The young guns of the Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t long learning from the veterans about winning. Two Stanley Cups in two seasons means most of the up and comers don’t know what losing is. Watching Sidney Crosby every day must be a great motivator. Conor Sheary skates low with the leg strength style and passing vision of captain Crosby. Bryan Rust has the sheer determination of … Continue reading Young guys possess veteran traits
The Penguins have had one of the better bottom six forward groups in the league for the past two years. This year’s bottom six is not that. Let’s just state the obvious, this bottom six could use some work. Losing Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen definitely takes a hit on your center depth chart. They also lost the occasional fourth line Chris Kunitz but I’m … Continue reading Should We Expect More From the Bottom Six?
When you work hard, eventually you get rewarded. As much as it’s hard to keep believing this when you’re not getting the bounces, it proves itself true time and time again. After slumping offensively by Pittsburgh standards for most of the season, Penguins players up and down the roster are finally being rewarded in spades. Sidney Crosby‘s non-controversial goal on November 24th against Boston explains … Continue reading Penguins’ Improvement At 5-on-5
The Penguins can only not be the Penguins for so long. They’ve surprisingly had struggles scoring goals all season, especially at even strength. They rank 19th in the NHL in goals per game, which is very un-Penguin-like. Well you are witnessing the end of the offensive drought. The Penguins are back. The Penguins have scored 5 goals in each of their last 2 games, which … Continue reading Pens On Verge of Offensive Outbreak
The Penguins are six games into the brand new season and they’ve already seen a roller coaster of results. One constant, though, has been the play of forward Bryan Rust. Through the first six games, Rust has recorded eight points. He is tied with Sidney Crosby for a team high. Anytime your name is tied to Crosby’s, you are in pretty good company. The only game Rust … Continue reading Quickly Shaking Off The Rust
The problem that’ll plague fans the most over the course of the season is the undesirable wait for the Penguins to acquire a third line center. More elite names like Matt Duchene and Jordan Staal have been thrown around. Lesser priced and less prestigious names have also been thrown into the rumor mill. Regardless, general manager Jim Rutherford won’t make a move unless he believes it betters his team. … Continue reading Bryan Rust, A Third Line Center?
Overtime, Game 7; these are the games as hockey fans we love. Thursday night, the Penguins defeated the Senators 3-2 in double overtime to clinch their bid to the Stanley Cup Finals vs the Nashville Predators. The game winning goal coming from 37-year-old Chris Kunitz, which was his second goal of the night. This entire playoff, and regular season has been filled with unsung heroes. … Continue reading Unsung Heroes
Wow. The Penguins did it again. And should we even really be shocked any more? On the 1 year anniversary of the Nick Bonino overtime winner against the Capitals last year in game 6, the Penguins once again beat their division rival to move on to the next round. Although this time, it took 7 games. Going into the game, many Penguins fans thought that … Continue reading Series Analysis: Pens Top Caps in 7
It’s not all gonna be rainbows and sunny days out there ladies and gentleman. While it may have looked like that so far being up 3-0, it’s still definitely not over until that 4th win has been had. It was nice though for the Penguins to face a little adversity in how they came about winning game 3 in Columbus. The playoffs are horrendously rough … Continue reading Penguins Pass The Adversity Test
Any team who wins a Stanley Cup will do it with depth. Going back on previous Stanley Cup winners over the past ten years, most had the depth to outwork the other team beyond their first two lines. The beautiful thing about depth is that you don’t need to have star players filling up three lines. Hell, the Penguins proved that last year more predominantly … Continue reading A Depth Decision