2015 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the New York Rangers for a second consecutive year in the playoffs last season. Despite the disappointment, the Penguins remain on the short list of contenders in the Eastern Conference in 2015. Much of the Penguins hope for improvement lands on the signing of Phil Kessel. Kessel is one of the most dynamic scoring threats in the NHL and when combined with a healthy Sydney Crosby, could be an unstoppable offensive attack. The Penguins have been thwarted by injuries over the last two seasons and are hoping to have stars Evgeni Malkin and Crosby healthy for an entire season. Look for Sydney Crosby to have another MVP caliber season, and for the 2015 Pittsburgh Penguins to be in the thick of the race for the Eastern Conference title.
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2014 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview
The Pittsburgh Penguins had an up and down season in 2013-14. The Penguins went 51-24-7 in the regular season, and finished atop the very good NHL Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh then proceeded to cruise through the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and took a commanding 3-1 lead over the New York Rangers in the NHL 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals. But then the unthinkable happened. The Rangers rallied to win 3 in a row, including a 2-1 victory in game 7 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Coming into the 2014-15 season, the poor ending to last season still clouds over team. But the Penguins have a new coach in Mike Johnston and a fresh commitment to getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Penguins lines will have 3 key new faces in Christian Ehrhoff, Blake Comeau, and Patric Hornqvist. As always the ceiling to the Penguins season will fall largely on the shoulders of superstar Sidney Crosby along with Evgeni Malkin. The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the few teams in the Eastern Conference that has the talent and experience to compete with the number of solid teams out west. With Sidney Crosby on the roster, the Penguins will continue to be a threat to win the Eastern Conference and maybe even the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014-15.
2013 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview
This Penguins teams looks a lot like the one you saw last year, and that’s a good thing. While Matt Cooke, Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow departed, they’ve kept their core of talented players around for another season. Rob Scuderi is back in black, and the forward lines led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin spearhead the offensive attack once again. Marc Andre Fleury will be between the posts once again as Pittsburgh looks to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2009. The Penguins will see a tough January slate of home games, including a Jan. 3 match up with the New York Rangers. The Capitals will come to town on Jan. 15, as well as the Canadiens on Jan. 22. The Penguins won’t see the Blackhawks at home until March, but they’ll have plenty of time to prove themselves as a title contender before then.
2012 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview
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.
2011 Pittsburgh Penguins 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.
2010 Pittsburgh Penguins Season 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.
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins Season 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.