Monday, October 4, 2010

Pens Preseason Recap

I said at the end of my last Game Recap post, don't expect me to recap preseason games extensively.

As it turned out, I didn't recap any, except the first.

Preseason is done though. It's time for some real hockey. Some meaningful hockey.

However it is my duty to look back at the preseason and talk about what happened, I guess.

After the Pens made Chris Osgood urinate himself like the toddler he is, they moved on and finished the preseason with an impressive 5-1 record.

Not a bad thing, however don't go nuts over what happened in games where guys like Joe Vitale are playing.

But anyways, the Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings twice (5-1, 5-2), the West Pittsburgh Blue Jackets (5-4, 3-1) twice and split with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks (4-1, 2-5).

Kinda sucks to no longer be the defending champions. Just as this guy:

If that doesn't get you pumped for Thursday night, I don't know what will.

All in all though, it wasn't a bad preseason.

A few guys really stood out throughout the preseason:
- Mike Comrie- Guy just played his butt off. You can tell he's going to be a guy who will mesh with this team.
- Marc Andre Fleury- Allowed 6 goals in 4 preseason games he played in. Not bad.
- Eric Tangradi- I feel like Tangradi has the ability to be the next Ryan Malone for the Penguins. He goes to the net, which is something that the Penguins have been without since Malone was here.
-Zybnek Michalek- What a shot blocker. This guy, who is only 27, could be a huge addition to the Penguins defense this season. He's been fantastic throughout the preseason. Can't wait to see what he can do this year.

At the end of the day, you can't put a lot into what has happened through six meaningless games. Hockey relies so much on depth, more than any other sport and, since so many guys sit in the preseason, it is almost impossible to judge teams.

However, I do like what I've seen from the Penguins.

They averaged 4 goals per game and were shut down defensively at times.

It feels like hockey outside.

The season is here.

Bring on the Flyers.

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