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• Record: 47-24-11
• Division: Second in the Atlantic
• Conference: Fifth in the East
• Playoffs: Ousted in the first round by Ottawa
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Goalie: Dany Sabourin
Let's assume the Penguins don't want Fleury to play 75 games. That means Sabourin (or Conklin) will be called on about 20 times this season. There is little to suggest either can do the job, which could cost the Penguins valuable playoff seeding.
Defense: Ryan Whitney
At 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, Whitney has the potential to be a force at both ends of the ice. There's no doubt the 24-year-old can deliver offensively, but he struggled in the playoffs and showed he has lots of room to grow.
Forward: Sidney Crosby
So he answered all the questions about being an 18-year-old rookie and followed that up by winning a scoring title as a 19-year-old. In the blink of an eye, he seems to have become a wise player who is comfortable in his skin on and off the ice. What next? Fans can't wait to find out.
MORE FROM BURNSIDE
Hard to imagine that seven months ago there was the very real possibility the Penguins would be headed to Kansas City or Hamilton or almost anywhere else. Now, there's a waiting list for season tickets, the team is committed it its new arena until 2040 and it's being touted as a Stanley Cup contender ... for years to come. Go figure.
Where Penguins Will Finish
The Penguins will finish second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Where do you think the Pittsburgh Penguins will finish this time around? Who will lead the Penguins in scoring and what's your take on the man behind the bench? Vote now!
Whomever plays alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will automatically become solid fantasy players, so keep tabs on who stays on their lines. Jordan Staal is someone to avoid for fantasy as he won't repeat his outstanding shooting percentage while buried on the third line. Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar are among the top-five fantasy defensemen. Marc-Andre Fleury should take a step into elite goaltending status and is a terrific late pick. -- Sean Allen
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