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It’s a banner raising night for the Penguins.
There is already a ton of storylines surrounding the Penguins entering tonight from Sidney Crosby’s health, to Marc Andre Fleury’s opportunity with Matt Murray sidelined, but what is going to dictate whether the Penguins stay on top this season will be their commitment to team defense from the forwards on down.
How the Penguins dominated the neutral zone throughout the post-season was the important facet to the Penguins hoisting Lord Stanley.
To that level just doesn’t seem sustainable but how far of a drop will there be?
Bringing back the same group will still have its challenges for Mike Sullivan and his biggest challenge will be keeping players 1-20 committed to his type of team game that saw Sullivan put together arguably the greatest coaching season by a Penguins bench boss ever in how he transformed this team.
Can Sullivan keep a 100% buy-in when the stars are only playing 15, 16 minutes like was the case for Evgeni Malkin at times?
— Sidney Crosby suffering a concussion in Friday’s practice after what Crosby described as just getting “tangled” with a teammate would seem to be concerning with Crosby’s concussion history.
Yet that hasn’t been the case. From Crosby to many in the Penguins’ organization, there is a lot of optimism that this latest concussion will be very short-term for Crosby with a source inside the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"