The Pens are finally looking like a team that can live up to expectations

Jared McCann has 8 goals in 19 games as a Penguin. Nick Bjugstad has 5 goals in 19 games. The Penguins have found the depth that they've been missing for a year +.

Sidney Crosby is 4th in the league in scoring. It doesn't look like he or Jake Guentzel are going to slow down anytime soon. McCann has provided an element of speed and finish to fit in as a solid third wheel on the top line.

Bjugstad and Hornqvist have developed a solid down-low cycle game that's been paying dividends and got the Penguins their first goal against Boston.

Matt Murray has regained form and has been outstanding. His two saves against Columbus may have been the prettiest of his career.

The Pens aren't even healthy. Brian Rust, Kris Letang, and Olli Maatta are all still out with injuries. With Murray turning a corner, and the new added depth, the Penguins have finally started to look like the team they were expected to be. When they get healthy, they can take the next step.

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