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Is the Penguins bubble ready to break?

Is the Penguins bubble ready to break?
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Apr 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his second period goal with left wing Chris Kunitz (14) as the New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates away during game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that theA PenguinsA have ramped up their game recently, having won nine of their last ten games, and getting some stellar goaltending fromA Matt MurrayA since his return from injury.

During these hot (and cold) streaks, ita€™s natural to wonder how long these trends can continue. What is driving the play for the Penguins? Is luck a factor?

With data aggregated byA Sean Tierney, we can try and answer some of those questions.

In five game average samples, the Penguins possession metrics have dwindled and fallen on the wrong side of the ice. Not a great trend, but ita€™s not exactly a black hole at the moment, so it may be something to keep an eye on, but not anything tragic. The past montha€™s performance sloping down is quite telling though, what once was flirting with a top-10 team in the league and 50%+ Corsi team is now fallen to 17th.

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