This is probably a slam-dunk question as I'm sure Columbus will be the Poll-Winner, but I'm curious as to everyone's reasoning in the choice.
What concerns me the most since the Olympic break has been the Pens inability to dictate the play, pace and style of a game and I believe the game against the Jets last night was a prime example.
Yes, the Penguins won...BARELY! That game could have gone either way; goaltending was the x-factor.
Yes, the Penguins have plenty of other issues:
-Poor defensive play
-Not showing up for a full sixty minutes
We can go on and on...
What makes teams like Chicago, LA, St.Louis and Boston so strong besides their depth?
-THEY play like the game is decided upon them, not the other team
-THEY play like they are in control
-THEY dictate what kind of game they want it to be
The Penguins play like they know their talent can bail them out and honestly, that's what I believe would/will happen if we play Columbus. Columbus is very much like the Islanders last year and should not be underestimated by any team.
I believe like they did against he Islanders, they can beat Columbus on talent alone, but not Detroit or Philly.
Detroit and Philly are two teams that struggled hard the first half the season and then quietly put together a solid season post-olympic break.
Detroit has had almost as bad of a season in regards to injuries as the Penguins, yet had more success than the Pens with a much weaker roster.
Philly has major flaws, but they have shown the ability to explode over teams and still dictate the play.
I believe Detroit or Philly could easily upset the Penguins in the first round if the Penguins continue this style of play.
What say you?
Last edited by Hugo Stiglitz
on Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:36 am, edited 4 times in total.