2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Metropolitan
Conference 5th Eastern
2017–18 record 47–29–6
Home record 30–9–2
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 272
Goals against 250
Team information
General Manager Jim Rutherford
Coach Mike Sullivan
Captain Sidney Crosby
Alternate captains Kris Letang
Evgeni Malkin
Arena PPG Paints Arena
Average attendance 18,578 (101.0%)[1]
(42 games)
Minor league affiliate(s) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Evgeni Malkin (42)
Assists Sidney Crosby (60)
Points Evgeni Malkin (98)
Penalties in minutes Evgeni Malkin (87)
Plus/minus Justin Schultz (+20)
Wins Matt Murray (27)
Goals against average Casey DeSmith (2.40)

The 2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the 51st season for the National Hockey League ice hockey team that was established on June 5, 1967.[2] They entered the season as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. It was the first season since the 2002–03 season in which the team played without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was drafted to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. The Penguins failed to defend their title, after being eliminated in the Second Round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, ending their chances of a possible three-peat, the first three-peat in the NHL since the New York Islanders from 1980 to 1982, and the first in a North American professional sports league since the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98
4 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
5 x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
7 New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
8 New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
2 ME x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
3 AT Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
5 ME New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
6 ME New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
7 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
8 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
9 AT Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason schedule was released on June 19, 2017.[3]

Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017.[4]

2017–18 game log
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = OT/SO Loss

Detailed records[edit]

Final[5]

Eastern Conference
Atlantic GP W L OT SHOTS GF GA PP PK FO W–L
Boston Bruins 3 1 2 0 81–96 13 17 3–8 3–9 97–106
Buffalo Sabres 3 3 0 0 99–99 14 5 2–12 2–11 102–83
Detroit Red Wings 3 1 2 0 98–79 7 10 3–10 2–10 101–84
Florida Panthers 3 2 1 0 118–107 13 12 5–8 1–10 79–110
Montreal Canadiens 3 3 0 0 111–76 15 8 6–10 2–5 106–85
Ottawa Senators 3 3 0 0 80–90 13 4 2–9 1–9 88–101
Tampa Bay Lightning 3 1 2 0 103–101 10 14 5–14 6–16 118–100
Toronto Maple Leafs 3 1 2 0 115–83 10 12 1–8 3–5 97–102
Division total 24 15 9 0 774–698 95 82 27–79 20–75 788–771
Metropolitan GP W L OT SHOTS GF GA PP PK FO W–L
Carolina Hurricanes 4 2 2 0 121–129 10 8 1–6 0–7 123–114
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 4 0 0 144–132 16 12 6–12 2–12 138–133
New Jersey Devils 4 1 2 1 132–141 10 13 0–7 3–9 136–123
New York Islanders 4 3 1 0 157–124 12 9 4–8 1–15 115–131
New York Rangers 4 2 1 1 164–122 16 14 2–12 4–12 119–111
Philadelphia Flyers 4 4 0 0 137–133 20 11 5–13 2–16 104–133
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals 4 2 2 0 140–120 12 13 6–19 2–18 121–138
Division total 28 18 8 2 993–901 95 80 24–77 14–89 856–883
Conference total 52 33 17 2 1747–1598 191 162 51–156 34–164 1644–1657
Western Conference
Central GP W L OT SHOTS GF GA PP PK FO W–L
Chicago Blackhawks 2 0 2 0 65–82 2 12 1–5 2–11 72–68
Colorado Avalanche 2 0 2 0 76–65 3 6 0–6 1–8 51–56
Dallas Stars 2 1 0 1 67–54 6 4 1–7 1–7 50–70
Minnesota Wild 2 1 1 0 69–55 7 5 3–5 1–9 58–55
Nashville Predators 2 1 0 1 64–54 8 4 0–9 2–11 60–71
St. Louis Blues 2 1 0 1 56–68 8 6 1–7 1–7 70–66
Winnipeg Jets 2 1 1 0 68–55 3 8 1–7 1–5 62–58
Division total 14 5 6 3 425–395 36 43 7–43 7–53 383–415
Pacific GP W L OT SHOTS GF GA PP PK FO W–L
Anaheim Ducks 2 0 2 0 62–56 3 9 2–6 1–4 60–57
Arizona Coyotes 2 2 0 0 70–42 7 3 1–10 0–3 64–55
Calgary Flames 2 1 0 1 76–72 5 5 0–3 1–6 61–60
Edmonton Oilers 2 2 0 0 74–67 5 3 2–7 1–7 65–56
Los Angeles Kings 2 2 0 0 70–64 6 2 2–9 1–5 57–54
San Jose Sharks 2 1 1 0 63–78 6 4 0–6 3–8 68–57
Vancouver Canucks 2 0 2 0 84–58 4 9 3–9 2–5 63–65
Vegas Golden Knights 2 1 1 0 63–51 6 6 0–8 1–5 66–44
Division total 16 9 6 1 562–488 42 41 10–58 10–41 504–448
Conference total 30 14 11 4 987–883 79 84 17–101 15–96 887–863
NHL total 82 47 29 6 2787–2479 270 246 68–257 49–260 2528–2517

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Playoff series win

Player statistics[edit]

Final[6]

Skaters

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season[12]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Matt Murray 49 45 2,732:58 27 15 3 133 2.92 1423 0.907 1 0 1 2
Tristan Jarry 26 23 1,363:16 14 6 2 63 2.77 687 0.908 2 0 2 4
Casey DeSmith 14 11 700:09 6 4 1 28 2.40 356 0.921 1 0 0 2
Antti Niemi 3 3 128:08 0 3 0 16 7.49 79 0.797 0 0 1 0
Total 82 4,922:31 47 29 6 239 2.91 2545 0.906 4 0 4 8
Playoffs[13]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Matt Murray 12 12 715:35 6 6 0 29 2.43 314 .908 2 0 0 0
Total 12 715:35 6 6 0 29 2.43 314 .908 2 0 0 0

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

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Team awards[edit]

Awarded week of April 1

Player Award Notes
Kris Letang Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the Penguins' Masterton nominee. Each NHL team selects a Masterton candidate from which the overall winner is chosen. The Masterton candidate is nominated as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Sponsor: Verizon Wireless
Sidney Crosby Player's Player Award The players hold a vote at the end of the season for the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team, both on and off the ice, a player dedicated to teamwork.
Sponsor: UPMC
Matt Murray Edward J. DeBartolo Award The award recognizes the player who has donated a tremendous amount of time and effort during the season working on community and charity projects.
Sponsor: PNC Wealth Management
Evgeni Malkin Most Valuable Player Based on the overall contribution the player makes to the team.
Sponsor: PPG Paints

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.