Pittsburgh Penguins Three Stars of Last Week

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Dishonorable Mentions

Sidney Crosby: Sid might be playing the worst stretch of hockey in his career. It’s

Jan 10, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87). Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

like he is missing that extra gear that makes him so much better than everyone else. He’s barely looking to create socring chances for himself. There have been numerous examples of Crosby playing with his back towards the goal. Whether it is a nagging injury or purely frustration, something is up with the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A One-Dimensional Team: When the Penguins execute their system correctly they are a tough team to beat, but when they don’t, the wheels seem to fall off the wagon. They either get bodies to the net to create scoring chances or they don’t, and we see results like we did against the Capitals and Predators. Chalking this up as the Penguins failing to execute would be too easy. Part of the problem is that teams have them figured out, and the Pens seemingly have no plan B.