The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 10-2 victory in San Jose Saturday night might prove to be a pivotal point in their season.
Then again, it could turn out to be just a 60-minute respite from the defeats and disappointments that were all too common through the early weeks of the 2023-24 season.
How they fare against Anaheim when they face the Ducks tonight at 10:08 at Honda Center should give some indication of which of those is more accurate.
This much, however, is certain: Losing six of their first 10 games is not the way the Penguins — or pretty much anyone else — expected them to start their season.
Sure, given the major overhaul to their roster during the offseason, it was reasonable to believe that it would take a little time for everything to fully mesh, but the Pittsburgh Penguins had a favorable schedule in October, with six of their nine games at PPG Paints Arena and all but two of the nine against teams that failed to qualify for the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs.
And that was before the Penguins got to spend a little quality time with the Sharks, who are doing a passable impersonation of the 1974-75 Washington Capitals.