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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:05 pm 
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Big win, exciting win!

Amazed the Rue made such a big difference. I guess Hunwick is that bad. They have a problem if they keep playing him.


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
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Jobus Rum wrote:
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How about that Crosby comes through

Tough win!

Much needed win.

yes!! definitely...


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
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Suwanee88 wrote:
Big win, exciting win!

Amazed the Rue made such a big difference. I guess Hunwick is that bad. They have a problem if they keep playing him.



He is.

11 of 17 goals against he was once the ice in that 3 game losing streak.

The second part of JR's terrible offseason. Fortunately, like Reaves before him, the Penguins can hit him up with a healthy scratch. To think, if JR wouldn't have done a damn thing this offseason in regards to acquisitions, this team would still has Cole as depth.

What also helped in the game yesterday was Sullivan actually made a decent 4th line. Surprising!


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:39 pm 
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Hacksaw Jim Duggan wrote:
Suwanee88 wrote:
Big win, exciting win!

Amazed the Rue made such a big difference. I guess Hunwick is that bad. They have a problem if they keep playing him.



He is.

11 of 17 goals against he was once the ice in that 3 game losing streak.

The second part of JR's terrible offseason. Fortunately, like Reaves before him, the Penguins can hit him up with a healthy scratch. To think, if JR wouldn't have done a damn thing this offseason in regards to acquisitions, this team would still has Cole as depth.

What also helped in the game yesterday was Sullivan actually made a decent 4th line. Surprising!


Sheahan and Sheary had chemistry when they were part of the 3rd line. Kuhn is acceptable playing 3rd wheel in that spot but would of course rather have Zar or sprong in his spot

Defense concerns me more than anything, but hopefully ruh fixes it


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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
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What concerns me most is how Sidney Crosby looks like a 45-year-old father taking a Saturday skate with his son out there. I think I can cut my turns harder than he has been at this point, and I haven't skated in 5 years. I'm really hoping he's cruising and saving himself for the playoffs.

This stretch reminds me a lot of the Pens 2 years ago under Sullivan. They've had significant roster turnover in that every line is pretty new since the TDL. It took about five games for the team to "adjust" to Sullivan as their coach two years ago. With a new third line center, backup goalies in, transitions on D without Cole, and a new feel to every line, this team needs to build some chemistry and continuity. Hopefully we've seen the last of Hunwick and Rowney.


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Hopefully we've seen the last of Hunwick and Rowney.


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I think Crosby is nursing his energy.

49 extra games in the last two years...it takes a toll.

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Jeemie wrote:
I think Crosby is nursing his energy.

49 extra games in the last two years...it takes a toll.


22 goals in 66 games isn't good enough for the best player in the world. His shot average is down and he hasn't taken many games over this year like he has done consistently in the past.

If he is 'nursing' his energy then he is cheating his team mates.
And what about Malkin and Kessel?
Kessel carried this team early on when the other two franchise pieces were struggling(or in Crosby's case nursing it). Now Malkin has been the hottest player in the league for over two months and he is getting MVP chatter for it.
How come they aren't 'nursing' it?
Malkin and Kessel played just as many extra games the past two seasons and Kessel hasn't missed a game in years.

The Pens are in a playoff race with two teams that don't look like they will falter. We need Crosby, our best player, to play better if we are to over take Philly and Washington.


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fractalsteel wrote:
Jeemie wrote:
I think Crosby is nursing his energy.

49 extra games in the last two years...it takes a toll.


22 goals in 66 games isn't good enough for the best player in the world. His shot average is down and he hasn't taken many games over this year like he has done consistently in the past.

If he is 'nursing' his energy then he is cheating his team mates.
And what about Malkin and Kessel?
Kessel carried this team early on when the other two franchise pieces were struggling(or in Crosby's case nursing it). Now Malkin has been the hottest player in the league for over two months and he is getting MVP chatter for it.
How come they aren't 'nursing' it?
Malkin and Kessel played just as many extra games the past two seasons and Kessel hasn't missed a game in years.

The Pens are in a playoff race with two teams that don't look like they will falter. We need Crosby, our best player, to play better if we are to over take Philly and Washington.


Fair points, but Sid's game has always been borne from digging pucks out of the corners or going to the dirty areas with high traffic. Last month when we were all wringing our hands about the Pens possibly falling out of a playoff picture he turned the jets on. Now that we've solidified our spot, I think he's trying to conserve energy and avoid the unnecessary punishment of the regular season.

He'll be fine. His track record indicates as such


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I guess we see it differently to a degree.

I know this though, if Malkin only had 22 goals in 66 games there would be a flood of voices on this board ostracizing his play.

And the Pens resurgence towards the playoffs since January has been fueled more so by Malkin than any other player on the team.


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fractalsteel wrote:
I guess we see it differently to a degree.

I know this though, if Malkin only had 22 goals in 66 games there would be a flood of voices on this board ostracizing his play.

And the Pens resurgence towards the playoffs since January has been fueled more so by Malkin than any other player on the team.


Eh, Malkin's slumps are often accompanied by horrible penalties and moronic play, which is where I think a lot of the anger comes from. He goes from being arguable the most dangerous player in the world at his best, to arguably being a detriment to the team at his worst.

Sid goes from being the best in the world to just being human for stretches.


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fractalsteel wrote:
Jeemie wrote:
I think Crosby is nursing his energy.

49 extra games in the last two years...it takes a toll.


22 goals in 66 games isn't good enough for the best player in the world. His shot average is down and he hasn't taken many games over this year like he has done consistently in the past.

If he is 'nursing' his energy then he is cheating his team mates.
And what about Malkin and Kessel?
Kessel carried this team early on when the other two franchise pieces were struggling(or in Crosby's case nursing it). Now Malkin has been the hottest player in the league for over two months and he is getting MVP chatter for it.
How come they aren't 'nursing' it?
Malkin and Kessel played just as many extra games the past two seasons and Kessel hasn't missed a game in years.

The Pens are in a playoff race with two teams that don't look like they will falter. We need Crosby, our best player, to play better if we are to over take Philly and Washington.


Flyers have now lost three in a row, and while they were winning before, they were against slightly lesser teams and they weren’t looking like world-beatersin those wins.

They may indeed falter.

Washington is 4-5 in its last nine. Who knows with them?

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 Post subject: Re: Pens vs. Isles
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fractalsteel wrote:
I guess we see it differently to a degree.

I know this though, if Malkin only had 22 goals in 66 games there would be a flood of voices on this board ostracizing his play.

And the Pens resurgence towards the playoffs since January has been fueled more so by Malkin than any other player on the team.


Eh, Malkin's slumps are often accompanied by horrible penalties and moronic play, which is where I think a lot of the anger comes from. He goes from being arguable the most dangerous player in the world at his best, to arguably being a detriment to the team at his worst.

Sid goes from being the best in the world to just being human for stretches.


I can agree with some of this to a degree.
What irks me is the notion that Crosby might be saving himself for the playoff run. I don't know if it is true or not but we need Crosby at his best right now.
And let's be honest about this season until now-Kessel carried the team until January then Malkin took over and played what is most likely the best two month period of his career.

Looking back at the last two Cup runs it has been 81/87 and 71 who carried the load(along with a few periphery guys as well). It's not like Crosby went Lemieux during either run.


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fractalsteel wrote:
Louis Lipps Service wrote:
fractalsteel wrote:
I guess we see it differently to a degree.

I know this though, if Malkin only had 22 goals in 66 games there would be a flood of voices on this board ostracizing his play.

And the Pens resurgence towards the playoffs since January has been fueled more so by Malkin than any other player on the team.


Eh, Malkin's slumps are often accompanied by horrible penalties and moronic play, which is where I think a lot of the anger comes from. He goes from being arguable the most dangerous player in the world at his best, to arguably being a detriment to the team at his worst.

Sid goes from being the best in the world to just being human for stretches.


I can agree with some of this to a degree.
What irks me is the notion that Crosby might be saving himself for the playoff run. I don't know if it is true or not but we need Crosby at his best right now.
And let's be honest about this season until now-Kessel carried the team until January then Malkin took over and played what is most likely the best two month period of his career.

Looking back at the last two Cup runs it has been 81/87 and 71 who carried the load(along with a few periphery guys as well). It's not like Crosby went Lemieux during either run.


Yeah, I definitely don't think he's "saving himself" or anything like that.

And like I've said before, I don't buy the "tired because of too many games over the past 3 seasons" one bit. Like you mentioned, that doesn't seem to be affecting Malkin or Kessel at all. And if Kessel isn't playing tired, I don't know how the hell a guy with Sid's training regimen could be.

And had we last in the playoffs last year a round or two earlier last season, no one would be suggesting that fatigue is a factor. So do those 14 games make that much of a difference? I highly doubt it.


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