This is it—the last week we'll be able to talk about the 2013-14 NHL season in future tense. After the next few games, the Pittsburgh Penguins will put a stamp on this campaign and head into the playoffs with revenge on the brain.
Revenge for an embarrassing showing in the Eastern Conference Final last season. Revenge for an early exit the year before. And the year before that.
The 2013-14 season has just felt like a long and wordy prelude to the story that really matters—the forward at the beginning of a poetry book. It's time for the Penguins to rip it out and move onto the part of the year that really matters.
The postseason is just around the corner, and there are a few things left for Pittsburgh to work on prior to hitting Round 1.