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Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:23 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Pittsburgh Penguins have faced plenty of injury adversity in the past two seasons. But this might take the cake.

The Penguins obviously are already down their best player in Sidney Crosby for an indefinite amount of time and have been minus Kris Letang, then they announced on Sunday that Jordan Staal is going to be out 4-6 weeks and James Neal has a broken foot with no timetable yet. That hurts, literally and figuratively.

Making it worse, Craig Adams might have suffered a knee injury in Sunday's practice. When it rains, it pours.

I think there are a few hands reaching for that panic button in Pittsburgh right about now. The Penguins have lost four games in a row, they are currently eighth place in the Eastern Conference and are going to be missing the majority of their play-makers. Now they need to invest in a plastic bubble to put Evgeni Malkin in.

As I said, this is nothing new for the Penguins. They still made the playoffs as a four seed last year when they didn't have Crosby, Malkin and Staal for good portions of the season. It was pretty amazing how well they overcame those injuries on the team. So clearly this isn't a crippling blow to their season. But it just made it a lot more interesting. Or scary if you're a Pens fan.

Unlike last year, the Penguins are actually going into this stretch in eighth place. They don't have the cushion they did last season. Plus, the Atlantic Division is considerably tougher this season, what with the Rangers stepping up their game and the New Jersey Devils playing so well. I think there's a little more competition in the East this year and it's going to ask a lot of them to keep their spot in the playoff mix through the second half of the season.

The Penguins aren't going to be buried as long as Marc-Andre Fleury is still in play. With the scorers dropping like flies, Flower will be counted on even more.

If the Penguins are able to make the playoffs again in a good position, Dan Bylsma might be up for the Jack Adams Award again this season. There are injuries then there are what the Penguins have gone through the last two seasons.

When they were depleted last year, GM Ray Shero went out and got James Neal from the Stars. He'll likely get on the phone again this week and try and get some help.

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Comments

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:06 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

At least they actually had a chance to play in it.  Think Sean Avery will have fun watching Rangers in playoffs this year while he's down in the AHL?  Wow to clear waivers 2 times in one season is kind of impressive.  Not one team in the league thought the cash they would have to pay Avery would be worth the results.  I bet that would make someone feel good about themselves.  Hope he has fun "doing a little bit of everything"  Because he isn't going to be doing hockey much longer.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:01 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

As a Ranger fan, this in NOT the way I want to beat the Pens.  This only subtracts from the league.  The only thing I love more than beating the Flyers is beating Crosby and the Pens.   Sad news, not good for the game. 



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:00 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time



Since we are dealing out the "hurt".  How does this feel Sista Ray and Boy Friend Mr. Famous.....




Fast forward to the 5 minute mark to see "A$$Clown" Staal put the Pens up by five in the biggest game your Caps have ever played, I mean choked,in.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:36 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

Says the Rangers / Sean Avery fan.  Yeah, because this is how you want to "beat" your rivals - by having them succumb to injury.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:24 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

Couldn't have happened to a nicer team, a better city or a worse bunch of fans,
Says the Jets fan.... irrelevant?  Yes.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:23 am
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

assclown is a derogatory word meaning a clown of the worst kind who comes off as an ass...

Thank you


SeanAvery7
Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:29 pm
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

assclown is a derogatory word meaning a clown of the worst kind who comes off as an ass...was frequently used by Chris Jericho, Fozzy lead singer in his other job as a Wrestler...



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

flips off the fans, taunts players... doesn't fight.


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You just described Ovechkin 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Pens injuries continue: Staal, Neal to miss time

wrote:

your Staal is the largest assclown in the Staal bunch. flips off the fans, taunts players... doesn't fight. pretty much a whiney Staal type bitch.

Eric Staal's pretty bad too, especially when he loses his temper.  Except he's go the talent, whereas Jordan's overhyped / overpaid.  I'm not sure how the Rangers lucked out with Marc Staal - guy is a class act from what I can tell.


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