13:00
-
-
    

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the shadows of the tunnel in Ottawa before entering the ice for the game against the Senators
Photo credit: NHL - Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins Stars Not Shining Brightly During This Stretch Of Games

Published March 13, 2024 at 12:29
By:
PUBLICATION
Rob A.
March 13, 2024  (12:29)
SHARE THIS STORY
FOLLOW US

Unlikely last year, where the Penguins controlled their destiny to make the playoffs up until the last game, this year with 17 games left, the Penguins team and core and in unfamiliar territory.

The Penguins are all but out of the playoffs after a one point showing against the Ottawa Senators with a 2-1 loss in OT.

Penguins Star Core Players Have Not Produced To Help the Team Win



As the Penguins hopes of the playoffs have all but disappeared completely, so have the star players. Over the last 8 games, the point totals for the core and Karlsson have been dismal.




Sidney Crosby Playing Himself Out of MVP Contention



Not too long ago we were talking about Crosby looking at an MVP trophy, that talk has all but gone away with a minus 12 in these last 8 games. He is at risk of falling below his point per game career average for the first time ever in a season.

The Penguins are 1-6-1 over these games, with that one win being credited to Malkin. He showed up against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 5th in the 5-3 victory with a goal and an assist.

Letang and Karlsson Both Ineffective In Production Or Defense



Defensemen expectations are not necessarily in the offensive numbers, but both Karlsson and Letang are known for their offense. Letang specific seems to have given up at times, with turnovers and lack of urgency leading to eventual game winning goals for the opposition.



The Penguins just do not have depth to help carry the team with the core are not providing offense. When these players are at their worst, so is the team.

As Read On: The Hockey News - Penguins Stars Have Disappeared
POLL
March 13   |   171 answers
Penguins Stars Not Shining Brightly During This Stretch Of Games

Do you think the Penguins core players are phoning in the remainder of the season?

Yes12170.8 %
No5029.2 %
LIST OF POLL
Latest 10 stories

TOP 5
LEADERS
GPGAPTS
1-  NIKITA KUCHEROV
8144100144
2-  NATHAN MACKINNON
825189140
3-  CONNOR MCDAVID
7632100132
4-  ARTEMI PANARIN
824971120
5-  DAVID PASTRNAK
824763110
6-  AUSTON MATTHEWS
816938107
7-  LEON DRAISAITL
814165106
8-  MIKKO RANTANEN
804262104
9-  J.T. MILLER
813766103
10-  WILLIAM NYLANDER
82405898
2023-2024 LEADERS  
FOLLOW US
facebook
47 054 followers