"The Boys of Winter: Pittsburgh Penguins Weekly" Episode Three will air Monday, Dec. 15 at 1:30 PM EST.
As always, if you can't make the live cast, check Experiencing the Evolution for the archived episode in the YouCastr widget in the left sidebar. Also, be sure to check out Episodes One & Two if you haven't yet.
First off, thanks again to everyone who sent in e-mails about last week's special topic, Michel Therrien. Check out Episode Two in the archives to hear some of the listener comments.
Next week's special topic will be the Penguins' defensemen situation. Once again, the Boys of Winter staff is opening the gates for listener/reader e-mails. E-mail your thoughts on the following questions to (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, and tune in to the show to see if your comments are heard live on the air:
1. In your opinion, who should be the Penguins' top six defensemen once everyone is healthy?
2. Which defensemen's play has impressed you the most this season?
3. Which defensemen have you been disappointed with this season?
4. Which, if any, of the Penguins' nine defensemen could be trade bait at this season's trade deadline?
Please e-mail your comments to the above address rather than leaving them in the comments section of this article, as I have a new staff for the show that works specifically on organizing listener e-mails and they would like to keep them all coming to the same place.
I will be joined by fellow Bleacher Report writer Matt Hunter on next week's show to discuss the state of Penguins' blue line.
Moving on, big game at the Igloo tonight. The Pens are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the first such streak of the season.
Surprisingly enough, with the exception of the lackluster power play, the Pens have been playing pretty well as of late. They've been victim of two solid goaltending performances and a game in which they hit the post three times against the Devils.
The chances are coming, they just aren't putting the puck in the net with much regularity.
I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a "must win game" in the middle of December, but I don't believe tonight constitutes such an occasion.
Unless you just started watching hockey last month, you know that an 82-game season brings a lot of ups and downs. The Pens will come out of this slump sooner or later, and they are starting to get closer to having a healthy lineup.
Should be a good one tonight...
Let's Go Pens