The Penguins don't look like the team that soared up the standings to get a home series against the Flyers.
They look (to me) like a team that is coming down off a peak and is going through a rough patch. There are a lot of things not working, and we don't know how to fix them.
I think it has to do with having a new coach.
To bring in a football comparison; remember Tomlin's first season, the team worked hard in the preseason, started the season hot, and played great, then at the end of the season they underperformed.
A new coach's first job is to get the team to follow him, if he can't accomplish that he is toast. I think Bylsma (like Tomlin in 2007) did a great job of that. However, the downside is that a team fired up and playing their best will inevitably cool off. You see this during the regular season, hot, cold, up and down.
The goal is to be hot when the playoffs come.
The Pens needed that insanely good streak of games just to make the playoffs, and rode it into 4th place.
It seems that streak has run out. Kunitz, Malkin, Fedetenko, Letang, most of the team is struggling, they are working hard, but things just don't work out.
Hopefully we can work it out and get things going again. If not we will have to hope that next year we don't need to play our best hockey at the end of the regular season, and can peak for the playoffs.