Predators, Penguins both .500 but trending in opposite directions

Nashville doesn’t always have to be thrilled when it shows its work, but the Predators’ math is adding up nicely going into a home game Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Predators carry a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game, including a 3-2 win at home Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, and while that has served just to get them to .500, they’ll certainly take it. “I think we’ve got a little bit of a

Penguins look to shake off rough patch in meeting vs. Leafs

It’s hard to know which team might have a more sour attitude on Saturday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams are coming off a disappointing loss on Friday. The Maple Leafs held a two-goal lead in the second period against the Blackhawks in Chicago but lost 4-3 in overtime. The Penguins led 2-0 after two periods against the Sabres in Buffalo but allowed three straight goals in the third

Sabres, Penguins look to recover from tough losses

The Buffalo Sabres, who host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, are trying to find the right blend of being proficient at their style of play and getting that to translate into points. It remains a work in progress, as Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss against the Capitals in Washington showed. “It was obviously a disappointment that we didn’t get two points, but I felt our guys played more the style that we want to play,” Sabres

With point streak punctured, Rangers turn to division rival Penguins

The New York Rangers might have a little less wind in their sails Wednesday when they face the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Rangers, who lead the Metropolitan Division, were the hottest team in the NHL before their 11-game point streak (10-0-1) ended with a thud Monday in a 6-3 loss to the Stars in Dallas. New York gave up six straight goals, including five in the third, to the Stars after taking a 2-0 lead.

Golden Knights look to right ship vs. Penguins

Frustration might emanate from both ends of the ice when the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Vegas Golden Knights face off on Sunday evening. Vegas lost for the fourth time in its last six games (2-3-1) following a 4-3 overtime decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. That result comes off the high of the Golden Knights celebrating their Stanley Cup title by racing to an 11-0-1 start to the season. On Saturday, there was a

Penguins, Hurricanes captains aim to right respective ships

The Carolina Hurricanes and visiting Pittsburgh Penguins are scolding themselves going into their meeting Saturday. Each team is coming off a loss that forced some introspection. Carolina lost at home for the first time Wednesday, 3-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Afterward, center and captain Jordan Staal aired a list of grievances aimed at his team, and not just for that game, but for inconsistency all season. “As a group, it just doesn’t look like we’ve

Sidney Crosby, Penguins ready for Devils

The biggest questions entering Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting New Jersey Devils were whether it would be a clash of each team’s top player, and which team’s streak will continue. Penguins center Sidney Crosby is expected to be there, and he’s flying, coming off a four-point night that helped Pittsburgh win its fifth straight game. Devils center Jack Hughes, however, will miss his fifth straight game with a right shoulder injury. He

Skidding Blue Jackets tangle with improving Penguins

The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to gain traction, but they could run into a team far ahead of them on that count Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit. The Penguins, after a stutter-step start, will be riding a four-game winning streak — including two shutouts — going into the game. After sweeping a three-game road trip through California, Pittsburgh stopped home for a game Saturday and turned in a performance that seemed to key

Sabres, Penguins clash with both teams on rise

Two surging teams clash Saturday night when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Buffalo will be playing on successive nights after posting a 3-2 home win against the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The Sabres are 4-1-1 in their past six games, although they didn’t feel as though they were overly dominant in the latest contest. JJ Peterka gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead early in the third, but Minnesota’s Joel Eriksson Ek scored more than