The Pens returned to Pittsburgh after a hard-fought game Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, only to get rocked by the New York Islanders 4-1.
Yeah, I said it, the Islanders–at the CONSOL Energy Center.
And if this game wasn’t a serious indicator that the Pens have a lot of work ahead of them–I don’t know what will.
Keeping it close down by only being down 1-0 heading into the second period, the Pens would from then on get picked apart.
Pittsburgh gave up three more goals in that second period, went down 4-0, and continued to show arduous second period struggles.
The defense was horrific.
After showcasing a formidable shield in front of Marc-Andre Fleury on Sunday, the defense just went right back to their old ways of sitting back. They spent most of their time watching the biscuit go from tape-to-tape rather than knowing what their responsibilities were.
Pittsburgh was without defenseman Matt Niskanen, who has been one of the lone bright spots at the position for the Pens. So perhaps the new pairings could’ve possibly intervened with the chemistry production.
The offense, and the defense, had the same poor puck management they’ve been having. Passes that go nowhere, pucks that fly off blades–it’s the same story night in and night out with this team.
Passing the puck, it seems like everything just isn’t crisp yet. But fans have seen this for the majority of the season thus far.
When they are receiving the puck, they aren’t catching it swiftly either. This makes it very difficult to work with because goal opportunities become extremely limited from the inability to execute.
The only excuse the team has for their 3-3 start, is that it’s the beginning of the season.
There’s no need to panic–or at least–no need to panic right now.
I can admit that as a fan myself personally, it’s unfathomable how the team has played of late. But every Pittsburgh Penguin fan should know that the team has a brain fart somewhere in their season.
The Pens have also played a lot of road games to start. So when they do come back to Pittsburgh, I get the feeling they’re not performing at a high-level because of how comfortable they get.
This is just an opinion generated off pure observation. However, I do stress that Pittsburgh figures out their problems sooner, rather than later. Because the season is so microscopic, they must remember to take this year one game at a time.
If they start falling behind, it could be hard to climb back, given the circumstances.
The Pens will try to get back to winning ways when they play the New York Rangers in the Garden tomorrow night at 7 p.m.