The NHL season passed through another checkpoint on Sunday night with the 63rd annual All-Star Game at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. To this point, it has been a good year to be Cinderella in the NHL. But I see a sleeping giant who looks about ready to wake up. Coming into the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the Stanley Cup favorites at +800. That came as no surprise, as the Pens have won the Stanley Cup two years on the bounce. And they still had Sidney Crosby. There really wasn’t much change in Pittsburgh, save for Marc-Andre Fleury’s departure to Vegas. As a result, it was fair to assume they could compete for a third consecutive Cup.

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