The Penguins are in the thick of their season and after last night's 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers, which I called by the way, they sit with 22 wins, most in the NHL.
How cash has the third and fourth line been for the Penguins so far this season, namely Dupuis and Rupp. Shero is just a beast. If you remember Dupes came to the Penguins in the Fiesta Mexicana deal.
Remember when everyone thought we were giving up too much for Hoss and Dupes? Where is exactly are those players we gave up playing now? Yea, thats what I thought. That is why Shero is the GM of the Pens and you are sitting on your couch.
Take a look at the trade.
Here is Colby Amrstrong since the trade:
Here is Erik Christensen since the trade:
Esposito has not played in any NHL action.
I don't think we gave up world beaters like most people said we did. Whatev. I threw those stats up there because I wanted to fill up some space. Really it means nothing. Dupuis is a good PK guy who has stepped up big this year. Bigger probably than Christensen or Armstrong would have been able to, IMO.
Geno Malkin netted his nineth goal of the season last night. Now I know some of you are thinking that "Oh man Malkin is in a big slump. What is going on? Why isn't he scoring five goals a night?" If it were that easy, everyone would do it. Geno still has 31 points and is a +12 on the season. When February turns into March and the Penguins march on to May Geno is going to still be kicking ass and taking names.
Like I was talking about before when you can get nine goals from Dupes, nine from Rupp, six from Cooke you have a complete team. Everyone on this team is doing their job and giving the team a chance to win on any given night.
MAF has also been solid. You might not realize that by looking at the stats but MAF is one of the best in the league in the most important stat of all: wins. MAF has 18 of the 22 Penguin wins this season. He is never going to have a flashy GAA or save percentage but what he is going to do is get the job done. He makes the big saves when you need him to and locks down the game. I think the most encouraging thing about MAF is that he just gets better every year. This is no one trick pony. Every year he gets more confident and shows more poise. That is very good and very scary.
Take a look at the standings in the Atlantic divisoin as of today:
See who is in the celler? I guess Pronger isn't as big of a factor as one might have thought. Shit, I could have told you that.
I could sit here and talk about how the Flyers are a joke and are in the bottom on the division and are looking at the brink of their season coming up, but the Penguins are going to have to take care of them coming up.
Take a look at the Penguins upcoming schedule:
Now I know you see those Flyers game and you start to think that those are the biggests games of the month of December, but you would be wrong. Sure does it get your blood pumping when you play the Flyers? Hell yea it does. But those two games against the Devils are going to be major. The Devils are tied with the Penguins atop the standing with two games in hand. The Penguins also play a very good Buffalo team and Ottawa who has been playing much better since Mr. Heatley has left.
It is a great day to be a Penguins fan and it will be a great rest of the month to watch Penguins hockey. The Penguins have their full squad back so lets see what they can do against the best of the east coming up.
Lets Go Pens