|Consol Energy Center / MF|
We are halfway through the 2014-2015 season, which means we are getting closer to the playoffs. This time gives us a chance to look back to the beginning of the season. The great numbers, achievements, and record breaking statistics.
So, this article is going to be full of numbers. Also, what are my impressions of the team and the new coaching staff? Sit back and relax, as we take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins season...so far.
|Marc-Andre Fleury in net / MF|
I could go on and on about the Penguins' individuals and their achievements. Every line has been contributing, along with every player. Steve Downie is bringing the toughness, and Simon Despres is showing that he can be an elite defensemen. Kris Letang is having a great year, and is still growing as a player under Mike Johnston, and the coaching staff's new leadership. While in net, Marc-Andre Fleury is achieving career high numbers ( I will have a article to follow later on him).
|The two-headed monster / MF|
Next, let's move to the new coaching staff. Under Johnston, the Penguins have a points percentage of .683 and 56 total points, which is a top mid-season mark among first year coaches in team history. So, the numbers show that the new system is working. I was unsure at the start of the season, but he has proven that he is a capable coach. His system, and new style of coaching for the team, has been taken in well. The players are taking in the new style and it's working, but the true test is when the NHL Playoffs begin.
Even with the injuries and illnesses, which have seen 35 players used in and out of the lineup this season, the team is winning, and showing their depth in their American Hockey League affiliate, Wilkes Barre-Scanton Penguins.
The Penguins need to stay focused for the rest of the season and will only improve as the injured/sick players return to the lineup.
(All statistics were obtained from NHL.com and Penguins.NHL.com)