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Five reasons the Penguins will improve … and five why they won’t

The Penguins had just the 13th 100-point season in franchise history in 2018-19.

They qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 13th consecutive spring, the longest active streak in the NHL.

By some standards -- quite a few of them, actually -- it was a pretty successful season.

By the ones the Penguins have established for themselves over the past decade or so, however, it bordered on being an abject failure.

They didn't secure a playoff berth until their 81st regular-season game, then lasted just four games before the Islanders jettisoned them into their earliest early off-season since the days when Sidney Crosby was shaving once every other week.