Keith Yandle

NHL preview: What you need to know about the Eastern Conference

NHL preview: What you need to know about the Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby added the World Cup championship and MVP honors to his two Stanley Cup titles and two Olympic gold medals, but for some reason critics still find fault with him. They shouldn’t. Crosby comes up big at big moments and has a chance to lead the Penguins to a second straight title, a feat no team has managed since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

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

Will goaltender Matt Murray’s broken hand slow the Penguins?

Murray broke his hand during the World Cup and was expected to miss three to six weeks, but it’s a long...

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