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Venue: Consol Energy Center | Coach: Mike Johnston
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Injuries continue to take their toll with Sidney Crosby lost at least for one game and Evgeni Malkin apparently sidelined for longer. It's the same story every year, but the Pens' minor-league depth is getting a workout.
If there's an area that's going to need addressing for the Penguins as they look to make a playoff push, it's defense. As constructed, the lack of experience could be a barrier to Cup contention.
The Pens still have some key injuries to deal with, but they are starting to get healthy on defense. Get ready for an intense race to the finish in the Metropolitan Division, which is suddenly tight at the top.
The addition of David Perron helps bring some secondary scoring to the team, as well as some edginess to the top six. The Pens are going to be a better team with him, but they have to get through this rough patch of injuries first.
The injury and illness situation in Pittsburgh has reached absurd levels and it's impacting them noticeably. Pittsburgh's roster looks more like Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's at this point.
Despite all the Penguins have been dealing with over the last few weeks, most namely the mumps, the results haven't tailed off too badly. Evgeni Malkin's play has been a major factor with 39 points so far this season.
The Pens now have the mumps to contend with, which could create headaches within the lineup for weeks to come. That said, they've been strong once again with a 6-2-2 record over their last 10.
The Penguins are having a hard time stringing together wins, with a 5-3-2 record over their past 10. The scoring hasn't been at the level we saw earlier in the season, either.
The Penguins have looked more and more human over recent weeks, but remain the league's best club when it comes to goal differential at plus-26.
A pair of losses to the Islanders knocked the Pens from the top spot, but it wasn't enough for them to tumble down the charts. They're still the NHL's most dangerous team.
Preseason Power Rankings
The Pens haven't been perfect in their 2-0 start, but the offense is really clicking under new coach Mike Johnston, with nobody going better than Sidney Crosby.
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