Excluding their most recent win, there's a good explanation why the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 7-2 to the Ottawa Senators in 2006 and a 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils this season without the services of superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Their contributions to the team are irreplaceable.
The duo, worth over $17 million in cap, have been sorely missed because of the offense they generate every time they skate a shift. Even in their most recent win against the Carolina Hurricanes, it has become apparent that there are huge parts of the team missing.
Despite the negatives, the Crosby- and Malkin-less Pens have some good to draw from the absence of the two.
Here are five reasons why the Pens can benefit from having neither Crosby nor Malkin in the lineup.
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