Marc-Andre Fleury, Brent Johnson, Brad Thiessen...oh my!
Brad Thiessen was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday to back up the Flower due to a Brent Johnson illness. Many were skeptic with the call-up figuring it was some sort of indication with the trade deadline just around the corner. GM Ray Shero and HC Dan Bylsma quickly shut that down announcing the illness. Thiessen has been re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre since.
Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Rangers was Marc Andre Fleury's 22nd career shutout tying Tom Barrasso's franchise record. Fleury has been stellar the past few months but all his stellar play has some fans concerned. At his rate of play, will he have anything left in the tank if and when the Pens go on a deep playoff run? Brent Johnson has yet to shake his funk even though HCDB has stated that we will see BeeJ in net more. Johnson's recent stint in net had him replaced by the Flower in a 6-2 loss to the Sabres.
Eric Tangradi was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for this past Tuesday's win against the Rags. Tangradi had a mere 5:39 TOI working on the 4th line. HC Bylsma said that the Tangradi recall added a physical presence for the 3rd and 4th line hence being in against a Ranger team who leads the league in hits on the road. Even with the recent call up, Tangradi's future with the Pens may still be a bit hazy.
One of the best two-way forwards in the game today, Jordan Staal has been ripping it up since coming back from a knee injury. In a recent article written by Michelle Crechiolo called "No Staal-ing Around", HCDB was quoted by saying, "“In terms of his offensive ability, I think this year better than any, he’s understood exactly how big and strong he is skating-wise that has led to better offensive opportunities for him..." Staal has taken his fair share of criticism, but is proving he is worth the contract. "He’s like Evgeni Malkin healthy, he’s like Sidney Crosby healthy, he’s like any of our top players healthy," linemate Pascal Dupuis said. "They’ll dominate the game, and that’s what Jordan is doing right now."
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins moved back in to first place(tied with the Norfolk Admirals) after defeating the Portland Pirates 5-3 for their 20th road win this past Monday. Scott Munroe picked up the W in between the pipes stopping 25 shots advancing his record to 11-4-3 on the season. The Pens will battle with Manchester tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena!
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We'll end today's buzz with some more deadline talk. Do you think GM Ray Shero is going to deal? If so, for who?