By Rob Rossi

Dan Bylsma usually offers not public hint of displeasure, but that was not the case after the Penguins’ 5-1 loss to Florida on Monday night.
His state had nothing to do with the loss coming at home, the Penguins’ first loss at Consol Energy Center in 14 games.
It had everything to do with players’ lack of effort required to stick with his system, which this season features a neutral-zone defensive scheme.
Leaders such as Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen cited a lack of hard work, and captain Sidney Crosby said he did not think the Penguins earned anything on Monday night.
Those guys were not wrong.
The Penguins looked awful.
They also look off lately, and that is what has Bylsma most concerned.
The Penguins are giving up 0.90 goals per game over the last month than they had through Christmas.
Considering this season is all about meshing solid defensive play with a transition-based offense – well, Bylsma is understandably miffed his club has started to look like a team willing to trade chances.

Rob Rossi, ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider, cover the NHL for Trib Total Media. In addition to this blog, his articles can be found here: