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2013 Penguins Preview: Ready to Run?

John Toperzer

John Toperzer

John Toperzer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Few NHL franchises rival Pittsburgh's top-end talent. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combine to give the Penguins the league's best 1-2 punch at center. Crosby nearly made it through the 48-game schedule unscathed until an errant puck deflection broke his jaw and forced him out of the final 12 regular-season contests. Even so, he finished just four points behind Martin St. Louis for the Art Ross Trophy with 56 points. The 2013-14 campaign is setting up for a career year for Crosby especially now that he's 18 months removed from concussion concerns.

Malkin battled shoulder woes all season long and finished with nine goals and 33 points in 31 games. Not bad for most players, but a down year for the former MVP. The Russian saw considerable time playing in the KHL last season and the transition back to the smaller North American rinks seemed to affect him more than others. In any event, a summer off figures to help Malkin regain the slap shot which plays such a big role in hi

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