Rossi: Preview the Penguins’ Stanley Cup quest


The Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us, and there is no better time of the hockey season than the next two weeks. Round 1, where they could be upsets by upstarts and will be an uprising of an eventual champion.

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Also, with the Penguins set to open against Columbus in Game 1 at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday night, please enjoy this kind-of Playoff Preview:


>> Josh Yohe on the one thing Sidney Crosby really wants:


>> Evgeni Malkin wants to force opponents to defend Crosby differently:


>> Chris Adamski with the latest on Tomas Vokoun, and other assorted notes:


>> From COLUMBUS, meet the confident Blue Jackets:


>> Joe Starkey on the pressure that faces Marc-Andre Fleury:


>> Jesse Marshall with an advanced stats look at the Penguins-Blue Jackets series:


>> Depth, and why it might be all right for the Penguins:


>> Yohe’s in-depth look at coach Dan Bylsma’s system:


>> Jason Mackey’s series scouting report:


>> Structurally, the Blue Jackets resemble the Penguins:


>> Dejan Kovacevic on what a Round 1 exit should mean:


>> Mark Stevens’ grand design of a look at reasons why the Penguins will and will not win the Cup:



>> Melanie Wass’ delicious design of The New Guys the Penguins will need to win it all:



>> Wass’ wonderful design of those Penguins who are Needed Now for a Cup run:



>> Wass’ finale, on the Penguins for whom the Pressure Is On:




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