The Penguins honored veterans before the game. In keeping with the government theme, the Pens’ offense is performing like healthcare.gov.
Here’s what sticks out:
The Penguins have now gone three games without an even-strength goal.
That is just a troubling stat. Teams are taking away the Pens’ bread and butter. It’s clear the Pens haven’t changed much in terms of attack, and it’s hard to tell if the book is out or if the Pens just aren’t executing. We’ve all been down this road before. People will get jammed about Bylsma, then the Pens will win like 10 in a row, and people will talk shit, etc.
Dumping and chasing is great, but when it fails, yikes. If unsuccessful dumps counted as turnovers, Pens would lead the league.
There are a few questions to ask after this game:
1. Is it time to break up Kunitz/Crosby/Dupuis? Minus the first 19 seconds of the game, the line did nothing. Dupuis hasn’t done anything offensively, and we’re getting close to 20 games here.
2. How in the hell can Malkin be jump-started? Even with Neal back, Malkin can't find the back of the net. He’s showing more and more flashes of his usual self. It’s just a matter of time.
Good news: The Pens have tons of time to figure this out. Every team goes through this shit.
Bad news: The Pens’ schedule is getting increasingly tougher.