Will the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Will they beat Columbus? A playoff Q&A

Dave Lozo answers the tough questions about the Penguins playoff chances. Yes, he also asks them.

Can the Pens repeat? They'll have to beat the Blue Jackets first.

Can the Pens repeat? They'll have to beat the Blue Jackets first.

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The NHL’s regular season is like a series of endless appetizers before the main course, which is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The warm bread that opens the meal is fine enough, as you haven’t eaten in a while. Then comes the salad. Meh. Oh look, someone ordered soup. Have to wait on that. Oh man, you got calamari too? Can we get just to the steak already?

The steak is being served today. Finally.

And Penguins fans only have to wait 30 minutes after the postseason begins to sink their teeth into it, as Pittsburgh will host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round series at 7:30 p.m. The game airs on USA Network, presumably between Modern Family marathons.

Can the Penguins win another Cup? Can they even beat the Blue Jackets in the first round while missing key players? You probably have many questions, so I answered them in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview … with myself.

Q: Couldn’t it be an SVU marathon, Dave?

A: It was either a Modern Family, SVU or Chrisley Knows Best marathon joke there. I had to make a call.