Penguins vs Blue Jackets. When they drop the puck in Pittsburgh tonight in game one of the Blue Jackets vs Penguins series, we'll be watching two teams with very different playoff histories. The Pittsburgh Penguins joined the NHL in the original expansion in 1967. Their storied franchise has won Lord Stanley's Cup three times - 1991, 1992 and 2009. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, joined the NHL in 2000 and come into tonight's matchup without a single playoff win in franchise history. This is only the team's second playoff appearance - and they went 0-4 against the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.
None of that matters. When game one of the opening series of the NHL playoffs gets underway, those wins and losses won't count. All that will matter is two Metropolitan Division rivals - separated by a mere three hour drive - meet is who can light the red lamp more times than their opponent in four games first.
The Penguins have the league's leading scorer in Sid "The Kid" Crosby. A related Inquisitr report tells why he is largely expected to be a shoe-in for the league's MVP award. They also have Marc-André Fleury, one of the league's most solid goaltenders despite a reputation for tanking in the playoffs. Both stars were part of the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup championship team. Other Pittsburgh players who drank champagne from Lord Stanley's Cup in 2009 include Craig Adams, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Brroks Orpik and Rob Scuderi.
In addition to having scads of playoff experience under their belts, Pittsburgh comes into the Blue Jackets vs Penguins series having swept the regular season series 5-0, according to a CBS Sports report.
Look for the Blue Jackets to come into this series hungry for a win.Columbus has been on a tear the second half of the season, holding off challenges from the Red Wings, Capitals, Maple Leafs and Devils for the top wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. They came within one point of ousting the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metro Division, a race that went down to the wire. They come into the Penguins vs Blue Jackets series with something to prove. Look for them to give Crosby & Co. their money's worth. As the Bleacher Report points out, Columbus has plenty of depth, with several journeymen scorers to shore up their lack of big name star power.
If you're away from the television tonight when the puck drops, you can watch the Penguins vs Blue Jackets game one streaming online live here.