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Weaknesses Glaring: Penguins Report Card vs. Anaheim Ducks



New Pittsburgh Penguins Conor Sheary and Patrick Marleau

If it weren’t for bad luck, the Pittsburgh Penguins road trip would have no luck at all. The Penguins suffocated Washington and held them without a shot for 20 minutes on Sunday, and lost. The Penguins dominated the puck Wednesday night in Los Angeles with a well earned 37-22 shot advantage but lost. Friday night was a similar story in the Penguins 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

The Penguins allowed just two shots in the first period. Actually, it would have been only one shot, but Danton Heinen’s close-range shot deflected off Penguins defenseman Zach Trotman and into the net.

The Penguins offense has been dormant. They’ve scored eight goals in their last five games. On principle alone, that production earns an F. The Penguins got two goals from winger Jason Zucker on Friday, but that was it.

The blue line and its lack of offensive push are crushing the team’s offensive production, too. The Penguins defensemen combined for five shots, including three by Jack Johnson. Kris Letang and Justin Schultz had only one each.

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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.