When Pittsburgh acquired Phil Kessel in the summer much of the conversation surrounding the Penguins was about how unstoppable their offence would be this season.
With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kessel playing amongst Pittsburgh’s top-six, goal scoring wasn’t expected to be an issue.
However, through the first 17 games of the season the Penguins have averaged just 2.06 goals per game – good for 27th overall. Only the Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks are worse.
Following a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, Evgeni Malkin shared his thoughts on what’s gone so far this season.
“Everything (is wrong). We’re not playing right, we’re not working hard,” he said. “I know it’s tough right now. I know we’re mad at each other. We’re not working.”
Saturday’s game was the second consecutive loss for the Penguins, who fell 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Malkin has gone seven games without scoring, Crosby has just one goal in his last 11 while Kessel has two in the last eight games.
“It’s not only (lack of) goals, it’s bad penalties, turnovers, it’s everything,” Malkin said. “Not play right in the system. Yeah, always if you score, it’s a little bit better we can score, but play right. Not (make) bad mistakes.
“Now (we’re) a little bit mad at each other, we’re not believe anymore, we’re not happy, but it’s the beginning of the season.”
Pittsburgh has a team day off on Sunday. The Penguins return to action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Minnesota Wild.