Edited May 9, 2020 at 6:41 p.m.
Line by line
Hawks first line shuts the Pens top line down pretty easily.
Sharp and Kane are a lot better than Guentzel and Rust despite Malkin being better than peak Brad Richards.
65+ pt Ladd and Vermette are better than Bonino and Hagelin at their peaks.
Kessel is better for right now but Teuvo still has time to surpass his 2018 season. Teuvo never leaked goals against like Kessel did and is already a PPG player but Kessel keeps the edge for now.
Guerin and Staal were better in their absolute peak despite Bolland and Versteeg being 55pt players
No question peak Keith and seabrook is better than Letang-Gonchar
Not even a debate.
Again not even a debate.
Miles better than fleury in every stat.
Murray has to be vezina finalist to be better than Niemi was at his peak.
Pens have without a doubt the better center group and the two best players in Crosby and Malkin but Chicagos depth, defense, and goaltending being better are too much. There is a reason why the Pens always struggled against teams like Boston, Detroit, and most recently the isles when it came to the playoffs. Chicago has the depth to shut the best players on the Pens down while having the depth to line match against them perfectly with Toews-Hossa-Saad, Keith-Seabrook, Hjalmarsson-Campbell, etc on top of having the better goalies.
There is a reason Chicago throughly womped Pittsburgh even when the Pens had their two best teams in the cap era (16 and 18). Crawford being better than Fleury/Murray, and the fact they have had no problem containing Crosby and Malkin through out their careers while Toews and Kane consistently go off on the Pens