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Pittsburgh Penguins

Venue: Consol Energy Center | Coach: Mike Johnston
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The Penguins have been up-and-down lately, but it appears Christian Ehrhoff will soon return to the lineup, bolstering a defense that has been holding its own without him. Plus, you never know what Jim Rutherford has planned for the deadline.
The Penguins remain a team to keep a close eye on as the trade deadline approaches. They are rumored to be seeking another forward and defenseman to add to the mix and they really could use both to fortify for the playoffs.
The Penguins have a golden opportunity to leap over the Islanders and gain some ground while they're without top winger Kyle Okposo, but they really haven't taken advantage with a 4-3-0 record over their last seven games.
The Pens are still right with the Islanders in the Metropolitan race, but injuries have exposed some of the team's weaknesses. GM Jim Rutherford may need to make another move to keep Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup conversation.
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.
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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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