After the first two games, the Penguins are 2-0-0 with a total of 11 goals scored. Six of which coming from the top line of Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and the surprising Patric Hornqvist. The Pens acquired Hornqvist from the Nashville Predators during the offseason in the James Neal trade, and he is already proving himself as a top line winger with Crosby. In Pittsburgh, Hornqvist does not have the pressure of being the top scorer anymore, so he can settle in and become more keen with himself and produce without all eyes watching.
As a whole, the Penguins look like a new team. They are making fewer defensive mistakes and fewer needless passes. The offense is taking more shots – 39 in the season opener against Anaheim and 41 in Toronto. Common knowledge would tell you that the more shots you take, the more likely you are to score. Hornqvist seems to be doing a very good job at that, already posting 13 shots this season, along with a pair of goals and giving him a 15.4 shot percentage.
Although they are not a perfect team – and far from it in the penalty kills. In total, the Penguin players have 32 penalty minutes. So far they have given up six goals, five of which with a man in the box. This needs to be fixed. The 54.55 penalty kill percentage is dead last in the league. Its early in the season but it is a problem.
Overall the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking like one of the better teams in the league. If they can fix the penalty kill problem, then there is no doubt they can be the best. The next game is home against the Dallas Stars on Thursday October 16th.