The Penguins Versus The Best In The League

The NHL regular season is winding down and everyone is getting more and more focused on the playoffs with each passing day.  We thought we'd take this opportunity to see how the Penguins have performed against other teams that are currently sitting in the playoffs (and those that are close to the playoffs.)
 
 
The East:
1-3-0 Record
 
October 7th: 3-2 Loss
October 16th: 5-1 Win
October 29th: 3-2 Loss
December 14th: 3-2 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: March 24th & March 29th.
 
 
 
2-1-0 Record
 
October 27th: 5-3 Loss
November 12th: 5-1 Win
January 5th: 8-1 Win
 
Upcoming Games: March 31st.
 
 
1-2-0 Record
 
November 10th: 7-4 Loss
January 10th: 4-2 Loss
January 15th: 3-2 Win
 
Upcoming Games: March 5th.
 
 
1-3-0 Record
 
December 23rd: 3-2 Win [SO]
January 1st: 3-2 Loss
February 6th: 3-0 Loss
February 21st: 1-0 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
1-1-1 Record
 
October 9th: 3-2 Loss
January 6th: 2-1 Loss [SO]
January 12th: 5-2 Win
 
Upcoming Games: March 12th.
 
 
2-2-1 Record
 
November 15th: 3-2 Loss [OT]
November 29th: 3-1 Win
December 15th: 4-1 Loss
February 1st: 4-3 Win [SO]
February 13th: 5-3 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: March 20th.
 
 
3-1-0 Record
 
October 30th: 3-0 Win
November 19th: 5-4 Win [SO]
January 22nd: 3-2 Win
February 25th: 4-1 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
3-0-0 Record
 
November 24th: 1-0 Win
December 11th: 5-2 Win
February 4th: 3-2 Win
 
Upcoming Games: March 8th.
 
 
The West:
 
 
1-0-0 Record
 
November 17th: 3-1 Win
 
Upcoming Games: None
 
 
1-0-0 Record
 
January 18th: 4-1 Win
 
Upcoming Games: March 21st.
 
 
0-0-1 Record
 
February 23rd: 3-2 Loss [OT]
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
2-0-0 Record
 
November 6th: 4-3 Win [SO]
December 20th: 6-1 Win
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
0-1-0 Record
 
November 3rd: 5-2 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
1-0-0 Record
 
February 10th: 2-1 Win [OT]
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
1-0-0 Record
 
November 27th: 4-1 Win
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
0-0-1 Record
 
February 20th: 3-2 Loss [SO]
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
0-1-0 Record
 
January 8th: 4-0 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
1-0-0 Record
 
October 21st: 4-3 Win [OT]
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
0-1-0 Record
 
November 5th: 3-2 Loss
 
Upcoming Games: None.
 
 
Pittsburgh Penguins' Record Against Contending Eastern Conference Teams: 14-13-2
Pittsburgh Penguins' Record Against Contending Western Conference Teams: 7-3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins' Record Against Contending Teams League-Wide: 21-16-4
 
Comparatively, the Pittsburgh Penguins' record against teams that are currently out of the playoff race is 16-5-2.
 
 
Perhaps a better way to tell how the Penguins have competed is by looking at their record against the absolute best teams in the league.  In the East, the top four teams (excluding the Penguins) are Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Boston and Washington.
The Penguins' record against these teams is 5-9-0.
 
The top four teams in the West are Vancouver, Detroit, San Jose and Phoenix.
The Penguins' record against these teams is 4-0-1.  Of course, this is a very small sample size.
 
The Penguins have eighteen games left this season and eight of those games are against contending teams.
 
If there are any math errors here, let us know.
 
Go Pens.

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