If you had to distill the 2013-14 NHL season of the Pittsburgh Penguins down into one word, it'd be perseverance. At this point it seems exhaustive to discuss the injuries that have torn the roster apart on a nightly basis, but no team in the NHL has suffered as many setbacks to their lineup.
As of December 31, the Penguins had lost 227 man-games due to injury according to ManGamesLost.com. That's 28 more games than the second-place Anaheim Ducks, and it isn't like the players that have been sitting in the press box are inconsequential grinders or easily replaceable pieces.
The blue line has been in shambles since the first game of the season, and now Evgeni Malkin hasn't played since December 14.
Pittsburgh continues to sit atop the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division though. They haven't managed a 29-12-1 record without several players elevating their games and playing some outstanding hockey.