No. 5: Pittsburgh Penguins
Season record: 11-5-3
Something isn’t perfect here, and the Penguins are close to the top of the league with 25 points. That something: a minus-1 goal differential.
The goaltending has been a bit of an issue, since Matt Murray can’t stay healthy and Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t been good. So the Pittsburgh offense has had to pick up the slack, and has done so thus far.
The big guns are performing about as expected, with Phil Kessel (18 points), Evgeni Malkin (17) and Sidney Crosby (16) pacing the scoring. Patric Hornqvist (13) has also been good, and Kris Letang (11) somehow keeps producing.
If the team can get its goaltending straightened out, a repeat trip to the Stanley Cup Final should be in the cards.