Pittsburgh Penguins: Defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski Taking Center Stage

November 17th, 2010 by Kaelan Lupton Leave a reply »
Average is the perfect word to describe the Pittsburgh Penguins first 20 games of the 2010-11 NHL season.

Their strong penalty kill and weak power play combine to make a very average special teams. Their 10-8-2 record could be called average, considering the Penguins great success in recent years. That record evens out to a .550 points percentage, another average stat.

Superstar Evgeni Malkin? He's been average.

Face-off percentage? You guessed it, an incredibly average 50.7 percent won.

It doesn't take a genius to see the trend here. With a few exceptions, the Pittsburgh Penguins have experienced a very average season thus far.

These exceptions, however, are the factors responsible for making things interesting.

Defensemen Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski are both enjoying breakout seasons. At 23 and 25 years old respectively, both rearguards can be considered late bloomers.

The two defenders seem to have found the same offensive spark. Letang has scored three goals and 14 assists for 17 total points, while Goligoski has posted four markers and seven assists for 11 points. Both players hold a so ...

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