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The last two decades have been a wild ride for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The franchise was rumored to be leaving the Steel City in the mid-2000s until franchise savior Mario Lemieux stepped in to purchase the team. His move was rewarded in short order when Pittsburgh won the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, earning the right to select Sidney Crosby. Crosby has led the Penguins to three Stanley Cups during his tenure and the Penguins have made 13 straight playoff appearances. However, the Penguins are now in salary cap misery and Pittsburgh is more vulnerable than they have been in a while in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Pittsburgh Penguins at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +1400
Eastern Conference Odds: +710
Sidney Crosby notched 100 points for the sixth time in his career last season. He surpassed 1200 career points, and he has already established himself as one of the greatest players of his generation. He has only won two Art Ross Trophies, but he has also claimed two Conn Smythe Awards, and two Hart Trophies during his career.
Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel rounded out the best trio center in the league, but the blue line was a major problem last season. Kris Letang showed his age, and none of the young players have been able to fill the void in the back. That led to Matt Murray posting mediocre numbers for the second straight season despite being one of the top goalkeepers in the NHL.
Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Playoffs
After a decade of contending, it appeared that the aging Penguins would take a step back this season. However, this team had other plans as they finished the regular season in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh drew the short straw given its record in comparison to other teams taking part in the play-in series though. Needless to say, the Penguins are significant favorites entering their best-of-five series with the Montreal Canadiens.
Evgeni Malkin has shined despite missing 14 games this season. Malkin has 25 goals and 49 assists, leading the team with 74 points, and he could have contended for the Art Ross Trophy once again if he managed to stay healthy. Second-leading scorer Bryan Rust missed 14 games too but led the team with 27 goals.
Sidney Crosby missed close to half the season, but there’s no denying he is still one of the league’s most dangerous players. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer is closing in on 500 career goals, and he has averaged over a point per game in the playoffs over his long career.
Although Pittsburgh recently shelled out big money for Matt Murray, the Penguins might go with Tristan Jarry in net for the playoffs. Jarry was 20-12-1 in the regular season with a 2.43 GAA and a .921 save percentage, outperforming Murray by a considerable margin.
Last Five Seasons
||Lost First Round
||Lost Second Round
||Won Stanley Cup
||Won Stanley Cup
||Lost First Round
Pittsburgh Penguins History
The Penguins were founded in 1967 during the NHL’s great expansion when the league doubled from six to 12 teams. However, they didn’t have any real success until Mario Lemieux was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1984 NHL Draft. It took some time for the front office to build a team around Super Mario, but Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr ended up taking Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1990s.
The franchise reached its nadir in the early 2000s. Pittsburgh finished dead last in the division for four straight seasons, sparking rumors that the team would move to either Quebec or Kansas City. Once again, Lemieux saved the team, stepping in as the front man of the current ownership group to keep the team in the Steel City.
Pittsburgh was rewarded with another generational talent when Sidney Crosby was taken No. 1 overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. Crosby has surpassed Lemieux by leading the Pens to three Stanley Cup titles alongside Evgeni Malkin, making the Pens the most successful franchise of the last three decades.
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