jimjom wrote:Can the Pens really still use the injury excuse? Crosby is the best player in the world, he's irreplaceable. Letang is also unreal. Staal has been a beast. But Malkin, Kunitz, Kennedy, Sullivan, and Dupuis have all had 20 goal seasons. Orpik, Michalek, and Martin are veteran top 4 defensemen.
My point is basically that there are lots of teams that have far less talent than the Pens do even with these injuries that are above the Pens in the standings.
At a certain time you have to look for other reasons why the team is losing and you can't dwell on or hang your fate on injuries. You have to solve what "this" is and overcome it. Whether that's changing systems, bringing in new players via trade to compliment your snipers or a coaching change (this isn't going to happen I'm citing it as an example) you have to somehow correct this ailment on your own as a team.
I do not agree with this. Who above us has less talent than we do at this point? Flyers, NJ, Rangers, Ottawa, Boston, Caps, Toronto all have more skill than us at the top of their lineup. We have Malkin, Neal and a bunch of 3rd and 4th liners. Neal has a bad wheel, but to his credit he is right back at it. Kunitz is our best forward after them. We do not have a 2nd scoring line at all to take the pressure off of them.
I am not saying they cannot win with this lineup - ever, but they have so very little margin for error right now. There is almost zero skill in this lineup. The guys you say have scored in the NHL score by system - and that system is just not working right now. They are all struggling to score now at once.
Would you tell me you think Malkin and Neal are better than Alfreddson, Mihalek, Greening, Spezza and Foligno in terms of ability to change the game in a short stretch of games? If I were starting a team I would take Geno and Neal, but that would be under the assumption that I wouldn't just have them and a bunch of ham and eggers. Rangers - Richards, Gaborilk, Callahan, Dubuinsky. Stepan, Anisimov......Devils - Parise, Elias, Kovalchuk, Henrique.....
I think what we are lacking is skill at the top, and unfortunately we are built to generate offense off of Crosby, Staal and Letang at the back.