After bursting out of the gates with two decisive wins over divisional opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins have cooled off a bit. Dan Bylsma should make a handful of changes to ensure his club is a contender for the Stanley Cup.
The Penguins are 12th in the NHL for most goals per game. That’s good, but they should be finding more success with the offensive talent they have in their top two lines.
One recent change the team made was moving Tyler Kennedy up to the top line with Chris Kunitz and captain Sidney Crosby. Kennedy has a dangerous combination of play-making skills and accurate shooting, and should be an interesting addition to the line.
Meanwhile, the elite tandem of James Neal and Evgeni Malkin continue to look for the perfect linemate. When Kennedy was switched to the top line, Bylsma and company moved Pascal Dupuis down to the second line. Hopefully he’ll bring the play-making skills goal-scorers like Malkin and Neal are looking for.
There are many strengths in the Penguins lineup as is. Should they make a few adjustments to accentuate those strengths and address some weaknesses, they could be a top contender for the Stanley Cup.