Post-Game Talk: The Russian Bear Wakes Up - Pens Win!

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  1. dogthateats Registered User

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    It’s also kind of weird how Malkin has not taken any dumb penalties for the 1st time in his career and people still spin it as a negative against him.
     
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    Malkin still just doesn't look right to me this year. Call it conditioning or linemates or both or whatever you want but he just looks old. Old and slow.

    I don't think that would be fixed by any change in linemates. It's a Malkin problem. Maybe his legs are finally going and he needs to adjust how he plays to continue being effective. Or maybe he's just off to a slow start. Or maybe it's conditioning due to the unique circumstances covid have brought and him being unable to do his normal training routine.

    We have to hope it's not just age.

    Sid on the other hand still looks fine to me.
     
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    I think anyone that understands the concept of north south hockey would say that is the type of hockey Malkin plays and it is absurd to say otherwise.
     
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    Yeah, at this point I'd be putting Zucker with Blueger. However, I'm not sure who I'd want on the LW with Geno and Kap. I guess alternate with ZAR and DOC.
     
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    I think Zucker - Bleuger - ZAR is fine for a third line and that gives you Tanev - Malkin - Kapanen if we can’t break up L1.
     
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    Don’t think he’s really smartened up, he just seems largely uninvolved. Conditioning this offseason doesn’t look great.
     
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    If anything I'd say he just doesn't like the give the puck up.

    As for direction he'll go where ever he needs to maintain puck control.
     
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    Quite a bit tbh. Marchand and both Tkachuks come to mind right away.
     
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    And with the Powerplay being Terrible, Malkin hasn't been able to pick up some cheap points. Usaully he would still be PPG if he were playing poorly because he still got Powerplay points.
     
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    Ahhh yeah.. true true.. still a few.

    I can't see Cooke ever licking a mans face on the ice though...

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    When Marchand was going around doing that, I was really hoping someone would uppercut him mid-lick.
     
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    Malkin is one of the biggest culprits of the powerplay being terrible.

    Along with Crosby. Who to be fair to Geno is playing Geno's position where Geno would be better. Hard to tell what's more overrated - Geno's shot or Sid's decision-making on the PP. Probably the latter.

    Maybe a bomb slapshot when there was literally no time left to second-guess himself will cure Geno's slapper yips.
     
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    And we've reached another impasse. I guess I'll just stop watching since I don't understand north south hockey after decades watching the game of hockey. Come on. Malkin is not a north south player according to widely accepted definitions of that style and nothing you say on a message board is going to change that. You can't pigeon hole this player, he plays a unique style all over the ice and that's been his trademark since his earliest days playing for Metallurg. Don't get distracted by the flashy one on three drives up the ice.
     
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    This post is even funnier if you say it out loud...
     
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    I don't care how dialed in the first line may look, you have to swap Zucker and Guentzel. id rather have both lines at 8/10 than have the first at 10/10 and the second 2/10.
     
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    What I would do for a solid 4-0 or 5-1 win
     
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    The Power play has been good in pen's history during crosby malkin era when it is ran through crosby. Malkin is simply better at is than Crosby ever is or was. People here act like Crosby is have a great year. Crosby is not even top 20 in scoring. Come on yall
     
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    The powerplay never recovered from the loss of Gonchar. It was good when Kessel was here, it was great under Gonch. His point shot and PPQB abilities allowed the powerplay to run so much more efficiently
     
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    Zucker, to me, doesn't look like a prototypical skill guy who's overly creative. IMO, he's like a Pascal Dupuis but with an actual scoring touch.
     
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    I don't even know if I'd call it a scoring touch. He's kind of a garbage man... which is more than fine. But we're looking at yet another questionable fit for the top six owing to the Jake/Sid perma-duo.

    That line needs more hands/offensive IQ. Kap can be the chaotic energy element to that line. But they need a guy with some more reliable hands and can think the O-zone a bit better, there.

    That isn't to say there aren't flashes of promise re: Zuck and Malkin. But it's very intermittent. Like... Zucker had a couple good games and went last two without even a shot. Prior to his good games he was struggling. Etc. It's gonna keep going that way.
     
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    If you think GMR wouldn't work, all I can say is that it might be worth trying before we label Malkin old and defective and trade him for pennies on the dollar.

    This team has bungled more than enough "problem" assessments without losing a talent of Malkin's magnitude because of it too.
     
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    Zucker does have a very good shot though.
     
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    I'm sure he does. But I haven't seen much of it. I can't account for why... I would imagine it's all part of that line being a bad fit.
     
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    Sheary and Simon both played RW regularly here. When they were with Guentzel and Crosby, who do you think was playing RW?

    One of the arguments for Kapanen's relative struggles last year was that he was played on LW.
     
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