Really good piece from Alan Robinson on NHL.com today about the Penguins struggles against some powerful east teams:
The Penguins are 16-10-3 without Crosby this season, and 39-23-8 over the last two seasons, but being without their best player certainly seems to be hurting them against the best teams. They are 1-5-0 against the top five teams in the Eastern Conference and a combined 3-7-1 against the top five in both conferences, based on the standings going into Thursday night's play.
This stat will only become more and more important as the April approaches. The Penguins next two games are against division teams.
An interesting stat from the site Shrpsports. This season the penguins are just 8-8-1 against the rest of the Eastern conference.