Complete Preview for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2014-15 Season

October 3rd, 2014 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

Stop me if you've heard this one.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were among the best teams in the regular season, rolling over the competition on their way to a 100-point season. But when the playoffs began, the Penguins fell woefully short of a Stanley Cup and even failed to reach the Stanley Cup final.

That was the Penguins' story in 2013-14 and has been the story in every season since they won the Cup in 2009. 


What We Learned in 2013-14

Welcome to the Penguin Galaxy, which is just two stars surrounded by vast, empty nothingness.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were both as healthy as they've been in a long time during the same season, combining to play 140 games. Crosby took home the Hart Trophy with 36 goals and 104 points in 80 games while Malkin had 23 goals and 72 points in 60 games.

Beyond that, there wasn't much.

James Neal had 27 goals and 61 points in 59 games, which was mostly a product of playing next to Malkin nearly all season. The same can be said for Chris Kunitz, who practically stowed away in Crosby's luggage to get to the Soc ...

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