theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins return largely intact after winning the Stanley Cup. And this time Mike Sullivan's behind the bench for 82 games.
After a slow start, Pittsburgh finished second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the NHL with 104 points. Its 2.90 goals per game ranked third, it's 2.40 goals against ranked sixth, and its 84.4 percent success rate on the penalty kill ranked fifth. The only area Pittsburgh needs to improve, surprisingly enough, is on the power play. Go figure.
Here's what the Penguins' lineup looks like ahead of Oct. 13, when they'll raise a Cup banner with the Washington Capitals watching.
|Conor Sheary||Sidney Crosby||Patric Hornqvist|
|Carl Hagelin||Nick Bonino||Phil Kessel|
|Chris Kunitz||Evgeni Malkin||Bryan Rust|
|Tom Kuhnhackl||Matt Cullen||Eric Fehr|
|Kevin Porter||Oskar Sundqvist|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Olli Maatta||Trevor Daley|
|Ian Cole||Justin Schultz|
|Derrick Pouliot||Steve Oleksy|