When your best players are struggling and look pedestrian, it's more than just a player's slump. Sure Malkin has had his linemates struck by the injury bug, but he should still look better than he has.
Crosby isn't up to snuff, Malkin is a team worst in plus/minus and has been non existent most nights (save for lately), Letang is frustratingly bad, Dupuis looks nothing like his normal self, Kunitz while having 9 goals still doesn't look like Kunitz.
Are all of these players in a slump and struggling all at the same time? Or are they forced into a system that isn't working, easily solved, and therefore put behind the 8 ball before they even step on the ice?
Special teams, which are a reflection of coaching, are also not performing. Our PK is nowhere where it needs to be and our PP with the talent we have should be much better. Sure it's doing alright, but you can't deny that it looks disorganized, lost, clueless many nights. I'd be fine if we at least had a consistent system that was creating chances regularly, but some nights we can't even get a shot on net or gain the zone with control.
I said it before, Bylsma's shortcomings, arrogance, refusal to adjust, and player selection hurts us more than he actuallly helps us. In my mind, he's been holding this team back for the past 2-3 years. I hate that Shero believes in him like he does.