Pittsburgh Penguins 2017-18 Season Preview

It’s not fair that Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby and Edmonton has Connor McDavid, when a few decades ago, both teams had Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky, respectively.

Is there some rule that says only those two cities can have the once in a generation players?

I’m calling shenanigans. No more cahoots!

FORWARDS

Sidney Crosby – He’s alright. He’s scored over 100 points in a season, five times. He’s 30 years old and could be in the Hall of Fame yesterday if he wanted. He’s won everything. People say I look like him.

Evgeni Malkin – That 04/05 lockout really transformed the Penguins. They were able to take Malkin in ’04 and Crosby in ’05. If there were no lockout, I don’t think Pittsburgh would’ve owned the 1st pick and had the chance to take Crosby. See, I told you there were cahoots. Malkin is great – injury prone, but who isn’t?

Phil Kessel – The Best.

Jake Guentzel – The Future.

Notable: Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Patric Hornqvist

DEFENSE

Kris Letang – Hard to believe he was a 3rd round pick in 2005. He has 399 career points, which is 8th most for his draft class – 1st is Crosby; 9th is Hornqvist. CAHOOTS, I say. Yeah, Letang is great too.

Justin Schultz – He left the Oilers and the Penguins turned him into the player everyone thought he could be. He’s an offensive threat and a weapon on the power=play, as if they needed more.

Olli Maatta – He’s 23-years-old and is apart of the younger generation of Penguins that inhabits this team. He’s also a good hockey player. Surprising, huh?

GOALIES

Matt Murray – He’s been in the NHL for two years and has won two Stanley Cups. He’s only 23-years-old. So yeah, he’s better than you, me, and almost every 23-year-old ever.

Tristan Jerry – This was supposed to be Antti Niemi but he stunk and is now in Florida. Jarry is 22 and is getting thrown into the fire here. Methinks the Penguins will look for a veteran backup before the trade deadline.

FUN FACTS

1. The Penguins scored 282 goals last season – most in the NHL.

2. They were 31-6-4 at home and 50-21-11 overall.

3. They play out of PPG Paints Arena. You can get a pizza from Fox’s Pizza and then wash it down with some Dunkin’ Donuts because America runs on Dunkin’, or something.

4. The Penguins have won 5 Stanley Cups: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017.

5. The Penguins former arena was nicknamed, “The Igloo”. I liked that.

6. Phil Kessel loves hot dogs.

WHAT CHRIS THINKS

Penguins the Penguins. It’s hard to have Crosby and Malkin and not be competitive. Hard to believe Crosby, Malkin, and Letang are all over 30 now. It will be interesting to see if this team ages like a fine wine, or a stinky cheese.

LAST MINUTE OF PLAY

They’ll make the playoffs. Yada yada yada. They’re great. So many weapons. Etc.

They need to be careful, though. If Matt Murray gets injured, or struggles, they have no one else to go to. Well, they do. But no one that has proven to be reliable.

If penguins can hold their breath, they better be holding it right now.

ONE WILD PREDICTION

Evgeni Malkin will play at least 70 games – something he’s only done 4 times in 11 seasons.

POST-GAME

Last Preview: Philadelphia Flyers
Next Preview: San Jose Sharks

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9 Responses to Pittsburgh Penguins 2017-18 Season Preview

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  2. Kara's Kloud says:

    Finally my team! First off, I completely agree with you about Crosby and Malkin – they’re doing really well now, but they’re getting older, so how will the team respond to that in the future? Phil Kessel is THE man, and his hot dog obsession is hilarious. Jake Guentzel is an all-star, and I hope the Penguins get some more players like him in the future. Will they win another Stanley Cup for a third year in a row? I’m not sure. They will definitely make the playoffs, but I feel like they might get tired after a point. As long as Nashville doesn’t get as far this year as they did last year, I’ll be content with a new champion team!

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    • Paul says:

      It’s amazing to me that Crosby and Malkin are in their 30s already. Even if the Penguins do struggle after they’re retired at least you got at least 3 Cups out of it! I miss Kessel in Toronto lol. The media and fans were hard on him here but that’s only because he was supposed to be our best player. In reality, he’s better as the 3rd or 4th best player on a team. Anyways, enjoy the season and hope Murray doesn’t get hurt!

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  3. Dutch Lion says:

    The Penguins are awesome. Who is/was responsible for that 2005 Draft anyway? Wow! I forgot and thought they still played at the Igloo. I’ll just go ahead and call the new place the Igloo 2 (too). Get it? Pitt will be tough to stop. I liked Chris’s comments. Who is that guy anyway?

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    • Paul says:

      That 2005 Draft was the one after the lockout season and they determined each team’s odds based on how many times in the last 3 years they’d made the playoffs. I would’ve liked to see them have 30 ping pong balls (1 for each team) and pull them out 1 at a time. That would’ve been more dramatic!

      Chris is my best friend in real life! We always talk sports together, mainly hockey, so I wanted to include him in the previews.

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      • Dutch Lion says:

        Awesome. By the way, are you pumped for the CFL Semifinals on Sunday? We actually have them on here in the States on ESPNU or ESPNNews. I’m gonna try to watch. Are you a big Argos fan? Will they win? Maybe write a preview?? LOL!

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      • Paul says:

        I am pumped and I’m a big Argos fan! The CFL is so hard to predict in the playoffs. The Argos have home field advantage but that doesn’t mean much since they don’t draw a large crowd (hopefully they do on Sunday). They’re up against Saskatchewan who have 2 QBs who play different styles and caused us fits earlier in the year. Gonna be a good game!

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      • Dutch Lion says:

        I tried to pay attention to the CFL standings this year and it looked like the West division dominated. As Jim Morrison said, “The West is the Best”. I’ll pick Calgary to win the Grey Cup. I wish more games were on TV here in the USA.

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      • Paul says:

        Oh yeah, the West always dominates for some reason. 3 teams from each division normally make the playoffs but since the 4th place team in the West had a better record than the 3rd place team in the East, they crossed over to the Eastern bracket which is why Saskatchewan faces Toronto. I like that they do that.

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