Two games back to back against divisional rivals on the road, and the Penguins are 2-0. There are a lot of positives to take away from the opening weekend of the season. However there are a few things Shero, Disco Dan and the rest of us should keep an eye on as the season moves forward.
UPDATE: NHL officials Monday afternoon changed the Tyler Kennedy goal from Saturday to Martin's goal. (Martin is now 1G, 2A on the season, Kennedy just 1G).
Martin just looks different out there. More confident. He's making smart clearing passes, finding the open guy and actually keeping the puck in front of him on defense. Maybe all that needed to happen was get rid of Zbynek Michalek. Maybe he's finally found a fit with a defenseman pair in Brooks Orpik he gels with. Either way, this isn't the Paul Martin we've become accustom to and that should sit just fine.
Talk about a well oiled machine, but the Penguins power play is firing on all cylinders. Penguins are a solid 50% (4 of 8) with the other team down a man, picking up right where they left off last regular season.
The team's puck movement, spacing and finding passing lanes is something special. Here's how James Neal found his PPG from last night.