by Tony on 01/30/13 at 10:17 AM ET
It's not often when the team that is supposedly the Stanley Cup contender is getting booed at home loudly and with a lot of frequency in only the second home game of the season.
But that's exactly what happened at the Consol Mausoleum last night, as the "inferior" New York Islanders skated circles around the lackadaisical Penguins, 4-1.
That makes 3 losses out of 4 for the Pens, with only a 2-1 shootout win in Ottawa this past Sunday the exception.
Whereas the Penguins' performance in the home opener last week vs. Toronto could be attributed to being "flat", although I'm incredulous how you can come out flat in your home opener, I don't see how that term can be used any longer.
It's beyond flat now, it's a frickin' mess.
There's absolutely no flow to the Penguins' game right now.
Half of the Penguins roster are virtual ghosts. Through six games, the Pens' 3rd and 4th lines have a total of one goal, that by Tyler Kennedy. Brandon Sutter, while he definitely shows promise, has yet to make Pens fans forget Jordan Staal.
The superstars are making maddening extra passes, or overpassing. There's no initiative to simplify their game to just get the puck on net and get some dirty goals.
Now that I mentioned dirty goals, there is absolutely NO net-front presence on this team. There's no Knuble, no Holmstrom. And sorry, Eric Tangradi is not and will not be that guy, at least on this team.
The power play is completely unorganized. It's so bad right now, it's a moral victory when they can even SET UP the power play. Moreover, having James Neal and his wicked wrister on the LEFT point while Kris Letang is on the RIGHT point is asinine.
The defense is on shaky ground, putting it politely. After the ankle injury to Matt Niskanen, the Pens reinserted Simon Despres, who held his own, to give him credit. Simply put, there was a lot of standing around by this group.
I usually don't enjoy these "rant" posts, but given the circumstances, it's hard NOT to.
Next up? Back to MSG, where the Pens meet the Rangers once again.
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