Digitalgypsy66 wrote:Nice post. Optimism is nice.
The Pens have a penchant for making average goalies look like Vezina candidates.
Froggy wrote:It's way to early to tell at this point. I would like to see how we hang with NYR or montreal at this point in the season. With an intact defense, I'd think that you'd have to list us at, or certainly near the top. Right now, our goaltending had been solid in every game, but we are still maddeningly inconsistent in every other aspect of our game. Part of this is waiting for the new faces to gel with the rest of the team, and another part of this is that we're throwing out a couple of inexperienced D-men to try to fill the shoes of a perrenial all-star. I think as-is, we're a pretty good team with some consistency problems, and a young defense. With Gonchar & Whit back, I don't really see any holes in our lineup.
pensfan20 wrote: Last night Boston did a great job shutting down Sid and Geno and we got a lucky bounce that ended up being Satan's goal.
shmenguin wrote:pensfan20 wrote: Last night Boston did a great job shutting down Sid and Geno and we got a lucky bounce that ended up being Satan's goal.
sid and geno had PLENTY of chances last night. just because they couldn't convert on most of them doesn't mean boston shut them down.
Doogs wrote:We are a good team, and we're going to get better...yes, but we are CONSISTENTLY giving up leads and that is not good.
PensFanInDC wrote:7 games into the season. We are 4-2-1 with 9 points good for 2nd in the division and 5th in the conference. Our goal differential is +1. We have the 9th best PP and 10th best PK. The scoring leader resides on our team and his current linemate is tied for 3rd. All of this without our top 2 defensemen. It is VERY early into this season but I think we are one of the best teams in the NHL. That team just hasn't had the chance to come out yet.
There are several factors outside of skill that can determine the quality of hockey a team plays. 2 of those factors are chemistry and luck.
Luck certainly has not been on our side.
*We lose our #1 and #2 Dmen for significant periods of time to start the season. Talk about bad luck. Most teams would be happy with 1 win in 7 without their #1 and #2.
*2 own goals off of defensive sticks with plenty of other deflections toward the net. It's been pretty crazy to see the amount of pucks going off Penguin defenders towards their own net. Thankfully only 2 have gone in.
*Posts and desperation saves. Our top scorers have been plagued by hitting posts and goaltenders making amazing desperation saves (see CuJo on Malkin).
*Fans know that luck, as a part of the game, changes. A team usually does not experience bad luck all year. When it changes for the better, things speed up in a hurry.
The Chemistry will come
*There are 8 new faces on the team this year and 6 (off the top of my head) have departed from last years roster.
*We had a short training camp (10 days) before going to Sweeden. Not a lot of time to help gain some chemistry.
*The team has yet to embark on a good N. American road trip to do some bonding. I remember Sid saying last year that those trips were really good for team building.
*Satan still has 4 goals in 7 games on a new team. (oh and Hossa only has 1g so far)
I think that this team, once the luck changes and the chemistry clicks, will begin tearing up this league. We will only get better with the return of Whitney in December/January. We have points in 5 of 7 games already and if we can continue to gain points without our 2 best Dmen then we are in great shape to make the playoffs and welcome back a rested Gonchar for a playoff push. Yes, I do understand that Gonch won't be 100% until next season but having him out there will be a big lift to a team that should already be flying at the time.
newarenanow wrote:This is the worst team I have seen since 1983.