Cup Scouting Report: Penguins

Opponents provide breakdown on how to battle, beat Pittsburgh

Originally Published: April 28, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni MalkinBruce Bennett/Getty ImagesThe Penguins have every element a team needs to claim the Cup.

Craig Custance chats with rival scouts and players to break down the strengths and weaknesses of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There's pressure that comes with being the heavy favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals. There's pressure that comes with making the biggest splash at the trade deadline, as Penguins GM Ray Shero did when he added Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray, Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen.

But that pressure doesn't change a thing in Pittsburgh. It was already Stanley Cup or bust inside that locker room.

"Whether we had made any moves at the deadline or not, there's only one outcome that's going to be successful for this team," forward Craig Adams said. "Now, that's still the case, and that hasn't changed. We've added some good players, and everyone is thankful for that. It looks like we're going to need everybody."

KEY STRENGTH: "Pick your poison," said one Eastern Conference forward. "They're big, they're physical, they're skilled. They're one of those teams that can beat you any way."