The Penguins (11-10-3) return home Saturday night to take on Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning (16-4-2) from PPG Paints Arena with faceoff set for just after 7:00PM (if the Penguins actually decide to show up for the game).
Well folks, there's no easy way to put it. The Penguins suck right now. They're bad, like really bad. The Penguins fell to the Bruins yesterday in Boston by a score of 4-3. Though it was a close game on the scoreboard, the stats further indicated it was not. Boston outshot the Penguins 33 to 20 and to say the Bruins led in time of possession would be an understatement. The Penguins made a late comeback but it was not good enough. The Pens have now lost three in a row and with the way they've played as of late, there's no end in sight.
I would say the Penguins usually do well against the Lightning, but that'd be lying to you. So far this season against Tampa, the Penguins are 0-2 scoring just 5 goals and giving up 12, including a 7-1 loss back on October 21st. If you planned on watching this game, I would try to make other plans, just to save the frustration, likely the cost of buying another television, and saving overall peace of mind.
The Lightning are currently first in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-4-2. In their last ten games, the Bolts are 7-2-1, which from what I know about hockey and records is pretty damn good. The Lightning did manage to lose last night, which has been rare this season, falling 3-1 to the Washington Capitals. Steven Stamkos leads the NHL with 36 points, edging out teammate Nikita Kucherov, who is second in the league in scoring with 34 points. It's ok though, Kucherov leads the league in goals with 17. If you were skeptical about their goaltending, have no fear...Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the league in wins with 15. In the grand scheme of things, the Lightning have a lot of league leaders and resemble the Penguins last season, just dominating in scoring and leading the league in almost every category.
Since it's a back-to-back situation for both teams, I would expect Tristan Jarry to go against Peter Budaj. Either way, I would expect a loss.
Of course, there are no ref assignments out yet. Classic.
Watch something else if possible. Take your lady friend on a date (just not to the game). Go to Moe's. Go for a walk. Go cure cancer. Solve world hunger. Do anything but watch this game.
Ian Cole was a healthy scratch yesterday. Lol at that.
Sidney Crosby made the entire league, in particular Boston fans very mad yesterday, when he scored a goal by jamming away at in the crease and poking the puck past a sprawled out Anton Khudobin. Apparently a whistle sounded but the Penguins were still credited with a goal. People were mad. I was happy.
The Lightning are very good at hockey.
Nikita Kucherov might score seven goals tonight.
Cory Conacher was recalled by the Lightning. #TBT to when he played for them years ago and was very good.
If this post sounds pessimistic to you, you're probably right.
It's November 25th so I still don't care.
Kucherov just scored as I was typing this.
Apparently Elliotte Friedman linked the Penguins to struggling Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty. What a flaming hot take.
Phil Kessel leads the team with 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).
Never forget when Ron Cook wanted the Penguins to trade Kessel. Oh wait, he still does.
I doubt Evgeni Malkin plays tomorrow.
We're going to Buffalo Friday for the game.
That means we're going to drink a lot of alcohol and post a lot of obnoxious tweets.
Therefore I strongly recommend following us on Twitter.com, @PensOfAnarchy (click the link).
Kucherov scored again.
The Penguins play the second of a back to back against the Eastern Conference's best team. What could possibly go wrong?
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.