It’s hard to believe that scarcely seven days ago observers (like me) were ready to shovel dirt on the Penguins following their sixth-straight loss. What a difference a week makes. In arguably their finest effort of the season, the piping-hot Pens rode the stellar goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury and another big-time performance by Evgeni Mal [...]
The Tampa Bay Lightning entered Sunday afternoon’s contest with Pittsburgh lugging an unsightly six-game losing streak. If Guy Boucher’s crew was expecting any sympathy from the Penguins—who only recently snapped a six-game slide of their own—they were sadly mistaken. Paced by Evgeni Malkin’s natural hat trick and a pair of power-play tallies [...]
Following a typically strong start to the 2011-12 campaign, the Penguins have stumbled along at an unsightly 13-13 clip since the end of October. As the season reaches the halfway mark, the Pens suddenly find themselves in a dogfight to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.
So what’s wrong? The most obvious answer to what’s ailing the Pens is [...]
The Pittsburgh Penguins powerplay ranks 23rd in the league. The Nashville Predators are the only other team in the league that currently holds a playoff spot with a worse powerplay. This has been a problem all season and is in no way a reflection of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being out for the last two months. The Powerplay was horri [...]
Last night the Pens pounded the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2. Pittsburgh now has points in the last 12 games. Crosby extended his scoring streak to 15 games with two goals. Letang had two more assists. He is now two points behind Dustin Byfuglien for the scoring lead among defensemen. In addition, some of the “role” players also [...]
Hi again folks. Old Reg has been invisible for a while now. It turns out my day jobs and other responsibilities have been taking over recently. I did want to take a few minutes to jot down a few thoughts I had at this point.
1. It turns out that maybe Sidney Crosby was right about Marc-Andre Fleury. Crosby told reporters that MAF needed [...]
Trying to figure out what is wrong with the Penguins is like trying to figure out why people search for the closest parking spot when they go to work out. Ray Shero probably gave up his pension fund for the two new defensive players that were going to be the answer to all of the Penguins problems. He also filled in the offensive gaps with a [...]
The way the first period was going, I thought the Pens might score like 10 goals in this game. Unfortunately, I thought Tampa Bay might score 6 or 7. The way Pens moved the puck on their first power play was magical. I could have watched that all night. On the other hand, Fleury seemed to be very shaky. He let in the first shot he faced, [...]
As disheartning as it may have been to see the Pens lose their first two games at the CEC, it was that much of a relief that they beat the New Jersey Devils yesterday afternoon. The Pens lost all 8 games against the Devils last season, so it is like getting that perverbial monkey off your back by beating the Devils last night.
The bad news [...]