Discussion in 'Pittsburgh Penguins' started by ColePens, Jan 4, 2019.
I love Murray and Letang playing on their top level more than I love my mother.
I wouldn’t go that far but if Murray is playing like this in the playoffs I think we are the Cup favorites. When we won the Cups Murray was a big reason for it. Getting top end goalie play has always been a factor in who wins the Cup.
Letang playing like a Norris defenseman brings this team to another level.
Really think this team has the makings to be as good as the first Cup team of the back to backs. It was hard going the second time without Letang. Too think that Cup team didn’t have Guentzel. I think this supporting cast can be better than that team. The scary thing is we are playing this good lately without Schultz. That is going to be like adding a top 4 defenseman to the team at the trade deadline. Schultz will have some games under his belt by that time. You also know JR will trade to upgrade something most likely by then. I was thinking Simon’s spot but he is looking better and better lately. Maybe Brassard? Although I still hold out hope he can produce at past levels.
I'm really gald to see Murray finally start to get back on track. He's so important for us to win another cup esp with that D.
The Pens are feelin it no question. Time to finally beat the Hawks!
I know you probably know who had the most goals and points for the Canadiens from 55-56 to 59-60 when they won 5 straight Cups...
Any guess who had the most penalty minutes?
The argument for Howe is a more complete game than Mario, along with longevity vs shortened career/injuries.
Please do not ever quote 5 straight cups from an era with six teams.
Can the Penguins overcome their fear of the blackhawks to keep the streak going?
My go to looked for sign of a long losing streak coming is when someone on the main boards asks if anyone can stop the Pens and you may as well award the Pens the cup now.
Hasn't happened yet, but give it time.
At that point I start looking who is available near the top of the draft this year.
duper still doing this team a solid 3 years later
Pennies beat the craps twice this year. Both games were hugely important - or null to the early point getters means zip crowd - Pens looked great both games.
One was incredibly early in the season one was just about the time this streak started. Penguins don't worry me, just get into the post.
With the way he's playing this season, I just hope Letang can manage to stay healthy. I guess that applies to Sid as well, but Letang's importance on defense is probably even more than Sid's up front.
Also, that LBI that Murray finally got put on the IR for must have been affecting his game badly. Because his turn around since he's returned is nothing short of phenomenal.
Looking at the box score...
Pearson only played 9 minutes even strength. Phil 10:33, Brass 11. Cullen's line played slightly more than them.
Speaking of Cullen, he should be getting a mandatory drug test in the morning.
If Johnson can somehow get to an even rating that would be something, pairing him with Petterson has done wonders for him.
A very solid 3rd pairing.
It's huge that the Malkin line is starting to score. Need that secondary scoring from them to keep this going.
Is Malkin really secondary scoring though? 1&2L are primary. Hell... so should 3L with this team.
However you wanna call it, it's good to see that line start to score.
I think Rust with Sid helps keep that line from getting hemmed in. It may not finish like we'd like, but they're pretty dominant.
Simon is finding his game. Leave it alone with Malkin and PH for now. Malkin doesn't look like trash anymore so that's good.
The third line isn't nearly as good as it should be, but as long as they occasionally score and make the opposition worry about them to some extent, they're a net positive.
I wanted Cullen here from the beginning back in 2015. Huge fan. But even I was convinced he was done earlier this year. Hopefully he can maintain this level, because we're back to having a clear advantage at center again if so. And that's even with Brassard's invisible act.
Really liking Pettersson. His possession numbers are decent enough, and he just....looks good. I dunno. One of those guys where the stats don't tell the whole story. Like Paul Martin or Dumo. Just so reliable back there.
Not really an act now is it. More like the traveling show.
"On paper" that third line should be really good. Pearson/Brassard/Kessel is as good as most teams' second lines. Heck, they'd probably be Arizona's top line. It's kind of disappointing that Brassard's not producing more with those two.
But as long as the other lines are clicking and that line can chip in on occasion, it's one of the reasons I'm fine with not moving on from Brassard. That line still has the potential to break out in the playoffs and be the kind of difference maker HBK was for us in 2016.
Oh no. Ohhhhhh no.
It wont happen with Brassard.
This team is rolling people up like carpet.
Who is going to sit when Schultz is coming back, because Pettersson looks great?
Something like this
Dumoulin - Letang
Pettersson - Schultz
Maatta - Johnson
Separate names with a comma.