Despite a bleak outlook a couple months ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins are charging and have their sights firmly set on another Stanley Cup.
With their star prodigy Sidney Crosby sidelined with concussion-like symptoms for most of the season, Sid the Kid returned to the Pens lineup as if he had never missed a game.
Crosby will be key to the Pens' success moving forward, and he will help take the load off of Evgeni Malkin, who is playing the best hockey of his career and proving he is a true star in this league.
Behind goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and a high-powered offense, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the hottest team in the NHL right now. Here are five reasons why the Penguins have the look of a team poised to win its second Cup in the past five years.