From the start of what could have been a promising season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have had something wrong with them. They didn't play a full 60 minutes of any game. Inconsistent effort, lack of passion, and sloppy play lead to blown leads or the need to make several miraculous comebacks. Through November, this was fine and dandy because they were getting the bounces that made them look white hot on the record books.
Finally, December came and the other shoe dropped. No more third period come backs. More blown leads. To date, just before Christmas Eve, they are 4-6-1 in the month of November. They are constantly outshot and outperformed. Injuries could be used as an excuse, but with their only wins being against an AHL caliber Islanders team, a slightly better Thrashers team, and a small bit more productive Hurricanes team...their only legit win came against the Devils who were without John Madden, allowing Crosby to run rough shot all over them.
Don't let the excuse of injuries fool you. This team played like this to start the season. Until one big change is made, they will continue to play this poorly. What is the change?
Show Mike Therrien the door.
The team is not performing or giving effort. He's not motivating them. That means either they've tuned him out or he doesn't care.
Their system has been broken and has no inclination of any fix. Teams figured out their break out, their offensive zone play, and their d-positioning. There's no variety. It's one system and that's it. Once a coach has it figured out, you can shut down even the two-headed monster.
They have no secondary scoring. This is a failure of Therrien being able to adjust his system to fit the new players that should be excelling. Fedotenko and Satan should be playing better than this. Janne Pesonen has yet to see a minute of meaningful ice time to judge if he's ready for the NHL or not. The power play is a mess. If not for the two-headed monster of Sid and Malkin, who account for 67 percent of the Pens offense, they'd have nothing.
This team doesn't have success because of the game that's played on any given night. This team has success because of a player who has a hot 60 minutes. There's no group effort in this model of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's a bunch of hockey players who are playing pick up and letting the "A" Leaguers do all of the work.
All of this is at the foot of Michel Therrien. He has lost control of his team.
It's time to show him out.