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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pens/Flyers Go Outside... Again by @Nick422

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Stop us if you've heard this but the Penguins are playing in an outdoor game!

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Giving Thanks...Hockey Style by @MedinaMarie_PI

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(Photo credit- Pittsburgh Penguins \Twitter)
Ah, Thanksgiving.

That time of year where we gather around the table with our families (most of which we don't like) and give thanks for the blessings we have been bestowed in our lives. We stuff ourselves silly with all the turkey, stuffing and pie we can handle, and then, just as fast, many will make their ways to the stores and some of the worst portrayals of humanity will be on full display as Black Thursday/ Friday shopping ensues.

As hockey fans, especially here in Pittsburgh, we have much to be thankful for. Admittedly we have become a little spoiled and, at times, can forget just how different things could have been had fortune not favoured the bold....and the lucky.

So let's give some thanks shall we?

Give thanks to the city of Pittsburgh. You showed the NHL that the city could support a professional hockey team and have been rewarded handsomely.

Give thanks to the past, those teams that struggled to keep the team relevant.

Give thanks to the likes of Eddie Johnston and "Badger" Bob Johnson for their tireless efforts to make the club better.

Give thanks for Mario Lemieux. For his career, his vision, and for keeping the team right where it belongs. Give thanks for Jaromir Jagr and his epic flow, and his charismatic goal scoring.

Give thanks for the characters, that bring life to a team. For Phil Bourque, Chris Kunitz, Matt Cullen and Asst. Coach Mark Recchi. For Marc Andre Fleury and his pranks, Hal Gill for his chirps, and Matt Cooke with his... colorful nature.

Give thanks for Pascal Dupuis, who showed us that sometimes being brave means giving up something you love and that family comes before anything.

Be thankful for the raffle, and for lady luck. She brought us Sidney Crosby, and we can't thank her enough (have I made a rhyme?)

Be thankful for charity, and all the good the organization does for others. The smiles they bring to children, both healthy and less so. For the warm clothing and meals they provide to those in need, and the respect they give to our many veterans.

Be thankful for postseasons, some teams will never see them. Be thankful for June, and game sixes on the road.

Be thankful for 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016 and 2017 and even the years in between. Out of the darkness comes light, and the Pens are one of the brightest beacons of the NHL.

Be thankful for Wilkes and for Wheeling. Without them, there are no call ups. Without them, there may not have been back to back Cup championships.

Be thankful for the old as well as the new. For bygone eras and the outlook of the future.

Finally, be thankful for yourselves, the fans. Be thankful that you have this team. Be thankful that you aren't Flyers fans. Be thankful for all that the Penguins have been, for all that they are, and for all that they will be.

From all of us at Pens Initiative, may you and yours have a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Let's Go Pens

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rebuilding Jarred Tinordi by @disgruntledbill

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Tinordi wears 24....which is strange. 

This past summer the Penguins signed defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a two way contract worth $500,000 at the NHL level. Jared Tinordi is one of those names of players that sticks in the head for some reason, but why? Sure, Tinordi was Captain of the London Knights when they won the 2012 Ontario Hockey League title, but again who cares about major junior?
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chemistry: Not Just for High Schoolers by @MedinaMarie_PI

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Could overall lack of team chemistry be a discerning factor on the Penguins bench?
(Photo Credit: USA Today/ SB
It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Penguins are suffering right now. Be it from starting the season with a daunting and abhorrent schedule, the fatigue of playing in back-to-back championships, and lack luster off season roster moves. Ineffective play and scoring droughts by key stars have also lead to the Penguins under performing in mid-November.

As much as media and fans alike would like to pin point their performance (or lack thereof) on one key factor, it just isn't possible. All of the components listed above have come together to effect one another, and effect each player, differently. Sum it all up and you have one sloppy and disjointed show.
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The Phil - 3-014 Cashing In by @ryank_119

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The injury gnomes are up to no good and neither is Ryan Reaves!
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Phil 3-013 A Mostly Negative Comic by @ryank_119

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Sullivan lays into the Penguins after a disastrous Western Canadian road trip, but like everyone else he gets distracted by some beauty flow.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What's Next for Jarry? by @disgruntledbill

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Tristian Jarry is up....for now 

Jim Rutherford said the plan all along was to call up DeSmith for one game against the Jets on October 29th.  This allowed Jarry to play the 27th against Hershey and the 28th in Bridgeport. Jarry was then later recalled before Pittsburgh went on their western Canada road trip. Jarry got the start against Calgary, while Murray started against the Oilers and the Canucks.

The Penguins likely are in the market for a more veteran NHL backup. Looking forward through November’s games , it doesn’t appear that there are many starts that will be heading Jarry’s way. Especially if you believe the company line that Jarry needs to play, not ride the bench the rest of the month.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Phil - 012 Goncho the Clown by @ryank_119

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Busy week so it was tough getting this one out! You can see a replay of the livestream where I ink this strip here:

We will be livestreaming the strip (hopefully) every week this year!  Follow me on Twitter so you don't miss the next one!
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