2/8/2013 Penguins Power Rankings

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 6 6 They've rebounded from a sluggish stretch by taking three straight wins by a combined margin of 14-4. Just wait until Evgeny Malkin [Ed. note: Yes, this is an acceptable transliteration of Geno's first name] starts scoring goals like we're used to seeing. ... Who is the No. 1 goalie for the Pens? Tomas Vokoun with a .927 save percentage to Marc-Andre Fleury's .897 in almost equal time thus far.
ESPN 8 7 Big weekend for the Penguins, who have won three in a row. They whipped the Devils 5-1 on Saturday; 24 hours later, they beat the sliding Capitals 6-3 to move into first place in the Atlantic Division and a tie for second in the Eastern Conference.
FOX 5 3 A team as stacked as the Pens shouldn't go four games in a row without scoring more than two goals. That trend ended last Thursday in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers. Sidney Crosby and Co. then followed with impressive wins over the Devils (5-1) and Capitals (6-3).
The Hockey News 7 X Didn't publish. Come on, guys.
NHL 5 5 GM Ray Shero's big offseason move was dealing Jordan Staal to Carolina for Brandon Sutter. So far, Sutter has one goal while Staal has yet to score as a Hurricane. Considering Sutter carries one-third the cap hit of Staal, the Penguins have to be happy with this deal two weeks into the season.
Sports Illustrated 5 5 Can we please stop with the ridiculous "Dan Bylsma is in trouble if the Pens don't get this thing turned around soon" stories? It's true that he is a bit robotic as a coach. You only needed to watch HBO's 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic series in 2011 to see that his pregame speeches are all kind of the same and a bit on the dull side. But that doesn't mean that he's not a smart guy who really knows the game. Yeah, maybe some longtime Pens have gotten a little tired of him, and the team's uneven start hasn't helped, but is firing a Stanley Cup-winning coach during a short season really the answer?
TSN 10 7 Had gone four straight without a regulation win before they emerged with three straight wins, by a margin of 14-4, over the Rangers, Devils and Capitals. They're still holding auditions for a spot alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, with waiver pickup Zach Boychuk the latest to get a chance.
Hockey Prospectus X X Nothing published yet.

Aggregate rating last week: 6.57. This week: 5.50.
Publishing days:
CBC – removed!
CBS, FOX, NHL,THN – Mondays
ESPN – Wednesdays
HP – Monthly

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