Hey yinz. The all-star break is over for both football and hockey, and for the latter that means teams are gearing up for the playoffs. The Penguins seem to be taking that very seriously. It’s no secret that theyíve been in a bit of a struggle during the first part of the season, hanging around the .500 line and lying low in the division. I knock on wood when I say that may be behind them.
The Pens have seemed to have turned themselves around. With a win over San Jose last night they have won seven of their last ten games. Since my previous blog post only last week, the pens have shot from 5th place in the metropolitan division to 2nd right behind Washington, passing New Jersey, Columbus, and Philly in one week. I may be taking the optimistic approach, but things are really looking up.
Remember last week when I said the young guys were keeping the team afloat? And that if the stars starting producing as well they would be nearly unstoppable? Well, I think that is starting to happen.
Most prominently last night against the sharks when Evgeni Malkin released some of his magic for a hat-trick. The veteran looks to be back to full production, and he is a real difference maker when he is. The young guys continue to be productive as well. Brian Rust contributed the other two goals of the night as him and Geno ran the show. Letís hope this production level is contagious for the whole team and the Pens will see big success again.
Another huge contribution to their success would be if the power play continues to be as lethal as its been. Currently, the Penís power play is 1st in the league at 27.1 percent success. Power play goals can really swing the momentum in a game and they must continue to use it’s effectiveness†to their advantage. With Murray back in net and the superstars back on track, the power play can only get better and the team will be back on track for another successful playoff year.
Now, this wouldnít be much of a sports blog if I didnít at least mention the upcoming Super Bowl, even if the Steelers arenít involved. The Eagles will face off against the Patriots in Minneapolis this Sunday in Super Bowl LII. Letís just say I do not like the Patriots. Mostly because theyíre just too good and the Steelers are never able to beat them. Also, Patriotís fans are some of the cockiest people around. Thus, I have to say Iíll be rooting for the Eagles this weekend, hoping they teach the Patriots and their fans some humility. Never thought I would say this but Go Birds!
But most importantlyÖ
LETíS GO PENS!!