PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – ROOT Sports’ Penguins’ analyst Bob Errey joins Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie & Cook in advance of Thursday night’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.
When asked if he thinks the Penguins’ defense is playing well enough to win a Stanley Cup, Errey replies, “not yet. Right now, they’re not there.”
Errey notes that the team has the personnel to improve its defense, but must improve its execution.
“When you’re down in the bottom third of goals against, you’re not good enough right now to win a Stanley Cup. You have to get up into the top third of that category,” he said. “That’s where the Boston Bruins are, and that’s why I think they’re going to be tough in the Eastern Conference. The [Pens’ defense] isn’t good enough today.”
Overall, Errey looks forward to another meeting with the Flyers, and he’s encouraged by how the Penguins put together a complete game against Tampa Bay. Still, he is scratching his head over some of the Penguins’ other inconsistencies.
Errey also singles out Chris Kunitz as a player who has stepped up the most for the Penguins.