Who has what it takes as all the teams pass the middle point of the regular season? It’s time to review what just happened and look ahead to this week’s action.
You can almost set your watch to it any more. Pittsburgh gets off to a slow start, the hockey Twitter world freaks out. GM Jim Rutherford finally has seen enough by late November or early December, trades a couple players not having good seasons, which shakes up the chemistry.
Whether that matters, nobody really knows, but once January is in sight, the Penguins start upping their game with the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the horizon.
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Pittsburgh is on streaks of 8-0 and 11-1 and is on the heels of Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division. A review of the stats finds the Pens in the Top 5 of scoring, power play scoring percentage and killing penalties and improving to near the Top 10 in goals allowed.
Pittsburgh for the season is not a good bet, but after being the worst wager in the NHL for over a month and having now more than cut in half their deficit, the Penguins are back on the Play On short list.