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      The Penguins' Injuries Would Break Most Teams. Good Thing They're Not Most Teams.

      Back in 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team to win consecutive Stanley Cups in 19 years. Behind the efforts of forwards Sidney Crosby (who won playoff MVP both years), Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, defenseman Kris Letang and young goaltender Matt Murray, the club had triumphed in the face of an NHL salary cap that was supposed to prevent back-to-back championships from being achievable anymore. Still, the Pens were unable to stave off decline forever: Crosby had a down season and Murray regressed in 2017-18, Malkin and Letang struggled through injuries in 2018-19, and the team managed just six playoff wins during those seasons after recording 32 over the previous two. Then Kessel was dealt to Arizona last June, permanently shaking up the core from the championship years. The Penguins started the 2019-20 campaign with an incredible plague of injuries -- according to the site Man-Games Lost, Pittsburgh has been the most injured team in the league, including a absences of 28 games for Crosby, 14 for winger Bryan Rust and 13 for Malkin, and a recent injury to forward Jake Guentzel. With those setbacks plus more struggles for Murray, it seemed like this year might be a continuation of the Penguins' long post-Cup slide. After all, no great team can stay that way indefinitely. But Pittsburgh has defied that narrative so far. Instead of collapsing under the...
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      The Penguins' Injuries Would Break Most Teams. Good Thing They're Not Most Teams.
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      2019-20 Metropolitan Division Standings

      TeamWLOTLPTS
      Washington3311571
      Pittsburgh3114567
      NY Islanders2915563
      Columbus2716862
      Carolina2918361
      Philadelphia2717660
      NY Rangers2321450
      New Jersey1724741

      2019-20 Team Leaders

      2019-20 Team Stats

      Goals For / Game
      3.30
      Goals Against / Game
      2.72
      Power Play %
      19.6
      Penalty Kill %
      82.1

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      Team History

      YearWLOTLPts
      2019-203114567
      2018-19442612100
      2017-1847296100
      2016-17502111111
      2015-1648268104