Our veterans actually play above avg like they're supposed to and contribute as well.
It's been few and far between that we've seen games where Gonchar, Recchi, and LeClair all played well. I wish this happened all season.
It's also amazing what can happen when the role playing guys actually are effective doing their jobs. The last two games Koltsov has been great, he's forechecked hard, killed penalties and blocked shots. That's all I ask him to do....just be effective and do something!
Malone has also decided to play hockey lately, which is nice to see.
It's also amazing what can happen when you dress the right players.
For example, I'll just throw this one out there.....Christensen over Endicott?? No Cross, no Odelein, Jackman dressing regularly.
It's also amazing what can happen when Crosby has someone to work with ie. Mark Recchi!
When the vets actually play the way they can, it takes a load of pressure off Crosby. He's not out there trying to do it all himself.
This team isn't as bad as their record shows...WHEN they want to play. The problem is, most teams might have one or two guys off their game each night...at the most. The Pens however seem to always have 6-8 guys a night off their game. This in turn creates the inconsistent play, which leads to the dismal record.
Hopefully the majority of our players will continue show up on the same night like we have for the past two.