The Penguins Clinch Playoff Berth

With yesterday’s 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched a playoff berth.  In the mediocre Metropolitan Division, The Penguins are 47-22-5 with 99 points, and the New York Rangers are in 2nd place at 41-30-4 with 86 points.  That is a 13 point difference.  The St. Louis Blues, who recently beat the Penguins 1-0, have the best record in the NHL at 50-16-7 with 107 points. 

The Penguins have continued to  play sloppy hockey in the last 15 games, going 7-8, and losing three in a row to the Blues, Coyotes, and Kings.  In addition, let’s not forget that the Penguins were outscored 8-3 in a home and home series against the Flyers.  Because of this, Coach Bylsma mentioned that the team had a closed door meeting.  Hopefully, this will help moving into the playoff series with the opponent "to be determined."

Tomorrow, the Penguins will host the Chicago Blackhawks.  The last time these two teams met was outside at Soldier Field.  On March 1, the Blackhawks easily won that match-up by a score of 5-1.  Can the Pens gain revenge?  Watch tomorrow's game on the NBC Sports Network at 7:30 PM EST.

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