Thursday, November 12, 2009
Two Long Seasons Too Much on Pens?
The injuries continue to pile up for the defending champion Penguins. After suffering their third consecutive defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Pittsburgh found out that they will be without hit machine Brooks Orpik for the next few weeks.
Orpik's injury only compounds the Penguins' woes. Already playing without top defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang, they are missing three of their top four blueliners. Additionally, they are without the services of All-World center Evgeni Malkin, winger Tyler Kennedy, who was off to a hot start, and Stanley Cup hero forward Max Talbot.
The Penguins started the season out to prove that there would be no Cup hangover. They stormed out of the gates with team record 10 wins in October. Yet, even the Champions are not immune to the injury bug, and the wear and tear is beginning to show.
Could it be that playing more than 100+ games per season is just too much to ask of a team?