Sep 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wingPhil Kessel
(81) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) reach for a loose puck during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
8. The Metropolitan Division gets five teams into the postseason
Try and figure out who out of the Rangers, Islanders, Penguins, Capitals and Blue Jackets will not make the playoffs. Columbus missed out on the postseason a year ago and Pittsburgh barely snuck in, but both are poised to make the playoffs after making two of the biggest acquisitions during the offseason.
The Penguins brought in goal-scoring machine Phil Kessel to join Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The trio will be fun to watch if they ever play together on a 3-on-3 overtime line. Kessel will be his typical self and should elevate Pittsburgh’s offense.
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Columbus nearly snuck into the playoffs with a blazing run near the end of the season. The addition of Brandon Saad gives Columbus an excellent first line with Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen. Depth at forward and talent on the blue line are the key questions this season. No matter what, Sergei Bobrovsky will be the backbone in Columbus.
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