By Peter Bolt
With the regular season ending in a couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing a lot of people ask the same question: Can the Pittsburgh Penguins three-peat? Although the Pens have not officially clinched a playoff berth, it is safe to say they will be in the 2018 playoffs. Barring a miracle, the powerhouse organization will be in the playoffs for a 12th consecutive season. Here are three reasons why the Penguins can very well bring the cup home again.
The saying ‘been there, done that’ applies to this Pittsburgh Penguins team like no other. Crosby, Malkin, and Letang have been through it all. All three have been playing together since the 06-07 season and have an impressive resume. Since the 06-07 season the three have won three Stanley Cups, been to four, and have made the playoffs every single season.The rest of the team is not far behind. Kessel, Dumoulin, Hagelin, Hornqvist, Kuhnhackl, Maatta, Murrary, Rust, Schultz, and Sheary all have two rings of their own. There is not a team in the NHL that has more winners on the roster than this Pittsburgh Penguins team.
2. Their Offense
The Pens have one of the most lethal offensive group of forwards in the NHL. Any offense that includes Malkin, Kessel, and Crosby is going to be a top scoring team in the league. The Pens have five 20+ goal scorers, six 40-point+ producers (most likely going to be 7 by the end of the season), and three 80-point+ producers. The ability this team has to turn it on at any given moment is just unbelievable.
3. The Crosby X-Factor
I am absolutely no fan of Sidney Crosby, but he is one of the best players to ever play to ever play the game. Everything about his game is just unbelievable. The way Crosby can just take over a game and put on a clinic is amazing. Sid has amazing speed, hand-eye coordination, play making abilities, footwork, stick skills I mean you name it he has it. He’s been through it all as I mentioned above 4 cup appearances and over a decade of playoff experience. I think he is undeniably the person you want leading your team into a playoff series.
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