Not really. During this 10-0-2 stretch, the Pens have killed penalties at a 82.1% rate. The middle of the pack teams are all killing penalties at about that rate. How is that killing them? They've been doing a decent job of killing penalties since Eaton came back. My expectation for this season was that the PK would be middle of the pack, so they're meeting my expectations lately.
Players like Moore, Ruutu, Petrovicky, etc were brough in as PKers to play the PK. Reason, we were trying to make guys into PKers instead of using guys that were actually really good at it. So what happened... they decided to use Armstong, Malone, etc on the PK indtead of the guys with a good track record. Not saying that Armstrong and Staal, etc are bad... they are just guys trying to be good PKers as opposed to ACTUALLY being good PKers. I hope I got that across right...
Only Moore was really known for his penalty killing. Ruutu killed some in Vancouver but wasn't a go-to guy. Petro's never been known for his penalty killing. And really, you're not even right because Moore and Ruutu ARE being used on the PK. Moore's fourth among forwards in averaging 2:27 of PK time a game. Ruutu is only getting 41 seconds a game, but again, he was never a big time penalty killer. I don't get what's wrong with using guys like Armstrong and Malone. I wouldn't say they're just trying to be good. I'd say they ARE good.
The Pens' PK problems typically seem to stem from not being able to defend around the net. That's mostly on the defense. That's simply the flaw of our D. Eaton, Scuderi, Melichar, and Nasreddine are all good with their sticks but aren't physically imposing. Neither are Gonchar or Whitney. Guess what, those are the defensemen we've used on the PK.
The PK is not a strength but not the weakness it was last year. It's been pretty solid lately. I'd expect that to continue as long as Eaton stays healthy. In the offseason, this is an area to continue to improve, especially from the defensive end.