Watch out, Washington: Here come the Penguins


Greg Wyshynski: The Penguins are roaring toward the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, currently occupied by their punching bag ... er, old friends, the Washington Capitals, who own a 32-17-6 record (70 points). The Penguins are 31-22-4 (66 points) after going on a 7-2-1 tear.
So how high can they climb? Well, if coffee is for closers, pour the Penguins a venti double. They are a combined 36-15-5 over the past two seasons from Feb. 14 through the end of the season. For his career, Sidney Crosby has a points-per-game average of 1.36 in March and April, which is higher than his career average (1.30).
Yet despite their stellar play late in the season, the Penguins have finished second in the Metro in consecutive years. Finishing first? The Capitals, who have frankly perfected the art of the division championship during the Ovechkin Era with seven first-place finishes in 12 seasons.