1. So I guess first of all, let's take the temperature of the Pens' fanbase. How are y'all feeling right now about this series, for the most part?
I personally feel a whole mixed bag of emotions. I've seen the Penguins come back from bad games before, but certainly not two games this bad. Everyone is saying that a road game could wake them up. I've seen that happen before, too, and know how well they've played in Boston recently. Still, the Bruins are in some kind of Zone right now, and beating them tonight is a really tall order. I think everyone wants this to be a fever dream and we'll wake up and have our team back. But I think as a whole we're also aware that this could just be the reality of our team right now. It's a tough feeling. Especially as a Boston-resident Penguins fan. I don't feel as bad as I did about the Flyers series last year. I haven't rolled around on the floor sobbing yet. So there's that. I, and probably the rest of the fans, are clinging to the fact that the Penguins could have won or at least been close to winning Game 1 if a few bounces had gone differently.
2. You are now Dan Bylsma. Do you go with Marc-Andre Fleury or Tomas Vokoun tonight?
Vokoun. Fleury didn't exactly earn his net back on Monday. I think that going with Fleury would be a huge mistake. None of the goals Vokoun allowed were entirely his fault. But MAF's soft goal allowed to Brad Marchand at the end of the first should be every indication to the coaching staff that the poor guy doesn't have his legs back yet at all.
3. Hypothetical: you can have Crosby and Krejci or Malkin and Bergeron on your team going forward. Which pair do you go with?
I wanna say Crosby and Bergeron, haha. But if those are my choices I guess Crosby and Krejci. Excluding the Bruins series, obviously, in which Crosby has been downright terrible at a level I've never seen before in his career, Crosby is one of the best playmakers in the game who can also shoot the puck brilliantly from any angle. Krejci is much in the same mold, I think, and his assist totals this playoffs speak volumes to that. Each is the kind of center who makes the players around him better and can create offense from everywhere on the ice. Malkin is an absolutely explosive talent when he is on his game and Bergeron is just downright nasty at so many key areas of hockey (faceoffs, for one), but I think Crosby and Krejci are the kind of guys you build teams around.
Thanks again Zoe!