FreeCandy44 wrote:Personally i think weve all become extremely spoiled by success. Stanley cups aside....
At this point, seeing the pens be successful in the regular season and lock up a top 4 playoff spot in the east is an expectation, not a hope. In that light, it's not surprising that starting 7-1 isn't as thrilling as it once may have been.
What excites me with this team isn't as much wins and losses as it is the individual story lines within the team. Maatta's emergence has been huge for a lot of people, and certainly something to be excited about. Wondering what that does to the rest of the pens d men when letang comes back is also intriguing. Watching Sid produce points at near Mario level is exciting, all the while wondering when/if geno will hit his stride. He is injured now, but I want to watch Beau Bennett play and see if he develops to the point that do has to play him in the top 6. Meanwhile, I like seeing Jokinen be successful after being discarded by Carolina, forcing Bennett to really earn that top 6 spot of/when he gets there. Robert Bortuzzo is another guy to watch, emerging as a solid number 6 and a great compliment to Maatta on the third pair. I hope he soaks in Rob Scuderi over the next 4 years and continues to fill the niche as a stay at home safety blanket for our wealth of puck moving d men. Then of course there is Fleury. How many solid games must he play before you can trust him again? The answer is probably only 10, but 10 playoff games. Still, he seems to be benefiting from he new goaltender coach.
On a team level, the defensive systems J Martin brought with him might not be exciting to watch, per se, but it is exciting to see the pens add tools to the toolbox that they will need come playoff time.
TLDR version: The games within the game are more exciting to me than the wins and losses, and that is enough to keep me involved.