Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Get Back to Their Blue-Collar Style of Hockey

Matt HunterCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2009

With many playmakers and others who are capable of taking their play to the next level, the Pittsburgh Penguins have grown into a team of young talent. Along with this young talent are veterans who help take charge in the locker room and help those young men gain the experience and confidence that is needed to become a top team in the NHL.

However, this year it seems as if the Penguins have moved away from their normal style of play.  They seemed to play with a lot more intensity and fight each game.

This year, it almost seems as if they are going through the season in a lower gear.  Players are not hustling to loose pucks, others are not finishing hits, and the goaltenders seem to not have complete confidence.

Last year, the Penguins played a full 60 minute game. Their skates never stopped moving on the ice, and players like Tyler Kennedy were mad-men out on the ice. For them, that was the only way they were going to stay in the NHL.

Back to this year, I do not know why things have changed or why the Penguins for some reason cannot hold a two-goal lead or even more in the third period.  Maybe, it's just the fact that they have become a bit too cocky, but who knows.

With only two full months left in the season, the Penguins need to get out of whatever mindset that they are in and dig deep. If they do not remove this current style of play from their system and get back to the hard-and-grinding style of play that wins games, then they will be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in this year.