There are few teams in hockey as loaded offensively as the
The trouble for the Penguins is, there are plenty of teams
better at the other end of the ice. Following two first-round
playoff exits, including a six-game loss to Philadelphia last
spring, Pittsburgh is hoping a renewed focus on defense will lead
to the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.
The Penguins led the NHL in scoring last year, and that was with
star center Sidney Crosby limited to just 22 games due to
concussion-like symptoms. Yet Pittsburgh was a middling 17th in
goals allowed. The defense got even worse in the playoffs, when the
Flyers scored 30 goals in six games.
The short training camp hasn’t allowed Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
to tweak the team’s system yet, but the players say they need to be
more responsible defensively.