Nicely the previous two Pittsburgh Penguins video games definitely didn’t go as deliberate.
After going 12-2-1 of their earlier 15 video games, a stretch the place they allowed solely 24 totals targets, the Penguins surrendered 15 targets in back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Even worse, all 15 of these targets got here in simply 5 durations of hockey. My mind tells me that’s three targets per interval, and nothing about that’s good.
For perspective, the Pens solely allowed 15 targets within the earlier 9 video games mixed, and allowed greater than two targets in a complete sport simply two completely different occasions. By no means greater than three targets. Because the begin of the 2015-16 season the Penguins solely had eight video games the place they allowed a minimum of seven targets. Then they go and let it occur in back-to-back video games.
Additionally it is nothing to be too overly involved about, principally as a result of I’m going to chalk plenty of this as much as “stuff occurs.”
I do know this isn’t a very good excuse, and I do know you do not need to get right into a behavior of taking a look at issues this manner, however I’m not within the coaches room or locker room so I can have this opinion. However they have been due for a few clunkers. Earlier than Sunday’s sport in Boston the Penguins have been getting a stage of goaltending from Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith that was at an elite stage. They could be a very good goalie duo. They could be ok for the Penguins to compete for and win a championship. However they have been by no means going to keep up the save share they’d been rolling with over the previous month.
Seasons are filled with peaks and valleys the place groups and gamers produce at an absurdly good stage, after which simply as shortly produce at an absurdly dangerous stage. Profitable streaks, dropping streaks, purpose scoring streaks, purpose scoring droughts. A season is rarely a relentless, regular line. Reference once more the eight video games since 2015 the place the Penguins allowed a minimum of seven targets. In two of these cases they occurred inside two weeks of one another, together with one state of affairs the place it occurred twice in per week. When it rains, it tends to pour. The previous two video games have been the Penguins hitting a type of valleys.
The penalty kill which had been taking part in very properly, all of the sudden fell aside.
The facility play reverted again to its dangerous behavior of giving up shorthanded possibilities.
There have been a handful of defensive breakdowns that the goaltending didn’t bail out.
There was additionally an insane aspect of dangerous luck on Tuesday because the Rangers scored three or 4 targets straight off of Penguins gamers. That’s not the form of factor that’s going to occur each night time.
Only a excellent storm of chaos resulting in points. Particularly while you have in mind the harm state of affairs the workforce continues to be coping with. They’ve performed nice with the entire absences these days, however when you’re with out 4 regulars and lose one other one throughout the sport (John Marino) it is just a matter of time till that presence is observed.
Nonetheless, on the danger of sounding fully outrageous, I don’t assume the story of those previous two video games is as dangerous because the scoreboard. The general efficiency by way of pictures in opposition to, possibilities in opposition to, and the possibilities the Penguins created was principally superb. I believed on Tuesday the Penguins truly had the BETTER of the possibilities for a lot of the sport. It simply so occurred that the Rangers transformed on practically each probability they received because the Penguins have been responsible of the occasional large mistake, and on the mistaken finish of some puck luck.
Did they play ok to win both sport? In all probability not.
Did they play dangerous sufficient to surrender 15 targets in 5 durations? Additionally most likely not.
These previous two video games have been the confluence of an injured workforce, taking part in a few off video games, with some dangerous luck sprinkled in to supply two very ugly outcomes on the scoreboard.
They get an opportunity to redeem themselves on Thursday in opposition to the identical Rangers workforce. If they arrive out and quit 5 – 6 targets once more, then possibly it is likely to be time to begin getting a bit fearful. But when they can bounce again and play a clear, structured sport, I’m going to simply chalk these two video games as much as the conventional valley you typically enter over the course of a season.