Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

It’s the season (or offseason) of hot takes. This is why I’m going to provide you with a not-so-hot take: Matt Hunwick may not be as bad as your eye test says. Stick with me. I know that’s a tough sentence to stomach. It’ll be okay. Let me explain. Hunwick cracked the opening night line up playing on a third line pairing with Olli Maatta. The pair … Continue reading Flavell: Let’s pump the breaks on Matt Hunwick

What to takeaway from “break-up day”

The Penguins’ break up day comes with a bit more somber of a tone than the previous two season after their second round loss to the Washington Capitals. The previous couple seasons were more cheerful and celebrating. This season had the disappointment and a few interesting quotes from the legendary Jim Rutherford. Let’s delve in and see what we can take away heading into next season. … Continue reading What to takeaway from “break-up day”

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

COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

I’m starting this column off with a disclaimer: This is a Penguins site (non-affiliated). We talk about the Penguins or things related to the Penguins 99% of the time here. Most of us here are hockey fans. This column isn’t coming from a Penguins fan. It’s coming from a hockey fan. The NHL has a serious problem. The league’s priorities are way out of whack. … Continue reading COLUMN: A Zero Tolerance Policy is a Must

Former Penguins can’t help current team

Shut up about the Vegas Golden Knights. Not about the great story of an expansion team reaching excellence on the rest of the league’s mistakes. Tell that to everybody – it’s awesome. No, stopping bringing up the former Penguins on that team like they could be the savior to all our problems. “Fleury would have saved that”. “Wilson wouldn’t be running around like a spineless … Continue reading Former Penguins can’t help current team

What needs to be fixed for Penguins to comeback?

For only the second time in Matt Murray‘s career, he lost consecutive playoff games. And for the first time in a long time, Murray isn’t the same goalie the Penguins have effusively praised and enjoyed over their past two Stanley Cup runs. His .906 save percentage isn’t horrible although it’s far from inspiring but he isn’t necessarily the problem right now. What are some things the Penguins … Continue reading What needs to be fixed for Penguins to comeback?

Depth scoring the key to making another deep run

In this era of Penguins history, it is common to lean on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to lead the team to glory. The strategy has worked perfectly in the championship runs of 2009 and 2017 where the superstars combined for 67 and 55 points respectively. Both runs saw the duo outscore their next teammate by wide margins and ultimately will their team to the … Continue reading Depth scoring the key to making another deep run