Many months ago this Sunday looked like it could be a Stanley Cup Final preview. Penguins vs. Blackhawks – three of the last five NHL champions.
That Final still could happen, but this regular season has taxed the Penguins like none in the eight presided over by GM Ray Shero, and perhaps like none in the history of the franchise.
The Penguins are surging toward 500 man-games lost to injury. They would become only the third team in the past five seasons to hit that mark, and the only one to avoid a last-place finish.
This past week, as the injuries continued, I attempted to look at the man-games numbers and connect them to some other numbers. The result of that attempt appears as an info graphic in Sunday’s print edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Melanie Wass was the designer.
I encourage you to buy a paper to get the full feel of this piece, which begins on the front page and leads to this…
Be EXCELLENT to each other,