Expectations Getting Too High In Pittsburgh?
The Penguins have started the season off right where they left off last year and that is playing great hockey. After tonight’s domination of the St. Louis Blues which consisted of a great team game for the Penguins, they now find themselves leading the NHL with an 8-1-0 record.
I, like all sane Penguins fans, are extremely happy with the start of the season so far. The Penguins appear to have very little hangover from last years Stanley Cup Championship run and are running on all cylinders. However, I have to question how much longer they will be able to hold this momentum. As we all know, the NHL season is a very long one which consists of ups and downs. Unlike the NFL and NCAA Football, down games are to be expected and are okay to have as they do not ruin a season.
I have to question whether or not too many fans are starting to expect this kind of play from their team. Is it great? Absolutely, but I worry that a losing streak of a few games might cause fans to panic. Obviously, fans do not directly affect the team itself and I have no doubt what-so-ever that this Penguins team is 10x strong than last years. Plus, let’s face it. Many times fans can be ridiculous on how easily they can change their tune when it comes to a team struggling a little.
Time will tell, but this season is very young. No reason for any team to panic yet and at the same time, no team should feel too confident either.
On a side note, I am holding my breath on hearing about Sergei Gonchar and the “undisclosed injury” he sustained in tonight’s game. Just in case you weren’t paying attention last year to the Pens, they had a miserable time with their power play quarterback sitting out and struggled until his return. Let’s hope and pray that there is nothing serious with his injury.
Let’s Go Pens!