The Pittsburgh Penguins are in their worst scoring drought in a 10 game span in years and it’s getting worse. The Penguins have registered only 3 goals over the last three games and have just announced that their leading goal scorer over the last two years, James Neal, is out with a concussion.
Nobody can say for sure whether the elbow Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto planted in James Neal’s face on Friday was dirty or not, but it’s in material. The NHL offices deemed it not to be dirty and there really is no way to prove otherwise.
Neither Neal or the Penguins are putting a timetable on his return, but time is on the Penguins side. The Penguins clinched a playoff spot on Sunday. With playoffs set to start exactly three weeks from today, the Penguins have James Neal, the NHL’s leading scorer Sidney Crosby and their two top scoring defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin on the shelf.
Hope is on the horizon. Sidney Crosby looked and sounded way better than expected in his i...