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 [...]
After watching our team absorb a second-straight shootout loss, it might be easy for us Penguins fans to lose heart. We’re so accustomed to success. Especially in shootouts, where until recently, we ruled.
I’ll address the collective concerns of Penguins Nation with a riddle. What do Trevor Daley, Jake Guentzel, Carl Hagelin, Ron Hainsey, Kr [...]
It’s safe to say last night’s 3-1 victory at KeyBank Center in Buffalo was a bit of a mixed bag for our Penguins.
On the good news side of the ledger, our guys moved into second place in the Metro Division and clinched their eleventh-straight playoff berth.
The bad news? Jake Guentzel, hotter than a proverbial Fourth of July firecracker, suff [...]
Being a bit of a nerd, I’ve always had a fascination with numbers. And the myriad of today’s ever-evolving hockey statistics truly boggle my mind.
Heck, you can track everything from a player’s zone starts to how their teammates perform with or without them (WOWY). Corsi, Fenwick…the list is endless.
Lately, I’m enamored of a relatively [...]
Over the years, the Penguins have featured dozens of foreign-born players representing a virtual smorgasbord of nationalities.
Czechs, Finns, Germans (Tom Kuhnhackl), Italians (Nelson Debenedet), Latvians (Peter Skudra), Lithuanians (Darius Kasparaitis), Poles (Nick Harbaruk), Russians, South Koreans (Jim Paek), Slovaks, Swedes and Ukrainians [...]
Call me a “Nervous Nellie.” But when Tampa Bay rookie Adam Erne cruised down the slot unmolested and hammered the puck past Penguins goalie Matt Murray to break a scoreless tie early in the second period last night, I looked to the heavens and thought, here we go again.
After all, our guys haven’t exactly been lighting it up lately.
Thank go [...]