The prize for such an accomplishment is known as the President's Trophy. It has been awarded to the top team in the NHL at the end of the regular season since 1986. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been awarded this trophy once since then, which I will touch on a bit later.
While having the most points at the end of the regular season is impressive, it is only half the battle. The NHL playoffs, also known as the "second season", is a new ball game and being the number one team in the league does not guarantee success in the post season.
In fact, in recent years, many hockey fans have thrown around the idea that being the President's Trophy winner carries a curse along with it.
The "curse" reads (more or less) like this: If a team wins the President's Trophy, they will not win the Stanley Cup.
This is a topic that has been up for debate. While many hockey writers and statisticians have gone on to try to debunk the idea, diehard fans will swear that the curse is real.
I am not here to settle the score either way, however we will examine some facts:
The next three weeks are going to be interesting.
Looking at the overall scope, the Penguins need to worry about the bigger picture. They are a team decimated by injury right now with a majority of their remaining games coming against Metropolitan Division opponents. These opponents (such as the New York Rangers, Flyers, yes, the Blue Jackets) know what is at stake, they know the condition of the Penguin roster at the moment, and would like nothing more than to make their situation worse.