup with Arizona.
News: Aston-Reese (illness) is in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against St. Louis, NHL.com's Wes Crosby reports.
Impact: Aston-Reese missed Tuesday's practice due to an illness, but whatever held him out of that session evidently isn't serious enough to keep him out of Wednesday's contest. The 25-year-old will occupy his usual fourth-line role against the Blues.
News: Hornqvist is reportedly dealing with a knee injury that is expected to sideline him for a month, per Josh Yohe of The Athletic.
Impact: Head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Hornqvist was going to be out longer-term, and this latest news would seem to expand upon that timeline. Pittsburgh will also be without Sidney Crosby (groin), Nick Bjugstad (abdomen) and Brian Dumoulin (ankle) until at least January and will need to rely even more on star Evgeni Malkin. With Hornqvist on the shelf, new addition Stefan Noesen figures to slot into a top-six role and could see time with the No. 1 power-play unit.
News: Aston-Reese is dealing with an illness ahead of Wednesday's game against the Blues, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: The Penguins are dealing with multiple injuries up front, so if Aston-Reese is unable to go against St. Louis, they'll likely need to promote someone from the minors. Another update on the 25-year-old American should surface following Wednesday's morning skate.
News: Hornqvist (lower body) will face a long-term recovery, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Hornqvist already missed seven games this year with a lower-body injury, and after getting injured during Monday's practice, he could be facing a similar timeline. For now, we'll consider the veteran winger week-to-week, leaving the Penguins' top six in rough shape with Sidney Crosby (sports hernia) still on the mend.
News: Schultz (undisclosed) said it's unlikely he'll play Wednesday against the Blues but feels he'll be ready after a few more practices, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Schultz has already missed six games but shouldn't be out much longer. The 29-year-old was off to a mediocre start before his injury, posting eight points and 55 shots on net over 21 contests.
News: Despite his designation for waivers, Blandisi is still practicing with the Penguins on Tuesday, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: The move to waive Blandisi may be as simple as providing the club with the roster flexibility it needs down the road, rather than a demotion to the minors. With the injuries piling up for Pittsburgh, Blandisi could be in the NHL for another extended stretch.
News: Noesen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins on Monday.
Impact: The injury-riddled Penguins are looking for forward depth, so they'll see what Noesen can bring to the table. Noesen has compiled 45 career points in 159 games between the Ducks and Devils.
News: Hornqvist is being evaluated for a lower-body injury he sustained during Monday's practice, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
Impact: While the nature of the injury won't be revealed until the evaluations are over, it's concerning since Hornqvist spent seven games on IR in November with a lower-body issue. When healthy, the 32-year-old winger has been a superb member of the Penguins' top six, recording 11 points, 50 shots on net and 50 hits over 20 games. Hornqvist will aim to shake off this injury by Wednesday's matchup against the Blues.
News: The Penguins waived Blandisi for the purpose of reassignment to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Blandisi is no longer exempt from waivers after playing in Saturday's loss to the Blues, so the Penguins are hoping to sneak the 25-year-old to minors. The center has averaged 9:11 of ice time and recorded three points through 10 games.
News: Dumoulin had surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his left ankle Sunday and is expected to be out for a minimum of eight weeks.
Impact: More terrible injury news for the Penguins, as after Dumoulin exited Saturday's game against St. Louis just a minute into the first period, he'll be looking at an extended absence. It's unclear how the injury occurred, but it's likely that placement on injured reserve could be imminent in the coming days. With Dumoulin sidelined, look for Chad Ruhwedel to draw into the lineup, or the team to recall a defenseman from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton if they choose.
News: Letang scored a goal on four shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Letang upped his goal-scoring streak to three games while logging a team-leading 28:23 of playing time. The veteran defenseman is turning in another productive season for the Penguins, accounting for seven goals and 16 points with a plus-6 rating in 19 games.
News: Lafferty scored on his lone shot and had two PIM with three hits in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
Impact: Lafferty got the Penguins on the board six-and-a-half minutes into the second period, collecting his fourth goal of the year. The 24-year-old hadn't scored since Oct. 13, a span of 15 games without a goal. Lafferty has nine points in 20 games in his first NHL season.
News: Murrray gave up five goals on just 27 shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Murray has now yielded four or more goals in each of his last four starts and has seen his season save percentage dip below .900. The 25-year-old has just one win in his last six starts and is now 9-5-4 on the season with a 2.84 GAA and an .897 save percentage.
News: Dumoulin (undisclosed) departed Saturday's game versus St. Louis less than a minute into the first period.
Impact: Dumoulin played 35 seconds before needing to be helped down the tunnel by two teammates. No word on the specifics of his injury, but the top-pairing defenseman appears in danger of missing more than Saturday's contest. Pittsburgh hosts the Blues on Wednesday in the second half of a home-and-home series.
News: Murray will patrol the crease during Saturday's road matchup with St. Louis, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Murray has struggled over the past two weeks, suffering three consecutive losses while posting an ugly 4.02 GAA and .851 save percentage in four appearances. The 25-year-old backstop will try to start righting the ship in a tough road matchup with a Blues team that's currently sitting at third overall in the NHL standings.
News: Rust (lower body) will not dress Saturday in St. Louis.
Impact: With the Penguins set to return home after Saturday's game, Rust got a head start and flew back to Pittsburgh prior to puck drop to be evaluated. His status remains day-to-day and he'll now enjoy three days off before the Blues come to town Wednesday. Expect another update on Rust to surface prior to Wednesday's game.
News: Simon notched an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Simon was bumped up to the first line with Bryan Rust (lower body) unavailable. The 25-year-old made good on the promotion when he found Evgeni Malkin, who in turn set up Jake Guentzel for a first-period tally. The Czech winger has been solid this season with 12 points and 45 shots on goal through 26 games. If Rust is out for an extended time, Simon could be an interesting add for fantasy owners.
News: Malkin assisted on both of the Penguins' goals in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Malkin set up Jake Guentzel in the first period and Kris Letang in the third. The pair of assists gave the Russian center his sixth multi-point outing in his last 10 games. Malkin is playing at an extremely high level with 21 points in 15 contests this year. He's added 56 shots on goal and a plus-4 rating, the latter representing a big improvement over the minus-25 rating he posted in 2018-19.
News: Letang scored a goal on six shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Letang's tally in the third period gave the Penguins hope for a comeback, but they were unable to build on it. The defenseman has two goals and an assist in three games since returning from a lower-body injury. For the season, Letang has six goals and 15 points in 18 contests.
News: Guentzel notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Guentzel also led the Penguins with seven shots on goal while factoring in on both of their scores in the loss. He's cirremt;u on a seven-game point streak, with seven goals and six helpers over that span. The 25-year-old has 15 goals and 27 points in 26 games this season. It seems Guentzel has only gotten better since joining Evgeni Malkin's line while Sidney Crosby is recovering from surgery for a core muscle injury.
News: Coach Mike Sullivan said Rust missed Friday's game versus the Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury.
Impact: Rust's injury occurred in the morning skate, per Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, when he went tumbling into the boards. It's unclear if the winger will miss more than one game with the injury -- the Penguins continue their road trip Saturday in St. Louis.
News: Jarry allowed four goals on 29 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Jarry entered Friday's game with wins in his previous four appearances, but he couldn't stop Gustav Nyquist or Nick Foligno this time around. Jarry dropped to 5-4-0 with a 2.27 GAA and a .929 save percentage across nine appearances. The 24-year-old will likely watch Saturday's game against the Blues from the bench with Matt Murray expected to start.
News: Rust (undisclosed) won't play Friday against Columbus, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: With Rust on the shelf, Pittsburgh will be forced to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Blue Jackets. The Penguins have yet to release any details regarding the severity of Rust's issue, but another update on the oft-injured winger's status should surface ahead of Saturday's matchup with St. Louis.
News: Blandisi was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by the Penguins on Friday.
Impact: Blandisi will join the big club ahead of a back-to-back set in Columbus and St. Louis. It remains to be seen whether he'll work into the lineup in either game.
News: Jarry will get the start Friday in Columbus, Penguins announcer Josh Getzoff reports.
Impact: Jarry subbed in for a struggling Matt Murray on Wednesday and ended up nabbing the win in relief, so the backup will let Murray clear his head and take the start for the third time in four games. It's too early to call this a goaltending controversy in Pittsburgh, but Jarry appearing in four consecutive games and Murray struggling is certainly worth noting.
News: Letang tallied two points during Wednesday night's 8-6 win over the Canucks.
Impact: Playing in his second game back since missing eight contests with a lower-body injury, Letang played a pivotal role in Pittsburgh's comeback win, highlighted by his game-winning goal, Letang's fifth marker of 2019-20. The 32-year-old is up to 14 points this season, in 17 games played.
News: Guentzel scored a pair of goals and collected two assists, finishing Wednesday night's 8-6 win over Vancouver with four points.
Impact: Guentzel tallied a pair of points with the man advantage Wednesday and two more points at even strength, including the primary helper on Kris Letang's game-winning goal. With 11 points in his last six games, Guentzel will be looking to make it seven straight contests with at least a point when the Penguins battle the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday.
News: Rust finished with four points in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Canucks, including scoring both a goal and an assist on the power play.
Impact: Rust, along with Evgeni Malkin, combined for nine points in the win. Rust's four points give him up 17 for the season, in 14 games played. Logging the most minutes of his career, the 27-year-old is on pace to surpass his best campaign to date, of which came back in 2017-18 when Rust collected 38 points across 69 appearances.
News: Malkin finished Wednesday night's 8-6 win over the Lightning with five points, two of which came with the man advantage.
Impact: Malkin drew assists on first-period markers scored by Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust. Fast forward to the Canucks leading 6-3, and Pittsburgh scores the next five goals to pull ahead for good, two goals coming off Malkin's stick, including an empty-netter. The Russian also drew an assist on Kris Letang's game-winning goal. Malkin has now put up 12 points over his last six games, with five of the points coming on power plays.
News: Jarry allowed two goals on eight shots in just over a period of action, helping the Penguins defeat Vancouver 8-6 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Jarry took over for Matt Murray after Murray allowed four goals on 14 shots in just over 39 minutes of action. Jarry has now won four straight and may begin to see an increased workload considering how poorly Murray has looked recently. With back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, it's likely both goalies will get a chance to tend twine.
News: Murray was pulled in Wednesday night's game against Vancouver after allowing four goals on 14 shots.
Impact: A night to forget for Murray, one that saw him play just two periods before being replaced by Tristan Jarry who will get credited with the win. Murray hasn't won in five straight starts, with his last victory coming back on Nov. 9. With back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, Murray needs to put this performance behind him and get ready to play at least one game this weekend.
News: Murray will start Wednesday's home game against Vancouver, Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Murray will take on a Vancouver team that ranks near the middle of the pack with 3.04 goals per game. Pittsburgh's netminder has gone 0-1-3 over his past four starts, dropping his season record to 9-4-4.
News: McCann scored his ninth goal of the year during Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus the Flames.
Impact: McCann's night began with a secondary assist on Alex Galchenyuk's power-play goal in the first period. He would add a goal of his own in the second frame, the two points moving McCann up to 16 points through 22 contests this season. The 23-year-old is almost certainly going to pass his career mark of 35 points in a season, needing just 20 more points over the remainder of the year to eclipse his personal best from 2018-19.
News: Guentzel scored the overtime winner in Monday's 3-2 win versus Calgary.
Impact: Guentzel's game-winning goal came at the 4:02 mark of the extra frame and was his third such goal this season. He's been on fire as of late, now with seven points -- three coming with the man advantage -- in his last five contests. For the season, Guentzel has 21 points in 24 games.
News: Kahun collected two assists, one with the man advantage, during Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus Calgary.
Impact: Now with 14 points in 2019-20, half of Kahun's production has come in the past five games. He started his night off with a power-play assist before setting up Jake Guentzel in overtime. If Kahun continues this level of production, we may need to rethink where he fits into fantasy lineups.
News: Galchenyuk scored a goal and tallied an assist to come away with two points in Monday's 3-2 overtime win versus Calgary.
Impact: Galchenyuk's power-play goal in the opening period brought the two teams level at one goal apiece. He also collected the lone assist on Jared McCann's go-ahead goal. The 25-year-old has posted six points in his last six appearances, giving Galchenyuk nine points in 15 games this season.
News: Jarry turned aside 32 of 34 shots during Monday's 3-2 win in overtime versus Calgary.
Impact: The OT victory was Jarry's third win in a row and moved his record on the year to 4-3-0. The Penguins' backup has now limited opponents to two goals or less in four consecutive contests, with Jarry owning a 1.81 GAA and .945 save percentage in seven appearances this season. The volume may not be where he'd like, in terms of his number of starts, but Jarry has been sensational every time he's been called upon in 2019-20.
News: Jarry will face the visiting Flames on Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This could be the start of a shift in how the Penguins work their netminders. Prior to Monday, Jarry had only started on the second game of back-to-back contests. He's currently dominating to the tune of a 1.81 GAA and .945 save percentage. Another strong outing Monday could force head coach Mike Sullivan to split the reps between Jarry and incumbent starter Matt Murray.
News: Letang (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and will suit up for Monday's tilt against Calgary.
Impact: Letang missed eight games with his lower-body injury, pressing pause on his solid start to the season. The star blueliner has four goals and 12 points in 15 games and will return to his usual role on the top pair.
News: Letang (lower body) skated in Sunday's practice in a full-contact jersey, and will be a game-time call for Monday's game against Calgary, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This is the first time the blueliner has taken the ice after being sidelined since early November with the lower-body issue. Letang has resided on injured reserve since his injury, but this news is evidence that his return could be coming soon. The Penguins will likely update his status prior to Monday's game against the Flames, but if he can't suit up, Zach Trotman should continue to see time in the lineup.
News: The Penguins assigned Blandisi to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Blandisi has been a healthy scratch for the last two games at the top level, so he'll look to get some game action in the minors Saturday versus AHL Charlotte. The Penguins may recall him to add depth for Monday's matchup against the Flames. The 25-year-old has posted two points in nine NHL games.
News: Marino scored a goal and had five shots in Friday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Impact: Marino rounded out the scoring 2:30 into the second period, putting Pittsburgh up 4-1 and chasing New Jersey starter MacKenzie Blackwood from the game. The 22-year-old rookie has hit the scoresheet in four straight games (one goal, three assists) and now has seven points in November after collecting just one assist in 11 October tilts.
News: McCann scored a goal on four shots and had two PIM in Friday's 4-1 win over the Devils.
Impact: McCann provided an insurance goal early in the third period to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 3-1. It was McCann's eighth goal in 21 games this season, putting him on track to eclipse the career-high 19 goals he had in 78 games a year ago. McCann has been particularly productive in November, reaching the scoresheet in seven of 10 games and totaling nine points.
News: Kahun scored a goal and had three shots in Friday's 4-1 win over New Jersey
Impact: Kahun opened the scoring 7:51 into the first period with his sixth goal of the season. He's registered three goals and five points with a plus-4 rating over the last three games, providing the Penguins with some nice depth scoring despite his limited minutes. Kahun has 12 points in 22 games on the season.
News: Guentzel scored a goal on four shots Friday in a 4-1 win over the Devils.
Impact: Guentzel beat MacKenzie Blackwood with a beautiful breakaway move, putting the Penguins ahead 2-1 with 7:33 left in the second period. It was Guentzel's third goal in the last four games, and he's totaled six points over that stretch. The 25-year-old has had to take on a greater scoring burden due to Sidney Crosby's injury and he's been up to the task so far.
News: Jarry stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Friday.
Impact: Jarry hasn't seen a lot of action this season -- only six appearances -- but he's been terrific when called upon. He's won each of his last two starts, kicking out 68 of 70 pucks over those two outings. For the season, Jarry owns a sparkling 1.80 GAA and .945 save percentage, allowing the Penguins to confidently rest No. 1 netminder Matt Murray as needed.
News: The Penguins have placed Letang on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Impact: Letang has been sidelined since early November with a lower-body issue, so this move is essentially procedural. The transaction rules him out for Friday's contest and likely beyond, though the team's activation of the blueliner should timestamp his return to action. The Penguins will continue to search for production along the blue line without their top point-producing defenseman available.
News: Jarry will start between the pipes in Friday's home game against New Jersey, Dave Molinari of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Impact: Jarry was fantastic in his last start Saturday against Toronto, stopping 32 of 33 shots en route to an impressive 6-1 victory. The 24-year-old backstop will attempt to pick up his third win of the season in a favorable home matchup with a New Jersey team that's only averaging 1.78 goals per game on the road this campaign, 30th in the NHL.
News: Malkin scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Sometimes we wonder how Gino would fare in another city given the strength of his game when Sidney Crosby isn't in the lineup. Malkin has three straight multi-point games and five in his last seven. The guy's a fantasy beast. Use him well (or until he gets hurt, knock on wood).
News: Murray made 20 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Impact: He was hoping to bounce back after allowing five goals to these same Islanders on Tuesday night. Murray saw a lot fewer pucks Thursday, but that just made his daily numbers horrible (.833 save percentage).
News: Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Thursday that Schultz "is out longer-term with a lower-body injury."
Impact: Schultz hasn't produced on the power play as much as he had in previous seasons early in 2019-20, but he does own a respectable eight points (two goals and six assists) through 21 contests. Without him available for the foreseeable future, Chad Ruhwehdel and Zach Trotman are the likely candidates to see additional action, albeit with much less fantasy upside.
News: Bjugstad underwent surgery on a core muscle Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for at least eight weeks.
Impact: The hits just keep coming for the Penguins, who are now expected to be without Bjugstad, Sidney Crosby (groin) and Justin Schultz (lower body) long-term due to various injuries. With Bjugstad and Crosby both on the shelf, Joseph Blandisi will be counted on to fill a bottom-six role for the foreseeable future as one of Pittsburgh's only healthy centers.
News: Murray will patrol the crease during Thursday's road matchup with the Islanders.
Impact: Murray wasn't great in the first half of the Penguins' back-to-back set with the Islanders, surrendering five goals on 42 shots en route to a 5-4 overtime loss Tuesday in Pittsburgh. It'll be anything but easy for the 25-year-old to bounce back with a win on the road Thursday, as the Islanders have posted an impressive 9-2-1 record at home thus far this season.
News: The Penguins have activated Hornqvist (lower body) off injured reserve ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Islanders.
Impact: Hornqvist is still technically consiered a game-time decision against the Islanders, but the fact that he's been activated off IR ahead of puck drop all but confirms he'll be available. The 32-year-old vet will slot into his usual role skating on Pittsburgh's third line and second power-play unit against the Islanders.
News: Trotman was promoted from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday.
Impact: Trotman's promotion will set off alarm bells among the Penguins faithful regarding Justin Schultz's (undisclosed) availability versus the Islanders on Thursday. The 29-year-old Trotman is unlikely to dress even if Schultz can't play, as Chad Ruhwedel would be the most likely candidate to slot into the lineup.
News: The Blackhawks traded Knott to the Penguins in exchange for Joseph Cramarossa on Wednesday.
Impact: Knott has underachieved thus far in his professional playing career, totaling just 22 points in 126 AHL appearances from 2017-19 before being relegated to the ECHL at the start of the 2019-20 campaign. The 2015 second-round pick will hope a change of scenery will help him tap into some of his unrealized potential.
News: Rust scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: It was just the third power-play goal of Rust's career, but with a number of Penguins on the shelf, the winger has been forced to step up his game. Thus far, the Michigan native has answered the call with seven goals in 10 games since returning from a hand injury. At this pace, the 27-year-old should be a lock to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his six-year NHL career.
News: Marino notched an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 defeat to Winnipeg.
Impact: Since being called upon to step up in Kris Letang's (lower body) absence, Marino has racked up five points in his last seven games. The young blueliner has been well worth the sixth-round pick the club gave up for him in the offseason. As he continues to develop, the Massachusetts native could provide general manager Jim Rutherford the confidence to allow Justin Schultz (undisclosed) to hit free agency July 1.
News: Galchenyuk picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime defeat to the Islanders.
Impact: Galchenyuk may be riding a three-game point streak, but fans and fantasy owners alike will continue to be frustrated by the fact that the winger has yet to score a goal in the Black & Gold. The Milwaukee native should continue to get looks on the power play, but will need to open his goal account soon to avoid ending up on general manager Jim Rutherford's trade board.
News: Blueger has registered just one point in his previous nine games.
Impact: Blueger continues to be a mainstay on the fourth line, a role he has cemented himself into, so he shouldn't have to worry about being replaced. Still, the Latvian will need to show the coaching staff something if he wants to take on a bigger role outside of killing penalties.
News: Ruhwedel has been stuck in the press box for all 21 of Pittsburgh's games this season.
Impact: Ruhwedel was once again watching Tuesday's matchup with the Islanders and continues to wait for his opportunity to play. Juuso Riikola logged a mere 14:50 of ice time versus New York which could be an indication Ruhwedel is going to get a look soon. A potential injury to Justin Schultz (undisclosed) may also serve as a way for the 29-year-old Ruhwedel to see some ice.
News: Riikola is averaging 2:02 of power-play ice time in the past six games with Kris Letang (lower body) out of the lineup.
Impact: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Riikola has underwhelmed offensively since stepping into the lineup, as he registered just one assist, 10 shots and 16 hits in those six games without Tanger. Given his limited ice time versus the Islanders on Tuesday (14:20), the Finnish blueliner could see his spot given over to Chad Ruhwedel in the near future.
News: Schultz exited Wednesday's practice session early and coach Mike Sullivan wasn't able to provide an update afterwards, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: It was not immediately clear what may be affecting Schultz, but any absence from the blue line would be bad news for the Penguins who are already without Kris Letang (lower body). If Schultz is unable to play versus the Islanders on Thursday, Chad Ruhwedel would get the opportunity to suit up in his first game this season while John Marino could get bumped up to the top power-play unit.
News: Hornqvist (lower body) will be a game-time decision versus the Islanders on Thursday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: Hornqvist missed the Penguins' previous seven games due to his lower-body issue. The winger practiced in a regular jersey for two straight days and appears to be trending in the right direction. The Swede will likely slot into a third-line role and should rejoin the top power-play unit in his net-front pest spot once cleared to play.
News: Malkin picked up two power-play assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: As per usual when Sidney Crosby (groin) is sidelined, Malkin is stepping up in a big way. The 33-year-old has four multi-point efforts in his last six games, and on the year he's compiled three goals and 11 points in 10 contests despite missing significant time with his own lower-body injury.
News: Guentzel scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: He also chipped in four shots, three hits, and two blocked shots while getting stuck with a minus-1 rating. Guentzel is demonstrating his 76-point campaign last season wasn't just a product of skating with Sidney Crosby (groin), and the 25-year-old now has 10 goals and 18 points in 21 games.
News: Tanev scored two goals in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: He found the back of the net with his only two shots of the evening while adding four hits and two blocked shots to his ledger. Tanev has posted back-to-back two-point performances, but on the year the 27-year-old has just five goals and 11 points in 21 games.
News: Murray made 37 saves in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: The Pens twice handed Murray two-goals leads, but he couldn't make them hold up, and he would probably like to have Brock Nelson's winner back -- the netminder stopped the initial shot, only for the puck to trickle through him and sit in the crease for Nelson to swipe home. Murray is 0-1-2 over his last three starts, but on the season he still sports a 9-4-3 record with a 2.52 GAA and .910 save percentage.
News: Letang (lower body) is skating on his own, but has yet to join the team on the ice.
Impact: While it's certainly a step in the right direction, the news effectively rules Letang out versus the Islanders on Tuesday. The blueliner should probably be considered a longshot to play in Pittsburgh's upcoming back-to-back versus the Islanders and Devils on Thursday and Friday, respectively, as well. Once cleared to play, the Montreal native will retake his spot in the top pairing alongside Brian Dumoulin, but he may have to settle for minutes with the No. 2 power-play unit.
News: Hornqvist (lower body) won't be in the lineup versus the Islanders on Tuesday.
Impact: Hornqvist practiced in a regular sweater Tuesday, but he isn't quite ready to play. Still, the Swede's impending return will bolster the Pens' forward contingent considering Nick Bjugstad (lower body) is facing a long-term absence. Barring any setbacks, Hornqvist should be in contention to play versus the Islanders on Thursday.
News: Bjugstad (lower body) is expected to miss a significant chunk of time after coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "He is continuing to be evaluated right now, but he's going to be longer-term," Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Impact: For the second time this season, Bjugstad is headed toward a stint on injured reserve, though he hasn't officially landed on IR yet. With Sidney Crosby (groin) also on the shelf, the team will turn to Joseph Blandisi to fill the third-line center role and will likely promote a player from the minors soon. Adam Johnson, who previously logged seven games for the Penguins this season, figures to be the likeliest candidate to earn a call-up.
News: Murray was the first goalie off the ice Tuesday, suggesting he'll start later in the day against the Islanders, Seth Rorabaugh of Tribune-Review Sports reports.
Impact: Murray snapped a 10-game Islanders winning streak back on Nov. 7, as the Penguins erased a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 overtime win. He followed that victory up with another one over Chicago, but Murray has gone 0-1-1 since then, and his single-game save percentage has only topped .905 once in the past five. Despite the recent hiccup, Murray remains a near-automatic activation as the backstop for a resilient Pittsburgh team.
News: Hornqvist (lower body) sported a regular jersey at Tuesday's morning skate, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Hornqvist continues to make progress in his recovery, but he'll need to be removed from injured reserve before he can suit up. If that happens before Tuesday's meeting with the Islanders, we'll be sure to let you know.
News: Hornqvist (lower body) was spotted at Sunday's practice sporting a non-contact jersey, Seth Rorabaugh of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Hornqvist has missed the past six games dealing with a lower-body injury he suffered on Nov. 3. His return date is still unknown, but the fact that the veteran is finally back to skating for the first time since his injury is at least is a positive sign for his recovery. With Sidney Crosby (groin) placed on IR on Saturday, the team would clearly benefit from Hornqvist's return to lineup soon.
News: Jarry made 32 saves in a 6-1 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Impact: It was Jarry's first win since Oct. 13. Still, the young goalie is a strong play and that could earn him a trade out of town. The Penguins have him and Casey DeSmith as their two and three, and both are solid. Even a team like Toronto could come calling given their struggles at backup.
News: Malkin scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Malkin is the man in Pittsburgh now that Sidney Crosby is recovering from surgery and that's fabulous news for his owners. Gino always seems to step things up when Sid is out and that means plenty of production. Enjoy.
News: Kahun scored two goals and added an assist in Pittsburgh's 6-1 win over Toronto on Saturday night.
Impact: He managed to do it in just 11:16 of ice time. Kahun started his Pittsburgh career slowly, but he has eight points, including five goals, in his last eight games. That pace won't continue, but Kahun could provide decent secondary scoring.
News: Rust scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. The goal came while shorthanded.
Impact: So, suddenly this guy is a fantasy beast. Rust has 10 points, including six goals, in just nine games this season. Check your wire to see if he's out there. Rust won't maintain this pace, but he can clearly deliver secondary scoring.