Okay so the Pens have been struggling lately, it’s nothing that we as Pens fans aren’t familiar with. Now before everyone starts with the CRAZY trade talk, let’s take a look at what the Pens need to do to get back to their game.
Let’s start with the Offense:
- Play with URGENCY
- Shoot the puck more: Ever sit by one of those annoying guys who yells shoot not matter what? Well, SHOOT! There I did it, but in all seriousness the Pens need to shoot the puck. This pass, pass, pass, pass, game plan isn’t working out, especially on the power play. Another persistent move we tend to see is the passing of the puck when there is an open shot. The Pens have a tendency to always want to make the perfect play and instead of just shooting the puck, they pass it. It works sometimes but most of the time it does not and ends up going the other way.
- No more blind passes: Countless times we have seen Geno, Sid, Dad, everybody really, drop these little blind pass back to nobody, sending the opposition going the other way
- Keep it simple: Yes it is nice to see a fancy through the legs pass to set up a goal, but right now the Pens just need to stick to the basics
- Better Offensive zone possessions: We need to keep the puck in the offensive zone longer, a dump and chase is ineffective if we can’t get to the puck
- Get the puck out of our zone: clear the puck!
- Help out Flower: Our D-men need, and I stress need, to clear traffic out in front of Fleur simple as that
- Don’t become the traffic: If you can’t make a play on the puck, get out the way so MAF can. We have incidents where our d men take Flower out of the play.
- Get more involved: Take more shots from the point or anywhere really, don’t be so hesitant.
- More confidence: Be strong to the puck , finish off checks, get gritty on the boards and pinch in.
- Shoot the puck: enough said
- Crash the net- Pens need to get more bodies to the net cause some havoc in front for the opposing goal tender.
Like I said before, it’s nothing that we as Pens fans aren’t familiar with. We are strapped into a roller coaster ride from the beginning of the season and if you can’t stomach that, then please hop off this ride.
"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness"
Let’s Go Pens.