Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview History
#4 Pittsburg Penguins vs. #5 Philadelphia Flyers: 2011-12 Playoffs
The Battle of Pennsylvania will be renewed in the postseason this year, and the Flyers are hoping to buck the recent trend of being eliminated by their cross-state rivals.
While the Rangers finished the regular season with the best record, the Penguins are favored by most to make it through the Eastern Conference and into the finals. With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal the Penguins have the best three centers in the NHL and now that they’re finally all healthy the Flyers defenseman have all they can handle to try and derail this team that looks to be headed deep into the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2011-2012 Season Preview:
Although they were once considered one of the least successful teams in the National Hockey League, the Pittsburgh Penguins have turned it around over the past decade, winning the Stanley Cup in the 2008-09 season. They have yet to repeat, but fans expect a big season out of the Pens in 2011.
Pittsburgh has quickly become one of the most exciting teams in hockey to watch with numerous talented players, including Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Over the past few seasons, these snipers have been some of the highest-scoring forwards in the league.
In the 2010-11 regular season, the team was plagued with injuries although they still managed to make it into the Stanley Cup playoffs, finishing in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Pens lost in the quarterfinals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but plan to redeem themselves in the 2011-12 season.
With the team healthy, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a real threat in the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is also at the prime of his career and is expected to be one of the top netminders in the league by the end of next season.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Pittsburgh Penguins entered last season with lofty expectations following their Stanley Cup Finals victory in 2008. Although they were bounced from the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, the Penguins return a lot of talent and should make another run for the cup this year.
The Penguins offense will be led by one of the most dynamic players in the league, Sidney Crosby. Crosby led the team with an astonishing 109 points last season on 51 goals and 58 assists, and fans should expect more of the same this year as he is only 23-years-old. Pittsburgh's other centers are no slouch either, as Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal are two of the most exciting goal scorers in the league.
While the offense may look similar to last year's, the defense underwent some changes. Pittsburgh lost Sergei Gonchar and Mark Eaton to free agency, both of whom will be tough to replace. Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek will be looked to for leadership on defense in their absence. In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury will be back once again, but be looking to improve on his 2.65 goals against average.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The current NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking at the 2009-2010 NHL season as a chance for them to repeat. The Penguins bring back plenty of firepower to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions; led by Evgeni Malkin and the kid Sidney Crosby. Expect to see the Penguins as a top seed heading into the 2010 NHL playoffs and a team that could eventually take home the trophy for a second year in a row.