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?
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?
Olli Maatta. Many of you are probably thinking of him as a slow moving turnover machine. Well don’t. Maatta has been the target of many bad comments and fans haven’t treated him fairly. He set his expectations high after a superb rookie season where he scored nine goals and 20 assists. After that, Maatta was plagued with multiple long term injuries including a battle with … Continue reading Maatta Improving His Game
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
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a log-jam on defense. As of July 26, just over two months until the 2017-2018 season begins, the Penguins currently have 9 defensemen that could possibly make the roster come October. This begs the question, which defensemen will be left off the team and which will be the odd men out? The Keepers To me, there are four defensemen that are … Continue reading Odd Men Out
It’s been 25 days since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup (again) followed by the victory parade and I am riding just as high as I hope many Pens fans still are. I was in attendance at the 2016 parade and had the time of my life for numerous reasons. While I wasn’t able to make it to this years 2017 parade, having some beers … Continue reading What Penguins Would Have Fun Days With Cup?
Overtime, Game 7; these are the games as hockey fans we love. Thursday night, the Penguins defeated the Senators 3-2 in double overtime to clinch their bid to the Stanley Cup Finals vs the Nashville Predators. The game winning goal coming from 37-year-old Chris Kunitz, which was his second goal of the night. This entire playoff, and regular season has been filled with unsung heroes. … Continue reading Unsung Heroes
The Pens are coming off a 7-0 blow out against the Senators notching back to back winning efforts. Notice that the defense is getting a scoring touch here. Olli Maatta himself has scored the first goals in the past few games. But man has he come up big for the Pens during the playoffs. He has been playing solid minutes for the team and remains effective. … Continue reading Olli Maatta Beginning To Return To Form
The Penguins are again bitten by the injury bug. It seems year after year the Penguins must overcome these injuries. But it’s even worse this year after stars like Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have been out longer term. Now with depth almost not there, how do the Pens overcome the injuries? Well that’s the question to be answered. The Penguins can also be lucking out … Continue reading Will Injuries Hamper The Pens’ Chances?
The Penguins will need to make some tough decisions for the expansion draft. Regardless, they’ll be losing a quality player. Continue reading Taking A Look At The Expansion Draft