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    For some bizarre reason, Sergei Gonchar was left off the All-Star ballot.
    Gonchar is tied for first among defenders with 19 points in 20 games. He has also finished in the top-10 for defensive scoring in each of the past four seasons. In a further slap to the face, teammate Ryan Whitney is on the ballot despite the fact that he finished with eight less points than Gonchar last season. The fan balloting only determines the starting five skates for each conference. The rest of the roster is filled out by the coaches.
    Jordan Staal continues to suffer from a terrible case of the sophomore slump.
    He has notched just a goal and an assist in 20 games this season, including a current 13-game scoring drought. "Obviously, my confidence isn't at its peak," he said. "I don't want to take risks sometimes, when maybe that's the best play. I have to go to the net, try beating guys one-on-one down low and moving my feet down there. If I do that, I'll create more chances and hopefully get on a roll." Staal will return to usual position of center, between Gary Roberts and Tyler Kennedy for Wednesday night.
    Maxime Talbot will miss at least three games due to a high ankle sprain.
    "He was playing well for us," coach Michel Therrien said. "He brings a lot of energy to the team. He's a little warrior. ... For sure, we're going to miss him." Talbot was hurt back on Nov. 3, but played through the pain until 'tweaking' the injury on Monday at practice.
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    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 28 shots, but it wasn't enough to prevent Pittsburgh from dropping a 2-1 decision to New Jersey Wednesday night.
    Fleury, who hasn't been sharp this year, cannot be faulted for this one. Both Jersey goals were on the man advantage, and Pittsburgh, with it's high-octane offense, is struggling to score goals. Regardless, he has been outplayed by Dany Sabourin so far this season so he should be considered as an emergency play at best in any fantasy league.
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    Dany Sabourin will likely get the start against the Senators on Thursday.
    Marc-Andre Fleury lost to the Devils the night before, but did play well. Ottawa is also playing its second game in as many nights, and will throw the red-hot Martin Gerber in an effort to slow down Sid the Kid.
    Ryan Malone scored a pair of goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout victory Thursday.
    Sergei Gonchar netted a goal and registered an assist during the third period. Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy each scored a goal for Pittsburgh. Colby Armstrong registered two assists in the win. Jarkko Ruutu scored the game-winning goal in the shootout.
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped just two of four shots in an eventual 6-5 shootout win.
    Fleury allowed two goals within the first 11 minutes of play before getting the hook. Dany Sabourin replaced him and turned aside 29 of 32 Ottawa shots in regulation before beating Martin Gerber in the shootout.
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    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped every one of the 28 Thrasher shots as he picked up his first shut out of the 2007 season.
    Fleury was pulled after letting in two of four shots yesterday but rebounded the best way he could by shutting out the Thrashers on Saturday. Fleury continues to scare owners with his 3.47 goals against average with his 891 save percentage, but this start might just be the motivation he needs to get back into his highly touted form. It is a long layoff for Fleury as they don't play until Friday against the Stars, hopefully he can keep his focus sharp for owners until then.
    Sergei Gonchar adds another three assists to his league leading 21 points for defensemen in Saturday nights 5-0 white-washing of the Thrashers.
    Gonchar continues to produce at an superstar forward pace for the Penguins this season. He now has six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 22 games for the Pens. If you picked him up in the draft you should give yourself a pat on the back as he is single handedly distancing you from your competition. Well done.
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    Sergei Gonchar missed the third period with a sore groin.
    This might be big fantasy news as Gonchar has been the best fantasy defenseman so far this season. We will keep you updated on his situation as we get more info.
    Evgeni Malkin's point streak ended at 15 games on Saturday.
    It was the longest point streak ever recorded by a Russian-born player in the NHL. Malkin has avoided the dreaded sophomore slump by scoring nine goals and 29 points in 23 games this season.
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    Sergei Gonchar tweaked his groin in Saturday's win over Atlanta.
    Fortunately, the Penguins do not play again until Friday. He will rest and rehabilitate his groin until then, but a decision on his status likely won't be made until after the pre-game skate on Friday. We'll keep you updated on his status.
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    Mark Recchi has been a healthy scratch in four of the past five games.
    This prompted Recchi's agent, Rick Curran, to get in touch with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero. The upshot of that conversation remains confidential, but it is possible that Recchi may want to be moved to a team that will play him. Stay tuned
    Colby Armstrong is playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Ryan Malone.
    Such is the life under coach Michel Therrien. Armstrong was a healthy scratch for six of eight games before being thrust to the first line with Crosby in the past three. He has responded with one goal and three points in those three games. He is worth owning, but keep an eye on which line he plays on, because if he is not among the first two lines, he isn't worth owning.
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    Kristopher Letang has been battling migraine problems since he was twelve-years-old.
    "But last week was the first time it became an issue because he almost couldn't play in a game," said general manager Ray Shero. "You just have to be on top of it. We just want to make sure he's OK." Letang was suffering from impaired vision and nausea before Thursday's game versus the Senators, but still managed to log 18:18 of ice time and earn an assist in the contest.
    Sergei Gonchar missed practice on Tuesday due a groin injury.
    The offensively gifted defender tweaked his groin on Saturday night and it is still unclear if he will miss any time. The Penguins do not play again until Friday night, so he has plenty of time to rest up.
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    The NHL will confirm whether the Penguins will begin next season in Sweden.
    The league's Board of Governors are meeting this week, and the schedule is on the itinerary. It has been rumored that Pittsburgh will play twice in the northern European country against the Ottawa Senators to start the 2008-09 season. It is also believed that the Penguins will take part in the inaugural Victoria Cup and the end of the pre-season. It is a tournament involving an NHL team, the winner of the new European's Champion Cup and at least one other European squad.
    Sergei Gonchar will be a game-time decision against the Stars on Friday.
    Gonchar left last Saturday's game with a tweaked groin and has been unable to practice since. He did skate prior to practice on Wednesday and is hopeful of playing. Should he not play, at least you know why.
    Maxime Talbot's ankle injury is not improving.
    Talbot suffered a high ankle sprain a week ago, and the initial prognosis to heal was five-to-seven days. However, he still cannot skate and is limited to limping up and down stairs as part of his rehab. Washington's Alexander Semin suffered a similar injury, which has plagued him for the better part of two months. Hopefully Talbot's injury isn't nearly as serious, but it is one that could linger and has a high potential to relapse.
    Evgeni Malkin gave his first group interview in English on Thursday.
    This is another sign of maturity from the wunderkind. Amazingly, Malkin has played so well without being able to properly communicate with his teammates and coaches. Defender, and fellow Russian, Sergei Gonchar has been Malkin's unofficial translator since he arrived last season. It is scary to imagine what the Russian will accomplish when he is fully able to communicate with Sidney Crosby, although they are clearly communicating at a different level than most of us. He has nine goals and 29 points in 23 games - a 103-point pace.
    Sergei Gonchar is doubtful for Friday's game in Detroit.
    Gonchar tweaked his groin in Saturday's game and the Penguins haven't played since. He is day-to-day so he could play Saturday in Toronto.
    Barring any unforseen circumstances, Mark Recchi will be a healthy scratch on Friday.
    Recchi doesn't appear to be in the Penguins plans as they want to use Tyler Kennedy and Erik Christensen as part of their top nine forwards, leaving Mark Recchi as the odd man out.
    Sidney Crosby scored twice to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Stars Friday night.
    The two points gives Crosby 35 in just 24 games. He is now second in league scoring just behind Vincent Lecavalier. Colby Armstrong registered two assists in the victory, while Tyler Kennedy and Evgeni Malkin scored Pittsburgh's other goals.
    Marc-Andre Fleury is on a bit of a roll after stopping 22 of 23 Dallas shots in Friday night's 4-1 win.
    That gives Fleury two consecutive victories in which he has allowed only one goal in total. It is too early to say if the young netminder has turned his season around. However, his last two performances are an encouraging sign.
    By not playing Friday night, Sergei Gonchar did not keep his consecutive games-played streak alive.
    Going into Friday's contest the star rearguard had played in 105 consecutive games. It is unclear if Gonchar will be able to dress for the Penguins' next contest Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
    Sergei Gonchar's strained groin will likely keep him out of action tonight against Toronto.
    This would mark consecutive games that the NHL's top-scoring blueliner would be missing, after playing 105 consecutive games prior to this minor injury. The injury is not considered serious and he should be back in the lineup relatively soon.
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    Dany Sabourin kicked out 37 of 40 shots but was still saddled with the loss on Saturday night.
    Sabourin continues to split starts with Marc-Andre Fleury this season. Sabourin continues to display better numbers than Fleury (2.30 and 911 compared to Fleury’s 3.09 and 901), but the Penguins management still considers Fleury as the goalie of the future, so they won’t hand the starting job to Sabourin. At this moment, if you have free roster spot you might want to pick up Sabourin, but don’t consider him a long term solution for your goalie situation.
    Ryan Malone continues to play well for the Penguins recently.
    Malone scored one of the Penguins' goal on Saturday night. Malone now has four goals in the last four games. Look for him to continue that trend while playing on the Penguins' top line with Sidney Crosby and Colby Armstrong.
    Mark Recchi was scratched for the fifth game in a row.
    This maybe a sign that Recchi's career in the NHL is over. If you own Recchi now might be the right time to drop him as he does not look like he has any value at this moment in the season.
    Sergei Gonchar missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury.
    Gonchar was leading the league in points for a defenseman with 24, so fantasy owners probably is missing Gonchar's offensive production. He is skating with the team so he should be back with in the lineup by next week.
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    Evgeni Malkin saw time on the penalty kill on Saturday against Toronto.
    This is more evidence that Malkin is maturing as a player. Earlier this year, coach Michel Therrien started using Sidney Crosby when short-handed, and on Saturday, the Leafs saw Malkin and Crosby on the ice together. There is no down side to this development.
    Sergei Gonchar remains questionable for Monday night's tilt against the Coyotes.
    Gonchar has missed the past two games with a strained groin. He made it through the entire practice on Sunday, as well as extra skating time afterward, but coach Michel Therrien would not pronounce the offensive defenseman fit for Monday. The Penguins are doing the right thing by being cautious with him. We'll keep you updated on his status.
    Marc-Andre Fleury saved 17 of 18 shots in a 3-1 victory Monday.
    Fleury has won three starts in a row to bring his record up to 8-8-1 this season. In that span he's had a shutout and two one-goal games.
    Kris Letang scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory Monday night.
    Maxime Talbot and Tyler Kennedy also scored goals for Pittsburgh. Georges Laraque, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Gary Roberts each registered one assist in the winning effort.
    Sergei Gonchar missed his third straight game on Monday.
    Gonchar has been sidelined for the past week with a strained groin. It is unclear whether the all-star defender will be ready for the team's road trip through Western Canada starting on Wednesday. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
    Maxime Talbot returned to the Penguins lineup after missing five games with a sprained ankle.
    Talbot had an immediate impact by scoring the game's first goal and finishing with four shots-on-goal and four penalty minutes.
    The Penguins have placed veteran Mark Recchi on waivers.
    Recchi has only two goals and six points in 19 games this season. He has been a healthy scratch of late, which likely prompted the move to waivers. Hopefully the classy veteran can find an NHL team to finish his career with rather than report to the minors. Stay tuned.
    Sidney Crosby currently leads all players in the Eastern Conference in All-Star balloting with 268,045 votes.
    Crosby is fifth in the league in points with 37 in 26 games this season. The young phenom is making his first career trip to Western Canada this week where he is sure to get a great deal of media attention.
    Marc-Andre Fleury saved 17 of 19 shots in a 4-2 victory Wednesday.
    Fleury extended his winning-streak to four games. He had played against the Oilers twice before in his career and had lost both games.
    Colby Armstrong scored a goal and registered an assist en route to a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.
    Maxime Talbot, Kris Letang, and Ryan Whitney also scored in Pittsburgh's four-goal third period. Sidney Crosby registered three assists, giving him 40 points in 27 games this season. Mark Eaton recorded two assists for the Penguins.
    Sergei Gonchar returned to action on Wednesday December 5.
    Mark Recchi cleared waivers on Wednesday.
    Coach Michel Therrien said that Recchi was simply beat out by the younger players, "We believe that we gave him a lot of opportunity and things didn't work out." However, the team hasn't assigned him anywhere yet. There have been situations in the past two seasons where a player was waived, but remained with the club afterwards, but that is not the case this time. The veteran did not travel with the team on their western road trip. The team may assign him to the AHL and then recall him with the hopes that another team will claim him on re-entry waivers - which would only cost the claiming team half his salary with Pittsburgh picking up the remainder. Stay tuned, Recchi may yet find work in the NHL.
    The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent Mark Recchi to the minors.
    Recchi was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The 39-year-old Recchi has never played in the AHL although he did play 67 games over two seasons in the late 1980's playing for Muskegon of the now defunct IHL.
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    Ryan Malone scored an unassisted shorthanded goal in a 3-2 shootout win Thursday.
    Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar assisted on a Evgeni Malkin power-play goal. Kris Letang scored the game-winning goal in the shootout.
    Marc-Andre Fleury stopped both shots he faced before being pulled early in the first period.
    Fleury fell onto the ice but managed to recover and get back between the pipes. However, Dany Sabourin still replaced him and saved 24 of 26 shots in regulation en route to a 3-2 shootout victory.
    Mark Recchi was placed on re-entry waivers by the Penguins on Friday.
    Recchi cleared waivers the day before, but now any team claiming the veteran will only be responsible for half his salary, with Pittsburgh picking up the other half. Waiver order is the reverse order of the standings, meaning Washington has first dibs. It is rumored that Phoenix, San Jose and Carolina are all interested in Recchi's services.
    Ryan Whitney is on pace to for 17 goals this season.
    While the defender doesn't have the same amount of points at this point as last year, his goal scoring is crucial for fantasy teams. Whitney only has seven assists in 24 this season, but that will eventually pick up. Part of the issue is that he is on the second power-play unit as rookie Kris Letang gets a shot with the big boys. Whitney will be a part of the top unit once again at some point this season.
    Marc-Andre Fleury left Thursday's game with an ankle injury.
    Coach Michel Therrien said that the severity of the injury is not yet known. The goalie will be re-evaluated on Friday. He is listed as day-to-day.
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    Marc-Andre Fleury has what coach Michel Therrien described as a slight ankle strain and will not dress for tonight's game against Vancouver.
    Former Canucks backup Dany Sabourin will get a chance to face his old team, as he has been given the starting nod tonight. The Pens have also called up Ty Conklin on an emergency basis to back up Sabourin for the time being. Sabourin has proved to be one of the most reliable backup tenders in the game this season, posting a 5-4-1 record and a solid .914 save percentage to go along with a 2.34 GAA.
    Since being lined up alongside Sidney Crosby and Ryan Malone on Pittsburgh's top unit, Colby Armstrong has tallied eight points in seven games.
    The trio have demonstrated remarkable chemistry since the line was formed and their close-knit relationships off the ice seem to be a contributing factor to their success. Malone and Armstrong offer a nice combination of grit and offensive ability but have been extremely inconsistent over the past couple of years. However, they seem to have found a home on the top unit and are valuable in any fantasy league as long as they remain there.
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    Kristopher Letang scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Penguins defeated the Canucks on Saturday night.
    It was the second game in the row that Letang has scored the game winner. He also scored the game-winner against Calgary on Thursday night. He is now two for two in shootout attempts and if he keeps this up, he should be a regular in the shootout lineup for the Penguins.
    Dany Sabourin picked up his sixth victory of the season as the Pens defeated the Canucks in a shootout on Saturday night.
    Sabourin is filling in as the starter for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury as he is recovering from an ankle injury. So far this season he has posted a 2.34 goals against average and a 914 save percentage and filling in admirably as a goalie for the Penguins. Too bad the Penguins still think of Fleury as the goalie of their future, or else Sabourin would have been handed the reins to the starting job. If he was on any other team he probably would have become a starter. He should get the majority of the starts as Fleury is out, so if you are looking for a short term solution for good goalie stats, Sabourin might just be your man.
    Ty Conklin has been called up from the AHL to back up Dany Sabourin while Marc-Andre Fleury is out with an ankle injury.
    Depending on the extent of Fleury's injury and how long he will be out for, will mainly determine Conklin's role with the Penguins. Sabourin will get the majority of the starts while Fleury is out, but if its for an extended period of time, Conklin might start one or two games.
    Sidney Crosby was held off the scoreboard for the second consecutive game on Saturday.
    It's the first time this season that the Pens superstar has been unable to score in two straight games, but it's not like he didn't have his chances against the NHL's top goaltender Roberto Luongo as Luongo stoned Crosby on a penalty shot in overtime. Look for Crosby to break out of his mini-slump when the Penguins face the Flyers in Philadephia on Tuesday.
    Jordan Staal may have to find a new place to live.
    Staal, who is mired in a sophomore slump, has been living at the home of Mark Recchi and his wife. Well, Recchi was claimed on waivers by Atlanta and although he can stay at the Recchi residence, he may not. "He wants me to stay. But I do not know how it will work out," Staal said. "If it does not work out, maybe I will get my own place." As if the 19-year-old Staal did not have enough to worry about, this could really ruin his season. Staal has two goals and six points in 29 games, a far cry from the 29 goal, 42 point season as a rookie last year.
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    Petr Sykora is heating up from his recent ice-cold play.
    Sykora has one goal and one assist over the past two games. He was pointless in the three games prior to that, and was goalless in the previous eight matches. It looks like it's a good time to activate the veteran sharp-shooter.
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