–Pens are 32-0-3 when leading after two periods. Prepare to have that stat thrown in your face the first and possibly every time the Pens have a lead going into the third.
–The Pens are heading into the playoffs the healthiest they've been in a while. It's a great thing. Bylsma has watched this team all season. Hopefully it's been enough that he has a solid handle on who to dress and scratch on a game-by-game basis.
–How the defense performs in front of MAF will dictate how far the Pens go. This team may have some elite talent up front, but the defensive corps has always been almost the prime focus for Shero. He went out a couple summers ago and bought up two upper-echelon d-men in Martin and Michalek. He has an unlimited revolving door set up between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh when it comes to the blue line. This team has been built from the center of the ice out and from the net out. The blue line has been built for the playoffs.
–Power play and penalty kill. Saying it's a make-or-break thing in a playoff series takes no stretch of the imagination. A talented Pens team lost to an overachieving Lightning team last season in a 7-game series because of impotence on the power play. It can be a crippling thing.
–The word "dynasty" is thrown around more than Tina Turner. In the salary-cap era of professional sports, fans and journalists perennially change the definition of "dynasty" to fit whatever argument they are presenting. Our definition is it doesn't really matter. Dynasties aren't really recognized until a decade or so after the fact. All of this dynasty preamble just for us to say that this Pens team is sick.