5 Reasons for Pittsburgh Penguins Fans to Be Optimistic About the Playoffs

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5 Reasons for Pittsburgh Penguins Fans to Be Optimistic About the Playoffs
Gene J. Puskar

With the 82-game regular seasona season which saw them win 51 gamesnow behind them, the Pittsburgh Penguins can look ahead to the games that really matter in pursuit of another 16 wins and the Stanley Cup.

Last year, the Pens advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final only to be swept by the Boston Bruins, the first time the Pens were swept in the playoffs since the Bruins did it in 1979.

Now, one year later, the Pens are eager to put this year's injuries and last year's disappointment behind them and raise another banner at the Consol Energy Center.

As the Pens get ready to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, let's take a look at five reasons for fans to be optimistic about their chances this postseason.

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