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@FlyinPenguin One of the Pens "shots" was from Lovejoy from center ice which only would've threatened to go in if Lundqvist had a grand mal seizure while handling the puck.

11 hours, 51 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-3-pens-get-the-split-in-ny-head-home-tied-1-1.html

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@Bing_87 I'm expecting more of the same tonight with the Penguins getting familiar with the penalty box.

13 hours, 49 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-3-pens-get-the-split-in-ny-head-home-tied-1-1.html

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@Ungaba @brendannn @Komrade Konfidence God, y'all are younguns if early-90s Geocities is before your time.  Hell I just watched a documentary (coincidentally, about weed) showing old AOL commercials and my wife I were like "yup, I remember that shit".

13 hours, 53 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-3-pens-get-the-split-in-ny-head-home-tied-1-1.html

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I would go with this:


Comeau-Crosby-Hornqvist (you score a goal, you get rewarded)
Kunitz-Malkin-Perron
Downie-Sutter-Spaling
Wilson-Lapierre-Winnik

I'm very skeptical that they'd bring up Farnham or Kapanen at this rate, at least not for Game 2.  But I think Bennett needs to be scratched because he kills offensive chances.  I would hope that Malkin can drag some energy out of Perron or Kunitz as the game wore on.

3 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-playoffs-game-1-rangers-hold-on-win-2-1.html

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Oh look, Bennett blows up another offensive shift.

4 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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@JDogg  Icing isn't as subjective as penalties, so they can only fuck it up a rare amount of times.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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@JDogg @The66thDopefish But but but METRICS ADVANCED STATS FENWICK CORSI PDO TRENDING

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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@JDogg It's only 2-0! As long as the Penguins get even before the third, they might have a chance.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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@Zhan I assumed that they whined at all of them.

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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@PenGeno shhhhhhhh we don't want them here

4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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Lovejoy did something! He won an icing call!

4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-1-do-it.html

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As I mentioned elsewhere, Sutter's 20+ goals makes the Penguins the third team in the league with three 20+-goal centers (NYI, NSH the others).  As usual, the lack of wing depth is overlooked.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-82-brandon-sutter-and-marc-andre-fleury-save-the-season-pens-win-2-0.html

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@rico To be fair, he did score 20+ goals as the third-line center; only the Islanders and Predators have the same sort of depth.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/first-round-penguins-vs-new-york-rangers.html

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NHL.com tells us how the Penguins will win the Cup: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=762873

Heavy on idealism.

It's strange to think of Pittsburgh as a long shot in the playoffs, but by qualifying as the second wild card from the Eastern Conference, this won't be a typical postseason with the immense pressure of being a top seed. Without the expectations, Pittsburgh can play its game and beat any of the other 15 teams in the field.


At least the bookies don't have the Penguins listed last.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/first-round-penguins-vs-new-york-rangers.html

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@Hibbits My first bracket had the Islanders against the Predators, so that was interesting.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/first-round-penguins-vs-new-york-rangers.html

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I guess if we're holding out for hope that the Penguins can make a deep playoff run, yeah a win or two in the last couple of games could possibly see them get home ice in the first round.  And each game against the Islanders is going to be Hell in the Cell, starting with tomorrow's.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/penguins-need-one-point-to-clinch-a-playoff-spot.html

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@Con_Soul11 "I do like my health, but I also like watching my team." Hockey's a helluva drug, huh?

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-80-par-for-the-course-penguins-melt-down-again-lose-in-overtime.html

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(Sorry for the long post, but there's a lot running through my head.)

It's been a very trying last couple of months, watching the Penguins' playoff hopes slowly erode despite the best efforts of Crosby, Fleury, and Letang.  In fact, Letang's injury, getting knocked over backwards onto his ass and left dazed, is a microcosm of what's happened to this team: it was all going so well, but then someone got hurt.  Then someone else.  Then someone else.  Ad infinitum.  At least the guys left behind have been able to score, but every time we think the footing is secure, they fall through the ice.

There are two games left, and it's hard to believe that the Pens largely control their own destiny, but anyone left who is even 51% sure this team makes the playoffs is on meth.  Do we need them to make the playoffs at this point, so they can continue to demonstrate how futile their defense is without three of their top-six guys? Or to see Beau Bennett kill chance after chance? Anyone here think the Islanders will take it easy for the Pens' last home game? Do we think the Sabres won't try to give their fans something to actually cheer about?

Yes, it would be hilarious if they made the playoffs and just as improbably as they almost lost their playoff berth that they went and won the Cup.  Do any of you really want to see what HCMJ looks like jubilant? Does he deserve it at this point? (Not that I blame him for much of what's happened to this team, but he's not nearly as entertaining as Disco Dan was.)

I understand that there's a contingent that wants to see the Penguins make the playoffs if only to avoid the embarrassment of shipping their first round draft pick off.  Sorry guys, but we were going to face this reality either way: the Penguins have a very murky future.  If you want the Penguins to trade players X, Y, or Z to recoup some draft picks (lol) or get some younger guys in here, that's a nice idea but try doing it without completely blowing this team (and, sorry, its marketability, since these are things that matter to the front office) apart.

And get it out of your heads that we'll somehow end up with McDavid or Eichel.  Do you still have it in your head? Stop it.  You'll only end up hurting yourself with your childish imagination.

I'll follow this team into the grave, and I have hope that with a healthy squad next season they'll be right back in the thick of things.  However, there are still a lot of things wrong with this organization (whoever is in their scouting departments and is responsible for strength and conditioning might want to work on their resumes) and the forward depth really needs to be seriously addressed, not just by signing a bunch of guys but by getting some youth back in the system.  If none of these things are repaired, we're gonna be in for another stretch of seasons that the Penguins can't compete.  (Which, unless we trade all our draft picks for some reason, won't be the end of the world, but I'm not sure everyone else is ready for that future.)

The part that sucks the most is that they still have two games left, and it's completely possible they could make the playoffs, and we'll continue to be subjected to a Penguins team we can't be happy with.  Maybe proud of, at the very least individual players, but as a team, as a whole, it's very difficult to be satisfied with what they've become when we know what they could've been.

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-80-par-for-the-course-penguins-melt-down-again-lose-in-overtime.html

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@BigPen596 He looks like he's trying his best Frank Underwood impression, except he's not doing anything to manipulate his players to his benefit.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html

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@cwb2208 @Craigs Boss @The66thDopefish I'd rather get the torture that is the 2014-15 Penguins out of my mind sooner rather than later.

Or, a promise that they'll make turn their playoff berth into a Cup Finals appearance to make it all worth the stress.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html

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I hate to say it, but a win against the Islanders or Sabres clinches the Penguins a playoff spot.

As if that matters to anyone at this point.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html

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So I guess Sid's gonna try to be the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one game.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html

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@LP66 Thiiiiiiiis.  All the bridge-jumpers who want to slash the organization to ribbons like it's a video game are unrealistic and harmful to those who would want to find a reason to enjoy this team.  There is a core of this team that is not going anywhere, lest we all go down and ask for Jim Rutherford's head (Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Fleury, Maatta), then there are guys who are maybe good for picking up draft picks or other pieces, or for getting back cap space, but aren't necessarily moveable because they are talented players that have regularly shown their value (Kunitz, Dupuis, Hornqvist, Perron, Sutter, Pouliot).

That leaves guys who are already on their way out due to expiring contracts (Martin, Ehrhoff, Bennett YES, Lapierre, Cole, Adams, Downie, Winnik, Comeau, Greiss), or here's a list of guys that are signed for at least a few years who I think the team could move and not cause more unrest among the fandom: Spaling, Lovejoy, Scuderi.  That's it.  Realistically, those are the only three guys who could be moved: two defensemen and one forward.  And Spaling and Lovejoy are relatively cheap for a veteran top-6 d-man and a replacement for Beau Bennett as fourth-line center. If the Pens could sneak into the first half of the first round this year with any or all of them, that'd be really fortunate.

At the end of the day however, the ultimate problems are these: too little forward depth, and no hope for the future if they keep shipping off draft picks.  Everyone who's butthurt that the team won't end up with a top-5 pick this year need to realize that we have our McDavid and Eichel already in Crosby and Malkin, and it's unrealistic greed to think that we should end up with them somehow.  What we need is to build a deeper team that can cover up for the inevitable injuries the team sustains, because that's been the biggest bugaboo for the Penguins over the last five years.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-79-thread.html

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@FLYERSFAN2219 Congratulations on winning the first game of the 2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers Farewell Tour!

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-77-you-cant-make-a-bad-april-fools-joke-without-the-flyers.html

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