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Insider Only Penguins loss to Red Wings was a night of bubble players underperforming

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The Pittsburgh Penguins out-shot the Detroit Red Wings 35-27 Thursday night and held a 38-31 shot attempts advantage at even strength but anyone who watched that game knew the Red Wings were on a different level.

The Red Wings young talent led by the likes of Dylan Larkin overwhelmed the Penguins roster they put on the ice in a Detroit 6-1 win.

Mike Johnston after the game questioned the battle level for some of his players, especially those looking to win spots.

Conor Sheary who was a key player coming into the night, did not have the type of performance he needed. The speed of the game looked to overwhelm Sheary at times and he was pushed around a bit down low in the offensive zone.

His best opportunity came in the second period on a scramble in front and Sheary was not able to get a shot off.

Sheary was a minus-3 with no shots on goal and had just two shot attempts.

Bryan Rust is another bubble player who didn’t do enough last night and has been underwhelming in camp so far.


Sergei Plotnikov playing away from Evgeni Malkin was a non-factor in the loss. he was officially credited with zero shots on goal and no shot attempts from the rookie winger, though, reviewing the tape he had a shot on goal in the third period. Overall Plotnikov struggled to create offense and that’s going to be something to watch with him. Plotnikov’s 31.6 CF% was the worst among Penguin skaters last night. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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