I'm a bit angry too with the way the Pens have been playing the last three weeks or so. However, it's an 82 game campaign, and the Penguins still have 48 games, well over half the season, to pull things together and get going. A month ago, we all thought we were big-time Cup contenders, but since we've had this little slide, a lot of people are getting pretty down.
The team is not playing well, no, and they don't have that much forward depth. But remember, this will not be our playoff roster. In RS we must trust, and he will pull through, as will the team. Not to mention a lot of players have been hurt and are just getting their legs back under them now, and there are more players (key guys like Gonchar, Kennedy, Zigomanis) who will be back in due time.
Last year, the Penguins had a funk like this around November-December, but they pulled out of it and made some moves to put them over the top and catapult to the Stanley Cup Finals.
I'm ticked too, but this talk that the Penguins will miss the playoffs, and that they can't compete with a team like Philly or the Rangers in a seven game series is kind of asinine. Remember, the Rags won't have shootouts to save them once the playoffs begin, and when the Pens play the Flyers, Bruins, or Habs, we've seen that it is really any given day.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Go Pens.