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Net-Front Presence: Positives for Penguins in Tough East Division

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Placed in a loaded East Division instead of a lackluster Central? Facing a condensed schedule for an aging core? At first glance, it looks like the Pittsburgh Penguins got the short end of the NHL’s Return to Play plan for 2021.

The East Division includes powerhouses and teams which finished ahead of the Penguins such as the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers. The division also includes the always tough New York Islanders, the surging New York Rangers. Even the Buffalo Sabres added Taylor Hall and Eric Staal.

Only the top four teams will make the playoffs, and many including PHN’s Dan Kingerski feel the Penguins playoff streak is in trouble. 

But dig a little deeper and you can find potential positives for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. I explain in a new Net-Front Presence for the new year:

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter for the past two seasons, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He signed on with PHN in Feb. 2018 as co-owner, contributing commentary and analysis in various forms.

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