by Tony on 10/16/13 at 08:14 AM ET
The saying goes that you can only beat teams that are on your schedule.
The Penguins are playing decent hockey, although in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter how well you play as long as you're winning. The benefits of regular season success can surely be debated, especially when you're a team with four straight disappointing playoff exits. That said, they're winning, and that's a good thing.
They've opened the season 5-1, the only blip being a mailed-in performance last weekend in Miami or Sunrise or wherever the Panthers technically play.
A few notes:
- The lineup, with the exception of the 1st line, is pretty much a Charlie Foxtrot (think: Cluster). With James Neal, Matt D'Agostini and now Beau Bennett nursing injuries, HCDB has been forced to continuallly move players around. I would think the player that affects the most is Malkin. It's abundantly clear nowadays that Malkin needs Neal to really flourish.
- Frankly, four of the Pens' five wins haven't been against what you would call powerhouses. Just me, but I'm going to withhold judgment until the Pens' schedule has seen more of the heavy hitters.
- Someone please tell Brandon Sutter the season has started. Absolutely invisible. Say his linemates are shaky, fine, but he was the main piece in the Jordan Staal trade. I sure would like to see more.
- Sidney Crosby with 12 points in his first 6 games. Let's hope we're going to see a full season from Sid. If so, could be a mammoth year for him.
- As I mentioned a while back, I fully expect Marc-Andre Fleury to have a good regular season. But he MUST be successful once again in the playoffs, at least in my eyes, before those demons are gone, and not a day earlier.
- It's coming up on time that the Pens must make a decision on Olli Maatta. Damn, this kid's good. Would he benefit from going back to Juniors? I just don't know. He would dominate back there.
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