The Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Start Rolling Before Playoffs Begin

March 26th, 2010 by Justin Soss Leave a reply »
With eight games remaining in the 2009-2010 regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are staggering towards the Stanley Cup playoffs like a punch-drunk prize fighter. This is, of course, a direct contrast to the 2008-2009 team that not only charged into the spring tourney, but kicked in the proverbial postseason door with a vengeance. The club’s 6-3-3 record since the end of the Olympic break is not overwhelmingly alarming, on paper or in the standings, but on the ice it is another matter. The Penguins have failed, yet again, to assert themselves against the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. They managed two more listless and uninspiring losses to the New Jersey Devils and suffered a third come-from-ahead setback at the hands of Alex Ovechkin and the league leading Washington Capitals. I am well aware that regular season domination against certain clubs does not always translate into postseason success against those same clubs. The playoffs and the regular season are like night and day, but it is impossible to argue that grabbing some wins against the teams that they are battling for Eastern Conference supremacy against wouldn’t have been a nice boost to th ...

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