From a renewed commitment to defense, to Bryan Rust emerging as a scoring threat, to Tristan Jarry becoming an All-Star, there are plenty of reasons why the Penguins remain among the NHL's elite.
But the biggest reason is the oldest one: The team's core stars just refuse to age.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have all missed time this season due to injury, but they've been as good as ever when skating in 2019-20. In a league teeming with stars in their early twenties, these three are still holding it down and turning in some of the best performances ever for players well into their thirties.
At ages where even top NHL stars start to decline, Crosby (32), Malkin (33) and Letang (32) are exceeding their already stellar career averages in total offense, puck possession and all-around value. Consider: