We saw what happened when the Colts lost their franchise player, but are the Penguins offering a counter to that lesson? The Penguins improved to 3-0-1 with Tuesday's win against the Panthers and did without Evgeni Malkin for a second consecutive game. Not bad considering they were already without Sidney Crosby, right? Rank 'Em: Your NHL Power Rankings?


Break up the Penguins?

Without Crosby and with a limited Malkin, the Penguins have goals from 10 players through four games, including three from professional agitator Matt Cooke.

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Still a championship foundation?

Crosby and Malkin guided the Pens to the Cup in 2009, but Malkin has missed a bunch of games in recent seasons and Crosby's post-concussion issues are well known.

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Does Thursday's game still matter?

The Penguins and Capitals renew their rivalry Thursday, but if Crosby isn't on the ice to battle Alex Ovechkin, is it still a rivalry that matters?

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