Additional Pittsburgh Penguins Info
It may seem as if the Pittsburgh Penguins have been atop the NHL since forever, and well, that’s almost true. You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time the Penguins did not participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During that span, they have three Stanley Cups and four Eastern Conference Championships. A season ago, they finished tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with exactly 100 points. They drew the New York Islanders in round one and in a very surprising manner were swept out of the playoffs. That was one of the many shocking parts of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Penguins are in a unique position where not only can they think about now in free agency, but they can think about the future in the draft. The Penguins have maybe the two best players of their generation in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. However, neither one of them is getting any younger. Once they are both gone, the Penguins are going to problems scoring. So, in the draft, they selected very talented offensive-minded left-winger Samuel Poulin from Sherbrooke of the Quebec Men's Junior Hockey League in round one. Poulin is a long-term project that could pay off big down the road. In free agency, they made a big move, adding right-winger Brandon Tenev on a six-year contract, which turned out to be their one lone move of the offseason.
The Penguins have a system, and they believe in that system. At the top of that system is the concept of riding Malkin and Crosby until the wheels fall off, which it appears is exactly what they are going to do.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the most iconic and well-run sports organizations on this side of the world, finished fifth a year ago in the Eastern Conference standings with 100 points. In round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in high scoring but not very close games. In round two they faced off against the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals, and lost to them in six hard-fought games.
Anyone who follows the National Hockey League knows the iconic hall of fame duo of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been together for a long time. In 2004 The Penguins made Malkin the second overall selection and in 2005 they made Crosby the first overall selection. This duo has led the Penguins to four Eastern Conference Championship and three Stanley Cup victories. Even though they were downed in round two by the Capitals, the pair still produced a magnificent season. Malkin finished with the team lead with 98 points, and Crosby finished third with 89 points. Sandwiched between them is Phil Kessel who finished second with 92 points. The question is, how long can this trio, all of whom are on the wrong side of 30 keep this up for? The Penguins are doing exactly what they should be doing, riding this hall of fame trio until the wheels fall off, and when they do, Penguins fans will have nothing to complain about. What a ride this has been.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 as one of the NHL's first-ever expansion teams. The Penguins play their home games in the Consol Energy Center, which was opened in 2008. Since their inception, it is safe to say the Penguins have been on the National Hockey League's most successful teams, specifically since 1990.
Since 1990, the Penguins have won their division eight times, most recently in 2014. Since 1990, the Penguins have won the Eastern Conference four times- 1991, 1992, 2008, and 2009. Also since 1990, the Penguins have won the Stanley Cup three times, 1991, 1992, and 2009. The 2009 Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings is considered to be one of the greatest playoff series in North American professional sports history as it went the full seven games and came down to the wire every game.
The Penguins finished the 2014-2015 regular season with a record of 43-27-12, good for 98 points, and the 8th seed overall in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The 8th seed in the West, Calgary, finished with 98 points, so that means Pittsburgh will enter the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the worst record overall of the 16 participants. Pittsburgh will face the New York Rangers in round one, who finished the regular season with 113 points, the best record overall league wide. The Rangers will be favored in that series.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had a great 2015-2016 season. The Penguins finished the season with 104 points, good for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. In round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they drew the New York Rangers, and defeated them in five games to advance. In round two they drew the top-seeded Washington Capitals, defeating them in six games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, they drew Tampa Bay, defeating them in seven games. The Penguins then faced the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals, defeating them in six games, and walking away with Lord Stanley's jug. Pittsburgh had maybe the quietest offseason in the league, so nothing of note there. So far this season the Penguins are off to a great start, as they currently sit with 39 points, tied with the Rangers for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
We’ve all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. While other NHL teams all competed in a race to the top of the Eastern Conference , the Pittsburgh Penguins simply cruised along. When the dust settled, they finished the season with 111 points, and the two seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Two months later they were raising Lord Stanley’s Cup yet again. Of course, it helps that the Penguins have some of the best talent of their generation, including center Sidney Crosby, who is one of the best players in NHL history. For Crosby, this is the third Stanley Cup of his era. In addition to Crosby, there is Evengi Malkin, who is also one of the best players in league history, but will forever be known as Crosby’s wingman. They also have the durable Phil Kessel, who joined them prior to the start of the 2015-2016 season. Kessel hasn’t missed a game since 2010. The Penguins made a couple of moves in free agency, signing defenseman Brian Dumoulin to a six-year contract and forward Conor Sheary to a three-year contract. They Penguins also traded their first round draft choice for Ryan Reaves and a second round selection. Other than that, not much. Basically for Pittsburgh, it’s lock, load, and ride that very talented trio until the wheels come off.