|2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins · NHL|
|General Manager||Jim Rutherford|
|Alternate captains|| Kris Letang|
|Arena||PPG Paints Arena|
|Average attendance|| 18,578 (101.0%)|
|Goals||Evgeni Malkin (42)|
|Assists||Sidney Crosby (60)|
|Points||Evgeni Malkin (98)|
|Penalties in minutes||Evgeni Malkin (87)|
|Wins||Matt Murray (27)|
|Goals against average||Casey DeSmith (2.40)|
The 2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the 51st season for the National Hockey League ice hockey team that was established on June 5, 1967. They entered the season as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. It was the first season since the 2002–03 season in which the team played without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who was drafted to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. The Penguins failed to defend their title, after being eliminated in the Second Round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, ending their chances of a possible three-peat, the first three-peat in the NHL since the New York Islanders from 1980 to 1982, and the first in a North American professional sports league since the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002.
Schedule and resultsEdit
The preseason schedule was released on June 19, 2017.
|Legend:= Win = Loss = OT/SO Loss|
The regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017.
|2017–18 game log|
|Legend:= Win = Loss = OT/SO Loss|
|Detroit Red Wings||3||1||2||0||98–79||7||10||3–10||2–10||101–84|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||3||1||2||0||103–101||10||14||5–14||6–16||118–100|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||3||1||2||0||115–83||10||12||1–8||3–5||97–102|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||4||4||0||0||144–132||16||12||6–12||2–12||138–133|
|New Jersey Devils||4||1||2||1||132–141||10||13||0–7||3–9||136–123|
|New York Islanders||4||3||1||0||157–124||12||9||4–8||1–15||115–131|
|New York Rangers||4||2||1||1||164–122||16||14||2–12||4–12||119–111|
|St. Louis Blues||2||1||0||1||56–68||8||6||1–7||1–7||70–66|
|Los Angeles Kings||2||2||0||0||70–64||6||2||2–9||1–5||57–54|
|San Jose Sharks||2||1||1||0||63–78||6||4||0–6||3–8||68–57|
|Vegas Golden Knights||2||1||1||0||63–51||6||6||0–8||1–5||66–44|
|2018 Stanley Cup playoffs|
|Legend:= Win = Loss = Playoff series win|
| Antti Niemi
‡ || 3 || 3 || 128:08 || 0 || 3 || 0 || 16 || 7.49 || 79 || 0.797 || 0 || 0 || 1 || 0
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Penguins. Statistics reflect time with the Penguins only.
‡Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Penguins only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.
Team awards Edit
Awarded week of April 1
|Kris Letang||Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee|| The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the Penguins' Masterton nominee. Each NHL team selects a Masterton candidate from which the overall winner is chosen. The Masterton candidate is nominated as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. |
Sponsor: Verizon Wireless
|Sidney Crosby||Player's Player Award|| The players hold a vote at the end of the season for the player they feel exemplifies leadership for the team, both on and off the ice, a player dedicated to teamwork. |
|Matt Murray||Edward J. DeBartolo Award|| The award recognizes the player who has donated a tremendous amount of time and effort during the season working on community and charity projects. |
Sponsor: PNC Wealth Management
|Evgeni Malkin||Most Valuable Player|| Based on the overall contribution the player makes to the team. |
Sponsor: PPG Paints
The Penguins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.