Pittsburgh Penguins - The Final Stretch
The Penguins finished up their 8-game home stretch with a 6-1-1 record. Everything about the Penguins, with the exception of their powerplay, has been outstanding. The Penguins have now gone 15-2-3 under interim head coach Dan Blysma. They are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games. Confidence is extremely high in the locker room and it is showing on the ice. The Penguins went from 9th place to being tied for 4th place with their archrival the Philadelphia Flyers.
With that said, the Penguins do not have time to look back and see how close the Eastern Conference race is. One loss and the Penguins are going to be back in the pack fighting for the playoffs. The Pens must keep their eyes set ahead, on Philadelphia. The Flyers have one game in hand and are not going to give up without a fight. It is a stretch of the imagination, but the Penguins have a slim chance of taking the 3rd seed from New Jersey.
This is most certainly an exciting end of a great season. With 5 games left the Penguins just need to finish up the season strong and confident. If that happens, I see no reason why Pittsburgh fans could not be hopefully for another visit to the Stanley Cup Finals. It will be no easy task, but if the Pens continue on their current path, the sky is the limit.