Man, I am looking forward to a game. I had to miss today's game because of work. Normally Edmonton is pretty rough and full of idiots but now because of this MORONIC Grey Cup being held here, stupidity is at an all time high. Nothing like inbred hillbilly mouth breathers coming from all over Canada and urinating/stinking up the city. Sorry, I had to rant...
Hmm... it would appear you're calling my province a bunch of hillbilly mouth breathers.
Can I just say that we, as Pens fans, are completely spoiled with our GDTs. Unbelievably good. Although I didn't know who the hell the Malkin girl was until I googled her. The Crosby and Lovejoy pictures just made me laugh, and the Kunitz one.
Calgary is one of the very few NHL teams that don't give me winger-envy. I mean, I love Iggy but that's about it. Hagman, Morrison, Tanguay. No thank you. Kotalik? Yeah right. Bourque's streaky, but ultimately he's more of what we have imo, just a little better.
Their winger corps is miles better than ours. Not only is Iggy still pretty good, but Bourque is way better than anything we have right now at wing and it's not particularly close. None of our wingers boast anywhere near the goalscoring ability he has. Hagman and Tanguay aren't great, but they'd both certainly be top 6 material here. Legitimate top tier talent at center is what has killed them over the last, well .. pretty much forever.
We've scored six goals the last three games and won all three. This streak cannot continue too much longer.
The guys on SportsNet during yesterday's game actually made an interesting observation. They were talking about size, and basically they said that despite the fact the Pens are among the top hitting teams in the NHL, they lack size up front. I believe they said 9 of 12 forwards dressed yesterday were under 6'0". The exceptions being Malkin, Rupp and Dupuis. Now, obviously some of our 5'11" guys are over 200 pounds, like Sid, Cooke, Adams, et al. Still, I found this interesting.
We're going to get Staal back, so that'll help for sure. But it seems to me that this grinding style of ours is going to start taking a toll on the forwards sooner or later. I hadn't really thought about this until it was mentioned yesterday, but we did actually lose quite a bit of size when we let Guerin, Fedotenko and Ponikarovsky go. I am not suggesting for a second that it was a mistake letting them all go, but we do lack size.
Tangradi would have helped here, as well, but of course he was tossed to the curb like he had small pox early on.