2008/09 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview

Pittsburgh Penguins3.  Pittsburgh Penguins Season Preview

Big drop off here for the Penguins. They have some tough injuries to deal with right now and I think it’ll end up hurting them more than people will think.

The Pens forwards are lead by arguably the best duo in the league with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Petr Sykora, Pascal Dupuis, Miroslav Satan and Tyler Kennedy will look to help out that duo with some secondary scoring. Jordan Staal will look to have a rebound season and Matt Cooke will be a pest and also chip in a goal here and there.

Defence is easily the weakest part of this team. Having Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar out to start the season really hurts. Two young guys in Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski are now the go-to guys on the point for the PP. Brooks Orpik, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Darryl Sydor and Rob Scuderi will look to keep things simple and play solid in their own end.

In net Pittsburgh has one of the best young goalies in the league with Marc-Andre Fleury and an underrated backup in Dany Sabourin.

With Malone and Hossa gone their forwards aren’t as good and injuries have weakened their defence. The only way I see them finishing higher than 3rd in the division is if Fleury completely stands on his head.

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