Sometimes it's hard to get up for the third Penguins game of the season when a Pirates elimination game is looming and there is nothing about either Pittsburgh or Carolina that made anyone think for more than a nanosecond that the Canes were going to win this game. While other teams get their shit together, the Pens are already in mid-season form. There are always arguments to be made that having a stable core group of players can get stale, but the flip side is that there is minimal ramp-up time for the season when everyone is already familiar with everyone else. The Sid-Kunitz-Dupuis line is running a clinic; Paul Martin is Prime Ministering; Matt Niskanen is adding value to the top-4; and even Tanner Glass is showing a pulse, having already done more this season than he did in 48 games last year.
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- One thing we forgot to consider about Brandon Sutter: contract year. He has a point in each of the Pens' first three games. If he contributes offensively on a regular basis, reevaluate everything you thought you thought about the Pens' bottom six.
- One thing we never find ourselves thinking: when does Matt D'Agostini come back?
- No reason to be satisfied about anything. Home games against non-playoff teams are games you expect to win.