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Ride or die....Do It!
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-81-the-final-countdown-pens-host-the-isles-with-playoffs-on-the-line.html
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Any time you have your own players saying your team is "fragile" after a game means you can pack it up!! Fragile? WTF - a JV girls field hockey team can be fragile - but an NHL team that controls its own destiny? THey've been fuckin' fragile for a few years. Seriously, it is as if the team (minus a couple players) has morhped into 2013 Fluery playoffs as a whole, while Fluery has become the rock! And HCMJ....he looks terrified on the bench, about as insipriational as plain yogurt. I will still go down with the ship, but last night was up there with 1992 Bucs v. Atlanta playoff loss.
Pens win 4-2...so let it be written, so let it be done.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html
@jammonstrald true dat........ And we all can agree to the following: GO PENS!
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-79-collaspe-almost-complete.html
@jammonstrald You make some valid points. I have always shied away from labeling players heartless, especially the leaders. You better believe I think the vast majority of the team gives a shit and plays like it. The issue is that half of them, regardless of their heart, simply are not assets to this team at this time. I think most of us support the Pens up and down, year in and year out. Hell, those of us who were of the few thousand at the Igloo during the X Generation days know frustration......but the frustration of the past few years is legit and compounded because the team has Sid, Geno, Letang, Fluery, Martin....it has had the core of what should be a team that should not have been in this position. I place the blame squarely at ownership and past and current management...sure, players play --- but the leaders of this team on the ice were not given the complimentary players they needed - or the coaching in recent years - to be successful. Root for the Pens -- but fair criticism, and after the season legit vitriol can and should be aimed at those who put the team together. The core will be intact and still in their prime for 2-4 more years - another appearance in the Finals is something those players deserve.
My recommendation.....players called into the locker room prior to tomorrow's game....in walks Mario, Billy G., and Gary Roberts.....Mario opens: "No talk, just listen....Billy, Gary... the floor is yours..."....
@Ungaba hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
@PenGeno @Ungaba No worries - Adams and Bennett are going to double shift all game.
I will go down with this ship, I won't put my hands up and surrender....
If ever there was a time for Andy and Red...it's before the game Tuesday night.....Do It....if I am going down with the ship, might as well go all in.
Solid takes....but maybe the lede was buried...the window of opportunity for this franchise, with 2 of the best players of the era, is closing and each wasted season that goes by should be laid squarely at the feet of ownership and management. The Pens are not going to win a Cup, let alone be serious challengers, with a bottom 6 that includes Adams, Bennett, Spaling, etc. etc....hell, some of those guys are borderline NHLers at this point. Kunitz is done.....add in the injuries of the past year and we get to where we are at today. If the Pens slip into the playoffs this year, does anyone think they are a real threat to win it all? No.
What a cluster - who would have thought the Pens would be in this position. When you look at it - probably not shocking: no real contribution from the bottom 6, injuries, pitiful PP.....Do I think they will get in? Yes - will they be able to win a series? Perhaps, if Malkin, Letang, Erhoff, etc all stay healthy.....I am just perplexed to be honest - I don't know what will happen in the next 3 weeks, but however long they last it will be the group of games for many Pens: Beau, Kunitz, Scuderi, and a few more. I see this post makes little sense - much like the play of the Pens...Do It!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Solid win.....tighten up in the 3rd but still, not much to complain about. All things considered, from meltdown mode a few weeks back to today - a healthy team with some solid additions...wins against the Craps, the Blues, the Ducks....IMO, the trend line heading into the last 18 games is strongly in the positive direction....as for the DK stuff, really who cares? I'd take anything DK writes over RR any day for what its worth, and overall, even if he is trying to drive some business his way, he is a solid writer and reporter.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-64-penguins-win-5-2.html
The end result of this trade, or any other, need to include Adams not on the ice in a week - either traded or as a scratch. Adding Winnik alone accomplishes this - no need to play CA. I roll with these:
Spaling- Lapierre - Bennett
You can interchange Downey and Spaling as needed; and Bennett can move up or down as needed -- again, as constructed now there is no need to play CA - Winnik more than replaces him on the PK as well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Rough end, no doubt - but better to face these things now as opposed to late March. While getting mesoHorny and Blake back will make a positive difference, still will not address every issue related to some subpar D and questionable turnovers. Overall, panic is too strong a reaction - for now. But, the Pens need to display some urgency and consistency over the next 4 weeks.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-44-no-metro-pens-again-struggle-against-divisional-opponent.html
Great cap....at the halfway mark, couldn't ask for too much more considering new coach, new system, new players, injuries, mumps, etc.....assuming a healthy team gets on the ice in the next 6 weeks will be interesting to see the evolution...should be good times in March and beyond. One other item for the board: is the site taking way long to load for folks? I have tried explorer, chrome, firefox - all on very fast computers, and the load time seems to be extremely long...just curious about other's experience.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-41-pens-win-in-overtime-2-1.html
Late to the party here - and great comments. Personally, no matter what the "cause" (coached direction which I doubt or old0 man trying to prove his worth which I find more likely) the result is unacceptable, You do not fight your best player (and Genois right now) one week, then run him and Pouliot the next....especially considering Pouliot has a shoulder surgery history that we all know still keeps OM out of the lineup. Adams either has to go or has to get his mind right, accept his limited role and embrace it: be a good locker room guy and mentor. I cannot believe MCMJ would direct running Geno and Pouliot - not now, this isn't training camp. The simple fact, to me, is: Adams worth is negligible on the ice at this point, so none of this crap should be tolerated. If the coaching staff has directed him to do these things - gotta stop it now......imagine if the headline was Pouliot re-injures shoulder during practice? Nope --- not worth it.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/craig-adams-seems-like-he-is-out-of-control.html
Bortuzzo is a man, recognize! In other news - Fluery needs a rest. Time to give the German a turn between the pipes.....
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-36-first-rough-patch-of-the-season.html
Well, that sucks balls -- let's see what we hear later today...and whatever they say add 3 weeks to it! On the glass half full side - at least the blue line has been playing well even without OM. No doubt, they are better with him - but Simon and Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo have been doing well. Assuming no one else gets injured back there, they still are in decent shape. Hell, if they can continue to take 5 points out of every eight available until they get healthy, that's fine....I am going to be optimistic and say that going through all this fire with a new coach, new system, injuries, etc. will make them tougher in the long run and as a result they will win the Cup...yep, calling it now - Pens in 6 over some rubes from the West....Do It. BTW - loved the knitting lady sign last night. PPS - anyone know other options besides stubhub for scoring some reasonably priced tickets for the 12/27 game? Coming in from MN for the family Xmas and it's the only game at CES during the stay. Thanks!
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maatta-goes-on-ir-and-rumor-has-it-he-could-be-on-it-awhile.html
Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo...
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/despres-making-the-most-of-his-playing-time.html
Highlight of the first 33% of the season? Not having Rossi as the Trib beat reporter...BOOM! Oh yeah..and....Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo!
Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo.....only 16 penalty minutes....
Nice post - two things: 1) Scuderi of this year > last year -- he is playing pretty solid defensive hockey. I was wrong - I figured he would sink even lower this year. He deserves credit - and there is no doubt from what I have read in interviews that he is a positive influence on Despres and Bortuzzo..and others....and 2) Free Bortuzzo!! Get over it - he is not dirty. Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo......
Underwhelmed by the thought of Boyes....no thanks. Looks like Goc is back tomorrow night, not Letang though. It's been a great 1/4 season - hell, better than I thought with a new coach, new lines, new system. Yet....this team as constituted in making tee times in May , not playing in the Cup final. No need to panic at all - way to early. But I see no reason to use resources on Boyes...hold out for a real deal, there will be sellers.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/weekend-recap-goc-got-hurt-brad-boyes-rumor.html
IS it too early? #wingerforSid
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pascal-dupuis-out-six-months-with-a-blood-clot-in-his-lung.html
The best thing I have seen on the interwebs in a long, long time....Hills commercial = money....
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Hibbits I leaning the other way...another 5-2, 5-3 type Pens win...Geno gets off the even-strength snide, and Bennett gets 1.....
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-15-pittsburgh-penguins-at-toronto-maple-leafs.html
Clearly Sunshine is going to have a 5 point night; then break his ankle when he trips going up the team plane's stairs....We kid because we love....will be very interesting to see how things roll tonight...this is, after all, the vision for the top 3 that was had in September....Do It.
Excellent work - thanks! The Scuds comment mirrors one I made, without knowing the stats, in a prior post the other day...thus far he is showing more than I thought he had, or than he showed all last year...good on him, keep it up! On another note - I checked the WBS game sheet from last night - Beau put up 4 assists...gotta believe he will be back up in a week or so...where will Beau go?!
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html
I don't want to get overly optimistic...it's only November 9, but thus far Scuds has played solid. As I was solidly in the corner that he was a dead man walking, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and kudos - he has played strong D the past couple weeks.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-plow-the-sabres-on-a-saturday-night.html
Great takes in the post and comments. FWIW, I like it and it tells me ownership is all in to win multiple Cups in the next 5 years. Sure - they always have been...but it seems that after the Ranger melt down, the fire is stronger...the firings, the trades, this contract...and we know there will be deals made (not just flashy ones, but ones to win when it counts) between now and April....You don't win the Cup in November, but from where I sit the Pens are positioning themselves to have the best chance they have had in 2-4 years. They know there is a 5 year window now - you think Sir Buries It is happy drinking wine in his box with Grocery Ron while his team chokes another chance? Hells No -- Pens win the Cup this year unless there is a serious injury...so let it be written, so let it be done...Do It.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Yeah - a couple things today...they say you can't fix stupid, but I'm betting Dupuis doesn't pull that crap on the empty net again. Still - should never have gotten to that point. I was in the camp that figured this team would be .500 through the first month or so as the adjusted to all the changes, so I am not going to panic. Still - losing two like they have recently is something the system or the players need to address sooner rather than later. And the goalies need to huddle up and decide to stop some tough shots when it matters. The rumors (as noted on DK's page this morning) that Geno is not buying into the system are odd - he is playing pretty well o the whole. like the line change idea floated by Rico below - give Geno Kunitz and Bennet when healthy....or Spaling until then.....I give the Pens until THanksgiving to start playing solid and consistent winning hockey - until then there will be ups and downs, we just need to ride them out.....
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html
So, what are we to make of these new-look Pens after four games? I think the early returns are positive. The PP is strong, and mesoHorney is making a big difference. The PK will be a work in progress for the coming weeks. I would guess we will see some feast or famine games as they find their legs and ideal personnel packages in the days ahead. The grit is there, and it is welcome - you can't tell me that the entire team was not jacked when Downie gave "The Point" and then backed it up in a legit, controlled manner. I do think that they need, and would like to see some even strength scoring and some more goals from the bottom six. While there is no doubt the bottom six now is better than the version from last year, it would be nice to see them bury a few chances. Yet - overall - I think the Pens and their fans have to be pretty damn satisfied about the start and optimistic about the months ahead.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-4-isles-arent-ready-for-primetime-yet.html
Solid cap - agree, can't get to jammed up about game 3 when most sane people know it is going to take 4-6 weeks for this team to find its identity and all that. Still - it wont take 4 weeks to see Scuds does not have it - he just doesn't. And the Pens can't sit back and hope others cover for him - they need to accept their bad medicine and sit him, trade him and eat the money, whatev.....give the young'uns a chance, can't be worse and in some cases could be better. Also - Fluery needs to stop the 3rd goal - yes, give the Stars credit for the last 4 minutes of intensity - but MAF has to stop that relatively sof game winner. And for Dupper - let's hope he got a severe stinger and is back in a week....bring on the Isle.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-3-pens-lose-in-heartbreaking-fashion.html
@Billyho I think a total parody of the song for the Pens is in order....."Sittin' in the crease with my stick on ice"....etc, etc, etc...
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Predictions for tonight: Sid with 2 points, Geno with 2, Scuds is a turnstyle, mesoHorny keeps it going with a goal, Pens win 4-3....
I wanted to see Harrington....let him play a few games, sit Scuds, and see what he's got...
@404ResponseCode @LGP_netwolf @jmarshfof Now we just need it analyzed on Sega's NHL 94....that's money.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-mechanical-penguins.html
So, couldn't really ask for much better way to start the year - well, you could but why bother....2-0 with "fixable" issues. 5 of the 6 goals the Pens have given up were PP goals -- if you ask me, that is very fixable...and not too surprising that the PK has some issues with a new coach, some new guys, etc....call me in a month if they are still giving up so many. The bigger potential "issues" = Flowers poor puck handling...just do not do it! Scuds is thus far better than he was at the end of last year, and while it is too little of a sample size to really judge, I still think he needs to pick up his game if he can...if he can't, well, time to healthy scratch him - admit it was a mistake to sign him to the big deal and lick your wounds....otherwise, this has been a solid start and with a relatively light schedule in October, lots of practice time to address some of the above.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/game-2-recap-pens-win-5-2.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin WILD STALLIONS - wait, sounds like a potential nickname for the Pens 3rd line!
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html
Great to be back and a great way to start. If you read DK's piece this morning, great analysis to compliment TPB here. And to add some intrigue...this just happened in the AM: Penguins Recall Defenseman Scott Harrington....what's the plan here? Would you call him up to sit him in Pittsburgh rather than get time at WBS? Or is there something afoot at the Circle K?
Al Pacino 72-75...Godfathers I and II, and Serpico.....better than Spacey.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/see-you-at-the-crossroads-pittsburgh-penguins-2014-2015-season-preview-part-4-ranking-the-defense.html
Great post -- solid analysis. Personally, I think the recent playoff failures (the last two years in particular) have had less to do with gaoltending and more to do with the goal scoring being down.In the Bruins series, 2 goals in a 4 game sweep with TV in net for us; and against the Ranger, scoring only 3 total goals in the last three games. Lots of factors of course; and while Fluery might not be in the top 5 in the NHL, and if I needed a goalie to be the cornerstone of a franchise I would not pick him - with the overall talent the Pens have had and still do have, if he is even near the league average in GAA, the Pens should win most games - they just need their scorers to show up in the playoffs - and I think a new system, some new net front presence, and some new blue liners will make a world of difference across the board....3 days - Do It!
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/14594.html
Breaking 2 (Electric Bugaloo): Penguins Assign Dumoulin, Farnham to WBS...
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html
@dannyjimmy I found this: http://linemakers.sportingnews.com/nhl/2014-09-23/nhl-odds-stanley-cup-point-totals-devils-kings-rangers-blues-las-vegas
Breaking - Pens place Zatkoff on waivers....
Looks like Vegas is setting the O/U at 106 for the Pens total points this season....thoughts?