by PuckStopsHere on 04/03/12 at 04:51 PM ET
In February, I wrote about how the Philadelphia Flyers were the highest scoring team in the league. They will not finish the season in that position. The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken over that spot. It is no surprise that this happened after Sidney Crosby returned from injury. With Crosby in the lineup, the Penguins have the two highest scoring players in the league in terms of points per game in Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. James Neal is also a significant point per game scorer on the team.
Pittsburgh should have two strong scoring lines in the playoffs. One will be centered by Malkin and one by Crosby. It will be very hard for any team to play against that as the top defensive players cannot focus on only one line.
Another important factor for the Penguins is the health of defenceman Kris Letang. He has missed almost half the season to injury but is back in the lineup. He is the puck moving defenceman and power play point man the team needs.
Pittsburgh should be a dangerous team in the playoffs because they are the top offensive team in the league. We are only beginning to see how good they can be as Crosby and Letang play at the same time. Despite spending most of the season without one or both of those players, Pittsburgh has the top offence in the league this year. Now that the Penguins are healthy they are probably the team to beat in the East Conference. They should be a very tough playoff opponent.
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