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For Penguins, three out of four isn’t bad

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Daniel Sprong fires a shot on goal. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Rome was not built in a day ... and it didn't fall in a day, either.

Much the same can be said for the Penguins. Their championship run has been interrupted but that doesn't necessarily mean their days of contending for the Stanley Cup are over. They have qualified for postseason play the last dozen years -- a franchise record -- and should be in little danger of missing out in 2018-19.

Though the Lightning might be prohibitive favorites, especially if they somehow land Erik Karlsson, here are five reasons why the Penguins will be contenders next season:

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