- I thought the Pens played a little bit better than the overall feeling. We hadquite a few shots and for the first time since like 2010 we actually had some consistent zone presence. TK is playing an overall bad game right now, though the past few games he made some things happen that lead to goals, overall he has been pretty bad.
- I said before the season started that everyone is under estimating losing Staal and replacing him with Sutter (since the other pieces of the trade are not playing in the big leagues yet). Sutter has played ok I guess, but he lacks the heavy part of the game Staal provided. That being said one of the biggest reasons I said that was because if Malkin or Crosby were out for any extended period of time, and they have been somewhat frequently over their short careers, that is when we are really gong to miss him.
Lets see what happens. Neal and Malkin, while people flip when they get criticized, were not playing very well at all at even strength. Their power play points mainly based off Neals rocket from the right slot have made their stats overstate their overall play. So I am curious to see what happens when Sutter centers apparently a rookie and Neal.
On the surface it doesnt look promising but maybe they will simplify their game and it will work out.