Pittsburgh Penguins: Surviving the Storm
There is good news on the Pittsburgh front and that is because they are finally getting healthy again (knock on wood). Sergei Gonchar, Tyler Kennedy, Kris Letang, Jay Mckee, Brooks Orpik, and Maxime Talbot have all returned and it is welcomed.
Although, I must say for the amount of injuries that the Penguins were dealt the team stood fairly strong and did not fall completely on their face (although the power play seemed to have for a while). A lot of good can be taken from the injuries that the Penguins sustained. There were a LOT of new faces that joined the big club and they got significant playing time. This not only gave them valuable experience, but also gave the Penguins’ Front Office a nice look at what can be expected. Not only have the new players from Wilkes-Barre stepped up, but also players that were brought in for a little support. I am talking about Michael Rupp and Martin Skoula. Those two players have certainly stepped up and provided a lot of additional support for this Penguins squad. In fact, Rupp scored his first NHL career hat trick tonight against the New York Rangers.
I have been very pleased to see how the Penguins have responded to the diversity they have faced so early in the season. I am certainly hoping that they can continue to carry this momentum on. I was worried at first that this team might have come into this season a little too strong and that is what might have caused the injuries to start piling up. I am hoping this team can throttle that enough to make sure that they do not burn out prior to the playoffs.
Currently, the Penguins are tied with the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference. I look forward to getting back Alex Goligoski and Chris Kunitz but right now I couldn’t be more happy with the team effort this Penguins squad has been bringing.
Let’s Go Pens!