NHL 14: Pittsburgh Penguins Guide
Written By: JCol32
Championships: 3 (1990-91, 1991-92, 2008-09)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were founded in 1967 as a part of the NHL’s original expansion from six to twelve teams. The franchise has won three championships, all of which have been won with the help of big name stars, notably Mario Lemieux in 1990-92 and young phenoms Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2008-09.
The Penguins will enter the 2013/14 season with high hopes despite their playoff exit to the Boston Bruins a year ago. A healthy Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will surely mean the Penguins will be a force in 2013. Brandon Sutter will make great strides this year and is quickly becoming one of the most underrated players in the league and will slot in as the #3 center. Marc-Andre Fleury will look to rebound after a struggle in the playoffs last year which saw Thomas Vokoun see a lot of time. Despite the questions in goal, Pittsburgh will be a very tough team to beat day in and day out in 2013/2014.
How to Play as the Penguins:
With the Penguins balanced attack, try to alternate between their top two lines and you will surely have success. Don’t be afraid to take some chances because you have Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury to back you up. On powerplays try to move the puck around and find the open man. It shouldn’t be too hard when you have players like Crosby, Malkin, Neal, and Letang on your side.
The franchise decided on the “Penguin” nickname once they realized that their first home arena, the Pittsburgh Civic Arena would be nicknamed the “Igloo”.