1) I said it before and I’ll say it again (though I’m sure it won’t placate any of the NNs, or Chicken Littles, the “fire Torts” gang or plain old trolls. If losing three out of five is as bad as it gets, or even four out of six, this is going to be one fabulous, unbelievable, wildly-successful season.
2) Everybody’s going after Evgeny Malkin lately, and I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve it … but it seems to me that you wake him up when you go after him. That sometimes he’s a sleeping dog you don’t really want to wake up. When he’s nasty, he’s really good.
3) Speaking of nasty, Pittsburgh, top to bottom, is as nasty a team as there is, at least in the East. And I mean that as a total compliment. To have that kind of talent, and an edge, is really what you want in a team, right?
4) I’m not like you guys who think there’s a Pittsburgh conspiracy. But I do think the officiating has done a 180 from what it was the first six weeks or so this season, when everything