2020–21 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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[[2020–21 {{{League}}} season|2020–21]] Pittsburgh Penguins
East Division Champions
Division 1st East
2020–21 record 37–16–3
Home record 22–4–2
Road record 15–12–1
Goals for 196
Goals against 156
Team information
General Manager Jim Rutherford (Jan. 13 – Jan. 27)
Patrik Allvin[1] (interim) (Jan. 27 – Feb. 9)
Ron Hextall (Feb. 9 – present)
Coach Mike Sullivan
Captain Sidney Crosby
Alternate captains Kris Letang
Evgeni Malkin
Arena PPG Paints Arena
Team leaders
Goals Sidney Crosby (24)
Assists Sidney Crosby
Kris Letang (38)
Points Sidney Crosby (62)
Penalties in minutes Kris Letang (32)
Plus/minus Kris Letang (+19)
Wins Tristan Jarry (25)
Goals against average Casey DeSmith (2.54)
<2019–20 2021–22>

The 2020–21 Pittsburgh Penguins season is the 54th season for the National Hockey League team that was established on June 5, 1967.[2] On December 20, 2020, the league temporarily realigned into four divisions with no conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing closure of the Canada–United States border. As a result of this realignment the Penguins will play this season in the East Division and will only play games against the other teams in their new division during the regular season and potentially the first two rounds of the playoffs.

On April 29, 2021, the Penguins clinched a playoff berth with a 5–4 overtime win over the Washington Capitals, extending their playoff streak to 15 seasons – the longest active streak among the four North American major leagues (including MLB, the NFL, and the NBA).[3] On May 8, the team clinched the East Division title after defeating the Buffalo Sabres, and the Capitals won in overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers.[4]

Standings

Divisional standings

East Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL RW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Pittsburgh Penguins 56 37 16 3 29 196 156 +40 77
2 x – Washington Capitals 56 36 15 5 29 191 163 +28 77
3 x – Boston Bruins 56 33 16 7 25 168 136 +32 73
4 x – New York Islanders 56 32 17 7 24 156 128 +28 71
5 e – New York Rangers 56 27 23 6 24 177 157 +20 60
6 e – Philadelphia Flyers 56 25 23 8 17 163 201 −38 58
7 e – New Jersey Devils 56 19 30 7 15 145 194 −49 45
8 e – Buffalo Sabres 56 15 34 7 11 138 199 −61 37
Source: National Hockey League[5]
Rules for classification: 1) Fewer number of games played (GP, only during regular season); 2) Greater number of regulation wins (RW); 3) Greater number of wins in regulation and overtime, excluding shootout wins (ROW); 4) Greater number of total wins, including shootouts (W); 5) Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play; if teams played an uneven number of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded; 6) Greater goal differential (GD); 7) Greater number of goals scored (GF)
e – Eliminated from playoff contention; x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Schedule and results

Regular season

The regular season schedule was published on December 23, 2020.[6]

2020–21 game log
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss           = Postponement

Playoffs

2021 Stanley Cup playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss

Player statistics

As of May 8, 2021

Skaters

Regular season[8]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby 55 24 38 62 +8 26
Guentzel, JakeJake Guentzel 56 23 34 57 +7 28
Letang, KrisKris Letang 55 7 38 45 +19 32
Rust, BryanBryan Rust 56 22 20 42 +9 18
McCann, JaredJared McCann 43 14 18 32 +17 8
Kapanen, KasperiKasperi Kapanen 40 11 19 30 +15 7
Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin 33 8 20 28 −4 24
Blueger, TeddyTeddy Blueger 43 7 15 22 +10 16
Zucker, JasonJason Zucker 38 9 9 18 −8 21
Ceci, CodyCody Ceci 53 4 13 17 +18 10
Tanev, BrandonBrandon Tanev 32 7 9 16 +12 22
Matheson, MikeMike Matheson 44 5 11 16 +9 28
Aston-Reese, ZachZach Aston-Reese 45 9 6 15 +10 15
Rodrigues, EvanEvan Rodrigues 35 7 7 14 −3 6
Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin 41 4 10 14 +18 12
Marino, JohnJohn Marino 52 3 10 13 +5 8
Carter, JeffJeff Carter 14 9 2 11 +9 0
Jankowski, MarkMark Jankowski 45 4 7 11 +4 6
Sceviour, ColtonColton Sceviour 46 5 5 10 0 2
Gaudreau, FrederickFrederick Gaudreau 19 2 8 10 +10 2
Pettersson, MarcusMarcus Pettersson 47 2 7 9 +8 22
Lafferty, SamSam Lafferty 34 0 6 6 −6 25
Joseph, Pierre-OlivierPierre-Olivier Joseph 16 1 4 5 +1 6
Zohorna, RadimRadim Zohorna 8 2 2 4 +4 4
Angello, AnthonyAnthony Angello 19 2 2 4 +4 8
Friedman, MarkMark Friedman 5 2 1 3 +3 5
Ruhwedel, ChadChad Ruhwedel 17 0 2 2 +3 14
O'Connor, DrewDrew O'Connor 10 0 1 1 −2 2
Riikola, JuusoJuuso Riikola 2 0 0 0 0 0
Weber, YannickYannick Weber 2 0 0 0 −3 0
Czuczman, KevinKevin Czuczman 2 0 0 0 −3 0
Currie, JoshJosh Currie 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders

Regular season[9]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Jarry, TristanTristan Jarry 39 38 2,185:18 25 9 3 100 2.75 1,100 .909 2 0 4 8
DeSmith, CaseyCasey DeSmith 20 17 1,132:19 11 7 0 48 2.54 543 .912 2 0 1 0
Lagace, MaximeMaxime Lagace 1 1 60:00 1 0 0 0 0.00 29 1.000 1 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Penguins only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Current roster

Updated January 9, 2016[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
19 United States Bennett, BeauBeau Bennett Injured Reserve RW R 29 2010 Gardena, California
13 United States Bonino, NickNick Bonino C L 33 2015 Hartford, Connecticut
2 United States Clendening, AdamAdam Clendening D R 28 2015 Niagara Falls, New York
28 United States Cole, IanIan Cole D L 32 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan
87 Canada Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby (C) C L 34 2005 Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
7 United States Cullen, MattMatt Cullen C L 44 2015 Virginia, Minnesota
6 Canada Daley, TrevorTrevor Daley D L 37 2015 Toronto, Ontario
8 United States Dumoulin, BrianBrian Dumoulin D L 30 2012 Biddeford, Maine
9 Canada Dupuis, PascalPascal Dupuis Injured Reserve RW L 42 2008 Laval, Quebec
16 Canada Fehr, EricEric Fehr C R 36 2015 Winkler, Manitoba
29 Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury G L 36 2003 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
72 Sweden Hornqvist, PatricPatric Hornqvist RW R 34 2014 Sollentuna, Sweden
81 United States Kessel, PhilPhil Kessel RW R 33 2015 Madison, Wisconsin
34 Germany Kuhnhackl, TomTom Kuhnhackl RW L 29 2010 Landshut, Germany
14 Canada Kunitz, ChrisChris Kunitz (A) LW L 41 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
58 Canada Letang, KrisKris Letang D R 34 2005 Montreal, Quebec
12 United States Lovejoy, BenBen Lovejoy D R 37 2015 Concord, New Hampshire
3 Finland Maatta, OlliOlli Maatta D L 27 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland
71 Russia Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin (A) C L 35 2004 Magnitogorsk, Soviet Union
57 Canada Perron, DavidDavid Perron LW R 33 2015 Sherbrooke, Quebec
61 Russia Plotnikov, SergeiSergei Plotnikov LW L 31 2015 Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Soviet Union
11 United States Porter, KevinKevin Porter C L 35 2015 Northville, Michigan
17 United States Rust, BryanBryan Rust RW R 29 2010 Novi, Michigan
5 United States Warsofsky, DavidDavid Warsofsky D L 31 2015 Marshfield, Massachusetts
37 United States Zatkoff, JeffJeff Zatkoff G L 34 2012 Detroit, Michigan


Transactions

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2020–21 season.

Trades

Date Details
October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07)[11] To Ottawa Senators
Matt Murray
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Jonathan Gruden
2nd-round pick in 2020


Draft picks

Below are the Pittsburgh Penguins' selections at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which was originally scheduled for June 26–27, 2020 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, but was postponed on March 25, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was instead held on October 6–7, 2020, virtually via video conference call from the NHL Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 52 Joel Blomqvist G Finland Finland Oulun Kärpät U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
3 77 Calle Clang G Sweden Sweden Kristianstads IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
4 108 Lukas Svejkovsky C United States United States Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
6 170 Chase Yoder C United States United States U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Notes

  1. Spectators were in attendance, but the exact number was not reported.

References

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