Big 5-2 win from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday for many reasons.
For one, the power play needs all the momentum it can get, and Teddy Blueger scored one of his two goals on the man-advantage. If that phase of the Penguins’ game can start clicking, you’re talking about a completely different kind of attack come playoff time.
Speaking of, the magic number dipped to 21 and WBS inched a little closer to Lehigh Valley. They’ll still need some help if they hope to win the Atlantic.
The Penguins also did their part to stay out of the penalty box, which was huge against a unit as dangerous as Charlotte.
The Checkers to their credit, did have a lot of O-zone time and dictated pace at numerous points, but Anthony Peters was once again solid after he helped steal last Saturday’s win.
All things to like for a Penguins fan.
— I took a quick poll on Twitter for team MVP this season and received votes for all of the following players (in no particular order): Wilson, Dea, Czuczman, Haggerty, Peters and Blueger.
The interesting thing about that is A) it speaks to the balance of the team offensively as well as the turnover the roster has had with guys being called up/down and injuries piling up at points. And B) your choice will probably depend on what what you think has been the overriding story of the team this season.
If you value offense, for example, Haggerty is your guy. My three I would vouch for are Blueger, Peters and Czuczman. Blueger has scored so many big goals and is their best two-way player, but Peters has essentially carried them through parts of this season when the goaltending situation was in shambles. Czuczman has been the consistent presence on the blue line all season and flies under the radar. It’s a tough call.
— It’s good to see Zach Trotman back and make an immediate impact. Once Andrey Pedan comes back, this will be a D corps you do not want to mess with.
— You’d like to see Daniel Sprong be more aggressive with the puck. He had a glorious chance right in front of the net tonight and traded it for a behind-the-back pass that wasn’t close to connecting. Nedeljkovic was very much beatable tonight.
Sprong now has one goal in his last 15 games; I wonder if it’s starting to enter into his mind a little bit, especially after a missed breakaway winner last weekend and a few other chances were unsuccessful.
We’ll see if the Pens can have more success tomorrow. Check into Twitter for updates.