On Saturday, the Penguins witnessed yet another defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.
It got me thinking to when was the last time the Penguins actually won a game against Chicago. It turns out it’s a dark place in the history of the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin era.
Going back to when Crosby entered the league, the Penguins and Blackhawks have met 16 times. The Penguins have only managed to win four of those sixteen meetings. When it feels like we haven’t beaten Chicago in forever it’s because we haven’t. The last time the Penguins bested the Blackhawks was in 2014. That was also the year of the horrendous Stadium Series game at Soldier Field. But it doesn’t stop there.
The last eight games have seen the Penguins fall to the Blackhawks with their offensive production being lackluster as well.
In the last 10 times these teams have played, the total Goals For is 29 for Chicago and 12 for Pittsburgh. They are more than doubling the Penguins in goals.
When you look at the numbers, it’s no surprise this team hasn’t gotten this monkey off its back in the last 8 contests. It’s like they forget everything except fine dining and breathing once they hit the ice against Chicago.
This culture of being tortured by a single team needs to end along with a lot of growing trends this Penguins team is setting (bad in-zone defense, not capitalizing on chances, inconsistent scoring, etc.).
Something to keep in mind during this stretch of rough play is, you need to make the playoffs to three-peat. Everyone thinks we are a lock for playoffs but does this team look like a playoff contender right now? Recuperate, get things rolling, make a move player wise, find that offensive production you once had and show that this team has the ability to do the impossible. They have the tools and means necessary to get the wheels back on the wagon.