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Penguins’ stretch is coming in October and November instead

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Penguins’ stretch is coming in October and November instead

Мнениеот elvafeng » 14 Ное 2017, 04:18

Opening faceoff Are the Penguins broken?

Almost a quarter of a way into the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have lost more games than they’ve won. They have the league’s third worst goals differential https://www.penguinspitfans.com/justin-schultz-jersey-c-3.html, having given up 17 more than they’ve scored. They’ve lost six of their last eight. And Sidney Crosby is struggling through an extended slump, one that sees him with a bigger number on the wrong side of his plus/minus 14 than in the points column 13 .

Should we be concerned here?

The knee jerk reaction is to say no, of course not. It’s early, there are still five months to go and these are the Penguins we’re talking about. Most Greg McKegg Jersey good teams go through a cold spell or two over the course of a season, and we shouldn’t overreact just because the Penguins’ stretch is coming in October and November instead of being buried in February when nobody would even notice.

That’s pretty much the stance we’ve been taking around these parts, where we spent October stubbornly slotting the Penguins into our top five list even when they were losing games 10 1. That seemed fair – two straight titles should buy you some benefit of the doubt. But as the season wears on and the Penguins continue to look like a decidedly mediocre team, it may be time to start wondering.

After all https://www.penguinspitfans.com/matt-murray-jersey-c-2.html, this is a team that lost a lot of last year’s roster. They were depth pieces, sure , and in theory the core was even better because Kris Letang is back. But Letang is off to a terrible start, and the team seems to miss guys like Nick Bonino, Ron Hainsey and Chris Kunitz. They’ve missed Marc Andre Fleury too , as Matt Murray is off to a slow start and the backup spot has been a mess.

They’ve also had issues with back to back games. They’ve played two games in two nights six times so far this year, and they’ve lost the second game all six times. That includes three embarrassing blowouts by scores of 10 1 against the Blackhawks , 7 1 Lightning and 7 1 again Jets . No team likes to play back to backs, but seeing the Penguins struggle like this has to be a https://www.penguinspitfans.com/antti-niemi-jersey-c-1.html concern. This team has played a ton of hockey over the last two years, and you have to wonder about fatigue. Seeing them constantly look like their tank is empty in back to backs is a worrying sign.
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