He doesn’t have the highest profile among Penguins’ defensemen. Nor the greatest potential.
Perhaps the highest pain threshold. Indeed, while his defensive mates have fallen to the right and left, Ian Cole’s stood in the breach each and every game since the start of the regular season. Seventy-seven and counting.
Durable as scrap iron. Stead [...]
Okay, now I’m worried.
I’ve purposely refrained from being too hard on our Penguins, given their banged-up state. And there was a lot to like about last night’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. A win that enabled us to continue our mastery of the Blueshirts and one-time nemesis Henrik Lundqvist.
But my, was the [...]
A number of faithful PenguinPoop readers and bloggers (myself included) have suggested in the recent past that the Penguins’ onerous injury situation may be related to our physical stature. Comparatively small, by NHL standards.
With a little time to kill between games, I thought I’d do a quickie comparison to see what I could see.
Recently, I’ve spent lots of time lamenting the Penguins’ injury woes. And it sure is tough to watch our guys repeatedly take it on the chin. Like last night’s 5-1 loss to Chicago at PPG Paints Arena, a defeat that was equal parts humbling and stinging.
Talk about a slap in the face. The Pens have lost four games in a row for the first time s [...]
Not very expressive, I’ll grant you. But those were my exact words when the NBCSN cameras showed an up-close-and-personal shot of Penguins forward Conor Sheary grimacing on the bench. Shortly after he blocked a shot during the first period of last night’s dismal 6-2 loss to the Flyers.
Followed moments later by the inevitable, soul- [...]
Lately, some wise and extremely knowledgeable hockey pals have voiced very legitimate concerns about our Penguins and their chances to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
I’m sure they’re not the only ones in Penguins Nation to doubt. So, with all due respect, I thought I’d respond in kind of an open-letter style.
First off, let me say I do und [...]