This game stinks; all of the pressure is on the Penguins, they need to win to preserve home ice. If the Flyers win it will take a monumental collapse for them to blow winning the series (see Penguins in 2000, up 2-0 on the Flyers and blow the series).
What is the mood of everyone about the game tonight?
For some reason I feel a little bit prepared for notgoodness. Not excited like I usually am.
But part of me also feels that they will use the loss as an intensity to win.
I'm feeling very pessimistic at this point in time. If we had more success against the Flyers during the regular season, and we didn't lose game 1 the same way we seem to lose just about every game against the Flyers, I'd feel more confident.
so they're only going to keep Malkin out there for only half the powerplay? that seems foolish to me.
maybe Malkin stays out for the full powerplay and the other 4 change?
I say sit Crosby over Neal considering Malkin and Neal's chemistry, and the fact that the powerplay was clicking when Crosby was out of the line up.
Only the Penguins could mess up a good thing. Without Crosby the Penguins powerplay is 5th best in the NHL.
We have Staal, Cooke, Kennedy, Dupuis. Add Crosby. Let Malkin double shift and play a point position.
There, you have two powerplay units. Crosby+Malkin together does not work and will never work. There is only one puck. Both guys play the same position. This isn't Mario on the left boards and Jagr on the right (btw, Mario and Jagr hardly played on the same powerplay unit until roughly 1997) it is two guys who both prefer and play the same spot.
Do what the Penguins of the early 90's did and have the powerplay come at you in waves. Right now, the last 45 seconds of a penguin powerplay is as dangerous as a Garter snake
I'm for taking Sid off of the 1st powerplay. The PP was clicking right before he came back. It has gone south since then. I have always thought Sid brings the PP down. He's best on the PP near the net. No one is better at deflections and cleaning up garbage. However, if they are not going to play him down low, for fear of his injury, then he needs to go to the half-boards on the 2nd PP. Double-shift Letang if you have to.