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The Penguins are in Winnipeg tonight, hoping to reverse the poor play they displayed in their home opener Wednesday. It’s a special night for Winnipeg fans. It will be Sidney Crosby’s first appearance as a pro in the  Canadian city.

By Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun

Sidney Crosby will finally make his long-awaited appearance at MTS Centre on Friday night as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sid the Kid missed both games in Winnipeg last season due to his concussion/neck problem that forced him to sit out most of the campaign. There will no doubt be an extra buzz in the building because of No. 87’s presence on the Winnipeg ice, which hasn’t happened since he took part in the Canadian junior men’s hockey team camp in 2004.

Jets fans shouldn’t get too excited about Friday’s contest, however, because Mr. Crosby, who has now been in the NHL for a whopping eight years, has made dominating the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise one of his favourite pastimes.

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written by Louder_Is_Bestest, January 25, 2013 - 08:46 pm
Too bad the Penguins have no excitement about playing defensive hockey. This team is exactly the same as the one that flamed out in the playoffs last year. There's no commitment to defense - Bylsma's all about getting up the ice, into the offensive zone. His system is a failure.

He should've been fired after the Philly series last year....but I'd be willing to bet he's gone before the start of next season.
written by Louder_Is_Bestest, January 25, 2013 - 10:15 pm
This team is not even close to a Stanley Cup contender. They have all-world offensive capability with absolutely ZERO defensive capability. They don't make it difficult at all for the opponent to play. They make it very, very easy.

Ever since Bylsma took over, this team has gone further and further away from the defensive commitment that got them to two Stanley Cup Finals. Now, they're no different from the Washington Capitals from a few years ago - all offense, no defense.
written by Purple Moose, January 26, 2013 - 05:37 am
I agree Louder. This team is looking like the Steelers, play great against good teams but not disciplined enough to play even average against bad teams.

4 games in and I am strongly questioning Bylsma and his system with no accountability for defense. Sure would be nice to see him sit Malikin for the rest of the game after he makes another of his boneheaded stupid plays.
written by BlueSinSav, January 26, 2013 - 05:39 am

There are people out there who will tell you this team has no problems, despite the average to below average last 18 game from last year and what we're seeing now.

written by BlueSinSav, January 26, 2013 - 05:46 am

Hey Loudest...

Four years ago when they won the Cup, they still had Michel Therrien's system and defensive responsibilities drilled into them.

That's an awful long time ago in sports, especially when you have the upper end talent they do.

Oh that's right...the those who want it both ways will say three years ago they were tired (such a loser excuse); two years ago they didn't have Malkin and Crosby (so they did the right thing and quit while choking away a 3-1 lead; and last year it will be agreed they played bad but that was an aberration.
written by Hanover Bill, January 26, 2013 - 05:47 am

Just as they did last year, it appears that a lot of Pens fans have annointed the 2013 version, Stanley Cup winners slightly prematurely. The Pens appear to have condensed a 48 game season into a 2 game season, with impressive wins in Philly and NY, and then it's back to the team we saw in the first round of the playoffs last season.

This team is far too talented on paper to allow these lesser opponents to outplay them, outhustle them, and outscore them. As early in the season as it is this team already needs a wakeup call. Bylsma's seat on the bench will be getting warmer with each passing defeat. The old saying "hockey coaches are hired to be fired", should be circulating in his noggin right about now.

written by Retire#21, January 26, 2013 - 05:53 am
As Boudreau said, you can get to Malkin. Malkin needs to grow up. This far into his career and he is still taking penalties in the offensive zone, and even worse, while on a power play.

The problem with this team defensively has still not been fixed. They are not good in their own end and it is a team issue. They have no idea who to mark below the dots. They are either running around bumping into each other, or standing still watching the puck and trying to play goalie, instead of finding the closest man and taking away the stick. These are the same issues that rose up during the commitment to 8-5 victories late last season.

Turnovers are also a problem which has yet to be fixed. These are not effort turnovers either, these are mental. Blind cross ice passes in your own end with your back to the play? Seriously? Crosby streaks in off a stretch pass and instead of shooting or taking it around the net, does a drop pass to...a Jet who leads an odd man rush the other way.

The lack of all out commitment to back checking by everybody not named Sutter is killing them in transition.

These are problems that can be fixed, but when you look at the last two months of last season and the last 130 minutes of this season, you have to wonder if this team is even interested in a commitment to doing that.

written by Rittersdiner, January 26, 2013 - 06:55 am
Fianlkly saw mey first game because I was snowed in with nothing else to do. Do Penguins fans really believe this team is an Astersisk Stanley Cup contender? There are going to be a lot of disappointed people in Pittsburgh after this season, especially Bylsma after he's fired because of another one-and-done playoff.
written by fullsgold, January 26, 2013 - 06:57 am
Winnipeg buzzing over Crosby


Crosby was a flash in the pan.

He hasn't played good hockey since Tiger Woods was picking up diner waitresses.

written by Al Bundy, January 26, 2013 - 07:11 am

Penguins = Paper Champions ?

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