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Ten Reasons For Penguins Fans Not To Panic Yet

TEN REASONS FOR PENGUINS FANS NOT TO PANIC YET
By Dave Fryer, Contributor to InsidePittsburghSports.com
Ten Reasons For Penguins Fans Not To Panic Yet:
1. Sidney Crosby
2. The series is only tied; the Penguins are not behind and have yet to even trail in the series
3. In any seven-game block this season in which Pittsburgh was 2-2 in the first four of those games, they were a composite 24-3 over the next three games
4. The last time Pittsburgh lost 3-out-of-4 games (which is what would have to play out for NYI to win the series) was January 23-29 (Games 3 thru 6 of the regular season, 46 games ago). At no point this season did they lose 3-straight games
5. The #8 seed is rarely a pushover anymore. In the past 5 years, #8 seeds are 25-30 in the first round and only twice have any of those series gone less than 6 games. But the #8 seed still only won 3 of those 10 series
6. Evgeni Nabokov has a .846 SV% and a 4.55 GAA this series, which ranks last among starters and considerably lower than Marc-Andre Fleury’s .891 SV% and 3.40 GAA
7. Tomas Vokoun was 3-0 against the Islanders in the regular season with a 0.90 GAA and .970 SV%. For his career against NYI, Vokoun is 17-7-1 with a 1.95 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 5 shutouts
8. The Penguins still hold home-ice advantage, as two of the remaining three games (if necessary) will be at Consol Energy Center
9. The last 5 Cup winners played the following number of games in the first round those years: 5, 7, 6, 6, and 6
10. In the 3 years Pittsburgh won the Cup, their first-round series went to 7, 7, and 6 games, respectively

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