Pittsburgh Penguins Desperately Need Evgeni Malkin To Step Up His Game

November 4th, 2010 by Dominic Errico Leave a reply »
The struggles of the starting goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins have been well documented early in the 2010-2011 NHL season. However, a higher profile superstar has been playing much worse.

Evgeni Malkin is easily having the worst season of his young NHL career.  His stat line so far this year projects out to 19 goals and 38 assists for a total of 57 points.  He also projects out to a minus-25.  Awful numbers for such a highly priced superstar.

Even last year, when he only played in 67 games, he still put up 28 goals and 49 assists.

He looks lost out there, routinely getting behind opponents going the other way on breakaways and odd man breaks, and he has yet to score a power play goal this season. 

His lackluster play has affected all facets of his game.  Look at his lame attempt on the penalty shot a few weeks ago against Toronto.  It was like he wasn’t even trying.

I can’t imagine this is the kind of production that the Penguins are looking for from their superstar.  Is the loss of fellow countryman Sergei Gonchar affecting his game worse than we thought ...

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