Winning Isn’t Everything; It’s the Only Thing

Winning Isn’t Everything; It’s the Only Thing

According to the late Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”  The Pittsburgh Penguins have certainly taken Mr. Lombardi’s advice by winning the last 10 out of 12 games.  I am sure you could guess that those two losses were to those “pesky” Boston Bruins.  Since the playoffs, last season, the Bruins have been “kryptonite” for the Penguins.  Losing both of those games, 4-3 OT and 3-2, one could argue that it would have been a different story if those games were played on home.  Overall, the Penguins are 1-2 against the Bruins, and unfortunately, they will not get to pay the Bruins for the rest of the regular season.

With injuries to Tomas Vokoun, Evgeni Malkin, and Jayson Megna, not to mention suspensions to James Neal and Deryk Engelland, it is a miracle that the Penguins continue to win.  The Pens next match-up is tonight at the Consol Energy Center vs. Minnesota Wild.  These two teams have not met this year.  The notable statistics are below:

Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-1)

Goals per Game (GPG): 3.0 (6th)

Goals against Average (GAA): 2.2 (4th)

Power Play % (PP): 26.9% (1st)*

Penalty Kill % (PK): 86.9% (3rd)

 

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild (20-11-5)

Goals per Game (GPG): 2.2 (29th)

Goals against Average (GAA): 2.2 (5th)

Power Play % (PP): 20.9% (7th)

Penalty Kill % (PK): 78.6% (25th)

 

Based on the statistics above, and the Penguins leading in all facets, I am predicting that the Penguins will win 3-2 in regulation.  Be sure to watch tonight’s game action on ROOT sports, Channel 659 on DirecTV.

 

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