It’s September; and we have reached one more milestone before the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.
With the countdown until October and reaching that final threshold before the puck drops in the regular season Fansided is going to take a look at each team in the league one day at a time.
Today we checked back in with the ever loved Pittsburgh Penguins.
Still without captain Sidney Crosby the team does finally have Evgeni Malkin back in action as seen last night in a preseason game verse the Red Wings in which the Penguins took the win.
Gone from the city as cold as steel is the single handedly Stanley Cup winner Max Talbot and Mike Rupp – both whom have stayed within the division.
Added are Steve Sullivan, Richard Park, Steve MacIntyre, and former Red Wing Jason Williams – most remembered for that nasty broken leg…
Bill Mayer had this to say over at Pens Labyrinth:
Three words will determine the Penguins fate this season: Sidney Crosby’s health. If Crosby can return to form, the Pens will be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. If Sid misses significant time with post-concussion symptoms or – gasp! – gets re-injured, this could be another one-and-done playoff season.
Then he had this to say…
Even without Crosby in the lineup, this is a playoff team. With a healthy Crosby, the Pens should compete for the division title and a top-three seed in the conference.
Be sure to read all of the review here.