At the risk of sounding as obvious as an ex-football player color commentator, this season has proved at least one truism to be true -- injuries matter.
Evgeni Malkin has been playing with a bum knee all season and his production has been pedestrian.
Chris Kunitz, by all indications, spent last season hampered by nagging injuries and his production was pedestrian. This season, he is as healthy as he has been since donning the Happy Penguin sweater and has earned his new nickname "Two-Ply" because of the sudden change in softness of his hands.
Injuries are ravaging the NHL this season, so the Pens are relatively no worse off than anyone else (although tonight's second PP unit of Mike Rupp, Dustin Jeffrey and "another player" according to Dan Bylsma leaves
Any point the Pens can earn tonight is a bonus in the standings. We don't like to put pressure on people, but the onus falls on Marc-Andre Fleury.
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