Never put the chicken before the egg or the horse before the cart. Also, it's probably not wise to look too far down an NHL schedule. It is November, after all, and a lot of things can and will change before hockey's so-called real season begins in mid-April.
That's if the Penguins get there.
Right now, it's not looking too promising.
For these guys, who have now lost nine of the past 10 after blowing a three-goal lead and falling in overtime, 5-4, to the Sabres Monday night at PPG Paints Arena, it could actually get worse before it gets better. Look at their next five games and, man, I dare you to find a win in that bunch: Stars, Bruins, Blue Jackets, Jets and Avalanche. All have at least 24 points, at least six more than the Penguins, who sit in the Eastern Conference cellar with 18.