Pittsburgh Penguins: 5 Reasons Their Defense Will Be Better in 2012-13

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 5 Reasons Their Defense Will Be Better in 2012-13
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The Pittsburgh Penguins were looked at as Stanley Cup contenders last year. Everyone thought they would easily make it to the Finals if they made it past the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.

That if proved to be too much, as they fell to the Flyers in six games.

The biggest reason why the Penguins lost to the Flyers was because they gave up 30 goals in that series. No team is going to win a Stanley Cup giving up an average of five goals per game. A big part of that failure fell on the defense. The collective group definitely needs to rebound.

There is reason to be hopeful that the Penguins defense will be better in the 2012-13 season. Here are six of the biggest reasons.

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