Joe Starkey: Surprises galore as Penguins wrap up stellar regular season

Like many, I had the Penguins pegged as a borderline playoff team, largely because of the stiff competition in the rugged NHL East Division. If you’d have told me they would lose important players left and right, including Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin, Kasperi Kapanen, Brandon Tanev and Jason Zucker for nearly 100 games combined — and that their defense would fall apart nine games in — I likely would have predicted a playoff miss.