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1st in Eastern Conference
25-8-0, 50 points
The Pittsburgh Penguins look unbeatable right now. And to be fair, they are: The team has not lost in March, going 12-0 so far this month. If they are able to win their next six games, the team will set an NHL record for the longest win streak, breaking the 1992-93 team record set by Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.
Strengths: The Penguins are almost all strength. They sit just one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the league and are currently riding the longest winning streak of this season. The dynamic offense is led by captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and assisted by James Neal, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang.
Crosby is currently leading the league with 39 assists and 53 points, and Kunitz is right behind him in points, tied for second with 41. Additionally, Kunitz, Neal, Dupuis and Crosby all have at least 14 goals, putting them all in the league's top 13. Kunitz and Crosby are one and two in the league in plus/minus, and Dupuis is not far behind them.
The team is among the top 10 in hits, blocked shots, faceoff win percentage and shots per game. The Pens lead the league in goals per game with 3.46 and have the second best power play with a 24.2 conversion rate.
The Penguins are also the most resilient team in the league, with an unreal .750 winning percentage in games where they trail first.
Weaknesses: The Penguins' weaknesses are few and far between, but they are out there. Despite an incredibly skilled roster, the team is in the bottom 10 in the league in penalty kill. The team is stingy with the puck and have few giveaways, but the squad is dead last in the league in takeaways. The team's 151 total is less than half as much as the league leader, Chicago.
The team is able to rely heavily on its offensive stars, but in the unlikely chance they find themselves behind big in an important game, they may struggle to forecheck and force turnovers.