The Pittsburgh Penguins are a bit of a mess right now, but they’ll be fine.
It was the second straight season in which the Penguins have ranked in the bottom half of the league in goals against, power play goals against and penalty kill goals against.
The Penguins are tied for third in the league at 14th, but their bottom-six has been so bad that they have lost six of their past eight games.
The Pittsburgh press corps has been particularly critical of coach Dan Bylsma, saying he’s been ineffective on the ice and that the team hasn’t had the personnel to compete in the postseason.
But the team’s top brass has made it clear they’re committed to Byl.
If the Penguins can make the playoffs and keep the current roster together, they’ll get another shot at the Stanley Cup.
They’ll also get another chance to win it this year.
The Penguins are one of the worst teams in the NHL.
They’re one of three teams to have gone into the Stanley War for the first time since the 2005-06 season, and they’ve gone 0-3 in the playoffs.
That includes losing to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games, in which they gave up two goals on 25 shots.
They lost their next game to the New York Islanders, in the second round.
And they lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round.
Pittsburgh has won just four of its past seven games and is 11-7-1 in its past 14.
The only time Pittsburgh has made the playoffs since the 2013 season was the 2008-09 season, when it went 8-9-0.
That season, the Penguins went into the playoffs as the NHL’s best team but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champions the Boston Red Wings in seven.
Byl was hired to fix the Penguins, and he’s doing that by signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Brian Dumoulin to a six-year, $33 million contract.
He’ll be entering his 12th season in Pittsburgh and his fifth with the Penguins.
Dumouin, 31, was signed by the Penguins in 2014.
Dumomoulin has eight goals and 30 points in 72 games with the Red Wings this season.
He had 18 goals and 47 points in 77 games with Pittsburgh in 2011-12 and 2010-11.
Dumoulin had four goals and 10 points in 15 games with Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Final last year.
He has two goals and 12 points in 21 games with Washington this season, where he had five goals and 15 points in 33 games last season.
Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, who signed a six year, $62.5-million contract last week, was not among the players Byl signed.
The Bruins are 5-7 in the past 11 games.
The Bruins are 13th in the League in goals per game (3.05), 14th in power play (2.84) and 20th in penalty kill (3,845).
Boston’s top power play unit, with the Bruins leading the NHL at 4.26 goals per 60 minutes, is tied for the fourth-worst in the entire NHL.
Boston’s top penalty kill unit, which ranks eighth in the whole NHL at 19.7 percent, has allowed 16 goals on 39 shots.
The team has been tied for fifth in the hockey world with just two power play points, the other being the New Jersey Devils, which have seven.
Boston also is tied with New York for fourth-fewest power plays (5), fifth-fewthest shots on goal (3) and fourth-most penalty minutes (22).
Boston ranks 26th in scoring chances at 5.0 per game and fourth in shots on net at 17.4.
The Celtics rank seventh in the NBA in shooting percentage (42.3 percent).
Boston has won four straight and is 13-7 on the road.
The teams last meeting was March 3, 2013, when the Bruins were playing for their third consecutive Eastern Conference championship.
They won that game, 3-2, and the season series in Boston ended in a shootout.