Welcome to The Athletic’s 2022-23 version of the crew season previews. Check out all of the previews as they’re launched right here.
Some predictions age higher than others. Last 12 months’s intro to the Penguins preview was so spot-on that we’re simply going to rehash it. Because yearly actually is identical story with Pittsburgh.
This was final 12 months’s, verbatim:
Preseason: This appears to be like just like the 12 months the Penguins fall out of the playoffs.
Regular season: This crew appears to be like about nearly as good as traditional.
Mid-season: Too many accidents, undecided how they survive this.
End of season: Wow, they survived that. This crew is deep and is an enormous Cup menace.
Playoffs: Lose within the first spherical.
Offseason: They did what?
Perfect. No notes.
What can we anticipate this 12 months? The identical factor. We’re not doubting Sidney Crosby and co. till they provide us a cause to. Personally, we’re excited for the “they did what?” portion because it’ll be robust to high leaving two franchise icons dangling within the wind till the final second.
Another 12 months, one other 100-point projection for the Penguins. It’s a step up from final 12 months’s 96.2-point projection, splitting the distinction between the place the crew was forecasted and what truly occurred — a 103-point season. Pittsburgh is one other 12 months older, wiser, and nearer to the mistaken aspect of the age curve.