Scott wrote: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.
Scott wrote: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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The biggest problem I'm seeing could be a mentality of self entitlement. It seems like they want to win because they should win. The other team should lie down because we are the Penguins with Malkin and Crosby.
Scott wrote:Kovy, its not panic, just telling fact.
The Pens play a team they know or think will be tough and the Pens play inspired. The Pens play someone they should beat and it is a half hearted effort.
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