The Pittsburgh Penguins head to Winnipeg in the first time in forever to face to reborn Jets. It's too bad that they're still essentially the same Thrashers team that fell apart last season. The Pens were 4-0 against the Thrashers in 2010-2011. They were the victorious opponent in the last game in Thrashers history and MikeComrie scored the final goal in Atlanta.
Gutsy effort by the Pens last night. The best way to describe everything going on right now is that everyone is just missing EvgeniMalkin and Sidney Crosby. Last year was one thing, but this year you can almost feel the letdown. And nothing can be done about it. Yeah, woe are Penguins fans, who have watched an elite player wearing the black and gold for the past 27 years. Regardless, there's a cloud of "meh" hanging around, evidenced by handfuls of fans leaving a 3-1 game with 6 minutes left. Just very strange.
Without all the cogs in the machine working, it is so hard to get a good feel for what each player can do. And it's hard to remind yourself that some guys may be facing matchups that they would not normally face. You really have to step back and think about that. And we're as guilty of this as anyone.
Basically, last night against Buffalo, the Pens almost staged a great comeback but fell a little short. Buffalo was on the second game of a back-to-back early in the season without their starting goaltender. Pens should've won this game, but they didn't.