Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Reasons

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Reasons

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* The Penguins Will Win The Stanley Cup

1 Their skill level. The depth chart is laced with world-class talent and, for a change, everyone in that group seems to be pretty healthy. Starting with superior players doesn't guarantee anything, of course, but as first steps toward winning games go, it's one of the best.

2 Strength down the middle. Bounty of top-shelf personnel is most evident at center, where coach Dan Bylsma can deploy lines anchored by Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal. Having three units that not only can score, but also can take over games, creates matchup nightmares for opposing coaches.

3 Mental toughness. There's lot of that all over hockey, but few teams have experienced -- and come through -- as much adversity as the Penguins have the past two seasons. They have found ways to win consistently with an injury-diluted lineup, and now benefit from the confidence born of succeeding without key players.

* The Penguins Won't Win The Stanley Cup

1 Injuries. …

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