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@The66thDopefish @Hibbits @tramp_stamp Nah, no way it's only a wash. Our players right now are much more balanced and well-cast than they were last year. Crosby is playing with legit wings. Comeau is the only player in the top-6 who probably shouldn't be there, and he is proving me wrong almost every game. Our bottom six is almost completely different, and (at least on paper) is leaps and bounds ahead of what it was last year.
Just without Glass, Vitale, and Gibbons, we are a greatly improved team.
3 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/can-we-start-calling-the-penguins-an-elite-defensive-hockey-team.html
@Zhan @40yearsafter Really? Since you're talking about playoff scoring, these were our lines for last year's team:
Kunitz - Crosby - Stempniak
Jokinen - Malkin - Neal
Vitale - Sutter - Bennett
Glass - Goc - Adams
Can you honestly look at that, versus this:
Hornqvist - Crosby - Perron
Kunitz - Malkin - Comeau
Winnik - Sutter - Downie
Spaling - Lapierre - Bennett/Adams
and say that we haven't acquired better forwards? Our forward depth and balance is so much better than last year it's insane. The forwards that we are icing right now are bigger, and generally better "playoff-type" players than what we had last year. Yes, Malkin's line has lost some punch, but the way that they are playing right now is far more suited to playoff scoring. For Christ sake Stempniak was our first line RW and Vitale was a 3rd line LW! That's pathetic.
Point is, the forwards are in a much better place than they were last year, and the defense, as Jesse pointed out, is playing pretty well. I think we should at least be more competitive than last year, but I guess we'll see.
@The66thDopefish @SuperDuper Look at the player usage charts pictured above. That's what I was referring to. Either way, it's no big deal. Ranting about tPB is about as useful as punching myself in the dick repeatedly.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/despres-making-the-most-of-his-playing-time.html
@Mrmcgibblets @SuperDuper A bit.
@jmarshhh @SuperDuper No, it doesn't. You are right, and this is certainly a great article, as it always is with you (I should have put that in the first post. You are a breath of fresh air for tPB). I just find tPB's attitude towards this whole Bortuzzo/Jagr incident to be a bit ridiculous and I was a bit taken aback to see you feed into that as well.
Can we cut this Player 41 crap already? I understand the Bortuzzo hit was borderline and I can understand arguments from both sides as to whether it was suspendible or not, but this joke is childish and getting old. I expect that kind of crap from Rich and Derek, but you're better than that Jesse. You're at your best when analyzing data and providing insight, not stooping to name-calling Jagr ball-sucking that has become a rather annoying tPB staple as of late.
@akus He looked like one of the few who came to play tonight, that's for sure.
2 years, 1 month ago on Gameday - Black and Gold Game
@Rage @floorlizard Had to be more than that. I've been to some sold out games, and there was at least 20,000+ there. That being said, most left by the beginning of the third period...
and sleep. good night all. fuck the flyers. let's keep this up for one more game!
2 years, 10 months ago on Stunned pic of the night: Orange stunned | April 2012
@shooter wow. no shit. good for him.
' @shooter he's still alive?
p @KunductionLess @pokecheck @stapler please, somebody with the skill photoshop crosby with the badass billy gun. it's only appropriate.
@SaintMarty that. i like that.
@SaintMarty word. like a young scuderi.
@shooter strangest boner right now.
@Adam12 @SidVicious87 cheesy delicious god kisses.
@Jovi that's a big "if" though. sorry, don't mean to rag on the pens. i'm just looking out for my own psyche right now.
@shooter good. fuck him in his midget ass.
@Adam12 @shuvel55 @G-mus word. theoretically, he fits in great with the pens. for whatever reason, he just hasn't panned out yet.
@shuvel55 @Adam12 @G-mus it'd be nice to see that when it's a tie game or we're down, though.
@Adam12 @shuvel55 @G-mus yep
@shuvel55 @G-mus i still don't think he's a great defenceman. he can be good, but definitely not great.
@G-mus still not sold on flower this series, but yes, paul martin effect.
did anybody else not get completely frustrated with tyler kennedy tonight, either? when he decides it's better to pass, he can make one hell of a playmaker.
2 years, 10 months ago on Quick Cap: Pens stay alive. Drop 10 goals. | April 2012
@5xfaster just got done saying that. they played great. i think strait's d and despres's offensive abilities will really help out in this series.
@Adam12 good riddance. strait and despres are an immediate upgrade over martin and lovejoy.
@Kilihan i really didn't think anything that he did was terribly suspendible. he was a dick, but not an overtly dirty dick. god knows how much everyone hates a dirty dick.
@Adam12 @SaintMarty yeah, for once. i noticed that they were hardly pinching that game. hope the game plan stays the same from now on.
@SaintMarty agreed. i would definitely like to see 7 d going forward. if not strait (who was a beast) then at least despres. god i love how the pens can make me feel like this.
but still, god damn that felt good.
god what a great game. just don't get too high, guys. we saw what the flyers can do.
@shooter @JonKlimasIsNOT_PLAYING_ZANGIEF 930 AM classes suck too. that's why i skipped em today.
3 years, 4 months ago on Michalek out one month. Broken finger. | Oct2011
@Midnight Rider the combination of orpik and engelland has to be the fucking scariest d pairing to play against ever. i'm totally down for that.
@PensAreYourDaddy@CFA_27 (former hurricane and blackhawk) she was probably caught in the steely gaze of free candy. its tough to get out of once your in there.
3 years, 4 months ago on RECAP: Finally, some rest. PENS WIN. | Oct2011
@RedArmyRenesis i bet they score 10 shorties before they give up to pp goals.
@Bubby@RedArmyRenesis unfuckingreal. i know it wont last, but having a positive PK is awesome. i look forward to other teams being on the PP now.
@Hrududu theres never too much hate for the kovalchoo
@Adam12@Bubby because theres only 1 real way to enjoy yourself at a pens game.
@Adam12 galactica ftw
@CFA_27 (former hurricane and blackhawk) that being said, neal is on pace for about 11098471023948 goals. staalsy is definitely due for about a 65-70 pt season though. dude works his ass off.
@Adam12 epic commander adama avatar btw.
@JenBroflovski that always sucks. dont kill her. or do... we wont tell
@Bubby@staplerova@JenBroflovski my head just exploded all over my computer screen.
@dCbnGino@Enigmatic Flipovich i was serious. for being short and not entirely recappy, the shops totally had me laughing.
@(((((( and to clarify, i don't want to dump him either. he is just ass sucking right now, and i claim my right as a fan to mock him.
@(((((( true. that being said, some fourth line wbs center (joe vitale) is totally proving his worth far more than letestu has this year.
@JenBroflovski@pdoggy face-murder is very important these days...
@Bubby true, but its always a shame to give up something for nothing. and have to pay for half of it for the rest of the year.
@Bubby the only thing keeping letestu around right now is the waiver wire.