Ten wins in a row before the roster is healthy and pushing a team that doesn’t lose at home to the brink before wearing out in the third period. Such has been the last six weeks, even as the Pittsburgh Penguins have dealt with roster chaos all season. That is the impressive part of their charge into the thick of the Metro Division race when once they were so far behind, a wild-card seemed like the only chance to extend the season into the playoffs.
Counting the loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, the Penguins are 15-3-1 in their last 19 games. It’s only fitting that before the storm is over, one last wave crashed over the wall. Evgeni Malkin did not return on Saturday. Bryan Rust, the hottest scorer in the NHL and integral grinder Brock McGinn exited the lineup for the COVID protocol.
Jeff Carter returned, so one back, two gone, one waiting.
You didn’t think the hockey gods would let the Penguins get healthy without another hurdle or two, did you?
But the moment when the Penguins unite like Voltron lions is coming.
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