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Jake Guentzel could join healthy Penguins roster in Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jake Guentzel and a host of other players could give the Penguins a significant boost this postseason.

Jake Guentzel #59 celebrates his goal with Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period against the Nashville Predators at PPG PAINTS Arena on December 28, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the many NHL teams hoping to have success when the 2020 season resumes in August. They have the ninth best Stanley Cup odds on DraftKings Sportsbook at +1600. Injuries to a slew of players hurt them during the regular season, but winger Jake Guentzel and others could raise their upside in the postseason.

Guentzel ranked third in points for Pittsburgh last season but has missed 30 games this year. Despite been inactive since December because of a shoulder injury, Guentzel ranks fifth in total points with 43 this year. He skated with his teammates in early June and is said to be on track to return to the playoffs.

Other notable penguins who have missed significant time this year with injuries include Sidney Crosby (28 games), Patric Hornqvist (17 games), Evgeni Malkin (14 games), Bryan Rust 14 games), and John Marino (13 games). They were all back on the ice in March though, so there’s no reason to believe they won’t be ready to play in August.

Crosby, who plays a vital role as the team’s captain, led Pittsburgh in points with 100 last year. Malkin has thrived at center and has the team-high in points (74) and assists (49) while Rust leads all penguins with 27 goals.

Only two Penguins have played in every game this season, so the break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic could benefit their Cup chances in a major way. Pittsburgh could very be the best team in the Metropolitan Division when healthy, but players will have to develop chemistry on the ice following a lengthy layoff.