Pittsburgh Penguins: Almost Healthy Again
It has been a little while since my last post so I figured it was time to get back to it. The Pittsburgh Penguins are finally getting healthy again. They are only missing one last player (Chris Kunitz) and he should be returning in the next game or two. This Pens team was able to make it through that rough spell where they practically depleted the entire Baby Pens squad in Wilkes-Barre Scranton.
The Penguins are currently sitting in 4th place in the Eastern Conference with 43 points. They are tied with New Jersey for the division lead, but New Jersey has the tie breaker and has played three less games than Pittsburgh. Right now, the biggest issue with this squad is the power play. You would think that any power play that consists of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Sergei Gonchar would have no problem scoring. Well, that is just not the case and the coaching staff is still trying to figure out why.
In last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Pens went 0-4 in the power play. Luckily for them they were still able to pull out a victory but many of these games could be won with a lot more ease if the power play generated a goal or two.
Currently, Sidney Crosby leads the team in points (37), followed by Evgeni Malkin (29). What is more interesting is that Sidney Crosby has 20 goals thus far this season and is on schedule to get close to the 50 goal mark with this pace. Sidney Crosby the goal scorer? Another fascinating thing is that forward Mike Rupp who was brought to this team for veteran support has nine goals thus far. His previous high for an entire season? Six.
So far, I have been pleased with this team’s performance and determination. They did not let injuries get to them and the coaching staff got to see a good look at some of the up and comers from WBS. Here is to hoping that the Pens continue their winning ways and don’t fall flat on their face like the Pittsburgh Steelers have done the past five weeks. Sorry, I just had to throw that in.
Let’s Go Pens!