Do the Pens Have the Cup Locked Up?
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:44 AM
I haven't followed the Pens that much this year, though, are they deep enough for a long run? They're up there in team scoring while they were missing Crosby the entire season, so that's quite an accomplishment.
Any other teams turning into Cup favorites yet?
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:51 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:53 AM
I like this team.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:54 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:31 AM
Only real thing locked down is Columbus will win the Toilet Trophy, it'd be hard for them to lose that. Followed closely by Edmonton again ... speaking of which, how many terrible years do you need to turn a team around .... damn, it looks like they've been having the top pick like 3 years in a row.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:50 AM
They have great Depth IMO. They've slotted Crosby into the 3rd line with Cooke and Kennedy so as not to disrupt the chemistry the had going already. Cooke has 4 goals and Kennedy has 4 assists in those 2 games. Neal-Malkin-Kunitz and Sullivan-Staal-Dupuis gives them 3 lines that match up against any other teams 3 lines quite well. A d-corps of Letang, Michalek, Martin, Niskanen, Orpik is very solid as well, and of course Fluery is hot.
If they stay 4th/5th I hope Philadelphia can stop them in round 1 if Bryz stays hot and they get production from all their lines, they're quite talented as well. But it seems they will catch the Rangers for first and take home ice throughout the East playoffs, and then watch out.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:25 PM
But right now they certainly look like a serious contender for the Cup.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:29 PM
Crosby had the goalie beat and an open net and missed in OT then the Flyers went down and scored the GWG shortly thereafter.
I refuse to believe that. The net must have gotten scared and moved.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:48 PM
The Penguins won 10 in a row and they still didn't manage to overtake a slumping Rangers team. Malkin seems to step up his game when Crosby is hurt, time will tell how he'll handle Crosby's return.
Detroit's in a funk right now, Canucks are right there with them as are Boston. As impressive as the Blues have been so far, will they be able to keep rolling in the postseason? Maybe their goaltending has been too hot for too long.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:55 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:57 PM
I would love to see a Pens Wings rematch. I'm still fuming about the last one.
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