Dan Girardi

NHL preview: Among the big questions in Eastern Conference, can Penguins three-peat?

NHL preview: Among the big questions in Eastern Conference, can Penguins three-peat?

The Pittsburgh Penguins last season became the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships since the Detroit Red Wings prevailed in 1997 and 1998.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby pulled off the remarkable feat of being voted the most valuable player of the preseason World Cup tournament — a pale substitute for the Olympics — and MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Crosby, who turned 30 in August, isn’t “Sid the Kid” anymore but he still has many productive seasons left.

Here are the big questions in the Eastern Conference leading into the season:

Can the Penguins pull off a three-peat?

They’ve shown a knack for infusing young players into...

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