Penguin Notes: Patrick, Fleury, Kunitz, Jeffrey

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This tweet really ticked me off. What a crappy thing to say about a person who just got hired for a new job, let alone one who had a huge part in bringing two Stanley Cup championships to Pittsburgh.

We’re all entitled to our opinions. Mr. Yohe voiced his and now you’ve heard mine. Here are a few others.

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I might be worried more about the Marc-Andre Fleury’s time off during the Olympic break than any possible overuse right now. The Penguins goalie is on pace for 66 starts. Throughout his 10-year NHL career, Fleury has started between 61-66 games five times.

Pittsburgh doesn’t play after February 7 until February 27, an 18-day off period. That might disrupt Fleury’s timing and pace more than starting 60-some games. Moreover, with a pretty commanding Metropolitan Division lead, the Penguins could rest the Flower in case they were afraid he might wilt.

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Friend, Scott Pianowski, of Yahoo! fame tweeted this interesting tidbit about Tom Glavine. That’s all I have to say about the baseball Hall of Fame before I get a Jack-Morris sized headache.

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Chris Kunitz has 146 points in his last 146 regular-season games, dating back to Dec. 10, 2011.

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Prior to Thursday’s action, the Penguins were the only one of eight Metropolitan Division squads with a positive goal differential. Only St. Louis (plus-58) and Chicago (plus-42) featured better goal differentials than did the Pens (plus-40).

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Dustin Jeffrey tallied one assist on nine shots with a minus-2 rating in 10 games for the Pens before moving on to the Stars. He has one assist on nine shots with a minus-2 rating in 10 games with Dallas. At least he’s consistent. Click here.

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Treasure Life!
JT

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