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Finishing the season on a 14-2-0 run was something special. Mike Sullivan's arrival and subsequent changes helped give a team the shot in the arm it needed. Sidney Crosby's late-season tear showed he's still one of the best in the game today. He had 58 points over his last 44 games.
Simply put, the Penguins are looking like a contender again. They're also looking likely to lock up home ice in the first round this week after going 12-1-0 in their last 13 games. It's been an incredible turnaround under Mike Sullivan.
The Pens are surging at the right time of year and even without Evgeni Malkin. They've won eight of their last nine and have put some pressure on the Rangers. Sidney Crosby remains on fire, while Phil Kessel is heating up.
Currently riding a six-game winning streak, the Penguins have been one of the hottest teams in the league and they're doing it without Evgeni Malkin. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang have been putting up ridiculous numbers to help carry the team.
Losing Evgeni Malkin for the rest of the regular season and probably the first two rounds of the playoffs is a pretty big blow. The Pens showed recently that they can still score without him, and they'll have to continue to with the wild-card spot far from secure yet.
The Pens have been doing enough to stay in the wild-card hunt, but they could really use a prolonged winning streak to get a little more comfortable. Suddenly, the Flyers are three points behind them in the standings.
The Penguins addressed a need on defense by adding Justin Schultz from the Oilers, giving them another puck mover on the back end. This could work if the Oilers become a more dominant possession team, but there's no guarantee that will happen. It's going to be interesting to watch.
The Pens have just enough of a cushion right now to start feeling a little more comfortable about their playoff hopes. They have a three-point advantage on the New Jersey Devils for the last wild-card spot, but we've seen some wild swings this season.
Every game means that much more to the Penguins after having to pull themselves out of the hole they dug themselves earlier this season. They currently sit outside of a playoff spot by a point, but continue to look threatening.
The Pens are back and Sidney Crosby is back in a big, big way. The Pens have won six of their last seven to climb into third place in the Metro, while Crosby is on an 11-game points streak over which he has compiled 22 points. Just ridiculous.
Preseason Power Rankings
Yes, the Penguins are 0-2, and yes, they've only scored once so far this year, but no one believes they'll struggle to score all year like they have early. Defense certainly could afford to be better, though.
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