Pittsburgh Penguins: Review of the 1st Month of the Season

November 3rd, 2010 by Phil Dillon Leave a reply »
It’s been a very interesting first month of the National Hockey League season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Flightless Birds started out by opening up the brand new CONSOL Energy Center with a disappointing loss to archrival Philadelphia Flyers.

The Pens have also been hit hard by the injury bug.  Las Vegas may have bed bugs, but the city of Pittsburgh’s hockey team got the injury bug in a pretty bad way.  Jordan Staal was supposed to be back from his foot infection in time for the game against Dallas on November 3, but he now has a broken hand and will be out ‘til close to Christmas.  Other notable players missing games this season due to injury are Brooks Oprik, Zybnek Michalek and Arron Asham.

Orpik is arguably the Pens best defensive defenseman, Michalek was a high-priced free-agent signing by general manager Ray Shero this summer to help solidify the defense in front of Marc-Andre Fleury and you can never have too many players like Asham in your lineup.  He is very tough, smart and has enough skill to put a few pucks in the net.

Not only have the Pens been hit with the injury bug, they have also ...

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