AT&T SportsNet's Bob Errey: All About Staying Healthy And Poised For The Playoffs

Penguins know there is another grueling Stanley Cup run ahead

Matt Koll
March 21, 2018 - 11:13 am
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Tuesday night did not go so well for the Penguins in Brooklyn as they were beaten soundly by the Metro Division bottom dwellers, the Islanders, 4-1. They also took 6 penalties along the way and looked out of sync from puck drop.

Former Penguin and the color analyst for last night's game on AT&T SportsNet Bob Errey joined The Fan Morning Show to talk things over and said the Penguins are looking at what's on the horizon a little bit at this point.

"It's a team that knows their place, knows what's ahead of them and that's a grueling Stanley Cup run," said Errey. "At the end of the day, yeah you would like to have home ice. I think that's the one thing you'd like to have because the Penguins numbers really dictate that, that they're a better home ice team."  

Errey says that the team just wants to make sure they are healthy and ready to go for that opening series of the playoffs, no matter what team they face. But making the playoffs is still no guarantee at this point.

"The Penguins are going to get their points and is it a given? Nah, it's never a given," said Errey. "I think they feel and I feel that they've banked enough points here that they're just kind of poised and ready to go come playoff time."

Errey is a bit concerned with the Penguins penalty kill right now and cites that it has been the worst in the league since the trade deadline. He also said Derick Brassard won't be able to find room on the power play and will need to start killing penalties.

 "I believe he's scored zero shorthanded goals in his career. Zero. That was astonishing when I looked at that number," said Errey. "I would have thought that he would have gotten some opportunities to kill penalties somewhere. Even when you're down in hockey games you would think he'd the guy that you would put out there looking to score a shorthanded goal for you just because of his instincts. They picked him up because he's a good 200 foot player. There's not enough space out there for Brassard not to kill penalties."

"There's so many power play guys on this team, yeah he can play the power play but it's a little difficult in Pittsburgh. You better find another part to your game or you're going to sit on the bench [on special teams]."

Although he has had injury concerns throughout his career and during this season, we may be seeing a good bit of Matt Murray in the net down the stretch with the Penguins trying to secure a playoff spot.

"I feel that they're not losing much by going with Casey DeSmith, I feel that strongly in his abilities," said Errey. "But, I know what I feel about Matt Murray as well. He's a notch up, we know that. Mike Sullivan knows it. If you don't think the playoffs are a given and Mike Sullivan doesn't think they're a given, then you're going to see Matt Murray in the net."

You can listen to the entire interview with Penguins analyst Bob Errey on The Fan Morning Show below.