The Penguins have lost the services of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu for lengthy periods of time, and many people have already started giving up on Pittsburgh's season.
When a team loses two of the franchise players, it usually spells disaster. However, the Penguins have shown in the past that they can be very resilient and consistent, with or without their star players.
The Penguins will undoubtedly be active when the trade deadline rolls around in order to make a lengthy playoff run, and if they get the right guy, they could be even more dangerous then ever.
They still have Jordan Staal who will inevitably see more minutes with Crosby and Malkin out, so Staal will have a chance to prove his worth.
Crosby will most likely be back before the playoffs start, and Mark Letestu is only slated to be out 4-6 weeks, so he should return in enough time for the playoffs. The only player who will not be back is Evgeni Malkin, but with him out, the Penguins have a chance to grab another impact player at the deadline.
That could actually be better for the Penguins, as a change may be exactly what they need in order to become the dominant team they have been in recent years.
It won't be but a few more weeks before we see what the Penguins are truly made of, and as long as they can hold their own without their stars for a while longer, they will be just fine.