Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Regular Season Stats: 82 GP, 22 G, 26 A, 48 PTS, -9 Postseason Stats: 12 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 PTS, +10 Defining Moment This one seems to be a pretty easy one for the youngster, right? The game six clincher against the Philadelphia Flyers was the defining moment for Guentzel in this season’s chase for a three-peat. Jake Guentzel had been very inconsistent on the season … Continue reading Player grades: Jake Guentzel

Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

It’s such a weird feeling. The playoffs go on without the Penguins for the first time in two seasons. Emptiness fills your heart and the feeling of a longer offseason sucks. But, looking back on it, this just seemed like the storybook ending. The Penguins have tortured Braden Holtby and the Capitals over these Stanley Cup triumphant seasons. It was the fourth meeting between Sidney Crosby and Alex … Continue reading Flavell: The inevitable was bound to happen

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

Michael Grabner is the piece the Penguins need

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has himself an interesting six days ahead as he looks for way to improve a team that’s done nothing but win since the calendar changed to 2018. For one, the Penguins need for an another center is paramount. While Riley Sheahan seemingly has played his way into the third-line center, an upgrade is needed. Whether that comes in the form … Continue reading Michael Grabner is the piece the Penguins need

The curious case of Jake Guentzel

Last postseason, the Penguins got to see the true potency of Jake Guentzel‘s shot as he led all postseason goal scorers. It was an incredible feat for the rookie. He scored 29 goals in 65 games between the regular season and postseason. This season has been a struggle for Guentzel. He is sitting at 16 goals, his total in 40 games last season, through the first … Continue reading The curious case of Jake Guentzel

Young guys possess veteran traits

The young guns of the Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t long learning from the veterans about winning. Two Stanley Cups in two seasons means most of the up and comers don’t know what losing is. Watching Sidney Crosby every day must be a great motivator. Conor Sheary skates low with the leg strength style and passing vision of captain Crosby. Bryan Rust has the sheer determination of … Continue reading Young guys possess veteran traits

COLUMN: Things Are Beginning To Click

The Penguins took down the Islanders on Thursday evening and what a big win it was. They gave the Islanders a point, something that doesn’t look good now but will be meaningless in the long run if things continue the way they are. The guys are clicking right now. Even despite the loss of Justin Schultz to a lower body injury, they were able to … Continue reading COLUMN: Things Are Beginning To Click

Penguins’ Improvement At 5-on-5

When you work hard, eventually you get rewarded. As much as it’s hard to keep believing this when you’re not getting the bounces, it proves itself true time and time again. After slumping offensively by Pittsburgh standards for most of the season, Penguins players up and down the roster are finally being rewarded in spades. Sidney Crosby‘s non-controversial goal on November 24th against Boston explains … Continue reading Penguins’ Improvement At 5-on-5