Today, I’m calling on all of you to focus.
Does this help?
That ought to do it. Now, bring the power of your mind to bear on the universe and let’s see if we can’t get James Neal and Chris Kunitz back in the Pittsburgh lineup tonight.
For the record, I don’t want anyone rushing back from a concussion (or any injury). We have a long way to go here – say, until mid-June. But I also don’t want to see anymore hot garbage like the Pens back-to-back losses to the Flyers over the weekend. Call it The Lost Weekend. Wake up wondering what happened and hope your friends never mention it again.
Onward and upward.
So, will the fix(es) be in? If I had to choose, I’d take Kunitz returning first. Crosby Winger Bingo is bad enough when it only has to fill one spot. Now Bylsma is giving out top line assignments by tossing jerseys into the crowd.
On-ice chemistry takes time to develop, but no one is getting the chance now. There were moments on Sunday when Sid put the puck right where Kunitz would be… except Chris was in the press box eating nachos. (The nachos are my assumption because Kuni is awesome and so are nachos.)
I have to believe if Neal can play against Dallas, he will. You always want to look good when you see your ex. And he probably got a little jealous when we picked Jamie Benn for Foxy Friday, what with all the fan-paigning you guys did. That gold medal cannot have helped. It sure would feel good to, I dunno, score a hat trick or have an 8-point night or something, right James?
Our job today is to concentrate. Levitate something. Bend a spoon. Control the universe, as I have been known to do on occasion and the Blackhawks do every summer. Help return two key pieces to the Penguins battered lineup and ensure that Lindsay, Alison and I can witness greatness this weekend in Pittsburgh, both on and off the ice. If this works, you all get promoted.
(Not you, Intern Jeff Skinner.)Tags: chris kunitz, james neal, Pittsburgh Penguins