Another reason I point to this idea is because the Pens start the game like angry dogs...get a lead...and then just kill the effort. Look at how many 2nd period goals they have allowed and how many they have for. That tells everything.
Serious question: do you think the Pens players intentionally coast after getting 1 or 2 goals in the first period?
I might say that isn't true at all. They are professionals, but more so they are humans and they want to win.
So, what else could it be? What happens after the first period? When coaches go into the intermission, and make adjustments to what's going on out there on the ice, right? What if the OTHER team is making adjustments, and then things change?
What is the Pens response? Do you think this might be the cause for the uneven performances, MORE than calling the Pens lazy?
Scott wrote:The Islanders game last night showed two things. Forget the score because every team has one of those games to forget.
It showed #1 the huge lack of interest the Pens seem to have right now. It showed about 4..maybe 5 guys that want to play. The rest were slow. They actually looked like and old team. Crazy I know because they are far from old. Some aren't even in the prime yet.
Again, instead of calling the Penguins lazy and questioning their work ethic.... what else could it be that makes guys look older than they are?
What if they are getting routed in certain tactical aspects of the game, and can't seem to get ANYTHING working in their favor? That sort of stuff can sap the "want to" right out of any player in sports. It's why losing teams often find it hard to turn the corner, when NOTHING they are doing is working.... What could be causing that? Assuming we aren't going to fall back on the shallow "they are lazy and aren't trying" mindset. Seriously, what could be causing a team to look unstable, shaky, almost resigned to losing, playing with doubts because everything they are trying to do out there is being countered.
Are you noticing a pattern yet?
The other glaring thing the game with the ISLE showed was how the PENS used to play the game. They used to play the game the way the Islanders played last night. Diving for pucks. Suffocating. Relentless in your face pressure. That was how the Pens used to play every night. They didn't win every game but they won most of them. They were a nightmare to play against.
What if you never get to the positions on the ice to "get in faces"? What if your strategies are being easily countered, aimlessly dumped in pucks are easily cleared by your opponents, your own D facing multiple hurdles to simply getting the puck to their own blue line? You can have all the tenacity in the world, if the "system" and "strategies" are not putting your players into positions to USE that tenacity, what does it matter?
Scott wrote:I was joking with a friend last night and said how much do you miss George Laraque's line right about now. Remember them? They didn't score much but they owned the puck in the offensive zone about 45 seconds on every shift.
Wow, distance makes the heart grow fonder (and blinder apparently). They weren't that good.
Scott wrote:This is the Pens right now in three possessions. Skate down, make a terrible pass, turnover. Skate down, make a terrible pass, odd man rush back against. Skate down, take a terrible angle shot, and it gets deflected out of play.
That will happen when you are skating down the ice in 1 or 2 limited fashions, with 1 or 2 limited "strategies". Why? Well, the other team has a coach. And he studies tape. And then he formulates strategies to counter yours. If all you got in your bag is "NORTH! GO NORTH!" and "GET TO OUR GAME!" (wtf does that even mean?), well it's not that hard to counter.
Think of it like this: you can't defend everything. If you choose to press and take the player- you can't defend a pass. If you choose to play the passing lane, you can't take the player. If you choose to stand guys up at your blue line, you can't defend the dump. If you choose to defend the dump, you can't stop players from penetrating your zone with possession. Games are like water, ever changing and shifting. So coaches and players have to be reacting to these tendencies/strategies. The Pens don't. Other teams do.
Scott wrote:Malkin has become a turnover king. I don't know if the KHL messed up his timing or the extra weight he has put on has messed up his coordination but the passes he is making are ridiculously....bad.
Actually, he was outstanding in the KHL. Makes you think it is more to do with the Penguins than Malkin. Food for thought.
Scott wrote:Lets see if Bylsma is really a good coach or was he just riding the zone the Pens were in at the time. He came in and took a team over that was stale from Michel Therrien. He energized a team with a pin your ears back style of play. It also took the other opponents by surprise a bit. Well that "new" style is long gone. He has been doing his thing now for three plus year. It's no secret how the Pens are going to play. Teams have adjusted in this copy cat league. Will Bylsma tweak his style. Will Bylsma get in the ear of some of those stars and get under their skin a little? There are ways to tell Crosby and Malkin they are playing lazy, stupid and uninspired without actually saying those words.
You seem to recognize where the real problem lays. Then you still take a shot at Crosby and Malkin. /smh
Scott wrote:Maybe the Pens are in coast mode. They don't seem very interested in the regular season but if they aren't careful they won't even make it to the post season.
You think that what you are watching is "coast mode"?