5 Reasons Pittsburgh Penguins Can Contend for the Stanley Cup This Season

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5 Reasons Pittsburgh Penguins Can Contend for the Stanley Cup This Season
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Evgeni Malkin may prove to be a huge factor in the Penguins' quest to the Stanley Cup.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the last team one would expect to exit the Stanley Cup playoffs early for two consecutive years. This year, though, they’re poised to capture hockey’s most prestigious championship.

Last season, the Penguins were heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup. It was shocking to see them get eliminated six games into their series with the Philadelphia Flyers.

But they’ve made some great moves during the offseason. They brought in Brandon Sutter to add some defensive talent to the forward line. The acquisition of Tomas Vokoun also helped address the problems in the goaltending situation.

The 2012 postseason exposed some big weaknesses within the Penguins. Fortunately, they’re already taking steps in the right direction.

Here are five reasons the Penguins will be contenders for the Stanley Cup this season.

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