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24/7 Wall St.: Major League Teams Americans Bet On The Most

NHL: 1. Pittsburgh Penguins

Team value: #9
Attendance 2010: 729,628 (14th highest)
Pct. change attendance 2001 – 2010: +6.72% (12th biggest increase)
W-L-T-OTL Last Ten Years: 335-310-22-71 (8th worst)

Founded in 1967 as part of NHL expansion, the Pittsburgh Penguins won two Stanley Cups in 1990-1991 and 1991-1992, during the so-called Lemieux-Jagr era. Jaromir Jagr holds the record for the most goals by a European-born player at 646. Mario Lemieux, who is now the team’s principal owner, holds many records, including the most goals in a single playoff game, at 5. The early 1990s team is regarded as one of the best NHL teams of all time. Currently led by the exciting tandem of Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin, considered two of the best players in hockey, the team won another Stanley Cup in 2009. The team actually had the eighth worst record between 2001-2010, but the second half of the decade, in which the team has been stellar, has made up for the first.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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