*Crosby headed towards a big second half?
*More Guentzel at Center coming out of Bye?
*A ‘favorite’ Center trade target of Pens Brass
*Right in the mix for the ‘Big 2’
— Despite the steps forward defensively the Penguins took against the Islanders last Friday, the Boston game before the bye showed the Penguins defensive issues against talented teams with three lines that can push play isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s been the Penguins’ Achilles heel all season and will continue to be.
Pittsburgh’s come-back win Sunday night was predicated by the opposition putting the Penguins on the power play that fueled the comeback and Pittsburgh’s high-end talent willing them to victory.
From what happened last Thursday night on home-ice against the Hurricanes, the narrative surrounding the Penguins has made a sudden change with the Islanders and Bruins wins in that Sidney Crosby looks back.
Things can change quickly with a bad performance this coming weekend and Pittsburgh will be back in the position of one step forward, two steps back that they’ve been stuck in much of this season, but there is a feeling around the team that Crosby could be headed towards a big second half and as he goes the Penguins will go.
— While Phil Kessel was a clear snub, it’s hard to take the NHL All-Star selections serious when Kris Letang made the team. Even the biggest Letang fan can’t admit he’s played anywhere near an All-Star level this season.
— The Penguins and Patric Hornqvist’s reps at Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
— On the trade front, Pittsburgh has given up any hope that Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
— Pittsburgh remains right in the middle of trade talks with the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"