Good morning one and all!
Turns out I'm not the only one confused about who's on third versus fourth line these days. Apparently Goc and Sutter have no idea either; they just go out and play. Sutter's looked good of late, but Goc needs to pick it up or his stay here will be of short duration.
Lee Stempniak had to make a sizable adjustment to playing alongside Kunitz and Crosby, but so far he's been the best we've seen in that role aside from Pascal Dupuis. Given Duper's contract and Stempniak's pending UFA status, this is going to be one of the bigger conundrums facing Shero in the off-season.
Tonight we have Phoenix Coyotes in town, and their backup guy was supposed to be playing anyway, but now he'll probably get more work given that Mike Smith suffered what looked to be a bad injury last night against the Rangers.
The Oilers and the Panthers joined the Sabres as being officially eliminated from playoff contention. What makes me feel for them is the fact that I remember some awful, awful Pens teams from 12-13 years ago. Let's look at what went wrong for those two teams, courtesy of Puck Prediction.
Okay, let's try to get back to winning. After posting a great record against the West earlier this season, in March the Pens lost to Hawks, Sharks and Blues. Let's at least beat the team we're supposed to beat.