With arguably the two best players in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins are consistently included among the Stanley Cup favorites. The Penguins won the cup in 2009, but haven’t sniffed it since, and in order to get back to the promised land, these three things need to change.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are two of the best players in today’s game. Love or hate them, their skills are undeniable. Head coach Dan Bylsma has the Penguins consistently playing on a high level. The Penguins haven’t finished lower than fourth in the Eastern Conference since the 2006-07 season. The Penguins finished fifth that season.
Even more impressive is the Penguins playoff streak—which is currently at six seasons. The last time the Penguins missed the extra season was in 2005-06. They finished last in the conference with 58 points.
Pittsburgh has bowed out of the postseason earlier than many expected the last few seasons, despite having a blueprint for success. Heading into the 2012-13 season, the Penguins need to change these three things in order to get back to the Stanley Cup.