BT’s 10 Bold (Or Not so Bold) 2010-11 NHL Predictions: The Pittsburgh Penguins

October 3rd, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
The Pittsburgh Penguins are perennial contenders in the NHL, and namely it's because of their two superstars.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin produce at other-worldly levels, and even when one of them has an off-year (Like Malkin last year) the Penguins still find a way to compete.

This year will be especially challenging though.

Pittsburgh is in tough, thanks to a depleted forward ranks. They spent a lot of money to shore up their defense this offseason, and have rounded up a solid, if unspectacular group of blueliners.

Up front, the top six is light, and the injury to Jordan Staal doesn't help. The November return of Staal means that experimenting with any combination of two of the big three on the same line will have to wait.

It will be an interesting first two months of the season to say the least for Pittsburgh.


1) Crosby falls back to 35 goals

He'll easily top 100 points still (in fact, he'll easily top 110), but Crosby translates into a bit more of a play-maker. He's got 60 assists or more in three of his five NHL seasons, and last year he was just two away from that mark w ...

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