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The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Pittsburgh Penguins play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with four other teams: the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders. Penguins tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2014-2015 Outlook
That’s a lot of change for a team coming off a 109-point season, and it speaks to the growing sense that the Penguins just haven’t been good enough lately. That sounds like an odd thing to say about a team with a relatively recent Stanley Cup and eight straight 99-plus-point seasons, but when you’re gifted with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their primes, you’ve got a realistic shot at a dynasty. Instead, the Penguins haven’t won a playoff game past the second round since 2009, and the frustration is showing.
There’s still plenty of offensive talent, especially if Kris Letang is back to full health, and they’ve gone from being a top-heavy team with little depth to a more balanced look. Of course, all eyes will be on Marc-Andre Fleury, who enters the last year of his deal and is probably on his last chance to show that he’s a top goaltender, not just a mediocre one who wound up on a great team.
The Pittsburgh Penguins franchise was founded in Pittsburgh in 1967 as part of the 1967 NHL expansion in which the league doubled its size by adding 6 additional teams to the original 6 NHL teams. In addition to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL issued invitations to the California Seals (a now-defunct franchise), the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars), the Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues. The Pittsburgh Penguins did not qualify for post-season play in its first 2 seasons in the NHL. During the 1969-1970 NHL season, the team recorded 64 points and advanced to the playoffs for the 1st time in franchise history, defeating the California Seals in the quarterfinals round of the playoffs. From 1969 through the 1989-1990 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins never won more than 1 series in any given NHL post-season run. But following the 1990-1991 NHL season, the fortunes shined on the city of Pittsburgh. Superstar Mario Lemieux could always be counted on for solid play all season long, but the franchise finally provided him with a solid core group of role players – Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Kevin Stevens, Rob Brown, John Cullen, Mark Recchi, and Bryan Trottier – that made the Pittsburgh Penguins the best team in the NHL. The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded 88 points during the 1990-1991 NHL season and cruised through the NHL playoffs to advance to the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4-2 to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Title. The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded 87 points during the 1991-1992 NHL season and cruised through the NHL playoffs to advance to the franchise second consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins swept the Chicago Blackhawks to win back-to-back Stanley Cup Titles. The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded a franchise-record 119 points during the 1992-1993 NHL season, but lost to the New York Islanders in a hotly contested 7-game series in the Division Finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to post-season play every year from 1990 through 2001, but only advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals twice.
The future looks bright for the Pittsburgh Penguins following the drafting of Sidney Crosby in the 2005 NHL draft. Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points during the 2005-2006 NHL season. In 2006, the Pittsburgh Penguins also acquired young Russian goal-scorer Evgeni Malkin. The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to rebuild with youth while adding experienced veterans in key positions, and look poised to remain a team to contend with for many years to come.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have retired the following players’ numbers: Michel Briere’s #21 (retired on January 5, 2001); & Mario Lemieux’s #66 (retired on October 5, 2006).
Pittsburgh Penguins TV/Radio
All Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games can be seen on the Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh television network in the greater Pittsburgh area. ESPN has television rights to Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Pittsburgh Penguins flagship radio networks WBGG 970 on your AM dial and WXDX 105.9 on your FM dial to catch each Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game on the radio.
PPG Paints Arena
The Pittsburgh Penguins play their home games in PPG Paints Arena.