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The Penguins will march into tonight’s game against the New York Rangers with a defensive unit that is being held together by duct tape and bobby pins. But before we delve into the defensive doom and despair, we have a whole lot more to examine on this week’s episode of the PensBurgh Podcast.

We kicked off the show with recaps of the games against the Flyers (5-2 L), Capitals (4-3 OTW), and Capitals (5-4 OTW).

We also look ahead to the Penguins’ first game of the season against the New York Rangers. And in doing so, we examine the Rangers’ current rebuild and talk about the rising stars the team has—like the 2020 number one overall pick, Alexis Lafreniere, and Kaapo Kakko. The team’s rebuild is happening faster than many anticipated, and we see when the Rangers may return to Metropolitan Division prominence.

On the flip side, the Penguins’ defense is in shambles already. Mike Matheson, Marcus Pettersson, and Juuso Riikola have already suffered longer term injuries. Frank and Garrett try to see what the Penguins can do to help alleviate some of the struggles they might have on the blue line for the foreseeable future.

And, like always, the podcast ends with another fun mailbag segment that sees us touch on a variety of topics such as:

  • The Jack Roslovic trade rumors. Do the Penguins really need another depth piece? And would he really improve the right wing, assuming that’s where he slots?
  • Which NHL goalies would be the best player outside of the net?
  • What’s up with Evgeni Malkin? Are his best days finally behind him? Should the team think about moving on from the future Hall of Famer?
  • And lastly, we put our thinking caps on to figure out which players on the team have the best hair (the answers may not surprise you).

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Intro/Outro music courtesy of: Sylendanna.

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