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Who are these Penguins?

The Penguins don't have an identity.

Jake Guentzel will play to Sidney Crosby's left. Evgeni Malkin will center the second line. Kris Letang, when healthy, will play the most minutes on defense. That's about all we know about this club.

Crosby's right wing has been a revolving cast of characters. Domonik Simon will spend a night playing on the top line and the next night he will be on the fourth line.

The team has been looking for a third line center for the better part of two seasons. Is it Jared McCann or Nick Bjugstad?

Phil Kessel has played on the second line, the third line, left wing, and right wing.

Jack Johnson should play bottom pair minutes, but has been thrust up into the lineup at times.

Hell, franchise goalie Matt Murray has played 30 games and backup Casey DeSmith has played 29.

When the Penguins won the Cup in 2016, the roles seemed to crystalize right around this time of year. Evgeni Malkin got hurt, and the HBK line was created. Here's hoping that players can settle into roles for the stretch run. If not, this jumbled mess of a hockey team could be sitting at home watching the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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