Five keys for the Penguins to win game six

1. Steady Defense It is not a surprise that the Penguins defense has not been playing all that well these playoffs, and more specifically, this series. With that being said, that doesn’t mean the team’s D-core is weak, but rather they aren’t playing as well as they can. For the Pens to win game six, the defense needs to make smarter pinches, get the puck … Continue reading Five keys for the Penguins to win game six

Potential Third-Line Center Options

It seems like a tradition at this point to talk about third line center options for the Penguins. Yes they acquired Riley Sheahan, but from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like he is going to be the spark they needed. A spark that is desperately needed. I’ve been a firm believer that there should be no drastic moves or changes made, as it … Continue reading Potential Third-Line Center Options

Reaves’ Impact Felt Immediately

While most Penguins fans watched the tail end of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft First Round to see which prospect their team would pick, most were greeted with the surprise news that the Penguins made a trade for known tough guy, Ryan Reaves.  The reactions to the trade that sent Oskar Sundqvist and the Penguins’ first round pick to the Blues for Reaves and their … Continue reading Reaves’ Impact Felt Immediately

Offseason Player Grades: Olli Maatta

Regular Season Stats GP:55  G:1  A:6  PTS:7  +/-:17  PIM:12 Playoff Stats GP: 25  G:2  A:6  PTS: 8 +/-:8  PIM:12 Player Grade (B-) I gave Olli Maatta a B- mainly because his play from game to game was that of a rollercoaster. During the beginning of the year he did not look good, but after his injury he looked a little better. Once the playoffs rolled … Continue reading Offseason Player Grades: Olli Maatta

Realistic Third Line Center Options

Ever since the news of Nick Bonino’s departure to the Nashville Predators, Penguins fans and media have all been buzzing about who the Penguins new third line center would be. Right off the bat names such as Matt Duchene, Jordan Staal, and Tyler Bozak were thrown out there with dream scenario trade proposals involving those players coming from every angle of the media. However, after recent … Continue reading Realistic Third Line Center Options

Offseason Player Grades: Ian Cole

Regular Season Stats GP:81, G:5, A:21, PTS:26, +/-:26, PIM:72 Playoff Stats GP:25, G:0, A:9, PTS:9, +/-:2, PIM:22 Player Grade (A+) Ian Cole may be the most underrated Penguins on the team this past year. Cole flew under the radar for most of the year with his exceptional defensive play and tremendous PK skills. But after these playoffs he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. … Continue reading Offseason Player Grades: Ian Cole

Offseason Player Grades: Chris Kunitz

Regular Season Stats GP:71  G:9  A:20  PTS:29  +/-:0  PIM:36 Playoff Stats GP:20  G:2  A:9  PTS:11 +/- 6 PIM:27 Player Grade: B I gave Chris Kunitz a B based on how well he did in the role he was given this season.  Because he is aging Kunitz took on a bottom six role for most of the season, he occasionally played a top six role.  He … Continue reading Offseason Player Grades: Chris Kunitz