This time of year is usually filled with holidays and relaxing. Instead, we are about to enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Pittsburgh Penguins. What is in store over the next few months?
The images of Pittsburgh Penguins players in plaid shorts hitting the links, or traveling across the world haven’t happened yet. That’s because we still have some hockey to watch. This year has been a glitch in the system of life, but summertime hockey will help clear the mind.
With a fully healthy Penguins staff incoming for the playoffs, anything can happen. The Boston Bruins are the “beast of the East” at the moment, but rankings mean very little once you enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With all of this in mind, let’s breakdown some bold (hopeful) predictions for the upcoming summer nights.
Mike Sullivan remains calm (somewhat)
Usually, the Pittsburgh Penguins masterful technician is not for the faint of heart. Mike Sullivan is a head coach filled with passion and demands it in return. However, the stands will be empty, and he won’t have to yell nearly as loud to get his points across. It will be a learning lesson for sure, but with solid play and quiet surroundings, Sully might sincerely remain calm.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Bold predictions for Stanley Cup Playoffs
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A goalie wins the Conn Smythe Trophy
A goalie winning the Conn Smythe is rare. In back to back years (2011 and 2012), a netminder won the award as the playoffs MVP. Since 1994, its only happened six times, so saying the Penguins goalie will win it, is a bold move. If the Pens are to win the cup, they will need magical steps in between the pipes, whether its Murrary of Jarry, one of them will take off and with this award.
Marleau finally gets his cup
The 23 year veteran of the NHL has done many legendary things in his lifetime, and should someday be in the Hall of Fame. However, Patrick Marleau has never won the Stanley Cup. He has 127 career points in the playoffs, but no cup. The Pens did the same for Phil Kessel a few years back and could be poised to help Patty to get his turn as well finally.
Not a bold prediction, but all of these predictions pan out, that only means one thing; the Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup. We know that anything can happen when playoff time comes around, so hold on and get ready for a wild summer.