"I think we've been galvanized by some of the adversity we've had, some of the situations we've kind of been put in. It's forced our team to learn how to play and learn how to win a unique way, different from last year. We've learned different things about our team and had success different ways." -- Dan Bylsma
The picture looks different as the 2010-11 season heads toward April, but in the end it might produce better results.
Despite missing the injured Crosby and Malkin, these reconfigured -- and, it might be argued, rejuvenated -- Penguins have the look and feel of a team that could make it difficult on any opponent in the playoffs. Especially if Crosby returns at some point from the concussion that has sidelined him since Jan. 5; he skated again Tuesday, but there remains no timetable for him to practice or play.