3 Penguins players who must bring their A-Game to lift the team down the stretch

The Pittsburgh Penguins are floundering in 2023-24, but they aren’t quite out of it yet, especially if a few players step up in February and beyond.

Feb 9, 2024; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates a
Feb 9, 2024; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates a / Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
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Tristan Jarry needs to uplift his game

Tristan Jarry is one of the more curious players out there, given his outstanding numbers, especially in the shutout column. But given the Penguins poor performance all season when they have the puck, it’s not often that you see this team win when Jarry allows more than two goals in a game. 

For example, in his last five starts, Jarry is 2-3-0, with both wins coming when he allowed two and zero goals, respectively. Pittsburgh lost 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets on February 10th, but their other two losses occurred when Jarry allowed four goals in a loss to the Arizona Coyotes, and three when Pittsburgh fell to the Vegas Golden Knights. 

This is a rather disheartening fact, considering how well Jarry has played this season, having logged a 0.916 save percentage, a 2.44 GAA, a quality starts percentage of 0.636, plus an incredible six shutouts. The latter stat leads the league at the time of this writing, and while it would be ideal to give Jarry some much-needed help, it also provides the 28-year-old an opportunity to step up and play at a Vezina-level to try and move the Penguins up a few rungs. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of February 11th)