Henry Hank wrote:I don't have a problem with Goligoski not playing in the NHL, I think his D is pretty weak at this stage and could use more work. The team needs to tighten up on D so he's a logical guy to scratch when you have other offensively talented guys available. I don't like him just sitting in the press box, though. It wouldn't be bad for him to go back down and play big minutes for a little while in the AHL, plus it provides some cap relief. That's one thing that's kind of puzzled me. As far as I know, they never told him to move out of the hotel so I don't know what they're keeping him around for if he's not going to play.
Henry Hank wrote:True, I forgot that Orpik's out. I think it's inevitable that he goes down, although I've been saying that all season. If everyone's healthy when Gonchar's back, they're up to nine defensemen. Something will have to give with a couple of them, I'd guess.
lifetimefan wrote:He has been a top performer on the PP. He has been relatively solid defensively.
Draftnik wrote:The empty net goals for and against need to be stripped out to provide meaningful context. Typically Crosby, Malkin, and somebody else (1, 2, or 3) are out when the Pens are playing against or with an empty net so it kind of evens out for the Forwards. On D though it is usually Whitney as the only Dman with the Pens empty net during the big losing patch. When the Pens are playing against the empty net Scuds probably picked up a few +/- since MT has defensive Dmen out to protect the 1 or 2 goal lead. Gogo probably lost a couple of +/- because he probably was the lone Dman in Whitney's role when the Pens played with an open net during Whitney's absence.