How rough are things going for Dustin Penner this season? He had a multi-point game…for about 48 hours. Penner initially recorded two assists in Tuesday’s victory over Nashville, but an NHL review showed that he never actually touched the puck on the first one, so that assist was given to Willie Mitchell. That means Penner still has only two points — both assists — in 14 games, and every couple days, it seems, Terry Murray is asked for something of a “status update’’ on Penner, given that he’s a $4.25-million player and a vocal point of a so-far-toothless offensive attack. Penner has one shot on goal in his last two games.
MURRAY: “We’re going back over the past three of four games and talking about his work, and that’s good, but now we need to add to that. At the end of the day, not only he, but the line, needs to give us some production now. So, it takes three for that to happen — it takes five for that to happen — but we need a little bit more. Good, but…’’
Question: A lot of guys would be in that category right now, right?
MURRAY: “`Absolutely, but the way it’s built right now, with your top two lines, they’re put together with skill players, players who have experience in the game, and that’s part of their job description. We’re going to need some of those goals here, as quickly as possible.’’