Pens' Niskanen Adds Assist Thursday: Matt Niskanen tallied an assist and finished plus-2 against Winnipeg on Thursday. (Updated 3/29/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/21/13).
With Kris Letang out for at least a week, Matt Niskanen's offensive opportunities figure to increase. We'll have to wait until Saturday to see if Niskanen's time on the man advantage goes up (in the absence of Letang), as Pittsburgh didn't receive any power-play time Thursday. (Updated 3/29/13).
05/03/2013 21:55 Crosby scores twice in return but Pens fall to Isles
Kyle Okposo's first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.
Pittsburgh thought enough of Matt Niskanen to offer him a two-year, $4.6 million deal in the offseason, which he readily accepted. The defender rebounded from a weak 2010-11 showing with a consistent game nightly last season. His counting stats were nothing special -- four goals and 21 points in 75 games -- but he'll see plenty of playing time as a no. 4 or 5 defenseman. He scored 35 points in his sophomore season with Dallas in 2008-09, so the upside of a 35-40 point season is possible, especially with a couple years of experience in Pittsburgh's defensive system under his belt. (Updated 8/14/12)