After winning six of their last seven playoff games by a combined score of 30-14, the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the NHL Eastern Conference Finals as a confident team.
Following lopsided defeats at home to the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 9-1 and, it's safe to say that confidence has been replaced with frustration and a growing sense of desperation. As the highest-scoring playoff team in almost two decades, averaging 4.27 goals per game through the first two rounds, the Pens certainly were expected to have a better showing offensively thus far in the series.
While the Pens have bounced back from 2-0 playoff deficits to win the series before, against both Washington and Detroit enroute to winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, both of those series began on the road. This time, they will have to win at least one game on the road in order to see home ice again.
As the series heads to Boston, here's a list of the Penguins' five biggest concerns in Eastern Conference Finals.