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Penguins trying to stay the course during bumpy start

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan's regular film sessions with the Pittsburgh Penguins don't lack for clues on why one of the NHL's marquee franchises is in the midst of its bumpiest stretch in more than a decade.

The defense can morph into a disjointed mess under sustained pressure, particularly right in front of the net. The crisp breakouts that used to trigger odd-man rushes featuring some of the league's most skilled players moving at warp speed have largely vanished and been replaced by something significantly sloppier.

Oh, and the NHL at large has caught up to the frenetic tempo Sullivan introduced when he took over nearly three years ago, a hiring that - combined with a roster makeover authored by general manager Jim Rutherford - helped power the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups. In that way, Pittsburgh's current struggles are a byproduct of its not-so-distant glory.

Points: E. Malkin27
Plus/Minus: S. Crosby7
Shots on Goal: P. Hornqvist63
PIM: E. Malkin32
Win: M. Murray4
Shutouts: C. DeSmith2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 64 (13)
Shots: 628 (18)
PP%: 24.1% (10)
Penalty Minutes: 162 (27)
Assists: 112 (12)
SH Goals: 0 (30)
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Columbus 12 7 2 26
NY Rangers 11 8 2 24
Washington 10 7 3 23
NY Islanders 10 7 2 22
Carolina 9 8 3 21
Philadelphia 9 9 2 20
New Jersey 8 9 2 18
Pittsburgh 7 8 4 18
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 64 (12)
Shots Against: 630 (18)
PK%: 81.0% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 142 (30)
Shutouts: 3 (3)
Sv%: 0.898 (19)
Date Player Status
11/19 M. Cullen Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
11/14 S. Crosby Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
10/13 J. Schultz Fractured lower left leg (IR)
Date Player Transactions
11/17 G. Wilson Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/14 D. Grant Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/14 T. Pearson Traded for Carl Hagelin
11/6 G. Wilson Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/6 Z. Aston-Reese Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/6 D. Grant Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
10/28 K. Czuczman Waived
10/17 J. Taylor Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
10/16 J. Taylor Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
10/15 D. Grant Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
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