The Pittsburgh Penguins winning streak ended at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres this past Tuesday for their first loss after 15 games. They lost by a score of 4-1 then lost again last night against the New York Rangers by a score of 6-1.
The Penguins have been playing sloppy and uninspired hockey unlike they have been over the previous 15 games. There could be a couple of factors involved with this sudden decline. First, Sidney Crosby, has been out of the lineup since undergoing surgery for a broken jaw and was not playing for either of the losses.
Second, there have been a number of new players acquired who have been juggled around to find the best fit so chemistry might be slightly askew as well. There is quite a delicate balance when it comes to team chemistry, which is why great teams are something to admire.
Then there is the questionable play of Evgeni Malkin. Malkin was sidelined a couple times this season for injuries; however, his play has left something to be desired both before and after being sidelined. This season he has recorded only six goals in 25 games played which is unacceptable for a player of Malkin’s caliber.
Despite these two losses, it’s not quite time to panic as the team needs a little more time to gel and Crosby still needs to return to the lineup, both of which may provide the spark the Penguins need.
The Penguins are in action tomorrow night once again to face the Rangers, and will be looking to redeem themselves from the walloping loss from last night. Puck is set to drop at 7:00 pm (est) at the CONSOL Energy Center.