Kovacevic: What Penguins could cull from ongoing playoffs


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The Sharks' Barclay Goodrow celebrates his OT goal Tuesday night in San Jose. - AP

Quick: What do Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Kane, Johnny Gaudreau, Steven Stamkos and Alexander Barkov have in common?

Too tough?

I'll add a few more, same common category: Phil Kessel, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Brayden Point, Jonathan Huberdeau, Claude Giroux, Sean Monahan and Jack Eichel?

Still nothing?

OK, I'll lay it out: The first group up there are the eight members of the NHL's top 10 scorers from the regular season who won't be partaking in the second round of Stanley Cup playoffs. And the second group makes up the rest of the NHL's top 25 scorers who won't be partaking, a mindblowing 18 in all.

Eighteen out of 25!

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