scals37 wrote: The U wrote:
kirk wrote:Time to be somewhat realistic: The Pens have been a team with Sid, Geno, a good third line, and timely goaltending. At the same time, their "scoring" forwards wouldn't be on a scoring line on any cup caliber or even very good team. The defense is without a top pairing defenseman (Orpik-Letang is a 3/4 pairing being asked to play 1/2 minutes). And, then, with Fleury out, there's the goaltending. Finally, with TK out, you don't even have that third line.
Take a look at this roster that took the ice tonight. You've got Sid and Geno playing 2 versus Buffalo hockey, because the support-- which was barely adequate-- is just completely lacking. There's only so much that they can do when your most consistent winger is injured and even less when that winger is Tyler Kennedy.
Perhaps the return of Whitney will help to rectify some of this (part of the problem is no transition game). But, there's just nothing on the wings right now.
P.S.: Mike Yeo might rank as the worst power play coach in the NHL. Is there some league rule that doesn't allow players on the power play to move unless it is the back door or to chase a rebound?
100% right on.
you know what.... when your team is capable of winning these type of games, saying that is only sugar coating the fact that we could have and should have won tonight..... this team isnt that different from last week when we seemed to be capable of beating anyone cause of the depth and youth...
1. No TK = Less effective third line (one that doesn't keep the puck in the offensive zone and establish momentum).
2. Notwithstanding what he was doing a week ago, there's a reason that Sabourin makes 500K per year.
The Pens were a team on a hot streak being carried by Sid, Geno, a good third line, Orpik/Letang-- a true 3/4-- impersonating a 1/2 pairing, and Sabourin impersonating a starting goalie. What we're seeing now is the ups and downs associated with a team that, given tonight's roster, would be the worst team in the NHL without Sid and Geno.
Again, take out Sid and Geno and three players being asked to do a lot more than they would be doing under ordinary circumstances (Staal, Orpik, Letang). Name another player who even would have a roster place in Boston or San Jose or Detroit.