At what point do we begin to grade the Pittsburgh Penguins without the curve because of the abbreviated training camp and lack of preseason? At what point will we begin to hold them to the standard of a team in full-swing? After the Penguins 3-2 OT loss to the Boston Bruins, the season is 12.5% gone. That is the equivalent of the important 10-game mark in a normal season.
No one said life was fair, but it is time to grade the Penguins against where they need to be instead of where they are in their progress.
The Pittsburgh Penguins again dug themselves into a first-period deficit. They again wasted power play opportunities without establishing pressure or momentum. And they struggled to find energy until the game was slipping away.
But when the team starts the motor, they can be very good despite playing without their best players at their best.