May 7, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the New York Islanders in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Metropolitan Division Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

One of the best teams in the league every season for the past six years, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sure to give any teams problems in their own division.

The offense is one of the best, if not the best, in the league with superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin leading the group. Flanking them are James Neal and the underrated Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.

The Pens offense also features three different former Hurricanes in Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Craig Adams.

But the offense isn’t the only strong corps for the Pens. The defense is just as strong with Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and a returning Rob Scuderi.

The defense has experienced some problems over the past few seasons, but Scuderi should help some of the shortcomings. There is also good depth one through six on the roster.

But the Penguins main problem comes in net. Marc-Andre Fleury has been the unquestioned starter for the past few years, but Tomas Vokoun replaced him in the

Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun could share the net in 2013-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

playoffs last season after Fleury had a tough time against the New York Islanders.

Vokoun’s a capable goalie, but sometimes a two-headed monster in net is not the smartest way to go.

The Canes will need to exploit the Penguins’ goaltending problems to handle them next year. The defense will need to focus on stopping the first two lines, while the line that faces the Pens third line will need to score opportune goals.

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