Pittsburgh Penguins: What Could've Happened If They Were 100 Percent Healthy

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Pittsburgh Penguins: What Could've Happened If They Were 100 Percent Healthy
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Tuesday's announcement that Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby would play on Thursday night brought a sigh of relief to Penguins fans everywhere.

This means that the Penguins are the closest to full strength as they have been in what seems like forever. Only defensemen Paul Martin and Kris Letang, along with goaltender Brent Johnson, remain out of the lineup with injuries (at least that's what we've heard about the struggling backup netminder). 

The Penguins have been dealing with concussions, knee injuries, sprained ankles, flu bugs and more for the better part of 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Despite this, they remain right in the thick of the Atlantic Division and are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

These results are nothing to scoff at.

So let's imagine for a minute that these injuries never happened. What would've happened to some of the players who sustained injuries if they went through an 82-game season without missing a beat?

Keep clicking for my opinion.

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