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Why the Islanders should fear the Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby participates with the team

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby participates with the team at practice in Canonsburg, Pa. (April 26, 2013) Credit: AP

The Islanders have plenty to worry about in this series if they’re busy scanning the Penguins’ roster. From Sidney Crosby, who nearly won the NHL scoring title despite missing a dozen games, to 20-goal scorers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, on down to Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, over to deadline pickups Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow.

This is a fearsome Penguins lineup.

They are a bit more vulnerable on defense, where Paul Martin and Kris Letang have been effective but not consistently healthy and the remaining defense is not as mobile as it could be.

Marc-Andre Fleury was the main culprit in the Penguins’ first-round loss to the Flyers last season, so he will want to get back to his Stanley Cup-winning form in goal from four years ago.

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