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The Pens have lost two games back-to-back and everyone is ready to break their best friend’s neck if they look at them wrong.

Apparently we all assumed Dan Bylsma was never going to lose twice in a row.


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If you’re mad at the world because that the Penguins lost two games on a west coast trip in November, you need stop and think about the situation more.

Did getting shut out by San Jose suck?
Of course it did.

Did listening to jokes on the Internet verbally fellate Anze Kopitar after the game in LA get annoying?

Trust us. As bad as it looks right now, there will be a worse point in the season.

So stop punching your dog for a bit and watch a hockey game.

It wasn’t that long ago that we thought this city wouldn’t even have a hockey team anymore.

Should you want the Pens to win every game?
Of course you should.

But that’s a pretty unrealistic expectation.

The bottom line is that this team is good.
Good enough that we expect them to win.
They’re a talented team, but no one wins every night.
However, there are players on this team that can make the rest of the league look pretty foolish.

How many teams could even fathom losing talent like Malkin, Letang and Gonchar for an extended period of time?
How many teams even have players of that quality to begin with?

No excuses though.

Every team has to deal with injuries at some point.
This is our time and we’ll get through it.
Disco Dan’s coaching skills may be tested like never before, but we’ll get through it.

The Penguins have more injuries than we can count.
Of course, that means we can’t count past five.

Here are the Pens’ lines, according to the official website:

Matt Cooke – Sidney Crosby – Ruslan Fedotenko
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Bill Guerin
Chris Conner – Craig Adams – Pascal Dupuis
Chris Bourque – Mike Rupp – Eric Godard

Brooks Orpik – Deryk Engelland
Mark Eaton – Martin Skoula
Jay McKee – Alex Goligoski

Marc-Andre Fleury

We found this on Flickr by Lorianne DiSabato:

We bet you do Tim.
We’re wondering if the Penguins will play a different style of hockey tonight.
Matt Cooke said this after the last game:

“Sometimes you do have to change the way you play when you’re missing three offensive threats — especially the power play. You change your ways a little bit. You prepare yourselves to win games 1-0 or 2-1. I think at this point we haven’t really made that adjustment and put our mindset to do the right things to win games like that.”

Will the Penguins up-tempo, aggressive style still work when some of the teams fastest, most aggressive players are sitting in the press box?
Will they have to change their style of play?
They are missing the services of Gonchar, Letang and Malkin on the power play.
They’re missing the Cooke-Staal-Kennedy third line that could always be counted on to provide energy.
They’ve broken up Crosby and Guerin.
It could be a different Penguin team on the ice tonight.
Not necessarily bad, but different.
We trust Bylsma to do the right thing.

The Boston Bruins are another team beaten up by injuries.

They’ll be missing Milan Lucic and Marc Savard once again.
David Krejci, Michael Ryder and Derek Morris should all be in uniform tonight for Boston.
David Krejci had swine flu.

Good article, except for this:

“Lemieux, the NHL’s seventh-leading career scorer, is a cancer survivor himself. His first retirement, in 1993, came after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

Mario’s 1993 retirement is news to us.

He’s probably expecting to dominate a weakened Pittsburgh team.

“I don’t think so Tim.”

Do it.

Go Pens.