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PHN Reader Poll: Playoffs, Kapanen, Sullivan & More



Pittsburgh Penguins Kasperi Kapanen fights Jared McCann

The start of the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp is about one week away, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now wants your opinion. Everything from the Penguins playoff worthiness to head coach Mike Sullivan’s job, PHN wants to know what our readers think.

The Penguins have played only four hockey games since March 11, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now has spent months analyzing the team, breaking down player development, speaking with teams, agents and players. Hopefully, we’ve brought you as much information as any national source and more Penguins content than anyone locally.

That is our goal.

So, now it’s time for you to sound off. What do YOU think? Click the “Vote” button after each question.

Will the Pittsburgh Penguins Make the Playoffs?

  • Yes (63%, 601 Votes)
  • No (37%, 347 Votes)

Total Voters: 948

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Will Kasperi Kapanen Score More Than 18 Goals in this 56-Game Season?

  • Yes (61%, 563 Votes)
  • No (39%, 357 Votes)

Total Voters: 920

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Is Head Coach Mike Sullivan's Job Secure?

  • Yes (42%, 437 Votes)
  • No (58%, 603 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,040

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Are the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Contenders?

  • Yes (37%, 328 Votes)
  • No (63%, 553 Votes)

Total Voters: 881

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Are the Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd and 4th Lines Good Enough?

  • Yes (30%, 269 Votes)
  • No (70%, 640 Votes)

Total Voters: 909

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Will Defenseman Mike Matheson Rebound with the Penguins?

  • Yes (61%, 558 Votes)
  • No (39%, 354 Votes)

Total Voters: 912

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Will Defenseman Cody Ceci Rebound with the Penguins?

  • Yes (50%, 428 Votes)
  • No (50%, 426 Votes)

Total Voters: 854

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Are You Excited for the New NHL Schedule with Division Only Games?

  • Yes (42%, 337 Votes)
  • No (58%, 465 Votes)

Total Voters: 802

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The Biggest Key or Biggest Worry to the Pittsburgh Penguins Season is:

  • The Defense (24%, 230 Votes)
  • The Bottom Six (31%, 289 Votes)
  • Staying Healthy (34%, 322 Votes)
  • Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (11%, 99 Votes)

Total Voters: 940

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PHN also welcomes our readers to opine in the comments below. We know there is a healthy dose of pessimism to go along with the unbridled optimism. The results will be published Sunday, Dec. 27.

The 2020-21 NHL season will be unlike any other, with only 56 games and mostly two-game sets. The Pittsburgh Penguins were in one way fortunate to stay in the Atlantic Division because all games will be within a short flight and in the same time zone. Preliminary divisional lineups reportedly had the Penguins in the Central Division, which would have included games at least one hour later.

As always, thanks for reading and letting us know what you think!

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