Same story the past few years. This team has no identity. They will dump and chase at times but they also turn the puck over at inopportune times. They are still looking for the perfect pass for an open net goal. Just shoot the puck, get rebounds, and get someone in front of the net.
I think they are stuck in the middle. They are too talented to lose a lot but not talented enough to win a cup. Malkin and Sid are getting older but still very good players that you can win with if you have the right supporting cast. They are in no-mans land.
This ticks me off when watching them of the PP or setting up a shot. They will pass it to the guy surrounded by 3 opposing players in the middle or top of the crease and 9.9 out 10 times, lose the puck. Malkin thinks he is on the Globetrotters with the behind the back drop pass or trying to go through the whole team.
I still think they need to trade 71 or 58 to get something for them now and to shake up the dynamic of the team. The stars are too comfortable. I don't expect Burke or Hextall to sit on their hands as this team sinks out of the PO spot. The clock is ticking on this team and they are almost as far from the SC as the Steelers are from the SB. Like you said, they are good enough to be competitive, but don't have that kill factor like TB, BOS or WASH has.