It seems that most Penguins fans have already thrown in the towel. Many think the Penguins are already too far down in some sort of inevitable decline. I’ve seen countless tweets from fans saying that they are going to pay less attention to hockey because the Penguins aren’t good anymore, and are already out of cup contention.
The Stanley Cup isn’t won in November, and it certainly isn’t lost in November, (unless you’re the Coyotes).
At this time in the 2015-2016 season, anyone who was paying attention to hockey would have laughed at the thought that the Penguins would have been so dominant in the playoffs and won the Cup later that season. But they did.Sidney Crosby got out of his slump, they found above average goal-tending in a rookie, and many other things to make it to the Finals. All of this happened in February or later.
It’s November. Do you expect the Penguins to be in Playoff form already?Crosby just had one of the most successful 12 months a hockey player could possibly have so it’s okay if he doesn’t play like the best player in the league for a few weeks It‘s still early in the season. Steve Dangle summedit up perfectly about 1 minutes and 20 seconds into his latest LFR.
“13 of those games have been on the road. So for those who have been chirpingSidney Crosby for having a slow start to the season. Buckle up because he’s about to ruin your life.” – https://twitter.com/Steve_Dangle
It’s not like the Penguins season has been bad so far, either. They are currently in a playoff spot for goodness sake and have a .500 win percentage. It’s not the end of the world like twitter seems to think.
Although, their play thus far is cause for concern, it seems to be turning around.
The Penguins played a great game against the Predators. Honestly, they didn’t deserve to come out of that game with only 1 point. They were getting shots on net, and were dominant for all but 5 or 10 minutes of that game. If the OT would have lasted a few minutes longer, (and the refs hadn’t called that nonsense tripping call) the Penguins would have undoubtedly put the puck behind Pekka Rinne.
The Penguins were in the Predators zone for pretty much all of the 5 minute 3–on–3 overtime. Backup goalie,Tristan Jarry, looked much better than his stat line shows in his 2 starts, both on back to back nights, and both needed more than 60 minutes to decide. It seems as if Jarry was the backup goalie the Penguins have been looking for.
Although their roster is starting to come together, I don’t think this is a Stanley Cup winning team, yet. General Manager Jim Rutherford knows it.
It was leaked that when it seemed that the 3-way Matt Duchene trade had fallen through, the Penguins made an offer. I don’t think that the Penguins are satisfied with their center depth even with the recent acquisition of Riley Sheahan from the Detroit Red Wings. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see several decent sized deals benefiting center depth and/or defensive depth before the trade deadline in February
Now,Kris Letang has had a VERY slow start. He can’t seem to catch a break. Bad play after bad play, bad decision after bad decision, I could go on and on about him. He didn’t look as bad against the Predators as he had in previous games, but he still wasn’t great.
The great thing about elite players likeLetang is that they are, well, very good. He won’t stay in this slump forever. It may be a while, and it may take him being sat for a few games for him to get back on track. I don’t know how or when, but he will get out of this slump.
All in all, the Penguins haven’t looked like their normal back-to-back champion, offensive juggernaut selves recently. But that does not mean that the season is over for the Penguins, if anything, it’s just getting started.