Bob Errey: Penguins Are 'Rounding Into Form'

AT&T SportsNet analyst wouldn't put too much stock into Monday night's game

Matt Koll
January 29, 2019 - 11:34 am
Brassard goal celebration

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pump the brakes on the panic. This team is coming together.

Those were essentially former Penguin now AT&T SportsNet analyst Bob Errey's sentiments when he joined The Fan Morning Show Tuesday.

"You're going to see a lot better hockey team tomorrow (Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay). Listen, these guys were out west, then they were out on vacation for a week so I wouldn't put much stock into last night's game at all, I didn't know how that was going to fall. I was hoping they would be a little bit stronger, score a power play goal early it would have changed the whole hockey game. But they stunk on the power play last night, they didn't have anything going and (Devils goalie) [Keith] Kinkaid has been good against them." 

Errey says that last night aside, the team is trending in the right direction and looks more and more like a Stanley Cup contender again. 

"I think some of the things you worried about earlier on in the season, those are starting to get cleaned up a little bit. I think Derick Brassard is looking a little bit better. I'm comfortable with Crosby's linemates. I think the defense is starting to round into shape. I'm really upset about the Jack Johnson injury because he'd been playing some hockey that you want to see him play. We haven't talked much about Jack Johnson and that's what you want. He's been solid, he's been boxing out, lifting sticks, blocking shots. He's looked really good, [Marcus] Pettersson's looked good. The reason Oleksiak moves on is because [Juuso] Riikola is playing good and Pettersson is playing good." 

"I think if you look at the Penguins hockey team right now, it's starting to kind of round into shape. I mean, you play so many games you're not going to win them all. You can nitpick around but I think pretty much the Penguins are trending in the right direction." 

So what's holding this team back right now? 

"These guys have played a lot of big stakes, high rolling hockey games over their careers. They realize that the playoffs is where it happens. Day one of the playoffs. They realize you have to get there first and they put a pretty good streak together prior to the break there to get themselves into position."

"It's hard to play 82 games and play them hard each and every night realizing that there's a price to pay to do that. I think they want to get to 'the show' as we call it, get to those playoffs and see what they got there."

You can listen to the entire interview with AT&T SportsNet analyst Bob Errey on The Fan Morning Show below.                    

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