CBS Sports’ Adam Gretz (@AGretz) was on PenguinsLive with Brian Metzer (@Brian_Metzer) on Monday and wondered aloud whether Crosby’s offensive production is being affected by noticeably lower ice time this season.
Penguins coach Mike Johnston said in training camp that he’d make an effort to reduce Crosby’s ice time during the regular season. So far, that’s happening. Crosby is averaging 19:58 per game after averaging 21:58 last year.
It doesn’t seem like much, but at Crosby’s current scoring pace, an extra two minutes per game (over 71 games) would have meant another eight points so far.
That would put Crosby 10 points clear of anyone else in the scoring race. As Gretz said, “would we still be talking about how much Crosby is struggling?”
He brings up a good point.