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That light at the end of the tunnel is not always salvation. Sometimes, it’s a freight training coming at you. The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be experiencing the Road Runner and Coyote syndrome 20 games into a 56-game season. In two weeks, the Penguins will be at the halfway mark of the season.

Yeah, the quarter pole became the backstretch in a hurry.

As Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan looked like he wanted to lace up the skates one more time and drop the gloves (the type of moxy his team could use a little more of), he can’t solve all of the Penguins problems. Nor can he strategize or scheme them away.

The PK for example.

“It’s a number of things. It’s just not good enough. We’ve got to be better,” Sullivan said.

If they were systemic, Sullivan would be broomed tomorrow.

No, the Pittsburgh Penguins season is unfolding not under the best-case scenario or even the worst, but the unfortunate and predictable scenario.

The Penguins are good. Sometimes. And therein lies the starting point for the Penguins’ problems because several issues are linked together, like Flyers mascot Gritty and the word ugly.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.