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James Neal’s injury has prevented Evgeni Malkin from finding a rhythm this season. Last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins had the most dynamic offense in the NHL.  Their 162 goals-for led the league, and with star players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal, they have a multi-dimmensional offensive threat that is sure to make every team in the league nervous when going up against them. So why then, has the team that led the NHL in offense last year and boasts some of the best star power in the NHL been struggling to find consistent scoring this season? A quick look at the records show that there are several factors in play that are keeping the Penguins from finding the back of the net. First off, let me just start by saying that I realize that it is early in the season.  After playing only 17 games so far, the Pens still have more than 3/4 of the season left to play.  So many times teams get off to a rough start before righting the ship and settling into a groove for the rest of the season.  However, scoring depth is a problem the Penguins have struggled with in the past, and to see it becoming a problem so early in the season should be a little alarming to Penguins fans.  So what exactly is keeping the Penguins from scoring? First and foremost, some of the Penguins top forwards have only played in a handful of games this year.  Right winger James Neal made his return last weekend against St. Louis after having not played a game since early October due to a lingering lower-body injury he sustained in the preseason.  Fellow line mate Beau Bennett also played for the first time in 11 games Saturday in St. Louis, and while their return was welcome, the rust was evident. The list goes on from there.  Many other Penguins forwards including Matt D’Agostini and two-way defenseman Kris Letang have also missed time due to injuries.  While their obvious presence in the lineup has been missed, their absence has also prevented the rest of the team from establishing a rhythm together.  Up until now, coach Dan Bylsma has had to play musical chairs with the lines every night, and the effect is evident.  With guys being shuffled around on an almost nightly basis, it would be hard for anyone to find their touch. Which brings me to my next point: secondary scoring.  When Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin go into a bit of a scoring slump like they recently have, the rest of the team has a had trouble picking up the slack.  In Malkin’s case, I think the return of Neal and Bennet to regular service on Malkin’s wings will (hopefully) return Geno to 50-goal form. I think most people are less concerned with Crosby.  After racing out of the gate to a eight point lead in the scoring race, Crosby has slowed significantly the last few games, recording only one assist and zero goals in the last three games.  While concerning, the best player in the world will soon find his game again and retake the lead in points, just as he has done so many times before.  It’s just what elite talents do. So, given that key injuries are largely to blame for the recent lack of offense, Penguins fans can put the panic button away.  However, there is something to be said for a stagnant offense when Crosby and Malkin aren’t producing.  The Penguins bottom-six have been scoring more goals this year than in years past, however much of that offense is the product of playing with Sid and Geno.  Getting the third and fourth lines to produce when Crosby and Malkin can’t is paramount if the Penguins are to have consistent success this season, especially in games against the Western Conference.  

Penguins and Paws 2014 Calendar by @ChicksDigHockey

It’s HERE! We are proud to partner with the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh to promote “Penguins and Paws”  their 2014 calendar. The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center on 6620 Hamilton Avenue is the Official Animal Shelter of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  These calendar features your favorite Penguin players beautifully photographed with animals...

Evgeni Malkin: Living in the Shadows by @PandaPSU

Normally a talent like Evgeni Malkin would garner a ton of publicity for his first NHL season. Malkin was actually drafted by the Penguins in 2004, but his career did not begin until the 2006-07 season due to a transfer dispute between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Maybe it was a bit of foreshadowing of things to come....

Thoughts: Game 17 – Penguins @ Blues

Blues 2  Penguins 1 By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh) Goals Jokinen (8) (PP) from Malkin, Neal Goal Assessment First Goal Against (Reaves) Matt Niskanen picks up the puck behind his own net and tries to skate it out by going through Alexander Steen. Steen pokes the puck off of Niskanen’s stick, but Niskanen recovers and gets the puck back. Niskanen then blindly throws a clearing...

Sid Bream Hates Sidney Crosby

First off...I COMPLETELY APOLOGIZE for posting an image of the harshest moment in semi-recent Pirates memory. It hurt me just uploading it to my site as much as it likely pains you to see it again. Now on to more important findings. Deadspin has compiled a list of random and unique responses that fans have gotten from athletes. Some expectant-father Braves fan received an autographed...

Beware Small Sample Size by @Nick422

Evgeni Malkin is "slumping."  So is Sidney Crosby.  To many this is worrisome.  To me?  Not so much. Go ahead, read the rest »

2014 Hart Memorial Trophy Watch

1. Sidney Crosby – Center – Pittsburgh Penguins At this point in his career he is a shoe-in for a finalist spot even if he doesn’t deserve it, but let’s let’s be honest with ourselves, he always puts up the numbers to justify it. In just 17 games this season he is tied for the league lead in points with 23 and that number is despite him failing to find the back of the net...

Another Battle Of Pennsylvania Tonight

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Sometimes you hear the football analogy, when it’s a rivalry, ‘Well, it really doesn’t matter where the records are at or where the teams are at. You’re playing a rival, and they’re coming into your building,’” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Tuesday. “This feels exactly like that. … You’re not really...

Game 18 Preview – Flyers at Penguins

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Penguins:  Saturday, a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.  Ryan Reaves scored first at 2:52 of the first period off a deflection.  Jussi Jokinen answered at 8:06 of the same period when he tipped in an Evgeni Malkin pass.  No one scored again until 10:52 of the third period when Kevin Shattenkirk got a dribbler past Marc-Andre Fleury...

"Mad Monday" with @MadChad412 (Crosby and Malkin slumping, Letang struggling)

Welcome back to another edition of "Mad Monday" where I get to go off on my rants in a somewhat formal manner. So far this season I haven't had much to be upset about when it comes to the actual Pittsburgh Penguins on the ice, considering that they continue to post one of the best records in the entire league. However, the team has been struggling as of late, losing...

Flyers-Penguins Preview

You won't find any surprises when comparing the Pittsburgh Penguins' game-by-game scoring totals with their results. The Penguins are 11-2-0 when they put up three or more goals and 0-4-0 when they fall short of that. After scoring only twice in two games, they'll try to avoid their second three-game skid of the season Wednesday night at home against the Philadelphia...

Preview: UMass Lowell at Princeton University

#16 Massachusetts Lowell (5-4-0, 2-1-0 HEA) vs Princeton University (1-5-0, 0-4-0 ECAC) When: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:00pm ET Venue: Hobey Baker Rink City/State: Princeton, New Jersey Notes: Non-conference game Tickets: Click Here Radio: 980AM WCAP Listen Online: ESPN Radio Watch Online: Click Here Live Stats: Click Here Live Blog: Coming 11/12   Top Forwards Joseph Pendenza...

Game 18 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers (6-10-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0), 8:00PM EST, NBCSN, RDS, TSN2 RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 6-10-1 Away: 3-3-1 vs. Eastern Conference: 5-7-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 3-4-1 Pittsburgh Penguins: 11-6-0 Home: 7-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-4-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 6-2-0 GAME 18 PREVIEW: Coming off of their best all-around performance of the year...

Chris' Corner for November 12, 2013 by @ChrisRBarron

This week Chris talks about Movember, neck beards and whether or not this group of Penguins is built for a Stanley Cup run.
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