Doing what I can to earn my keep around here.
Keep in mind that this ultimately means next to nothing next to actual playoff seeding and Stanley Cup victories.
|Website||Last Week||This Week||Comment|
|CBS||8||4||Take away last weekend's home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Devils and the Penguins have won eight in a row. Even with those losses, eight out of 10 ain't bad, now is it?|
|ESPN||8||3||The Penguins have rolled after losing back-to-back against New Jersey and are 8-3-0 in their past 11 after beating Buffalo on a late Paul Martin goal Sunday. It was their third win in a row.|
|FOX||8||2||Four years into Dan Bylsma's reign behind the Pens’ bench and he has the team where it should be. Sunday's thriller over Buffalo was a harder win than it should have been, but the Pens have won three in a row and are scoring again.|
|The Hockey News||8||X||Did not publish.|
|NHL||7||6||Take away a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the New Jersey Devils last weekend, and the Penguins have won eight straight games. In those eight wins, they're outscoring opponents 34-14 with a power play that has converted 10 of 31 chances and 12 of 40 in their last 10 games. They have a power-play goal in eight straight games.|
|Sports Illustrated||5||4||If they can just start playing at home the way they have on the road (8-2-0), they can give themselves a nice cushion in the Eastern playoff race. They'll get a chance Tuesday night when the Flyers visit — always a fun one to watch. The Pens have managed to stay healthy so far, entering their game with Philly with no players on the injured list, one of the more eye-opening facts so far in this short season. GM Ray Shero was at the Colorado-Minnesota game last week (the Pens played the next night in nearby Winnipeg). Most observers believe he wants another top-six forward for the playoffs. Stay tuned.|
|TSN||12||2||Three straight wins, but more importantly a healthy defence, moves the Penguins back into the upper echelon. Strong goaltending (2.31 GAA, .916 SV% from the duo of Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun) helps too.|
Aggregate rating last week: 8.00. This week: 3.50.
CBS, FOX, NHL, THN – Mondays
TSN – Tuesdays
ESPN – Wednesdays
CBC, HP – removed!