For the life of me, I can’t seem to figure out why the 2008-2009 Pittsburgh Penguins can be so hot for a couple of weeks and then can’t do anything right for the next couple of weeks. I understand that this years team is young, they need to mature and get used to playing such a long and trying season. I also understand that adding Bill Guerin into the mix will help these younger players. Look at all of that talent though. Goodness, between Malkin, Crosby, and Sykora, we are looking at potentially 120 goals and over 300 points.
In fairness, injuries to Crosby and Malkin have slowed the team at times but scoring goals usually isn’t the problem, giving them up is. Mario Lemieux should have went goalee and defenseman shopping before the trade deadline. I have seen the Pens give up four in a period a couple of times this year. How many hockey games can you lose 6-5 before you figure out that you need something sturdier between the pipes? Put a cardboard cutout of Tom Barasso in the crease, it may slow things down.
Will the Penguins make the playoffs? I sure hope so. They seem to be on another upswing and if they can make it last, they can stay qualified for playoff hockey. If they start to lose again, see the enclosed video clip.