#2 February 24th: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins may have sputtered all season, weighed down by expectations of a three-peat, but hopes of playoffs aren’t out of their reach. Like the Panthers, the Pens are massively playing down to expectation with their star-studded roster. This doesn’t mean they should be taken lightly; Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, and Sidney Crosby are all forces of nature in the NHL.
If the Cats and Pens can pick up their form over the next month, with some help along the way, this game could be a game that could mean serious playoff implications for both sides. The center matchup of all-stars Aleksander Barkov and Crosby also will be very intriguing for all fans to enjoy.