Top Five Changes The Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Make

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Nov 18, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins center

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(16) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

#2 Consistent Line Combinations

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The top two ways the Penguins can improve sort of go hand in hand. With a depleted lineup coach Mike Johnston has done his best to keep the Penguins competitive by shuffling lines in order to generate offense. While this is something that former coach Dan Bylsma would never have been comfortable doing, it has positives and negatives associated with it.

Obviously shuffling lines is an effort to score with less players available. This will work very well in the short term, however over the long run it could negatively impact the team chemistry. Constantly changing lines does not allow players to become comfortable with each other and in some cases cover for others’ flaws.

As the Pittsburgh Penguins get healthy again, we should see Johnston deploy fairly consistent lines which will help the team.