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Discussion in 'Other Sports Talk' started by Lizard72, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. fanforlife

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    Hope the Pens have some focus and play a bit better tonight. The last game was pathetic. Letang being back will certainly help.
     
  2. MojaveDesertPghFan

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    You got that right Fan. And what's with this losing at home and undefeated on the road? I know it's way early but not very rewarding nor encouraging for home fan base. Similar to the Steelers record in this regard. Hopefully home game record will improve over time for each team.
     
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  3. The Sodfather

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    Laid an egg against Leafs Saturday. HCMS worked their asses off today in practice. I have not been overly impressed with Murray this year, but he deserved better against the Isles Thursday. Sometimes a veteran core that's been there done that are a little hard starting. But, they have to begin playing consistently, like they did on the Canadian road trip last week. When they play the way Sullivan wants, they can beat anyone.
     
  4. fanforlife

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    I agree with what you are saying, but I think Murray needs sat down for a few games. He lust isn't playing well at all. The coach needs to fire some people up and maybe the game Wednesday against the Caps will help. The whole team seems to be just going through the motions and they need to shake it off and start playing like we know they can.
     
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  5. fanforlife

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    Pens looked good last night. They need a winning streak of a few games to get things right.
    DeSmith is playing well.
     
  6. fanforlife

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    They play New Jersey tonight. They lost to them 5-1 last time they played. They need some payback tonight. Just keep DeSmith in goal for at least a few more games.
     
  7. bigbenhotness

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    lost again lol. Pens are bad this year and they need some help.
     
  8. fanforlife

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    It's really early in the season and they have gone through this before. They might need some help and I think their GM will do something real soon if that is what they need. They won two of the last three Stanley Cups so they are far from being a bad team. Sometime you just need to have a little faith and let things work themselves out. Lets see how things look in January.
     
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  9. bigbenhotness

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    yeah for sure, i meant to say they are a bad team right now lol.
     
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  10. steelcurtainmrp

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    We just acquired Tanner Pearson from the LA Kings for Hagelin. Pearson has had 40 and 44 points in the last two years, respectively, but only has 1 in 17 games this year. Hagelin only has had three points this year. Pearson is 26, Hagelin is 30. I like this deal a lot, as we need to strengthen up our Bottom six scoring. In the last 6 games we have had 6 even strength goals, Sid has been on the ice for all of them.

    Good job, GMJR.
     
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  11. fanforlife

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    Pens put Murrey on IR and it looks like he might be out for some time. They said he has had the injury for a couple of weeks. Maybe that explains why he has played so bad. DeSmith had a good game Wednesday so maybe the defense can rally around him and they can get out of the funk they have been in.
     
  12. fanforlife

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    Pens have 5 points out of a possible 6 over the last 3 games. That's a start if they are going to wake up and do anything at all this year. The next couple of weeks should be interesting.
     
  13. fanforlife

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    Now its 7 points out of a possible 8.
     
  14. fanforlife

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    Until the Pens get a decent backup goalie to DeSmith the back to back games are going to kill them. Other than that the look pretty good, or at least better.
     
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  15. The Sodfather

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    They have played better, for the most part, over the last five or so games, but right now, I think their biggest problem is in goal. I like DeSmith, he is really good in scramble situations and rebound control. But, his single biggest issue is similar to Murray right now, and that is uncontested shots from five to fifteen feet out, circle to circle. He is either not picking up the puck quick enough, or his positioning is weak. Those are saves that should be relatively routine for NHL caliber goal tenders, and the Pens are not getting those stops consistently, last night was a perfect example. One save, on the first goal by Konechne, could have made the difference in that game. Geroux's was a one timer from a bad angle, and Weist made a nice move.

    With all their defensemen healthy, they are a solid group, but really thin if someone is hurt. They will improve dramatically when Schultz is healthy, however, that won't be until February. Ruhwedel, well God Bless him he plays hard, but he is a seventh or eight defensemen on most NHL teams. beyond that, there isn't much. I've given up all hope that Letang makes smart decisions on every shift, every play. All his God given talent aside, he really does some head scratching, and at times, downright stupid things. He is always looking to make offensive plays, even in his own end when many times the simple dump out of the defensive zone is the right play.

    I like the Hagelin for Pearson trade. Hagelin, although a playoff warrior, is meh in the regular season, but he is a fine penalty killer. Pearson is an all around better offensive threat, he has a great wrist shot and good offensive instincts. Kessel is really not playing well, and I wonder if he is hurt, and doesn't want to sit because of his iron man streak. Crosby is as good as he has ever been. Not a big fan of Simon on Crosby's line. He isn't a good enough finisher. He doesn't have to be Mike Bossy, but they need more out of him. They also need more secondary scoring like they got in the win against the Jets, when ZAR, Sheahan and Wilson scored.

    I'm not really concerned right now. If they were playing like this the third week of February, then yes, it's time to panic. Not now, though. GMJR and the boys are still evaluating strengths and weaknesses for future moves.
     
  16. fanforlife

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    Decent game last night. Pens scored 3 goals in the first period, gave up 3 in the second and then scored 3 in the third. DeSmith only allowed 3 goals on 43 shots. Not bad. He needs to keep that level up as a minimum and they should be able to win some games. The season is only 1/3 over so there is still time for the Pens to show some life and make it to the playoffs.
    If they can get in the playoffs they can be dangerous.
     
  17. fanforlife

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    Pens need o take care of business tonight and beat New York. They need to string together some wins to move up in the playoff standings.
     
  18. fanforlife

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    Good game last night. Need to keep it up on Saturday.
     
  19. fanforlife

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    Pens get 1 point on Saturday and 2 last night and played pretty good in both games.
    DeSmith is playing good in goal. It's still early in the season and the Pens are not that
    many points out of a playoff spot if the season ended today. They just need to follow
    their normal pattern and keep getting better as the season progresses.
     
  20. fanforlife

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    Glad Murray is back. Pens have back to back games Friday and Saturday and I wasn't looking forward to Jary being in goal in one of those tow games. Hopefully Murray comes back strong.
     

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