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?

The case of Kris Letang and standing out

Kris Letang gets his share of criticism from fans and yes, sometimes he stands out like a sore thumb. The point isn’t the sore thumb part though. The point is he stands out. You can have a long, successful career by being safe. Keeping things simple generally means no mistakes. Its low risk, low reward. Those types of consistent players are important. However, winning consistently … Continue reading The case of Kris Letang and standing out

Giroux’s elbow – more than just a cheap shot

My original take on the Claude Giroux collision with Kris Letang is that it was an unfortunate accident. https://twitter.com/letstalkpens/status/984950155450486786 I now take it back. I want it stricken from the record. The statement is still true in a way, but my reasoning is now completely different. I always thought Giroux saw Letang coming. I always thought he did lean into the impact a little. I … Continue reading Giroux’s elbow – more than just a cheap shot

Flavell: While the Penguins lose some battles, they’ll never lose this war

Look past this 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday night and chalk it up in the “practice round” column. Ask yourself: Can the Penguins actually somehow lose to the Capitals in a seven game series? Haha! I laughed, too. There’s the whole cliche that you shouldn’t overlook your opponent ever. The Penguins don’t do that come playoff time and they surely won’t begin … Continue reading Flavell: While the Penguins lose some battles, they’ll never lose this war

Taking a Closer Look at Kris Letang

With the Penguins on their league-mandated bye week, we have some time to reflect over the Penguins first 44 games. They went into the break on a high note, winning back to back games against the Islanders and Bruins respectively. The 42 games before that were hard to swallow. A big part of the Penguins’ issues have been the performance of their stars. The brightest spot … Continue reading Taking a Closer Look at Kris Letang

The Best and Worst of The Penguins in One Night

On Sunday night, the Penguins won a rollercoaster of a game against the Boston Bruins 6-5 in overtime. The Bruins were fresh off a 7-1 victory in Boston against the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that the Penguins just can’t seem to figure out. This game had potential to be very good and very bad and we got exactly that. The best (and worst) of both … Continue reading The Best and Worst of The Penguins in One Night

Is Trading Letang Actually A Good Thing?

Before I get into my point, I want to make a public disclaimer: I am not necessarily on the “trade Letang” bandwagon. So if you tweet at me claiming I am stupid for wanting to get rid of Letang, I will not respond because it is clear you only read the title. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, is trading Letang something … Continue reading Is Trading Letang Actually A Good Thing?

Is It Time To Panic Yet?

No. 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, … Continue reading Is It Time To Panic Yet?

What Is Wrong With Kris Letang? 

It’s no secret that Kristopher Letang has been…subpar in his first sixteen games of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kris Letang. I’ve defended him a lot over the years because he’s one of my favorite players, but his play recently has been nothing short of God awful. Now when you look at the numbers they look fine really. 11 points in 16 … Continue reading What Is Wrong With Kris Letang? 

Penguins Physicality Not What You Might Think

On October 6, after a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan asked for more physicality from his players. Physical play has been a point of contention for years in Pittsburgh as superstar veterans Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and especially Sidney Crosby have been the victims of some “liberties” dished out by opposing players who have little retribution … Continue reading Penguins Physicality Not What You Might Think