BleuLineLady wrote:Scratch Malkin. Sounds crazy, but nothing else is working. I made a point about this before the playoffs start. Here is the Pens record with and without Malkin this year: With Malkin 23-12, Without Malkin, 15-2. In the 35 games played with him in the lineup this year, in 22 of them the opposing team scored more than 2 goals. In the 17 games without him, opposing teams scored more than 2 goals in 5 of those games. Team defense becomes worse with him in the lineup. Obviously, they are still winning many of these games but the stats show not as convincingly or as securely and in the playoffs, when team defense does matter, this could be the difference.
His defense and lack of responsibility has been severely hurting this team for a long while now. The numbers dont lie and it should be evident.