Pittsburgh Penguins: Still looking For First Win At Consol, Injury List Growing
This season the Pittsburgh Penguins opened up in their brand new home, the Consol Energy Center. Unfortunately for them, they lost their opening game against their arch rival the Philadelphia Flyers and then lost the next game against the Canadiens.
The Penguins did pick up their first win of the 2010 season against the New Jersey Devils in New Jersey. This was a big win considering they lost all six meetings with the Devils last year.
Before the beginning of the season, the Penguins had some opportunities for younger players to make the big club this year. Due to Jordan Staal’s foot injury from last year’s playoffs running into some problems, another temporary position opened. The guys who have made the team thus far have not disappointed. Those players are Eric Tangradi, Ben Lovejoy, Mark Letestu, and Deryk Engelland.
The Penguins (like last year) have been hit with the injury bug early this season. So far, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Arron Asham, and Zbynek Michalek are all out and with the exception of Orpik expect to miss at least 3 – 4 weeks. Of course, at this point considering it is the NHL after all, most information about the injuries is kept internal so we really do not know how bad the injuries are or how long they could potentially be out.
At this point in time, the Penguins are just going to have to make due without these important players. The injury to Jordan Staal has already been felt through out the first three games and we can only expect it to continue. I don’t believe many Pens fans truly realized how important he was to this club. What is even more surprising is the top two scorers for the Penguins right now are Mark Letestu and Alex Goligoski. Who would’ve guessed? So far, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have remained relatively quiet on the score sheet but beasts on the ice. When watching these guys play it is absolutely impressive how truly skilled they are. It will only be a matter of time before the pucks start going in the net as they have had some bad bounces.
Tonight the Pens face the Toronto Maple Leafs back at home. Let’s see if this will be the first win in the new Consol Energy Center.
Let’s Go Pens!