Coming off of two tough losses in back to back games against the New York Islanders on November 21 and 22, the Penguins have fired back strongly going 4-1 in their last five games. The Pens are in a big three way tie for second place in the NHL only a point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning. Holding on to a record of 17-5-2 the Pens are backed by the outstanding play of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Former first overall draft pick, Marc-Andre Fleury is having a very strong start to the season. A record of 14-4-1 with a league leading, and tying career season high, five shutouts. It is safe to say that Fleury is one of the top goaltenders in the league. More than likely Fleury will beat his personal best in shutouts this season and he has had great defense playing in front of him. A big question that is fun to play around with is the idea of Fleury possibly winning a Vezina Trophy for best goalie in the league?
Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are the sitting as the teams top producers with thirty and thirty three points respectively. Crosby is also leading the league with his thirty three point tallies. The Pens seem to be set on cruise control, not as fiery and quick as the beginning of the season but also not slow and dredging on. They’re at a happy medium and if they can keep up the good work a good season is at hand.
Keeping up the good work is important, even if injuries are going to get in the way. They will not let that stump them in any way. Kunitz is temporarily out with a foot injury, Letang down with a groin injury, Beau Bennett and Marcel Goc both sidelined with leg injuries. They have made it past injuries before and can do it again. The next game is Thursday November 4th against the Vancouver Canucks.