Well, well, well. Here we are with 65 games in the books and just 17 regular season contests remaining.
The Penguins find themselves in recently uncharted territory. That is, looking up at a few teams above them in their own division.
Pittsburgh stands third in the Metro division with 85 points, trailing both the NY Islanders (88) and the NY Rangers (87). Overall, though, they are fifth in the Eastern Conference. Not a bad spot, just not one they are accustomed to.
Trades over the past weeks and months continue to change the personnel of the Shero/Bylsma era. Presently, there are eleven, that’s right eleven, new faces on the 22-man roster from last year’s team.