Since the start of December Pittsburgh has been outscored 29-12 at even-strength when neither Crosby or Malkin is on the ice.It is not much of an overstatement to describe the Pens as the best team in the league when the top 2 lines are playing and the worst team in the league when the bottom 2 lines are playing. In the span of one line change, the Pens go from the biggest challenger to the Blackhawks and Bruins to worse than the Sabres. It's that bad. None of this absolves the entire team of their awful performance in Dallas last night -- everyone was bad. Or, to put it more accurately, the bottom 6 played like it usually does, and the top 6 had a bad game. Hence, the team looked like they were barely participating.
— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) January 26, 2014
After today, we're morphing from the diagnosis stage (Negative Depthitis) to the treatment stage (who can we trade for, how quickly can they get here, and can we please waive Tanner Glass). But indulge us for just a moment by playing a game of fill in the blank.
In Game 6 against the Red Wings in 2009, the Pens won 2-1 on goals by Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had 0 points and combined for 3 shots in 37 minutes of ice time.
|A long, long time ago.|