Breaking down the Penguins over the last 10 games reveals some alarming trends

We can’t be the only ones who have noticed the Penguins’ offensive formula that has formed over the past month or so. While the team has been ravaged with injuries, the top two lines have carried the load big-time. But even if with a full, healthy roster, barring a trade, there’s still zero to no hope for the Pens’ bottom six.

We looked at the Pens’ stats from the last 10 games (yikes):

The Pens have scored 37 goals over the past 10 games, which is a nice, round 3.7 GPG average. That’s even including the 5-0 loss in Ottawa.

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Players have dressed for all 10 games unless otherwise noted.

Crosby: 5G – 13A
Kunitz: 6G – 9A
Neal: 6G – 9A (9GP)
Jokinen: 3G – 8A
Malkin: 3G – 1A (2GP)
Dupuis: 2 G – 1A (4GP)
Gibbons: 1G – 2A (6GP)

Forwards on the top 2 lines are carrying the load. Here are the remaining forwards that have provided even a modicum of offense:

Sutter: 2G – 1A
Vitale: 3A

And then here’s the funny ones:

Zolnierczyk: 1G — He only played 5 games and was sent down 2 games after scoring his goal.

Conner: 1G – Go back 13 games, you can add 2 more goals and an assist to Conner’s stats. Conner got hurt, so nothing you can do.

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Tanner Glass (6GP)
Craig Adams
Chuck Kobasew (8GP)
Taylor Pyatt (3GP)
Zach Sill (9GP)

Breakdown:

The top two lines have scored 26 of 30 goals scored by forwards. That’s 87%.

A better look:

DEFENSEMEN

Niskanen: 4G – 4A
Maatta: 1G – 5A (9GP)
Engelland: 1G – 2A (6GP)
Letang: 1G – 1A (2GP)
Orpik: 3A (6GP)
Bortuzzo: 2A
Despres: 1A

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Philip Samuelsson 4GP
Brian Dumoulin 4GP
Rob Scuderi 5GP

 

Breakdown:

Matt Niskanen is a hero.

 

Difficult to compare the apples and oranges of defensemen getting double the ice time scoring more goals than the Pens’ bottom six. Also difficult to go back in time to make that comparison in other years since it’s near impossible to figure out what the lines were.

 

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