Goalie Tristan Jarry has camouflaged flaws like an Instagram filter. The Pittsburgh Penguins won five in a row, and they took the Calgary Flames to the shootout on Monday night. All should be fine, and there shouldn’t be any criticism after getting points in six of seven games. Right?
If you only look at the final result, the Penguins have been good and above reproach.
And it’s in the cold analysis and looking deeper into the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent results, a few red flags appear. The Penguins are not solidly in a playoff position and occupy the first wild-card spot only by playing one or more games than their nearest pursuers.
The Boston Bruins are three points behind with four games in hand. New Jersey is three points back with three games in hand. That’s not good news, and the Penguins’ shortcomings are showing more and more.
Five times in the last eight games, the Penguins scored two or fewer goals, and a couple of those other games were against cupcake opponents in the process of making sweeping organizational changes.
Cutting to the chase, yes, there are red flags and they are significant. It’s indisputable the Penguins need to be much better in several areas, or GM Ron Hextall will need to make them better.