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PHN Reader Poll: Playoffs, Kapanen, Sullivan & More

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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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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Jason Kirklin
Jason Kirklin (@jkirew)
11 months ago

Trade letang

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
11 months ago
Reply to  Jason Kirklin

Jason, FWIW, I agree with you. I’m a fan of 58’s offense, but not his D play. With no 1st round pick in the next draft and few blue chip prospects, I hope Pens mgt will sale prior to or at trade deadline if it’s apparent the team will not be in the playoffs. For that matter, the past few seasons in the playoffs have not been successful either. Marino is the present and/or near future to the Pens rear guard. Go Pens.

Ether
Ether
11 months ago
Reply to  Ricardo58

Keep him and dangle to Kraken

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi (@richi81)
11 months ago

With a real threat of missing the playoffs and no 1st rd pick next year. The real pressure should be on the GM to understand the temperature of where this team is, and dont make knee jerk deals to patch up this team. I suspect a big deal will be coming.

Last edited 11 months ago by Rich Filardi
Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson
11 months ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

yeah if they start bad a Dumo or Rust may be moved to attempt to shake up the team….which I’m against…

drewcpappas
drewcpappas
11 months ago
Reply to  Rich Filardi

Who do they trade? You have to trade something to get something. Just very down on this team.

F. Kiefer
F. Kiefer
11 months ago

I can’t believe Sullivan continues to ignore Regola. That’s probably not spelled right.

Frank
Frank
11 months ago

Funny . . . there seems to be less concern about Jarry than there ever was about Murray. Why? I like Jarry, his demeanor and skill set . . . but objectively what has he done that merits this confidence. Plus if he blows a knee the goaltending will consist of DeSmith and Legace. Ouch! The forwards can stay healthy and the defense be surprisingly good but . . . oh . . . when the goaltending is off and leaking goals it can make for a tough stretch.

drewcpappas
drewcpappas
11 months ago

The GM has screwed this roster up. I worry that the team will get off to a slow start and Sullivan will get canned. While Rutherford has in the past made good moves, it was Sullivan that turned the team around and led them to the cups. Bottom 6 is bad. McCann and Tanev are the only bottom 6 forwards who are worth anything. No 1st round pick this year will haunt the franchise for years to come.

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