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02-05-2009, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
The Pens are in danger of missing the playoffs for a number of reasons:

1) They have played the ENTIRE season without their best defenseman, Gonchar.

2) A good chunk of their season was played without their starting goaltender. Dany Sabourin started 16 games for them.

3) Last season, they "Went for it." They took a shot by trading away some of their depth for Hossa. You can't blame them, the move took them to the Finals. But it set them back a bit because it cost them some depth.

I don't think we'd even be talking about the playoffs if we didn't have Staal for the entire season and Lundqvist was injured for a while.

Oh yeah, they need a coaching change, too.
i only agree with gonchar and the coaching change.

but fleury wasn't injured that long, and anyway he isn't playing much better than sabourin was. BTW vally has also played in 11 games already.
and what they lost in the hossa trade weren't real key pieces.

no they're problem is i think that they picked a little too often too high. they now have incredible depth at center, but nothing on the wings.

if you look at the best teams right now, they aren't one-line or two-men shows. they have great depth, and that mostly without picking too high.

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