The Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing for a run at a three-peat, and there's good reason to believe it's possible. "It's the opportunity to win," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Not only do we have that opportunity again this year, I see it for a few more years." Pittsburgh has won the Stanley Cup the past two seasons, becoming the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to win back-to-back championships. No team has won three in a row since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83. Before the Penguins embark on the journey, they have nine regular-season games remaining, and they're important. Though it seems like a formality, Pittsburgh hasn't clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the only team in the Eastern Conference to do so. The Penguins are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the Washington Capitals. They were defeated by the New York Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday, but had goalie Matt Murray back in the lineup after he missed nine games with a concussion.