CRANBERRY — PPG Paints Arena is, all things considered, a top-notch facility.
Sure, it’s been open since 2010, but it’s holding up well, especially after a recent $30 million investment in renovations and upgrades.
Creature comforts aside, however, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ home rink hasn’t treated them particularly well this season.
They will enter their game against Winnipeg there Tuesday at 7:08 p.m. with a home record of 12-8-3, which means they have failed to win nearly half of their games in that building.
“There have been some close games that we maybe should have won,” defenseman Marcus Pettersson said after practice Monday.
Perhaps the Penguins would have done that if their power play wasn’t scoring on a meager 12.8 percent of its chances at home, worse even than its 13.4 percent conversion rate on the road.
If they were to maintain their current pace for the balance of the regular season, the Penguins would take 48 points out of their 41 home games.