Unlike the other two teams in this city, the Pens are a team I rarely lose sleep over. I love watching them play and can admit that they’re not always perfect but in the end, I have faith that with them, things always will work out.
That said faith, well, it’s being tested right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I still am confident that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in the playoffs but it is hard for anyone, including Penguins Jesus, to have a strong amount of faith in this team.
Last night was an all time low for the 2018-2019 Penguins. They blew a 3-1 lead with just a few minutes to go, on national television to their most hated rival. On top of all that, they were also bullied out of a city in which they normally thrive in.
They lost the fight and they lost the game.
Fight is a very weird word when you tie it into this group. One has to wonder when some of the players on this roster will indeed show some “fight”. Or at the very least, some urgency.
We are less than a week away from March, or as casual fans call it “the real start of hockey season”. This is the time of the year when the Penguins ALWAYS seem to get their shit together. Yet this year, it seems to be the opposite.
With the trade deadline approaching, some are hoping for another move to be made that can possibly spark this team. To those people I ask, what is it that the Pens need?
It’s funny that a team with so much struggles honestly doesn’t have an obvious hole on its roster. On paper, this team should be leading the division yet today, they’re the first team out of the playoffs.
The biggest thing this team needs is a wake up call. Hopefully last nights loss was it. Every year this team has won the cup, they were sparked by a significant moment.
A big trade, an injury or a coaching change have all been things to get the Pens going in the past. Maybe this year, it will be getting humiliated in front of a national audience.
At least, that’s what I’m hoping for. After the Steelers choked away the division and with the Pirates soon to start, this town needs at least one playoff team this year. It has to be the Pens.
They are not a team who is just good enough to get in. They should be a team who is good enough to compete for another cup. Stats and standings aside, this roster still has four dudes who will be in the hall of fame and a few others who know how to show up in big games.
Not everyone has played to their mad potential and maybe some of them have run their corse here in Pittsburgh but as for now, this is still a squad that knows how to win.
We shouldn’t have to worry about making the playoffs. In all honesty, I still don’t think many people are. However, the fact that it is even a conversation at this point in the year is a bit unsettling.
I don’t want to see this group turn into the Blackhawks. I don’t want to see this group turn into the Kings. They’re too talented and damn it, we simple can’t handle another team shitting the bed down the stretch.
Please let last night be a turning point. Let it be the opening moment on their Stanley Cup DVD. Or at the very least, let it be something that gives this team a bit of pride, something a few of its players are clearly lacking.
My hand isn’t on the panic button yet. But my eyes sure as hell are. Let’s get it together soon, huh boys?